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A four-part documentary series focusing on the legends that helped launched TV and left lasting impression on sitcoms, talk shows, variety shows and game shows in television's early years.

Release Date:
Seasons: 1 2 3 4
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 55
Pioneers of Television Seasons List
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Ryan Seacrest
Ryan Seacrest
Narrator 4 episodes, 2013
Phyllis Diller
Phyllis Dille...
Self 6 episodes, 2008-2019
Florence Henderson
Florence Hend...
Self 5 episodes, 2008-2014
Dick Van Dyke
Dick Van Dyke
Self / ... 6 episodes, 2008-2019
Betty White
Betty White
Self / ... 6 episodes, 2008-2019
Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball
Self 5 episodes, 2008-2019
Benjamin Bratt
Benjamin Brat...
Narrator 4 episodes, 2014
Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett
Self / ... 5 episodes, 2008-2019
Jonathan Winters
Jonathan Wint...
Self / ... 4 episodes, 2008-2014
Tim Conway
Tim Conway
Self / ... 5 episodes, 2008-2019
Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
Self / ... 4 episodes, 2011-2014
Robert Culp
Robert Culp
Self 4 episodes, 2011-2014
Martin Landau
Martin Landau
Self 4 episodes, 2011-2014
Cloris Leachman
Cloris Leachm...
Self 5 episodes, 2011-2019
Adam West
Adam West
Self / ... 4 episodes, 2011-2013
Kelsey Grammer
Kelsey Gramme...
Narrator 4 episodes, 2011
Jimmie Walker
Jimmie Walker
Self 4 episodes, 2013-2014
Robin Williams
Robin William...
Self 3 episodes, 2014
Desi Arnaz
Desi Arnaz
Himself / ...
Jack Benny
Jack Benny
Himself / ...
Pat Carroll
Pat Carroll
Self / ... 4 episodes, 2008-2019
Mary Tyler Moore
Mary Tyler Mo...
Self / ... 3 episodes, 2008-2014
Andy Williams
Andy Williams
Self 3 episodes, 2008-2014
Barbara Eden
Barbara Eden
Self / ... 4 episodes, 2008-2019
Vicki Lawrence
Vicki Lawrenc...
Self / ... 4 episodes, 2008-2019
Steve Allen
Steve Allen
Self 3 episodes, 2008
Dick Cavett
Dick Cavett
Self 3 episodes, 2008
Pat Harrington Jr.
Pat Harringto...
Self 3 episodes, 2008
Mike Connors
Mike Connors
Self 3 episodes, 2011-2014
Leonard Nimoy
Leonard Nimoy
Self / ... 3 episodes, 2011-2014
William Shatner
William Shatn...
Self / ... 3 episodes, 2011-2014
Stephen J. Cannell
Stephen J. Ca...
Self 3 episodes, 2011-2013
Pat Crowley
Pat Crowley
Self 3 episodes, 2011-2013
Veronica Cartwright
Veronica Cart...
Self / ... 3 episodes, 2011
Peter Graves
Peter Graves
Self 3 episodes, 2011
John Amos
John Amos
Self 3 episodes, 2013-2014
Edward Asner
Edward Asner
Self 3 episodes, 2013-2014
Penny Marshall
Penny Marshal...
Self 3 episodes, 2013-2014
Jerry Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfel...
Self 3 episodes, 2014
Morey Amsterdam
Morey Amsterd...
Buddy Sorrell / ...
Milton Berle
Milton Berle
Himself / ...
George Burns
George Burns
Himself / ...
Art Carney
Art Carney
Ed Norton / ...
Oliver Hardy
Oliver Hardy
Himself / ...
Sherry Jackson
Sherry Jackso...
Herself / ...
Stan Laurel
Stan Laurel
Himself / ...
Marjorie Lord
Marjorie Lord
Herself / ...
Rose Marie
Rose Marie
Sally Rogers / ... 2 episodes, 2008-2014
George Schlatter
George Schlat...
Self 2 episodes, 2008-2014
Danny Thomas
Danny Thomas
Danny Williams / ...
Marlo Thomas
Marlo Thomas
Self 2 episodes, 2008-2013
Angela Cartwright
Angela Cartwr...
Penny Robinson in Lost in Space / ... 2 episodes, 2008-2011
Hugh Downs
Hugh Downs
Self 2 episodes, 2008
Arthur Godfrey
Arthur Godfre...
