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With the Vietnam War, the British Invasion, Woodstock, the Civil Rights Movement, and JFK's assassination, the 1960s represent, perhaps, the most consequential decade in U.S. history. It was a period of monumental social and political change, altering virtually every aspect of American life for future generations. "The Sixties," a 10-episode documentary executive-produced by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Mark Herzog, explores the people, events and discoveries that defined how citizens came to think about their government, their place in the world, and themselves. It combines archival newsreel footage, personal movies, interviews, and comments by historians, journalists, politicians, celebrities and others, bringing new perspectives about a landmark decade.

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aired 165 days ago
Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr, the "Fab Four" known as The Beatles led a musical cultural exchange that impacted everything from fashion to sexuality to politics. Jann Wenner, Nelson George, Tom Hanks, and others describe how The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Dave Clark Five, The Animals, The Who, and others did so much more than provide a soundtrack for the generation of change.
aired 172 days ago
In what many consider to be the greatest conspiracy in American history, Max Holland, Robert Dallek, Mark Lane, Robert Caro, Alexandra Zapruder, Vincent Bugliosi, members of the Warren Commission staff, and others attempt to explain in their eyes why the investigations remain so compelling and controversial.
aired 217 days ago
Examine how beatniks, Haight-Ashbury, Andy Warhol, Timothy Leary, hippies, Woodstock and Hell's Angels became counter-cultural foundations that still resonate today as the tastes, morals, and politics of the Baby Boomer generation have come to define America.
aired 347 days ago
Tom Hanks, Sally Field, the Smothers Brothers, Carol Burnett, Carl Reiner, Dick Cavett and other celebrities describe how television shows like "Batman" and "Star Trek" reflected and influenced life during the 1960s.
aired 410 days ago
Discover how close the U.S. was to World War III during the Bay of Pigs and Cuban Missile crises.
aired 410 days ago
Astronauts and celebrities describe the greatest adventure story of all time; "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" pushed the boundaries of exploration to a new and unprecedented frontier, inspiring generations to come with imagination and new inventions from around the world.
aired 803 days ago
Looking back 50 years to explore 1968, a year marked by seismic shifts in American politics, social movements, global relations and cultural icons that changed the modern landscape.
aired 879 days ago
Deep yearnings for freedom by a generation unwilling to wait give birth to feminism, civil rights, environmentalism, conservatism, and the gay rights movements.
aired 1,351 days ago
Tim O'Brien, Frederik Logeval, Karl Marlantes, Neil Sheehan, Andrew Bacevich, George Herring, Tom Hayden, and Philip Caputo give their insight on the Gulf of Tonkin, LBJ, and the most polarizing event of the decade, the televised war in Vietnam.

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Executive-produced by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Mark Herzog, CNN's eight-part documentary picks up where the network's critically acclaimed and highly-rated series "The Sixties" ended. Episodes examine the people, events and cultural touchstones that defined the '70s, delving into everything from the impact of the Vietnam War to the unprecedented scandal of Watergate. Also covered are the Iran Hostage Crisis, the sexual revolution, the Munich Olympics massacre, and the kidnapping of Patty Hearst. The documentary combines archival newsreel footage, personal movies, interviews, and comments by historians, journalists, politicians, celebrities and others, bringing new perspectives about a consequential decade.
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The 1990s had remarkable highs and lows: Technology paved the way for a digital world, and the ranks of billionaires grew fast. But the Columbine massacre, al-Qaida threat, and Clinton scandals also happened. On the heels of its popular miniseries deconstructing the 1980s, National Geographic Channel delves into 10 years when the Web was wide open but before global terror hit hard. "The '90s: The Last Great Decade?" features 120 original interviews -- from unsung heroes of riveting stories, to notables in many fields -- and memorable clips of a time between the end of the Cold War and the approaching War on Terror.