American Masters

American Masters Series
Genre: Documentary
Premiere: 1986
Network: PBS
IMDB Rating: 8.1/10
Sessons: 33
Full Episodes: 268
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Produced (or acquired) by Thirteen/WNET New York for the Public Broadcasting System, episodes of American Masters are dedicated to documenting and honoring America's most notable creative artists and the inspiration behind their work. Each year a series of special broadcasts profiles a cross-section of the nation's finest artistic pioneers from the past and present.
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Date Aired American Masters Episodes
Season 1
23 June 1986 Season 1, Episode 1: Private Conversations: On the Set of 'Death of a Salesman'
30 June 1986 Season 1, Episode 2: Philip Johnson, Self Portrait
07 July 1986 Season 1, Episode 3: Katherine Anne Porter: The Eye of Memory
14 July 1986 Season 1, Episode 4: The Unknown Chaplin (1)
21 July 1986 Season 1, Episode 5: The Unknown Chaplin (2)
28 July 1986 Season 1, Episode 6: The Unknown Chaplin (3)
04 August 1986 Season 1, Episode 7: Billie Holiday: The Long Night of Lady Day
11 August 1986 Season 1, Episode 8: James Levine: A Life in Music
18 August 1986 Season 1, Episode 9: Aaron Copland: A Self Portrait
25 August 1986 Season 1, Episode 10: Thomas Eakins: A Motion Portrait
01 September 1986 Season 1, Episode 11: Georgia O'Keeffe
08 September 1986 Season 1, Episode 12: Eugene O'Neill: A Glory of Ghosts
Season 2
06 July 1987 Season 2, Episode 1: Isaac in America: A Journey with Isaac Bashevis Singer
13 July 1987 Season 2, Episode 2: Directed by William Wyler
20 July 1987 Season 2, Episode 3: Rubinstein Remembered
27 July 1987 Season 2, Episode 4: Nik and Murray
24 August 1987 Season 2, Episode 5: George Gershwin Remembered
31 August 1987 Season 2, Episode 6: Maurice Sendak: Mon Cher Papa
14 September 1987 Season 2, Episode 7: The Negro Ensemble Company
21 September 1987 Season 2, Episode 8: Unanswered Prayers: The Life and Times of Truman Capote
28 September 1987 Season 2, Episode 9: The Ten-Year Lunch: The Wit and Legend of the Algonquin Round Table
18 November 1987 Season 2, Episode 10: Buster Keaton: Hard Act to Follow
Season 3
11 July 1988 Season 3, Episode 1: Lillian Gish: The Actor's Life for Me
18 July 1988 Season 3, Episode 2: A Duke Named Ellington
08 August 1988 Season 3, Episode 3: Andre Kertesz of the Cities
22 August 1988 Season 3, Episode 4: Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul
29 August 1988 Season 3, Episode 5: Rivera in America
05 September 1988 Season 3, Episode 6: Saint-Gaudens: Masque of the Golden Bowl
08 March 1989 Season 3, Episode 7: Neil Simon: Not Just for Laughs
26 June 1989 Season 3, Episode 8: Broadway's Dreamers: The Legacy of Group Theater
Season 4
03 July 1989 Season 4, Episode 1: Harold Clurman: A Life of Theatre
10 July 1989 Season 4, Episode 2: Stella Adler: Awake and Dream!
31 July 1989 Season 4, Episode 3: Satchmo: The Life of Louis Armstrong
14 August 1989 Season 4, Episode 4: James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket
17 August 1989 Season 4, Episode 5: Celebrating Bird: The Triumph of Charlie Parker
11 September 1989 Season 4, Episode 6: Jasper Johns: Ideas in Paint
18 September 1989 Season 4, Episode 7: Mort Sahl: The Loyal Opposition
25 September 1989 Season 4, Episode 8: W. Eugene Smith: Photography Made Difficult
15 November 1989 Season 4, Episode 9: Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius
20 December 1989 Season 4, Episode 10: Milos Forman: Portrait
Season 5
02 July 1990 Season 5, Episode 1: Preston Sturges: The Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer
09 July 1990 Season 5, Episode 2: John Cassavetes
16 July 1990 Season 5, Episode 3: Martin Scorsese Directs
23 July 1990 Season 5, Episode 4: You're the Top: The Cole Porter Story
30 July 1990 Season 5, Episode 5: Edward R. Murrow: This Reporter
20 August 1990 Season 5, Episode 6: John Hammond: From Bessie Smith to Bruce Springsteen
27 August 1990 Season 5, Episode 7: Sanford Meisner: The Theater's Best Kept Secret
17 September 1990 Season 5, Episode 8: John Cage: I Have Nothing to Say and I'm Saying It
Season 6