Himself
Merv Griffin
Merv Griffin
Self 2 episodes, 2008
Andy Griffith
Andy Griffith
Self / ... 2 episodes, 2008
Arsenio Hall
Arsenio Hall
Self 2 episodes, 2008
Oscar Levant
Oscar Levant
Himself
Art Linkletter
Art Linklette...
Self 2 episodes, 2008
Paul Lynde
Paul Lynde
Himself / ...
Peter Marshall
Peter Marshal...
Self 2 episodes, 2008
Howard Morris
Howard Morris
Himself / ...
Jim Nabors
Jim Nabors
Self / ... 3 episodes, 2008-2019
Jack Narz
Jack Narz
Self 2 episodes, 2008
Tony Orlando
Tony Orlando
Self 3 episodes, 2008-2019
Carl Reiner
Carl Reiner
Self 3 episodes, 2008-2019
Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney
Himself
Red Skelton
Red Skelton
Self / ... 2 episodes, 2008
Dick Smothers
Dick Smothers
Himself
Tom Smothers
Tom Smothers
Self 2 episodes, 2008
Ed Sullivan
Ed Sullivan
Himself
Ed Ames
Ed Ames
Self 2 episodes, 2011-2014
Barbara Bain
Barbara Bain
Self 2 episodes, 2011-2014
Henry Darrow
Henry Darrow
Self / ... 2 episodes, 2011-2014
Lee Meriwether
Lee Meriwethe...
Dr. Ann MacGregor in Time Tunnel / ... 2 episodes, 2011-2014
Greg Morris
Greg Morris
Barney Collier from Mission: Impossible 2 episodes, 2011-2014
Nichelle Nichols
Nichelle Nich...
Self / ... 2 episodes, 2011-2014
Duncan Renaldo
Duncan Renald...
Cisco Kid - the Cisco Kid / ...
George Takei
George Takei
Self 2 episodes, 2011-2014
Linda Evans
Linda Evans
Self / ... 2 episodes, 2011-2013
Burgess Meredith
Burgess Mered...
Henry Bemis in Twilight Zone Episode Time Enough At Last / ...
Ernest Borgnine
Ernest Borgni...
Self / ... 2 episodes, 2011
Robert Conrad
Robert Conrad
Self / ... 2 episodes, 2011
Angie Dickinson
Angie Dickins...
Self 2 episodes, 2011
Stan Freberg
Stan Freberg
Self / ... 2 episodes, 2011
James Garner
James Garner
Self 2 episodes, 2011
Ross Martin
Ross Martin
Himself / ...
Chuck McCann
Chuck McCann
Self / ... 2 episodes, 2011
Bill Mumy
Bill Mumy
Self / ... 2 episodes, 2011
Stefanie Powers
Stefanie Powe...
Self 2 episodes, 2011
Roseanne Barr
Roseanne Barr
Self 2 episodes, 2013-2014
Georg Stanford Brown
Georg Stanfor...
Self 2 episodes, 2013-2014
Diahann Carroll
Diahann Carro...
Self 2 episodes, 2013-2014
Richard Chamberlain
Richard Chamb...
Self 2 episodes, 2013-2014
Margaret Cho
Margaret Cho
Self 2 episodes, 2013-2014
Michael Fishman
Michael Fishm...
Self 2 episodes, 2013-2014
John Goodman
John Goodman
Self 2 episodes, 2013-2014
Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers
Self 2 episodes, 2013-2014
Leslie Uggams
Leslie Uggams
Self 2 episodes, 2013-2014
Ben Vereen
Ben Vereen
Self 2 episodes, 2013-2014
Lynne Moody
Lynne Moody
Self 2 episodes, 2013
Joan Van Ark
Joan Van Ark
Self 2 episodes, 2013
Tim Allen
Tim Allen
Self 2 episodes, 2014
Pam Dawber
Pam Dawber
Self 2 episodes, 2014
Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldbe...
Self 2 episodes, 2014
Keshia Knight Pulliam
Keshia Knight...
Rudy Huxtable
Norman Lloyd
Norman Lloyd
Self 2 episodes, 2014
Bob Newhart
Bob Newhart
Self 2 episodes, 2014
Richard Pryor
Richard Pryor
Himself
Phylicia Rashad
Phylicia Rash...
Clair Huxtable - Cosby Show
Michael Richards
Michael Richa...
Kramer - Seinfeld
Esther Rolle
Esther Rolle
Florida Evans - Good Times
Malcolm-Jamal Warner
Malcolm-Jamal...
