They were the stars of the small screen in the early years of television, and much of the nation came to a halt whenever their shows aired. As the originators of these innovative television formats, they provided an essential escape for millions of viewers who eagerly waited to watch them each week.

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  • See how America’s top standup comics made the transition to the sitcom format.

    55:46

  • "Roots," "Rich Man, Poor Man" and "The Thorn Birds" mastered the art of storytelling.

    53:10

  • They fought villains, rescued the innocent and became role models to viewers of every age.

    53:10

  • "Dallas," "Dynasty" and "Knots Landing" were all part of the nighttime soap frenzy.

    52:00

  • This episode celebrates the first comediennes to appear on television.

    50:00

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