The Civil War

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The Civil War is a 1990 American television documentary miniseries created by Ken Burns about the American Civil War. It was first broadcast on PBS on five consecutive nights from September 23 to 28, 1990. More than 39 million viewers tuned in to at... read more
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The Civil War is a 1990 American television documentary miniseries created by Ken Burns about the American Civil War. It was first broadcast on PBS on five consecutive nights from September 23 to 28, 1990. More than 39 million viewers tuned in to at least one episode, and viewership averaged more than 14 million viewers each evening, making it the most-watched program ever to air on PBS. It was awarded more than 40 major television and film honors. A companion book to the documentary was released shortly after the series aired.

Original Release

09/23/1990 on PBS

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Cast

Morgan Freeman Frederick Douglass
Sam Waterston Abraham Lincoln
Jason Robards Ulysses S. Grant
Gene Jones Various
Walt MacPherson Various
Jeremy Irons Various (voice)
John Hartford Various
Christopher Murney Pvt. Elijah Hunt Rhodes
Hoyt Axton Various
Derek Jacobi Various
(see additional cast & crew)
# Title Air Date
1 The Cause (1861) Sunday, 23 September 1990
2 A Very Bloody Affair (1862) Monday, 24 September 1990
3 Forever Free (1862) Monday, 24 September 1990
4 Simply Murder (1863) Tuesday, 25 September 1990
5 The Universe of Battle (1863) Tuesday, 25 September 1990
6 Valley of the Shadow of Death (1864) Wednesday, 26 September 1990
7 Most Hallowed Ground (1864) Wednesday, 26 September 1990
8 War Is All Hell (1865) Thursday, 27 September 1990
9 The Better Angels of Our Nature (1865) Thursday, 27 September 1990

Directors

Ken Burns

Writers

Ken Burns, Ric Burns, Geoffrey C. Ward

Cast

Morgan Freeman Frederick Douglass
Sam Waterston Abraham Lincoln
Jason Robards Ulysses S. Grant
Gene Jones Various
Walt MacPherson Various
Jeremy Irons Various (voice)
John Hartford Various
Christopher Murney Pvt. Elijah Hunt Rhodes
Hoyt Axton Various
Derek Jacobi Various
Julie Harris Mary Chestnut (voice)
M. Emmet Walsh Various
Colleen Dewhurst Various
Pamela Reed Various
Horton Foote Jefferson Davis
George Black Robert E. Lee
David Marks Various
Studs Terkel Benjamin F. Butler
Ronnie Gilbert Various
Shelby Foote

Producers

Editors

Paul Barnes, Tricia Reidy, Bruce Shaw

1991 Emmy Outstanding Individual - Informational Programming Won
1991 Emmy Outstanding Informational Series Won
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