American Masters

Groundbreaking Latino actor Raúl Juliá was also a pioneering advocate of social causes, including ending hunger. Family Collection
In its 34th season, American Masters premiered Raúl Juliá: The World’s A Stage, the first documentary on the versatile and influential Puerto Rican actor whose talent took the stage and screen by storm. The biography series also brought the stories of three literary figureheads out from behind the back cover: science fiction (and notoriously private) author Ursula K. Le Guin, N. Scott Momaday, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “House Made of Dawn” led to the mainstream breakthrough of Native American literature, and the legendary Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning storyteller Toni Morrison.

“This biographical doc makes a strong case for seeing the charismatic performer not just as a trailblazing Latino performer, but as one of the best actors of his generation.” – Manuel Betancourt, Remezcla, on Raúl Juliá: The World’s A Stage

American Masters placed the spotlight on musical giant Miles Davis; celebrated painter Mark Rothko, who helped define Abstract Expressionism; and notorious entertainment icon Mae West – who possessed unheard of creative and economic power for a woman in the 1930s. On Facebook, clips from Mae West: Dirty Blonde accumulated more than 2.5 million views.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, American Masters produced multimedia series Unladylike2020, which illuminated 26 stories of courageous, little-known and diverse female trailblazers from the turn of the 20th century.

American Masters, in my opinion, is the best biographical series on TV or on any other outlet.” – Nate Bloom, The Jewish News

The Webby People’s Voice Award-winning fourth season of American Masters Podcast explored the origin stories of artists and cultural figures like musicians Tegan and Sara, comedian Chris Gethard and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney.

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Unladylike2020 highlighted the unsung women of America who changed history.