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The Sixties - S01E02

Documentary . History

The heady days of Camelot were clouded by the political and military tensions between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. Marvin Kalb, Richard Reeves, Robert Dallek, Sergei Khrushchev and more explain how close the Bay of Pigs and Cuban Missile Crisis brought us all to World War III – and how two nuclear superpowers moved from near confrontation to the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

Episode Title: The World on the Brink (1960–1963)
Airs: 2014-06-5 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