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The Sixties - S01E04

Documentary . History
 

From just several hundred advisors at the start of the decade, to more than 550,000 American troops by the end of it, the escalation of the war in Vietnam – and the fighting and the dying – brought social and political polarization back home. It was also televised – and, the more Americans saw of the war, the more unpopular the conflict became. Tim O’Brien, Frederik Logeval, Karl Marlantes, Neil Sheehan, Andrew Bacevich, George Herring, Tom Hayden, and Philip Caputo discuss the Gulf of Tonkin, and LBJ, for this most complex of American stories.

 
Episode Title: The War in Vietnam (1961–1968)
Airs: 2014-06-19 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