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Pioneers of Television

Breaking Barriers (Season 4, Episode 3)
TV-PG
TV Episode | 56 min | Documentary, History

From PBS: This episode traces the story of people of color on American television -- including the mid-1960s breakthroughs of African Americans Diahann Carroll ("Julia") and Bill Cosby ("I Spy"). Latino landmarks range from "I Love Lucy" ...See moreFrom PBS: This episode traces the story of people of color on American television -- including the mid-1960s breakthroughs of African Americans Diahann Carroll ("Julia") and Bill Cosby ("I Spy"). Latino landmarks range from "I Love Lucy" with Desi Arnaz to "Miami Vice" with Edward James Olmos. Also featured are Asian-Americans like George Takei ("Star Trek"), who details his youth spent in a Japanese internment camp. Written by Anonymous See less
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Director
Steve Boettcher (as Steven J. Boettcher)
Status
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Updated Apr 29, 2014

Release date
Apr 29, 2014 (United States)

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Benjamin Bratt
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Jimmie Walker
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Margaret Cho
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Bill Cosby
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George Takei
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Whoopi Goldberg
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Betty White
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John Amos
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Ben Vereen
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Bob Newhart
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Henry Darrow
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Martin Landau
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Richard Pryor
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Lucille Ball
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Milton Berle
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7.2 / 10 | 9 votes