Theo Huxtable - Cosby Show
Jim Henson
Jim Henson
Unknown
Ron Howard
Ron Howard
Unknown
Tina Fey
Tina Fey
Self 2 episodes, 2014-2019
Peter Lupus
Peter Lupus
Unknown
William Conrad
William Conra...
Unknown
Bill Daily
Bill Daily
Unknown
Robert Vaughn
Robert Vaughn
Unknown
Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno
Self 1 episode, 2011
Dan Blocker
Dan Blocker
Unknown
Brad Garrett
Brad Garrett
Unknown
Sally Field
Sally Field
Unknown
Jack Larson
Jack Larson
Self 1 episode, 2013
G.W. Bailey
G.W. Bailey
Unknown
Taran Noah Smith
Taran Noah Sm...
Unknown
Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Jonathan Tayl...
Unknown
Patricia Richardson
Patricia Rich...
Unknown
Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee
Unknown
Howie Mandel
Howie Mandel
Self 1 episode, 2014
LeVar Burton
LeVar Burton
Self 1 episode, 2013
George Clooney
George Cloone...
Unknown
Gloria Reuben
Gloria Reuben
Self 1 episode, 2014
William Katt
William Katt
Self 1 episode, 2013
Andre Braugher
Andre Braughe...
Unknown
Peter Strauss
Peter Strauss
Self 1 episode, 2013
Suzanne Pleshette
Suzanne Plesh...
Unknown
Earl Hindman
Earl Hindman
Unknown
Laurie Metcalf
Laurie Metcal...
Unknown
Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanw...
Unknown
Billy Crystal
Billy Crystal
Unknown
Dick Tufeld
Dick Tufeld
Unknown
Barbara Britton
Barbara Britt...
Unknown
Robert Stack
Robert Stack
Unknown
Lisa Bonet
Lisa Bonet
Unknown
Jack Riley
Jack Riley
Unknown
James Brolin
James Brolin
Unknown
Michael Landon
Michael Lando...
Unknown
Zachery Ty Bryan
Zachery Ty Br...
Unknown
Josh Charles
Josh Charles
Unknown
Jonathan Harris
Jonathan Harr...
Unknown
Denzel Washington
Denzel Washin...
Unknown
Patrick Duffy
Patrick Duffy
Self 1 episode, 2013
Ronny Cox
Ronny Cox
Unknown
Amy Hill
Amy Hill
Unknown
Linda Gray
Linda Gray
Self 1 episode, 2013
Carroll O'Connor
Carroll O'Con...
Unknown
Donna Mills
Donna Mills
Self 1 episode, 2013
Amanda Blake
Amanda Blake
Unknown
Julianna Margulies
Julianna Marg...
Unknown
Lynda Carter
Lynda Carter
Self 1 episode, 2013
Chad Everett
Chad Everett
Self 1 episode, 2014
Gavin MacLeod
Gavin MacLeod
Self 1 episode, 2011
Marta Kristen
Marta Kristen
Judy Robinson in Lost in Space / ... 1 episode, 2011
Marla Gibbs
Marla Gibbs
Self 2 episodes, 2013-2014
Richard Karn
Richard Karn
Unknown
Joan Collins
Joan Collins
Self 3 episodes, 2013-2019
Noah Wyle
Noah Wyle
Self 1 episode, 2014
Debra Winger
Debra Winger
Unknown
Rod Serling
Rod Serling
Unknown
Jack Lord
Jack Lord
Unknown
Roxie Roker
Roxie Roker
Unknown
Lee Majors
Lee Majors
Unknown
Mark Goddard
Mark Goddard
Unknown
James MacArthur
James MacArth...
Dan Williams from Hawaii Five-O 1 episode, 2011
Ray Romano
Ray Romano
Self 1 episode, 2014
Susan Blakely
Susan Blakely
Self 1 episode, 2013
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Julia Louis-D...
Unknown
Frances Bavier
Frances Bavie...
Unknown
Barry Gordon
Barry Gordon
Unknown
Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
Unknown
Sara Gilbert
Sara Gilbert
Unknown
Daws Butler
Daws Butler
Unknown
DeForest Kelley
DeForest Kell...
Unknown
Richard Deacon
Richard Deaco...
Unknown
Milburn Stone
Milburn Stone
Unknown
Mark Harmon
Mark Harmon
Unknown
Robert Colbert
Robert Colber...
