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American Experience; Big Dream, Small Screen


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American Experience
Big Dream, Small Screen
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Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

Program Description

A legendary invention usually guarantees its creator worldwide fame and fortune, yet the name Philo T. Farnsworth has long been forgotten. This program charts the genesis of Farnsworth's development of the first working electronic television, a feat that most engineers thought was impossible at the time.



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Chicago: “American Experience; Big Dream, Small Screen,” 01/24/1997, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 25, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_58937D45332E428697DCED38C18A5918.
MLA: “American Experience; Big Dream, Small Screen.” 01/24/1997. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 25, 2020. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_58937D45332E428697DCED38C18A5918>.
APA: American Experience; Big Dream, Small Screen. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_58937D45332E428697DCED38C18A5918
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