The Sixties (2014)
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When Television Came of Age 

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Television experiences major milestones in the 1960s. The landscape of television changes.
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Tom Hanks ... Himself - Actor
Neil Genzlinger ... Himself
David Bianculli ... Himself - TV Critic, NPR
John Heilemann ... Himself - Editor, New York Magazine
Sander Vanocur ... Himself - Journalist
Robert MacNeil ... Himself - Journalist
Philip Rosenthal ... Himself - Executive Producer, Everybody Loves Raymond (as Phil Rosenthal)
Jay Roach ... Himself - Director, Game Change / Himself - Director, Austin Powers
Alan Sepinwall ... Himself - TV Critic, Hitfix.com
Emily Nussbaum ... Herself - TV Critic, The New Yorker
Jerry Mathers ... Himself - Actor, Leave It To Beaver
Vince Gilligan ... Himself - Executive Producer, Breaking Bad
Carl Reiner ... Himself - Producer, The Dick Van Dyke Show / Alan Brady
Dick Smothers ... Himself - Comedian
Tom Smothers ... Himself - Comedian
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Television experiences major milestones in the 1960s. The landscape of television changes.

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29 May 2014 (USA) See more »

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Setting the Stage
23 July 2016 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is the first of a series that is quite unforgettable. The sixties was an era of constant change and television began to transition into a true force. While many of the shows were just mindless candy, there was some intelligence being shown. With the contrasting efforts of the Smothers Brothers, full of social commentary, versus Laugh In, hit and miss (mostly miss) packaged to cater to the American's decreasing attention span. Still, there was some experimentation, and, eventually the foundation for the wonderful Saturday night line-up that will probably never be matched. The breakdown of sexual stereotypes, the advent of Norman Lear and a finish to a decade immersed in the pain of war and distrust.


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