01 July 1991 Season 6, Episode 1: Helen Hayes: First Lady of the American Theatre
08 July 1991 Season 6, Episode 2: Miracle on 44th Street: A Portrait of the Actor's Studio
22 July 1991 Season 6, Episode 3: A. Einstein: How I See the World
29 July 1991 Season 6, Episode 4: Sarah Vaughan: The Divine One
05 August 1991 Season 6, Episode 5: Frederic Remington: The Truth of Other Days
12 August 1991 Season 6, Episode 6: Menuhin: A Family Portrait
26 August 1991 Season 6, Episode 7: Robert Motherwell and the New York School
03 January 1992 Season 6, Episode 8: Ray Charles: The Genius of Soul
01 May 1992 Season 6, Episode 9: Waldo Salt: A Screenwriter's Journey
Season 7
14 March 1993 Season 7, Episode 1: Paul Simon: Born at the Right Time
17 March 1993 Season 7, Episode 2: George Lucas: Heroes, Myths & Magic
24 March 1993 Season 7, Episode 3: D.W. Griffith: Father of Film
Season 8
08 December 1993 Season 8, Episode 1: Benny Goodman: Adventures in the Kingdom of Swing
13 May 1994 Season 8, Episode 2: Martha Graham: The Dancer Revealed
Season 9
30 November 1994 Season 9, Episode 1: Rediscovering Will Rogers
19 December 1994 Season 9, Episode 2: Tennessee Williams: Orpheus of the American Stage
15 February 1995 Season 9, Episode 3: Placido Domingo: A Musical Life
22 March 1995 Season 9, Episode 4: Edgar Allan Poe: Terror of the Soul
Season 10
29 November 1995 Season 10, Episode 1: Rod Serling: Submitted for Your Approval
22 January 1996 Season 10, Episode 2: William Styron: The Way of the Writer
24 January 1996 Season 10, Episode 3: Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light
10 April 1996 Season 10, Episode 4: Buckminster Fuller: Thinking Out Loud
22 May 1996 Season 10, Episode 5: Nichols and May: Take Two
Season 11
25 November 1996 Season 11, Episode 1: Lena Horne: In Her Own Voice
10 December 1996 Season 11, Episode 2: Danny Kaye: A Legacy of Laughter
09 April 1997 Season 11, Episode 3: Man Ray: Prophet of the Avant-Garde
07 May 1997 Season 11, Episode 4: Jack Paar: As I Was Saying
25 June 1997 Season 11, Episode 5: Isamu Noguchi: Stones and Paper
Season 12
17 September 1997 Season 12, Episode 1: The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg
26 November 1997 Season 12, Episode 2: Vaudeville
04 February 1998 Season 12, Episode 3: Billy Wilder: the Human Comedy
29 April 1998 Season 12, Episode 4: Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart
01 May 1998 Season 12, Episode 5: Don Hewitt: 90 Minutes on 60 Minutes
17 June 1998 Season 12, Episode 6: Alexander Calder
Season 13
28 October 1998 Season 13, Episode 1: Leonard Bernstein: Reaching for the Note
06 January 1999 Season 13, Episode 2: The Line King: Al Hirschfeld
24 February 1999 Season 13, Episode 3: Paul Robeson: Here I Stand
07 April 1999 Season 13, Episode 4: Robert Rauschenberg: Inventive Genius
30 June 1999 Season 13, Episode 5: The Lives of Lillian Hellman
30 June 1999 Season 13, Episode 6: Dashiell Hammett: Detective, Writer
18 August 1999 Season 13, Episode 7: Yours for a Song: The Women of Tin Pan Alley
Season 14
01 November 1999 Season 14, Episode 1: Hitchcock, Selznick and the End of Hollywood
24 November 1999 Season 14, Episode 2: Norman Rockwell: Painting America
08 December 1999 Season 14, Episode 3: Ella Fitzgerald: Something to Live For
05 January 2000 Season 14, Episode 4: Paul Taylor: Dancemaker
02 February 2000 Season 14, Episode 5: Sidney Poitier: One Bright Light
12 April 2000 Season 14, Episode 6: Isaac Stern: Life's Virtuoso
31 May 2000 Season 14, Episode 7: The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation
Season 15
27 September 2000 Season 15, Episode 1: Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows
04 October 2000 Season 15, Episode 2: Mailer On Mailer
22 November 2000 Season 15, Episode 3: On Cukor
03 December 2000 Season 15, Episode 4: Lucille Ball: Finding Lucy
14 February 2001 Season 15, Episode 5: Bob Marley: Rebel Music
09 April 2001 Season 15, Episode 6: A Conversation with Gregory Peck
16 April 2001 Season 15, Episode 7: Alfred Stieglitz: The Eloquent Eye
23 April 2001 Season 15, Episode 8: Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians
Season 16
07 October 2001 Season 16, Episode 1: Goldwyn: The Man and His Movies
