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The Sixties - S01E01

Documentary . History

Americans gathered around “the tube,” to be informed and entertained by the news, The Twilight Zone, The Fugitive, I Dream of Jeannie, Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, and more. Tom Hanks, Sally Field, Dick and Tom Smothers, Carol Burnett, Dick Cavett, Diahann Carroll, Carl Reiner, Vince Gilligan, Petula Clark and others describe how the ground-breaking, rule-breaking, norm-bending dramas, historical events, and sitcoms reflected and influenced who we were.

Episode Title: Television Comes of Age (1960-1969)
Airs: 2014-05-29 at 09:00 pm
  • Robert Lloyd

    The historical documentaries are more successful than the cultural ones, for having a better story to tell, but all are made in a similar style, without written narration, driven by news clips and interviews (with scholars, participants and celebrity rememberers, Hanks naturally included).

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Hanks himself book-ends this serviceable, talking heads/illustrative clips treatise with a pair of all-encompassing quotes.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    This is a comfort-food smorgasbord for the Woodstock generation, a harking back to that vision of ourselves as a nation with shared ideals and values.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Respectable, incomplete survey (on TV) Thursday night, but future installments look better.

    Newsday Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Pperhaps as a result of that mission, The Sixties often feels like an academic project, something for a modern history class.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    At its best The Sixties is admirable, but to riff on an old promotional slogan, it isn’t all that it could be: Yes, it’s an exercise that might capture the magic of landing on the moon, but doesn’t take the extra step that would send viewers over it.

    Variety Full Review