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Pioneers of Television

Standup to Sitcom (Season 4, Episode 1)
TV-PG
TV Episode | 56 min | Documentary, History

From PBS: This star-packed episode features fresh interviews with Jerry Seinfeld, Roseanne Barr, Tim Allen, Ray Romano and Bob Newhart. The program reveals how America's top standup comics made the transition to the sitcom format and ...See moreFrom PBS: This star-packed episode features fresh interviews with Jerry Seinfeld, Roseanne Barr, Tim Allen, Ray Romano and Bob Newhart. The program reveals how America's top standup comics made the transition to the sitcom format and includes dozens of clips from "Seinfeld," "Home Improvement," "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Roseanne" and more. Written by Anonymous See less
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Director
Steve Boettcher (as Steven J. Boettcher)
Writer
Mike Trinklein (as Michael J. Trinklein)
Producers
Steve Boettcher (as Steven J. Boettcher) | Mike Trinklein (as Michael J. Trinklein)
Cinematographer
Steve Boettcher (as Steven J. Boettcher)
Status
Edit Released
Updated Apr 15, 2014

Release date
Apr 15, 2014 (United States)

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47 cast members
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Benjamin Bratt
Narrator (voice) Narrator (voice)   See fewer
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Jerry Seinfeld
Himself Himself   See fewer
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Tim Allen
Himself Himself   See fewer
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Bob Newhart
Himself Himself   See fewer
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Roseanne Barr
Herself Herself   See fewer
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Ray Romano
Himself Himself   See fewer
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Bill Cosby
Himself Himself   See fewer
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Carol Burnett
Herself Herself   See fewer
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Julia Duffy
Herself Herself   See fewer
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Jason Alexander
George Costanza - Seinfeld (archive footage) George Costanza - Seinfeld (archive footage)   See fewer
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Gracie Allen
Herself - Burns and Allen Show (archive footage) Herself - Burns and Allen Show (archive footage)   See fewer
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Scott Bakula
Terry Elliott - Men of a Certain Age (archive footage) Terry Elliott - Men of a Certain Age (archive footage)   See fewer
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Jack Benny
Himself - Jack Benny Program (archive footage) Himself - Jack Benny Program (archive footage)   See fewer
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Tempestt Bledsoe
Vanessa Huxtable - Cosby Show (archive footage) Vanessa Huxtable - Cosby Show (archive footage)   See fewer
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Peter Bonerz
Dr. Jerry Robinson - Bob Newhart Show (archive footage) Dr. Jerry Robinson - Bob Newhart Show (archive footage)   See fewer
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Lisa Bonet
Denise Huxtable - Cosby Show (archive footage) Denise Huxtable - Cosby Show (archive footage)   See fewer
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Peter Boyle
Frank Barone - Everybody Loves Raymond (archive footage) Frank Barone - Everybody Loves Raymond (archive footage)   See fewer
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Andre Braugher
Owen Thoreau, Jr. - Men of a Certain Age (archive footage) Owen Thoreau, Jr. - Men of a Certain Age (archive footage)   See fewer
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Zachery Ty Bryan
Brad Taylor - Home Improvement (archive footage) Brad Taylor - Home Improvement (archive footage)   See fewer
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George Burns
Himself - Burns and Allen Show (archive footage) Himself - Burns and Allen Show (archive footage)   See fewer
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Johnny Carson
Himself - Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (archive footage) Himself - Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (archive footage)   See fewer
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Bill Daily
Howard Borden - Bob Newhart Show (archive footage) Howard Borden - Bob Newhart Show (archive footage)   See fewer
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Michael Fishman
D.J. Conner - Roseanne (archive footage) D.J. Conner - Roseanne (archive footage)   See fewer
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Brad Garrett
Robert Barone - Everybody Loves Raymond (archive footage) Robert Barone - Everybody Loves Raymond (archive footage)   See fewer
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Sara Gilbert
Darlene Conner - Roseanne (archive footage) Darlene Conner - Roseanne (archive footage)   See fewer
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John Goodman
Dan Conner - Roseanne (archive footage) Dan Conner - Roseanne (archive footage)   See fewer
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Alicia Goranson
Becky Conner - Rosenne (archive footage) Becky Conner - Rosenne (archive footage)   See fewer
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Barry Gordon
Harry Johnson - Jack Benny Program (archive footage) Harry Johnson - Jack Benny Program (archive footage)   See fewer
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Patricia Heaton
Debra Barone (archive footage) Debra Barone (archive footage)   See fewer
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Earl Hindman
Wilson Wilson, Jr. - Home Improvement (archive footage) Wilson Wilson, Jr. - Home Improvement (archive footage)   See fewer
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Richard Karn
Al Borland - Home Improvement (archive footage) Al Borland - Home Improvement (archive footage)   See fewer
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Keshia Knight Pulliam
Rudy Huxtable (archive footage) Rudy Huxtable (archive footage)   See fewer
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Elaine Benes - Seinfeld (archive footage) Elaine Benes - Seinfeld (archive footage)   See fewer
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Laurie Metcalf
Jackie Harris (archive footage) Jackie Harris (archive footage)   See fewer
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Suzanne Pleshette
Emily Hartley - Bob Newhart Show (archive footage) Emily Hartley - Bob Newhart Show (archive footage)   See fewer
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Phylicia Rashad
Clair Huxtable (archive footage) Clair Huxtable (archive footage)   See fewer
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Michael Richards
Kramer - Seinfeld (archive footage) Kramer - Seinfeld (archive footage)   See fewer
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Patricia Richardson
Jill Taylor - Home Improvement (archive footage) Jill Taylor - Home Improvement (archive footage)   See fewer
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Jack Riley
Elliot Carlin - Bob Newhart Show (archive footage) Elliot Carlin - Bob Newhart Show (archive footage)   See fewer
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Doris Roberts
Marie Barone - Everybody Loves Raymond (archive footage) Marie Barone - Everybody Loves Raymond (archive footage)   See fewer
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Taran Noah Smith
Mark Taylor - Home Improvement (archive footage) Mark Taylor - Home Improvement (archive footage)   See fewer
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Madylin Sweeten
Ally Barone - Everybody Loves Raymond (archive footage) Ally Barone - Everybody Loves Raymond (archive footage)   See fewer
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Sawyer Sweeten
Geoffrey Barone - Everybody Loves Raymond (archive footage) Geoffrey Barone - Everybody Loves Raymond (archive footage)   See fewer
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Sullivan Sweeten
Michael Barone - Everybody Loves Raymond (archive footage) Michael Barone - Everybody Loves Raymond (archive footage)   See fewer
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Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Randy Taylor - Home Improvement (archive footage) Randy Taylor - Home Improvement (archive footage)   See fewer
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Marcia Wallace
Carol Kester - Bob Newhart Show (archive footage) Carol Kester - Bob Newhart Show (archive footage)   See fewer
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Malcolm-Jamal Warner
Theo Huxtable - Cosby Show (archive footage) Theo Huxtable - Cosby Show (archive footage)   See fewer
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7.6 / 10 | 9 votes