14 October 2001 Season 16, Episode 2: F. Scott Fitzgerald: Winter Dreams
21 October 2001 Season 16, Episode 3: Richard Rodgers: The Sweetest Sounds
18 November 2001 Season 16, Episode 4: Quincy Jones: In the Pocket
28 November 2001 Season 16, Episode 5: Good Rockin' Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records
16 December 2001 Season 16, Episode 6: Merce Cunningham: A Lifetime of Dance
19 February 2002 Season 16, Episode 7: Ralph Ellison: An American Journey
01 March 2002 Season 16, Episode 8: Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer
Season 17
02 October 2002 Season 17, Episode 1: Willie Nelson: Still is Still Moving
30 October 2002 Season 17, Episode 2: Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces
29 January 2003 Season 17, Episode 3: Juilliard
19 March 2003 Season 17, Episode 4: Alice Waters and her Delicious Revolution
02 April 2003 Season 17, Episode 5: Joni Mitchell: A Woman of Heart and Mind
23 April 2003 Season 17, Episode 6: Muddy Waters: Can't Be Satisfied
28 May 2003 Season 17, Episode 7: Robert Capa: In Love and War
30 July 2003 Season 17, Episode 8: The Education of Gore Vidal
Season 18
03 September 2003 Season 18, Episode 1: Arthur Miller, Elia Kazan and the Blacklist
29 October 2003 Season 18, Episode 2: James Brown: Soul Survivor
07 January 2004 Season 18, Episode 3: Cary Grant: A Class Apart
14 January 2004 Season 18, Episode 4: Balanchine
25 February 2004 Season 18, Episode 5: Judy Garland: By Myself
28 April 2004 Season 18, Episode 6: Henry Luce and Time-Life's America: A Vision of Empire
23 June 2004 Season 18, Episode 7: Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues
18 August 2004 Season 18, Episode 8: Julia! America's Favorite Chef
Season 19
11 May 2005 Season 19, Episode 1: James Dean: Sense Memories
29 June 2005 Season 19, Episode 2: Sweet Honey in the Rock: Raise Your Voice
13 July 2005 Season 19, Episode 3: George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey
20 July 2005 Season 19, Episode 4: Bob Newhart: Unbuttoned
07 September 2005 Season 19, Episode 5: Willa Cather: The Road is All
14 September 2005 Season 19, Episode 6: Ernest Hemingway: Rivers to the Sea
27 September 2005 Season 19, Episode 7: Bob Dylan: No Direction Home
Season 20
10 May 2006 Season 20, Episode 1: John Ford/John Wayne: The Filmmaker and the Legend
17 May 2006 Season 20, Episode 2: The World of Nat King Cole
12 July 2006 Season 20, Episode 3: Woodie Guthrie: Ain't Got No Home
19 July 2006 Season 20, Episode 4: Marilyn Monroe: Still Life
26 July 2006 Season 20, Episode 5: Walter Cronkite: Witness to History
20 September 2006 Season 20, Episode 6: Andy Warhol: A Documentary (1)
21 September 2006 Season 20, Episode 7: Andy Warhol: A Documentary (2)
27 September 2006 Season 20, Episode 8: Sketches of Frank Gehry
03 January 2007 Season 20, Episode 9: Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens
Season 21
04 April 2007 Season 21, Episode 1: Novel Reflections on the American Dream
02 May 2007 Season 21, Episode 2: Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built
11 July 2007 Season 21, Episode 3: Les Paul: Chasing Sound
18 July 2007 Season 21, Episode 4: David Hockney: The Colors of Music
25 July 2007 Season 21, Episode 5: John James Audubon: Drawn From Nature
12 September 2007 Season 21, Episode 6: Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends
19 September 2007 Season 21, Episode 7: Orozco: Man of Fire
29 October 2007 Season 21, Episode 8: Good Ol' Charles Schulz
05 November 2007 Season 21, Episode 9: Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character
27 February 2008 Season 21, Episode 10: Pete Seeger: the Power of Song
09 April 2008 Season 21, Episode 11: Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun
07 May 2008 Season 21, Episode 12: Marvin Gaye: What's Goin' On
23 September 2008 Season 21, Episode 13: You Must Remember This
25 September 2008 Season 21, Episode 14: The Brothers Warner
28 January 2009 Season 21, Episode 15: Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About
Season 22
27 February 2008 Season 22, Episode 1: Pete Seeger: The Power of Song
09 April 2008 Season 22, Episode 2: Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun
