Archive Highlights

He's Catching Up to the 2000 Year-Old Man: Carl Reiner Turns 95!

March 20th, 2017
Carl Reiner

He's a boy from the Bronx who's had a hand in some of film and television's most memorable moments. Carl Reiner turns 95 years young today, and he's spent over 80 of those years entertaining people in one medium or another, from stage plays, to radio, to the small screen and the large.

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Golden Girl Betty White Turns 95!

January 17th, 2017
Betty White

Betty White celebrates her 95th birthday today! She's been in the business for over 70 years, and we can't get enough of her!

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Notes on Shark Jumping

June 21st, 2016
Henry Winkler

In 1985 at The University of Michigan, a term was quietly coined that would one day enter the lexicon and forever change the way we talked about television. Sean Connolly, Jon Hein’s roommate, invented the phrase “jump the shark” to describe that heretofore undefined moment when a television show you love starts going downhill.

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IT'S THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF OUR VERY FIRST INTERVIEW!

May 14th, 2016
Leonard H. Goldenson

20 years ago today, on May 14, 1996, we conducted our very first Archive of American Television interview! Leonard H. Goldenson, the founder of ABC, was interviewee #1.

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A Salute to 10 Classic TV Moms

May 8th, 2016
Florence Henderson

Carol Brady was not going to wear an apron....Everyone wanted to be a Partridge....June Cleaver wore heels for a reason....and "Mrs.

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Tears, Dreams, and Blank Screens: A Brief History of the Series Finale

April 28th, 2016
Leave It To Beaver

Lucy accidently destroys a newly sculpted Revolutionary War statue in the town square. A grenade temporarily blinds Eliot Ness. Perry Mason successfully defends an eccentric actress in a murder case. These describe three episodes of the most successful shows of the ‘50s and ‘60s. What do they all have in common? They’re all the final episodes of their respective series.

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The Late Garry Shandling

March 31st, 2016
Garry Shandling

June Gloom hung in the sky as I frantically paced back and forth at the foot of a driveway of a beautiful home in Brentwood. I was supposed to be interviewing Garry Shandling for the Archive of American Television, and he was late. Very late.

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Valentine’s Schmalentines: Television’s Volatile Relationships

February 12th, 2016
Cheers' Sam and Diane

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I figured I’d write about some of television’s famous relationships. But let’s face it, happily ever after is not all that interesting, especially when it’s in a series that is running 100+ episodes. To make it compelling you need some acrimony, some yelling, some break ups.

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Spin-offs: The Good, The Bad, and "The Tortellis"

January 26th, 2016
The Tortellis

One thing remains constant in the ever-changing landscape of American Television: where there’s a successful series, there is always the possibility of a spin-off. The temptation to remove a supporting character and give him/her a series of their own is always strong. But it can be a dangerous proposition.

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