Unknown
Dan Castellaneta
Dan Castellan...
Self 1 episode, 2011
Scott Bakula
Scott Bakula
Unknown
Burt Ward
Burt Ward
Self 1 episode, 2013
Vivian Vance
Vivian Vance
Unknown
Ruth Buzzi
Ruth Buzzi
Unknown
Whit Bissell
Whit Bissell
Unknown
Audrey Meadows
Audrey Meadow...
Unknown
George Reeves
George Reeves
Unknown
Jay Leno
Jay Leno
Self 1 episode, 2008
Valerie Harper
Valerie Harpe...
Unknown
Peter Boyle
Peter Boyle
Unknown
Sawyer Sweeten
Sawyer Sweete...
Unknown
Madylin Sweeten
Madylin Sweet...
Unknown
Sullivan Sweeten
Sullivan Swee...
Unknown
Bea Arthur
Bea Arthur
Unknown
Sammy Davis Jr.
Sammy Davis J...
Unknown
Peter Breck
Peter Breck
Unknown
Louie Anderson
Louie Anderso...
Self 1 episode, 2014
Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielb...
Self 1 episode, 2011
Raquel Welch
Raquel Welch
Unknown
Denver Pyle
Denver Pyle
Unknown
Redd Foxx
Redd Foxx
Unknown
Vince Edwards
Vince Edwards
Unknown
David Morse
David Morse
Unknown
Edward James Olmos
Edward James...
Self 1 episode, 2014
Patricia Heaton
Patricia Heat...
Unknown
John Houseman
John Houseman
Unknown
Telma Hopkins
Telma Hopkins
Unknown
Regis Philbin
Regis Philbin
Self 1 episode, 2008
David White
David White
Unknown
Chad Allen
Chad Allen
Unknown
Elinor Donahue
Elinor Donahu...
Unknown
Dennis Hopper
Dennis Hopper
Unknown
Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
Unknown
Clyde Kusatsu
Clyde Kusatsu
Unknown
Mike Evans
Mike Evans
Unknown
Bill Bixby
Bill Bixby
Unknown
Gale Gordon
Gale Gordon
Unknown
Dennis Weaver
Dennis Weaver
Unknown
Louis Gossett Jr.
Louis Gossett...
Self 1 episode, 2013
Rachel Ward
Rachel Ward
Self 1 episode, 2013
Jane Wyatt
Jane Wyatt
Unknown
Billy Gray
Billy Gray
Unknown
June Lockhart
June Lockhart
Unknown
Arte Johnson
Arte Johnson
Unknown
Fess Parker
Fess Parker
Daniel Boone from Daniel Boone / ... 1 episode, 2011
Henry Winkler
Henry Winkler
Self 1 episode, 2014
Lou Ferrigno
Lou Ferrigno
Self 1 episode, 2013
Terence Knox
Terence Knox
Unknown
Darby Hinton
Darby Hinton
Israel Boone from Daniel Boone / ... 1 episode, 2011
Doris Roberts
Doris Roberts
Unknown
Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
Unknown
Burt Reynolds
Burt Reynolds
Unknown
Richard Nixon
Richard Nixon
Unknown
Robert Young
Robert Young
Unknown
Clayton Moore
Clayton Moore
Unknown
William Daniels
William Danie...
Unknown
Franklin Cover
Franklin Cove...
Unknown
William Frawley
William Frawl...
Unknown
Martha Plimpton
Martha Plimpt...
Unknown
Alicia Goranson
Alicia Gorans...
Unknown
Tempestt Bledsoe
Tempestt Bled...
Unknown
Jay Silverheels
Jay Silverhee...
Unknown
Agnes Moorehead
Agnes Moorehe...
Unknown
Sigourney Weaver
Sigourney Wea...
Self 1 episode, 2008
Christina Pickles
Christina Pic...
Self 1 episode, 2014
Gary Merrill
Gary Merrill
Unknown
Ed Begley Jr.
Ed Begley Jr.
Self 2 episodes, 2013-2014
Lily Tomlin
Lily Tomlin
Unknown
Tom Poston
Tom Poston
Unknown
Philip Michael Thomas
Philip Michae...
Unknown
Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler
Unknown
Allan Melvin
Allan Melvin
Unknown
Jack Webb
Jack Webb
Unknown
Larry Hagman
Larry Hagman
Self 1 episode, 2013
Don Johnson
Don Johnson
Unknown
Jason Alexander
Jason Alexand...