07 May 2008 Season 22, Episode 3: Marvin Gaye: What's Going On
23 September 2008 Season 22, Episode 4: You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story: You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet (1
23 September 2008 Season 22, Episode 5: You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story: Good War, Uneasy Peace (1935-1
24 September 2008 Season 22, Episode 6: You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story: A New Reality (1950-1970)
24 September 2008 Season 22, Episode 7: You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story: Woodstock Notions (1970-1989)
25 September 2008 Season 22, Episode 8: You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story: The Big Tent (1980-Present)
25 September 2008 Season 22, Episode 9: The Brothers Warner
Season 23
18 February 2009 Season 23, Episode 1: Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About
08 April 2009 Season 23, Episode 2: Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts
27 May 2009 Season 23, Episode 3: Hollywood Chinese
10 June 2009 Season 23, Episode 4: Neil Young: Don't Be Denied
01 July 2009 Season 23, Episode 5: Garrison Keillor: The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes
02 September 2009 Season 23, Episode 6: Trumbo
14 October 2009 Season 23, Episode 7: Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound
28 December 2009 Season 23, Episode 8: Louisa May Alcott: the Woman Behind 'Little Women'
Season 24
11 January 2010 Season 24, Episode 1: Sam Cooke: Crossing Over
31 March 2010 Season 24, Episode 2: I.M. Pei: Building China Modern
12 May 2010 Season 24, Episode 3: The Doors: When You're Strange
21 July 2010 Season 24, Episode 4: Merle Haggard: Learning to Live with Myself
20 September 2010 Season 24, Episode 5: Cachao: Uno Más
04 October 2010 Season 24, Episode 6: A Letter to Elia
22 November 2010 Season 24, Episode 7: Lennon NYC
27 December 2010 Season 24, Episode 8: Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould
Season 25
12 January 2011 Season 25, Episode 1: Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides
02 March 2011 Season 25, Episode 2: Troubadors: Carole King/James Taylor & the Rise of the Singer-Songwriter
18 April 2011 Season 25, Episode 3: John Muir in the New World
01 June 2011 Season 25, Episode 4: James Levine: America's Maestro
21 October 2011 Season 25, Episode 5: Pearl Jam Twenty
11 November 2011 Season 25, Episode 6: Bill T. Jones: A Good Man
20 November 2011 Season 25, Episode 7: Woody Allen: A Documentary (1)
21 November 2011 Season 25, Episode 8: Woody Allen: A Documentary (2)
29 December 2011 Season 25, Episode 9: Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter
Season 26
23 January 2012 Season 26, Episode 1: Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune
27 February 2012 Season 26, Episode 2: Cab Calloway: Sketches
02 April 2012 Season 26, Episode 3: Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel
02 April 2012 Season 26, Episode 4: Harper Lee: Hey, Boo
14 May 2012 Season 26, Episode 5: Johnny Carson: King of Late Night
24 September 2012 Season 26, Episode 6: The Day Carl Sandburg Died
20 November 2012 Season 26, Episode 7: Inventing David Geffen
28 December 2012 Season 26, Episode 8: Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance
Season 27
22 February 2013 Season 27, Episode 1: Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll
29 March 2013 Season 27, Episode 2: Philip Roth: Unmasked
20 May 2013 Season 27, Episode 3: Mel Brooks: Make a Noise
10 September 2013 Season 27, Episode 4: Billie Jean King
05 November 2013 Season 27, Episode 5: Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train a Comin'
27 December 2013 Season 27, Episode 6: Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love
23 September 2014 Season 27, Episode 7: The Boomer List: American Experience
02 December 2014 Season 27, Episode 8: Bing Crosby Rediscovered
Season 28
21 January 2014 Season 28, Episode 1: Salinger
07 February 2014 Season 28, Episode 2: Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth
22 April 2014 Season 28, Episode 3: A Fierce Green Fire
