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Last updated April 10, 2021

National Geographic: Arlington: Field of Honor Poster

National Geographic: Arlington: Field of Honor

2005 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

There's no other stretch of grassland more renowned than Virginia's Arlington National Cemetery, home to the remains of those who served in the military, most notably the Unknown Soldier and beloved U.S. president John F. Kennedy. This heartfelt documentary looks at the cemetery's history through interviews with men and women who've been privy to solemn events held there, as well as rare archival footage and tales passed down through the years.
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Chosin Poster

Chosin

2010 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Some 60 years after the Korean War, U.S. veterans share their experiences on the front lines of the Chosin Reservoir Campaign, a battle in which 15,000 American soldiers fought against insurmountable odds in sub-zero temperatures behind enemy lines.
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Ken Burns: The Civil War Poster

Ken Burns: The Civil War

1990 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

This documentary masterpiece from Ken Burns depicts the strategies and action of famous Civil War battles, and relates the stories of generals, field soldiers, politicians, heroes and a beleaguered president. The Emmy-winning miniseries begins by looking at the factors that led to the firing on Fort Sumter, and covers specific notable battles, climaxing with Gen. Robert E. Lee's surrender and Pres. Abraham Lincoln's assassination.
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Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl Poster

Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

2012 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

This TV miniseries chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, when a frenzied wheat boom on the southern Plains -- followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s -- nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation.
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Ken Burns: The War Poster

Ken Burns: The War

2007 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

A seven-part series brings World War II to life through the harrowing personal accounts of a handful of soldiers and others from "typical" American towns, recreating visceral scenes of the battles at Omaha Beach, Guadalcanal, Okinawa and more.
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Ken Burns: The Civil War Poster

Ken Burns: The Civil War

1990 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

This documentary masterpiece from Ken Burns depicts the strategies and action of famous Civil War battles, and relates the stories of generals, field soldiers, politicians, heroes and a beleaguered president. The Emmy-winning miniseries begins by looking at the factors that led to the firing on Fort Sumter, and covers specific notable battles, climaxing with Gen. Robert E. Lee's surrender and Pres. Abraham Lincoln's assassination.
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Ken Burns: The War Poster

Ken Burns: The War

2007 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Documentarians Ken Burns and Lynn Novick bring the harrowing history of World War II to life through the personal accounts of a handful of participants from four "typical" American towns -- proving nothing was typical during this terrible time. Historical footage and photographs combine with realistic sound effects to create visceral scenes of the battles at Omaha Beach, Guadalcanal, Okinawa and more in this seven-part PBS presentation.
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Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl Poster

Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

2012 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

This TV miniseries chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, when a frenzied wheat boom on the southern Plains -- followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s -- nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation.
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Bhutto Poster

Bhutto

2010 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

This documentary is an in-depth and at times incendiary look at the life and tragic death of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto, the outspoken voice of reason whose 2007 assassination sent her country's political system into a tailspin.
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Ken Burns: Prohibition Poster

Ken Burns: Prohibition

2011 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Ken Burns's fascinating multipart documentary examines the history of alcohol in America, including the events leading up to the passage of the 18th Amendment, the social and legal effects of prohibiting alcohol, and the repeal of Prohibition.
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Historical Perspective Poster

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Historical Perspective

1994 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

This documentary program focuses on the Civil Rights leader's many groundbreaking accomplishments. Footage covers Dr. King's war on poverty and his staunch opposition to the Vietnam War. Also included is his stirring "I Have a Dream" speech.
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Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird Poster

Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird

2010 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, and its Oscar-winning film adaptation both had a deep influence on American culture and racial perspectives. This pensive documentary studies the author's life and the controversy her work inspired.
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A Good Day to Die Poster

A Good Day to Die

2010 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

In-depth interviews and archival footage profile the life of Dennis Banks, co-founder of the American Indian Movement, which staged protests, including the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee, to draw attention to the mistreatment of Native Americans.
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Ken Burns: Prohibition Poster

Ken Burns: Prohibition

2011 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Ken Burns's fascinating multipart documentary examines the history of alcohol in America, including the events leading up to the passage of the 18th Amendment, the social and legal effects of prohibiting alcohol, and the repeal of Prohibition.
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Ken Burns: Jazz Poster

Ken Burns: Jazz

2001 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns celebrates jazz, the "most American art form," in all of its incarnations over the decades -- from its origins in blues and ragtime through its evolution into swing, bebop and fusion. The series follows the growth and development of jazz from the gritty streets of New Orleans to the Lincoln Gardens on Chicago's Southside, the hallowed place where Louis Armstrong first won fame.
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National Geographic: Explorer: 25 Years Poster

National Geographic: Explorer: 25 Years

2010 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Celebrate "Explorer's" 25 years of compelling programming with this commemorative special that recaps such show highlights as an undersea expedition to the Titanic wreckage, a tour of the Guantanamo Bay detention center and a report from North Korea. Throughout this documentary television series' quarter century on the air, its viewers have visited more than 100 countries and learned fascinating lessons about science, wildlife and humankind.
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Ken Burns: Jazz Poster

Ken Burns: Jazz

2001 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns celebrates jazz, the "most American art form," by following its substantial growth and development over the decades -- from its origins in blues and ragtime through its evolution into swing, bebop and fusion.
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Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story Poster

Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story

2012 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Prompted by a son's wish to honor his filmmaker father, this documentary uncovers the impact of a bold decision made by an African American waiter to expose the true state of race relations in Mississippi in the turbulent 1960s.
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Ken Burns: The West Poster

Ken Burns: The West

1996 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Historian and Oscar nominee Ken Burns and his talented team mine vintage photographs, music, maps, letters, newspapers and more to bring to life the struggles and challenges Americans faced in the 19th century as they embarked on westward expansion.
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National Geographic: Pearl Harbor: Legacy of Attack Poster

National Geographic: Pearl Harbor: Legacy of Attack

2001 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

This feature-length documentary delves into the unresolved mysteries surrounding the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor as oceanographer Robert Ballard dives deep into the waters of the harbor to find the remains of a Japanese sub.
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Hiroshima: BBC History of World War II Poster

Hiroshima: BBC History of World War II

2005 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

This fascinating documentary recounts the world's first nuclear attack and examines the alarming repercussions. Covering a three-week period from the New Mexico test blast to dropping the bomb on Hiroshima, the program chronicles America's political gamble and the planning for the momentous event. Archival film, dramatizations and special effects take viewers aboard the &NFi;Enola Gay&NFi_; and inside the exploding bomb.
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Greatest Tank Battles Poster

Greatest Tank Battles

2011 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

The Military Channel presents an action-packed series that brings to life the most gripping and monumental tank battles ever fought. Filmed on battlefields around the world, the show features realistic CGI animation and eyewitness accounts.
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Surviving Hitler: A Love Story Poster

Surviving Hitler: A Love Story

2011 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Two young sweethearts ultimately become co-conspirators in the now famous Valkyrie plot to assassinate Hitler. Narrated in vivid detail and supported by never-before-seen 8mm footage shot by one of the central characters.
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Ken Burns: The West Poster

Ken Burns: The West

1996 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Historian and Oscar nominee Ken Burns and his talented team mine vintage photographs, music, maps, letters, newspapers and more to bring to life the struggles and challenges Americans faced in the 19th century as they embarked on westward expansion.
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Greatest Tank Battles: Season 1 Poster

Greatest Tank Battles: Season 1

2011 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

The Military Channel presents an action-packed series that brings to life the most gripping and monumental tank battles ever fought. Filmed on battlefields around the world, the show features realistic CGI animation and eyewitness accounts.
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