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America in Primetime

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The ambitious documentary miniseries America in Prime Time approaches television as a mirror of American social attitudes, ideas and archetypes, especially as those categorizations have evolved over the course of the past century. The program undertakes a broad sociological survey; each episode hones in one theme or concept depicted or reflected in U.S. prime time television over the years, and examines how those depictions have gradually changed relative to the periods from which they emerged. This box set ...
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Overview

The ambitious documentary miniseries America in Prime Time approaches television as a mirror of American social attitudes, ideas and archetypes, especially as those categorizations have evolved over the course of the past century. The program undertakes a broad sociological survey; each episode hones in one theme or concept depicted or reflected in U.S. prime time television over the years, and examines how those depictions have gradually changed relative to the periods from which they emerged. This box set contains the entire three-episode sequence. Installment one, Man of the House, looks at the shifting roles of men on the small screen - from simplistic patriarchal breadwinners in the Andy Taylor-era, to the emotionally and psychologically conflicted figures at the heart of such sagas as The Sopranos and Breaking Bad. Installment two, The Crusader, explores the shifting definitions of right and wrong over time, and how television has transitioned from a sense of clear-cut, black-and-white morals and ethics (evidenced by programs such as Father Knows Best and Leave it to Beaver)) to the ambiguity of such programs as 24 and Dexter. Installment three, Independent Woman, studies the gradual liberation of female television characters over time, via reflections on such series as Roseanne and Murphy Brown. Finally, the fourth installment - The Misfit - looks at the growing trend to write eccentric, occasionally anti-social characters into prime time programs, as embodiments of the diverse and colorful personalities in America. Subjects in this episode include Beavis and Butthead, Freaks and Geeks, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
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Special Features

Additional exceprts from 20 thought-provoking interviews, including David Chase, Shonda Rhimes, Norman Learn, Bryan Cranston, Felicity Huffman, Mike Judge, Judd Apatow, and David Simon
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/17/2012
  • UPC: 841887015288
  • Source: Pbs (Direct)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 4:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 97,360

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- America in Primetime
1. "Honey, I'm Home" [9:06]
2. "Pushing Boundaries" [9:00]
3. "The Image of Masculinity" [5:17]
4. "Life Has Changed" [9:50]
5. "We've Lost Control" [7:40]
6. "A Panic Inside" [6:53]
1. "Playing the Good Girl" [9:06]
2. "Leading a Charge" [9:00]
3. "Independent But Terrified" [5:17]
4. "Pushing Buttons" [9:50]
5. "This is My Life" [7:40]
6. "Stretching Our Threshold" [6:53]
7. "Here I Am" [7:13]
Disc #2 -- America in Primetime
1. "Age of the Nerds" [9:06]
2. "A Family of Misfits" [9:00]
3. "The Outsider" [5:17]
4. "What is Normal?" [9:50]
5. "A Bath of Pain" [7:40]
6. "The Narcissist" [6:53]
6. "We Are All the Misfit" [6:53]
1. "How Far Can You Go?" [9:06]
2. "Heroes in Our Own Image" [9:00]
3. "The Search For the Truth" [5:17]
4. "Not Your Typical Hero" [9:50]
5. "What is the Right Thing to Do?" [7:40]
6. "Live by the Gun" [6:53]
7. "Do Some People Deserve to Die?" [7:13]
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Disc #1 -- America in Primetime
   Play - Man of the House
   Play - The Independent Woman
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      Man of the House
      The Independent Woman
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Disc #2 -- America in Primetime
   Play - The Misfit
   Play - The Crusader
   Scene Selection
      The Misfit
      The Crusader
   Additional Interviews
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      Rob Reiner
      Norman Lear
      David Chase
      Shonda Rhimes
      Mary-Louise Parker
      Marc Cherry
      Felicity Huffman
      James L. Brooks
      Bryan Cranston
      David Lynch
      Alan Alda
      Phil Rosenthal
      Larry Wilmore
      Marilu Henner
      Mike Judge
      Larry David
      Julia Louis-Drefus
      Judd Apatow
      David Simon
      Jeffrey Tambor
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      Play With English Subtitles - On
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      Play With Video Description - On
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