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  • America in Primetime (2011–2011)
  • TV-14
    TV Series | Documentary
America in Primetime (2011–2011)
TV-14
TV Series | Documentary

This documentary series looks at the evolution of specific character types appearing on American primetime episodic television from post WWII to the early twenty-first century. These characters were often a reflection of the times and ...See moreThis documentary series looks at the evolution of specific character types appearing on American primetime episodic television from post WWII to the early twenty-first century. These characters were often a reflection of the times and often shaped by world events such as WWII, the Vietnam War and 9/11, but some also influenced behavior and attitudes, especially of such characterizations in future television shows. Landmark characterizations are presented and the reasons for them being landmarks are discussed. Written by Huggo See less
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Oct 30, 2011 (United States)

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95 cast members
Name Episodes Known for
Diablo Cody
Self - Creator, United States of Tara Self - Creator, United States of Tara   See fewer
4
David Chase
Self - Creator, The Sopranos Self - Creator, The Sopranos   See fewer
4
Judd Apatow
Self - Executive Producer, Freaks and Geeks / Self Self - Executive Producer, Freaks and Geeks / Self   See fewer
4
Alan Yentob
Self - Presenter (UK version) Self - Presenter (UK version)   See fewer
4
Ron Howard
Opie, The Andy Griffith Show / Self Opie, The Andy Griffith Show / Self   See fewer
3
Shawn Ryan
Self - Creator, The Shield Self - Creator, The Shield   See fewer
3
Alan Ball
Self - Creator, Six Feet Under & True Blood Self - Creator, Six Feet Under & True Blood   See fewer
3
James L. Brooks
Self - Co-Creator, The Mary Tyler Moore Show / Self - Creator, Taxi / Self - Executive Producer, The Simpsons Self - Co-Creator, The Mary Tyler Moore Show / Self - Creator, Taxi / Self - Executive Producer, The Simpsons   See fewer
3
Vince Gilligan
Self - Creator, Breaking Bad Self - Creator, Breaking Bad   See fewer
3
Roseanne Barr
Roseanne Conner, Roseanne / Self / Self - Executive Producer, Roseanne Roseanne Conner, Roseanne / Self / Self - Executive Producer, Roseanne   See fewer
2
Marshall Herskovitz
Self - Co-Creator, Thirtysomething Self - Co-Creator, Thirtysomething   See fewer
2
Will Scheffer
Self - Co-Creator, Big Love Self - Co-Creator, Big Love   See fewer
2
Larry Wilmore
Self - Consulting Producer, The Office / Self - Creator, The Bernie Mac Show Self - Consulting Producer, The Office / Self - Creator, The Bernie Mac Show   See fewer
2
Linda Wallem
Self - Co-Creator, Nurse Jackie Self - Co-Creator, Nurse Jackie   See fewer
2
David Lynch
Self - Co-Creator, Twin Peaks Self - Co-Creator, Twin Peaks   See fewer
2
Tom Fontana
Self - Executive Producer, Homicide: Life on the Street Self - Executive Producer, Homicide: Life on the Street   See fewer
2
Alec Baldwin
Jack Donaghy, 30 Rock / Self Jack Donaghy, 30 Rock / Self   See fewer
2
Danny DeVito
Louie DePalma, Taxi / Self Louie DePalma, Taxi / Self   See fewer
2
Carl Reiner
Self - Creator, The Dick Van Dyke Show Self - Creator, The Dick Van Dyke Show   See fewer
2
Dick Van Dyke
Rob Petrie, The Dick Van Dyke Show / Self Rob Petrie, The Dick Van Dyke Show / Self   See fewer
2
Mary Tyler Moore
Laura Petrie, The Dick Van Dyke Show / Self Laura Petrie, The Dick Van Dyke Show / Self   See fewer
2
James Manos Jr.
