The Sixties

Series Summary
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.

Air Dates: 2014 - Present

Genres: Documentary, History

Network: CNN

  • Season 1, Ep. 10 : Sex, Drugs, and Rock N' RollAug 14, 2014

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    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 Baby Boomer generation have come to define America.

  • Season 1, Ep. 9 : The Times, They are A Changin'Aug 7, 2014

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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.

  • Season 1, Ep. 8 : 1968Jul 31, 2014

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    Soviet incursion into Czechoslovakia, a televised and definitive end to the Johnson Administration, violence at the DNC, and the election of President Nixon helped to punctuate one of the most dramatic years in American history.

  • Season 1, Ep. 7 : The Space RaceJul 24, 2014

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    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 frontier and continues to inspire generations to come.

  • Season 1, Ep. 6 : The British InvasionJul 10, 2014

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    Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr, the lads from Liverpool known as The Beatles led a musical cultural exchange that impacted everything from fashion to sexuality to politics and became the soundtrack for the generation of change.

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  • This is a comfort-food smorgasbord for the Woodstock generation, a harking back to that vision of ourselves as a nation with shared ideals and values. Show More

  • At its best The Sixties is admirable, but to riff on an old promotional slogan, it isn’t all that it could be: Yes, it’s an exercise that might capture the magic of landing on the moon, but doesn’t take the extra step that would send viewers over it. Show More

  • The historical documentaries are more successful than the cultural ones, for having a better story to tell, but all are made in a similar style, without written narration, driven by news clips and interviews (with scholars, participants and celebrity rememberers, Hanks naturally included). Show More

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