American Masters

Discover insightful profiles of important figures in America's artistic and cultural life.


  • The Adventures of Saul Bellow

    Explore Nobel Prize winner Saul Bellow's impact on American literature.
  • Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On

    See the story of the Indigenous singer-songwriter, social activist, educator and artist.
  • Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road

    Explore the life of the legendary singer, songwriter and co-founder of The Beach Boys.
  • Joe Papp in Five Acts

    Papp, founder of Free Shakespeare in the Park, believed great art is for all.
  • Waterman – Duke: Ambassador of Aloha

    Jason Momoa narrates the story of five-time Olympic medalist and surfer Duke Kahanamoku.
  • Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands

    Explore the life of the famous singer who became an icon for the civil rights movement.
  • Ailey

    The story of a visionary artist who found salvation through dance.
  • Becoming Helen Keller (Extended Audio Description Version)

    Revisit the remarkable career and life of an icon who became a human rights pioneer.


  • Jacques Pépin Makes Sautéed Cod with Mushrooms

    Pépin serves cod with a garnish of vegetables including mushrooms, radishes and olives.
  • Jacques Pépin Makes Baked Salmon with Sautéed Endive

    Pépin shares his method for a simple baked salmon served with caramelized endive.
  • Martin Scorsese on the films of John Ford

    Martin Scorsese discusses how John Ford's films have impacted his career.
  • Jacques Pépin Makes Pork Roast with Ratatouille

    Pépin slow roasts this dish for a tender and juicy pork.
  • Jacques Pépin Makes Pasta Fagioli

    Pasta fagioli, or "pasta and beans," is a filling dish with pantry friendly ingredients.
  • Jacques Pépin Makes Pasta Primavera

    This versatile pasta recipe can be made with any seasonal vegetables.
  • Jacques Pépin Makes Spaghetti with Basil Pesto

    In the summer, Pépin likes to use fresh basil from his garden to make this pesto recipe.
  • Jacques Pépin Prepares Blueberries with Lemon and Mint

    Another take on blueberries, lemon and mint from Jacques Pépin.

About American Masters

American Masters, committed to producing comprehensive film biographies about the broad cast of characters who comprise our cultural history.