Self - Writer, The Sopranos & Dexter Self - Writer, The Sopranos & Dexter   See fewer
2
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Elaine Benes, Seinfeld / Self Elaine Benes, Seinfeld / Self   See fewer
2
Warren Littlefield
Self - Former President, NBC Entertainment Self - Former President, NBC Entertainment   See fewer
2
Phil Rosenthal
Self - Creator, Everybody Loves Raymond Self - Creator, Everybody Loves Raymond   See fewer
2
Patricia Heaton
Debra Barone, Everybody Loves Raymond / Self Debra Barone, Everybody Loves Raymond / Self   See fewer
2
Andre Braugher
Self / Frank Pembleton, Homicide: Life on the Street / Owen Thoreau Jr., Men of a Certain Age Self / Frank Pembleton, Homicide: Life on the Street / Owen Thoreau Jr., Men of a Certain Age   See fewer
2
Rainn Wilson
Dwight Schrute, The Office / Self Dwight Schrute, The Office / Self   See fewer
2
Steven Levitan
Self - Co-Creator, Modern Family Self - Co-Creator, Modern Family   See fewer
2
Marcy Carsey
Self - Executive Producer, Roseanne / Self - Executive Producer, The Cosby Show Self - Executive Producer, Roseanne / Self - Executive Producer, The Cosby Show   See fewer
2
Sue Naegle
Self - President, HBO Entertainment Self - President, HBO Entertainment   See fewer
2
Tom Werner
Self - Executive Producer, Roseanne / Self - Executive Producer, The Cosby Show Self - Executive Producer, Roseanne / Self - Executive Producer, The Cosby Show   See fewer
2
Felicity Huffman
Lynette Scavo / Self Lynette Scavo / Self   See fewer
2
Michael C. Hall
Self / David Fisher / Dexter Morgan Self / David Fisher / Dexter Morgan   See fewer
2
Shonda Rhimes
Self - Creator, Grey's Anatomy Self - Creator, Grey's Anatomy   See fewer
2
George Meyer
Self - Writer, The Simpsons Self - Writer, The Simpsons   See fewer
2
Mike Royce
Self - Co-Creator, Men of a Certain Age / Self - Writer, Everybody Loves Raymond Self - Co-Creator, Men of a Certain Age / Self - Writer, Everybody Loves Raymond   See fewer
2
Stephen McPherson
Self - Former President, ABC Entertainment Self - Former President, ABC Entertainment   See fewer
2
Matthew Weiner
Self - Creator, Mad Men Self - Creator, Mad Men   See fewer
2
Kevin Reilly
Self - President, Fox Entertainment Self - President, Fox Entertainment   See fewer
2
Elisabeth Moss
Peggy Olson, Mad Men / Self Peggy Olson, Mad Men / Self   See fewer
2
Edie Falco
Self / Carmela Soprano, The Sopranos / Jackie Peyton, Nurse Jackie Self / Carmela Soprano, The Sopranos / Jackie Peyton, Nurse Jackie   See fewer
2
Bill Paxton
Self / Bill Henrickson, Big Love Self / Bill Henrickson, Big Love   See fewer
2
Dennis Franz
Self / Andy Sipowicz, NYPD Blue Self / Andy Sipowicz, NYPD Blue   See fewer
2
Michael Chiklis
Self / Vic Mackey, The Shield Self / Vic Mackey, The Shield   See fewer
2
Mitchell Hurwitz
Self / Self - Creator, Arrested Development Self / Self - Creator, Arrested Development   See fewer
2
Julianna Margulies
Alicia Florrick, The Good Wife / Self Alicia Florrick, The Good Wife / Self   See fewer
1
Robert Cochran
Self - Co-Creator, 24 Self - Co-Creator, 24   See fewer
1
Robert King
Self - Co-Creator, The Good Wife Self - Co-Creator, The Good Wife   See fewer
1
Joel Surnow
Self - Co-Creator, 24 Self - Co-Creator, 24   See fewer
1
Greg Daniels
Self - Executive Producer, The Office Self - Executive Producer, The Office   See fewer
1
Michelle King
Self - Co-Creator, The Good Wife Self - Co-Creator, The Good Wife   See fewer
1
Mark V. Olsen
Self - Co-Creator, Big Love Self - Co-Creator, Big Love   See fewer
1
Jason Alexander
George Costanza, Seinfeld / Self George Costanza, Seinfeld / Self   See fewer
1
Archie Panjabi
Kalinda Sharma, The Good Wife / Self Kalinda Sharma, The Good Wife / Self   See fewer
1
Alan Alda
