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America in Primetime (2011– )

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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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Diablo Cody
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David Chase
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Alan Yentob
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Shawn Ryan
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Alan Ball
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James L. Brooks
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Will Scheffer
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Warren Littlefield
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Philip Rosenthal
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Steven Levitan
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Stephen McPherson
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7.5 / 10 | 316 votes