Pioneers of Television

Compelling interviews and irresistible clips offer fresh takes on TV's biggest celebrities


  • Breaking Barriers

    Trace the story of people of color on American television.
  • Doctors and Nurses

    Review television’s long love affair with doctors and nurses.
  • Standup to Sitcom

    See how America’s top standup comics made the transition to the sitcom format.
  • Carol Burnett and the Funny Ladies

    This special episode is built around Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball and Betty White.
  • Miniseries

    "Roots," "Rich Man, Poor Man" and "The Thorn Birds" mastered the art of storytelling.
  • Superheroes

    They fought villains, rescued the innocent and became role models to viewers of every age.
  • Primetime Soaps

    "Dallas," "Dynasty" and "Knots Landing" were all part of the nighttime soap frenzy.
  • Funny Ladies

    This episode celebrates the first comediennes to appear on television.


  • Robin Williams Remembered

    A tribute to Williams that includes one of his last full-length interviews for the series.

About Pioneers of Television

More than 200 breakthrough stars bring their stories to life in season four of the Emmy-nominated documentary series Pioneers of Television. Each episode melds compelling new interviews with irresistible clips to offer a fresh take on TV's biggest celebrities. Featured stars in season four include Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, Roseanne Barr, Bill Cosby, Tim Allen, Ray Romano, and many more.