Unknown
John F. Kennedy
John F. Kenne...
Unknown
Marcia Wallace
Marcia Wallac...
Unknown
Bryan Brown
Bryan Brown
Self 1 episode, 2013
David Birney
David Birney
Unknown
Rick Overton
Rick Overton
Self 1 episode, 2014
Don Knotts
Don Knotts
Unknown
Charlene Tilton
Charlene Tilt...
Self 1 episode, 2013
Don Marshall
Don Marshall
Unknown
Anthony Edwards
Anthony Edwar...
Self 1 episode, 2014
Joyce Randolph
Joyce Randolp...
Self / ... 1 episode, 2008
Bob Barker
Bob Barker
Self 1 episode, 2008
John Lithgow
John Lithgow
Unknown
Lorne Greene
Lorne Greene
Unknown
Mel Stewart
Mel Stewart
Unknown
John Zaremba
John Zaremba
Unknown
Ed Flanders
Ed Flanders
Unknown
James Arness
James Arness
Marshal Matt Dillon from Gunsmoke / ... 1 episode, 2011
Cicely Tyson
Cicely Tyson
Unknown
Humphrey Bogart
Humphrey Boga...
Unknown
Eriq La Salle
Eriq La Salle
Self 1 episode, 2014
Pernell Roberts
Pernell Rober...
Unknown
Peter Bonerz
Peter Bonerz
Unknown
James Darren
James Darren
Unknown
Lisa Gerritsen
Lisa Gerritse...
Unknown
Eric Laneuville
Eric Laneuvil...
Unknown
Lauren Chapin
Lauren Chapin
Unknown
Lou Scheimer
Lou Scheimer
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids / ... 1 episode, 2011
Chuck Connors
Chuck Connors
Unknown
Peter Falk
Peter Falk
Unknown
Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin
Unknown
Johnny Crawford
Johnny Crawfo...
Mark McCain from Rifleman / ... 1 episode, 2011
Jerry Stiller
Jerry Stiller
Self 1 episode, 2008
Liam Sullivan
Liam Sullivan
Unknown
Buddy Ebsen
Buddy Ebsen
Unknown
Van Williams
Van Williams
Unknown
Michele Lee
Michele Lee
Self 1 episode, 2013
Goldie Hawn
Goldie Hawn
Self 1 episode, 2008
Jackie Gleason
Jackie Gleaso...
Unknown
Ken Lynch
Ken Lynch
Unknown
O.J. Simpson
O.J. Simpson
Unknown
Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali
Unknown
Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley
Unknown
Julie Newmar
Julie Newmar
Self 1 episode, 2013
Roosevelt Grier
Roosevelt Gri...
Gabe Cooper from Daniel Boone / ... 1 episode, 2011
Julia Duffy
Julia Duffy
Self 1 episode, 2014
Elena Verdugo
Elena Verdugo
Self 1 episode, 2014
Bruce Bilson
Bruce Bilson
Self 1 episode, 2011
Mitch Vogel
Mitch Vogel
Self 1 episode, 2011
Lionel Hampton
Lionel Hampto...
Unknown
Pat Boone
Pat Boone
Self 1 episode, 2008
Sid Caesar
Sid Caesar
Self 1 episode, 2008
Bob Eubanks
Bob Eubanks
Self 1 episode, 2008
Monty Hall
Monty Hall
Self 1 episode, 2008
Wink Martindale
Wink Martinda...
Self 1 episode, 2008
Ed McMahon
Ed McMahon
Self 1 episode, 2008
Doc Severinsen
Doc Severinse...
Self 1 episode, 2008
Bob Stewart
Bob Stewart
Self 1 episode, 2008
Bob Uecker
Bob Uecker
Self 1 episode, 2008
Chuck Woolery
Chuck Woolery
Self 1 episode, 2008
Joan Ganz Cooney
Joan Ganz Coo...
Self / ... 1 episode, 2011
Willard Scott
Willard Scott
Commander Retro / ... 1 episode, 2011
Blake Clark
Blake Clark
Self 1 episode, 2014
Pauly Shore
Pauly Shore
Self 1 episode, 2014
Yakov Smirnoff
Yakov Smirnof...
Self 1 episode, 2014
Joe Namath
Joe Namath
Unknown
Perry Como
Perry Como
Unknown
Everett Sloane
Everett Sloan...
Unknown
Michael Dunn
Michael Dunn
Unknown
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