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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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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.
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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.
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Deep yearnings for freedom by a generation unwilling to wait give birth to feminism, civil rights, environmentalism, conservatism, and the gay rights movements.
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Discover how close the U.S. was to World War III during the Bay of Pigs and Cuban Missile crises.
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Soviet incursion into Czechoslovakia, devastating assassinations,Southeast Asia war exclamations, a televised and definitive end to the Johnson Administration, violence at the Democratic National Convention, and the election of President Nixon helped to punctuate one of the most dramatic years in American history.
aired 41 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 62 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 485 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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