Hawkeye Pierce / Self Hawkeye Pierce / Self   See fewer
1
Mike Judge
Self - Creator, Beavis and Butt-Head Self - Creator, Beavis and Butt-Head   See fewer
1
Diane English
Self - Creator, Murphy Brown Self - Creator, Murphy Brown   See fewer
1
Hugh Laurie
Gregory House, House M.D. / Self Gregory House, House M.D. / Self   See fewer
1
Rob Reiner
Mike Stivic, All in the Family / Self Mike Stivic, All in the Family / Self   See fewer
1
Liz Brixius
Self - Co-Creator, Nurse Jackie Self - Co-Creator, Nurse Jackie   See fewer
1
John Astin
Gomez Addams, The Addams Family / Self Gomez Addams, The Addams Family / Self   See fewer
1
Jenji Kohan
Self - Creator, Weeds Self - Creator, Weeds   See fewer
1
Jerry Mathers
Beaver Cleaver, Leave it to Beaver / Self Beaver Cleaver, Leave it to Beaver / Self   See fewer
1
Steven Bochco
Self - Co-Creator, NYPD Blue Self - Co-Creator, NYPD Blue   See fewer
1
David Shore
Self - Creator, House MD Self - Creator, House MD   See fewer
1
Marilu Henner
Elaine Nardo, Taxi / Self Elaine Nardo, Taxi / Self   See fewer
1
Chris Carter
Self - Creator, The X-Files Self - Creator, The X-Files   See fewer
1
Gillian Anderson
Dana Scully, The X-Files / Self Dana Scully, The X-Files / Self   See fewer
1
Jon Hamm
Don Draper, Mad Men / Self Don Draper, Mad Men / Self   See fewer
1
David Milch
Self - Co-Creator, NYPD Blue Self - Co-Creator, NYPD Blue   See fewer
1
Norman Lear
Self - Creator, All in the Family Self - Creator, All in the Family   See fewer
1
Larry David
Self - Co-Creator, Seinfeld Self - Co-Creator, Seinfeld   See fewer
1
Candice Bergen
Murphy Brown / Self Murphy Brown / Self   See fewer
1
David Simon
Self - Creator, The Wire Self - Creator, The Wire   See fewer
1
Michael Kenneth Williams
Omar Little / Self Omar Little / Self   See fewer
1
Laurie Metcalf
Jackie Harris, Roseanne / Self Jackie Harris, Roseanne / Self   See fewer
1
Edward Zwick
Self - Co-Creator, Thirtysomething Self - Co-Creator, Thirtysomething   See fewer
1
Clyde Phillips
Self - Executive Producer, Dexter Self - Executive Producer, Dexter   See fewer
1
Paul Feig
Self - Creator, Freak and Greeks Self - Creator, Freak and Greeks   See fewer
1
Sara Colleton
Self - Executive Producer, Dexter Self - Executive Producer, Dexter   See fewer
1
Al Jean
Self - Executive Producer, The Simpsons Self - Executive Producer, The Simpsons   See fewer
1
Ray Romano
Ray Barone, Everybody Loves Raymond / Self Ray Barone, Everybody Loves Raymond / Self   See fewer
1
Garry Shandling
Self - Co-Creator, The Larry Sanders Show Self - Co-Creator, The Larry Sanders Show   See fewer
1
Jeffrey Tambor
Hank Kingsley, The Larry Sanders Show / Self Hank Kingsley, The Larry Sanders Show / Self   See fewer
1
Darren Star
Self - Creator, Sex and the City Self - Creator, Sex and the City   See fewer
1
Sarah Jessica Parker
Carrie Bradshaw / Self Carrie Bradshaw / Self   See fewer
1
Marc Cherry
Self - Creator, Desperate Housewives Self - Creator, Desperate Housewives   See fewer
1
Eva Longoria
Gabrielle Solis, Desperate Housewives / Self Gabrielle Solis, Desperate Housewives / Self   See fewer
1
Christopher Lloyd
Self - Co-Creator, Modern Family Self - Co-Creator, Modern Family   See fewer
1
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Mitchell Pritchett, Modern Family / Self Mitchell Pritchett, Modern Family / Self   See fewer
1
Sandra Oh
Dr. Cristina Yang / Self Dr. Cristina Yang / Self   See fewer
1
Eric Stonestreet
Cameron Tucker, Modern Family / Self Cameron Tucker, Modern Family / Self   See fewer
1
Mary-Louise Parker
Nancy Botwin, Weeds / Self Nancy Botwin, Weeds / Self   See fewer
1
Bryan Cranston
Self / Walter White Self / Walter White   See fewer
1
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