American Experience

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American Experience
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Genre Television documentary
Created byPeter McGhee
Narrated by Will Lyman (late '80s, early to mid-'90s)
David McCullough (also as host)
(1988–1999) [1]
Theme music composer
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English (US)
No. of seasons31
No. of episodes342 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Judy Crichton
Margaret Drain
Mark Samels
Producer(s)Susan Bellows (Senior Producer)
Running timeapprox. 55 minutes or about two hours
Production company(s) WGBH-TV
Original network PBS [2]
Original releaseOctober 4, 1988 (1988-10-04) 
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American Experience is a television program airing on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) television stations in the United States. The program airs documentaries, many of which have won awards, [3] about important or interesting events and people in American history.

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The series premiered on October 4, 1988 and was originally titled The American Experience, but the article "The" was dropped during a later rebrand and image update. The show has had a presence on the Internet since 1995, and more than 100 American Experience programs are accompanied by their own internet websites, which have more background information on the subjects covered as well as teachers' guides and educational companion materials. [4] The show is produced primarily by WGBH-TV in Boston, Massachusetts, though occasionally in the early seasons of the show, it was co-produced by other PBS stations such as WNET (Channel 13) in New York City.

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