16 May 2014 Season 28, Episode 4: Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself
20 June 2014 Season 28, Episode 5: Tanaquil Le Clercq: Afternoon of a Faun
29 August 2014 Season 28, Episode 6: Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning
23 September 2014 Season 28, Episode 7: Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
23 September 2014 Season 28, Episode 8: The Boomer List
02 December 2014 Season 28, Episode 9: Bing Crosby Rediscovered
Season 29
23 January 2015 Season 29, Episode 1: Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice
20 February 2015 Season 29, Episode 2: August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand
16 April 2015 Season 29, Episode 3: Jascha Heifetz: God's Fiddler
15 May 2015 Season 29, Episode 4: American Ballet Theatre: A History
10 July 2015 Season 29, Episode 5: Harper Lee
04 September 2015 Season 29, Episode 6: Althea
18 September 2015 Season 29, Episode 7: Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer's Journey
25 September 2015 Season 29, Episode 8: The Women's List
Season 30
29 January 2016 Season 30, Episode 1: Mike Nichols
12 February 2016 Season 30, Episode 2: B.B. King: The Life of Riley
19 February 2016 Season 30, Episode 3: Carole King: Natural Woman
26 February 2016 Season 30, Episode 4: Fats Domino and The Birth of Rock 'n' Roll
04 March 2016 Season 30, Episode 5: Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl
03 May 2016 Season 30, Episode 6: Janis: Little Girl Blue
27 May 2016 Season 30, Episode 7: The Highwaymen: Friends Till the End
25 October 2016 Season 30, Episode 8: Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You
27 December 2016 Season 30, Episode 9: Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future
03 January 2017 Season 30, Episode 10: By Sidney Lumet
21 February 2017 Season 30, Episode 11: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise
04 March 2017 Season 30, Episode 12: Patsy Cline
Season 31
03 January 2017 Season 31, Episode 1: By Sidney Lumet
21 February 2017 Season 31, Episode 2: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise
01 March 2017 Season 31, Episode 3: Patsy Cline
19 May 2017 Season 31, Episode 4: James Beard: America's First Foodie
26 May 2017 Season 31, Episode 5: Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft
01 September 2017 Season 31, Episode 6: Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny
08 September 2017 Season 31, Episode 7: Tyrus Wong
30 October 2017 Season 31, Episode 8: Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive
08 November 2017 Season 31, Episode 9: Inspiring Woman Web Series
13 November 2017 Season 31, Episode 10: This Is Bob Hope
Season 32
19 January 2018 Season 32, Episode 1: Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart
18 May 2018 Season 32, Episode 2: Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
23 July 2018 Season 32, Episode 3: Ted Williams: “The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived”
31 August 2018 Season 32, Episode 4: Artists Flight: Eva Hesse
07 September 2018 Season 32, Episode 5: Artists Flight: Everybody Knows…Elizabeth Murray
07 September 2018 Season 32, Episode 6: Andrew Wyeth
14 September 2018 Season 32, Episode 7: Basquiat: Rage to Riches
14 October 2018 Season 32, Episode 8: Itzhak Perlman
Season 33
02 January 2019 Season 33, Episode 1: Decoding Watson
19 February 2019 Season 33, Episode 2: Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me
22 February 2019 Season 33, Episode 3: Charley Pride
01 March 2019 Season 33, Episode 4: Holly Near: Singing for Our Lives
12 April 2019 Season 33, Episode 5: Joseph Pulitzer: Voice Of The People
19 April 2019 Season 33, Episode 6: Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable
14 June 2019 Season 33, Episode 7: Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life
21 June 2019 Season 33, Episode 8: Robert Shaw -- Man of Many Voices
02 August 2019 Season 33, Episode 9: Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin
13 September 2019 Season 33, Episode 10: Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage
25 October 2019 Season 33, Episode 11: Rothko: Pictures Must Be Miraculous
18 November 2019 Season 33, Episode 12: N. Scott Momaday: Words From a Bear