American Masters

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


  • Laura Ingalls Wilder: Prairie to Page

    An unvarnished look at the unlikely “Little House” series author.
  • Keith Haring: Street Art Boy

    Explore the life of artist Keith Haring who revolutionized pop culture and fine art.
  • Michael Tilson Thomas: Where Now Is

    Discover the Grammy-winning conductor, pianist and composer.
  • Walter Winchell: The Power of Gossip

    Meet the columnist who pioneered the fast-paced journalism that dominates today.
  • Unladylike2020: Unsung Women Who Changed America

    Mark the women’s suffrage centennial with stories of pioneering women.
  • Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

    An artful and intimate meditation on the legendary storyteller.
  • Mae West: Dirty Blonde

    Dive into the life and career of groundbreaking entertainer Mae West.
  • Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

    Discover the man behind the legend.


  • Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio: This Is the Way We Rise

    Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio is a Kanaka Maoli wahine poet, activist, and academic.
  • Anik Khan: Street Level

    Explore the music of Anik Khan, the Bangladesh-born, Queens, NY-raised hip-hop artist.
  • Bunky Echo-Hawk: The Resistance

    How the reality of Native Americans inspires Pawnee artist Bunky Echo-Hawk's work.
  • Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: The New Chief

    The Grammy-nominated musician from New Orleans defies the expectations of jazz music.
  • Damon Davis: Apologue for the Darkest Gods

    A look into the art of award-winning, post-disciplinary artist Damon Davis.
  • Maia Cruz Palileo: Becoming the Moon

    Maia Cruz Palileo is a multi-disciplinary artist who explores themes of migration.
  • Vincent Valdez: The Beginning is Near

    Artist Vincent Valdez emphasizes under-examined historical narratives in his work.
  • Jacques Pépin makes an easy cream cheese soufflé

    Jacques Pépin makes an easy cream cheese soufflé, great for a first course.

About American Masters

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


  • Alicia Keys doesn’t mind being compared to Lena Horne

  • Diahann Carroll talks race and makeup while filming "Julia"

  • Halle Berry on how seeing Diahann Caroll on TV changed her

  • How It Feels To Be Free trailer

  • Lena Waithe on mixed feelings towards Blaxploitation

  • Lena Waithe on why Cicely Tyson's hair is revolutionary

  • The role of women entertainers in the civil rights movement

  • "Little House" TV stars Alison Arngrim and Dean Butler

  • Disaster was looming when the Ingalls' moved to Minnesota

  • How the logs of the "Little House" cabin were stolen

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder: Prairie to Page trailer

  • Roxane Gay and others on racist “Little House” depictions