American Experience: JFK

Season 1
 (266)8.62013TV-PG
This biography provides a fresh look at an enigmatic man who has become one of the nation's most beloved and most mourned leaders.
Starring
Oliver Platt
Genres
Special Interest
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. American Experience: JFK - Part One
    November 11, 2013
    54min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Part One follows JFK's rise to power. Jack Kennedy first bursts onto the national stage as a war hero, and with his congressional win, Kennedy rises in power and influence.
  2. 2. American Experience: JFK - Part Two
    November 11, 2013
    54min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    JFK's campaign for president is the first to be waged on television, a distinct advantage for the telegenic candidate.
  3. 3. American Experience: JFK - Part Three
    November 12, 2013
    54min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    This episode follows Kennedy into the White House, offering fresh assessments of the successes and failures of his tenure.
  4. 4. American Experience: JFK - Part Four
    November 12, 2013
    54min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The final installment follows Kennedy through his assassination and the unfulfilled promise of his presidency.

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Directors
Susan Bellows
Producers
Susan Bellows
Season year
2013
Network
PBS
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G. MartinReviewed in the United States on October 24, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsBeautiful Series about President Kennedy: The man was more than a machine.
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This has to be one of the best documentary projects on Television that I have ever watched in regards to the entire life of President Kennedy. I have seen others but some concentrate on details of his life outside of politics that give only a glancing looking into the political aspect. Other, just the opposite, showing more politics than what the man was like in growing up. This was delightful to watch, all four hours of these 4 episodes. It covered everything in the life of this young president and I learned a lot about this man in seeing the complete aspect of his life and political career and how one affected the other. Set to video tape footage, the sound track of this series was nicely composed as well. The angles presented by Susan Bellow for American Experience were spot on I feel. I can't say enough good things about this series. I think that all Americans, especially in this day and age with the shape of this nation's political upheaval that we are experiencing should watch this series. I found myself several times sitting here and saying to myself....my, what has this nation lost since President Kennedy was in office? The fact that this man was one that compromised by having Conservatives in his office and taking heat from Progressives speaks volumes of what this man was willing to try to have compromise, real compromise. And as the series concluded, I was left feeling like I had met the man and had come to know him. Seeing the funeral footage stirred something in me and I was never more understanding of how good this series was to watch as an American. Great Series, wonderfully directed and produced. One of the better American Experience series. Well Done.
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Timothy R. WilliamsReviewed in the United States on September 7, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsA great bio of JFK
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I thought that this was a very well put togather Biography of president Kennedy. My favorite president. I was born 4 months after he was killed. In his short time as president and his childhood This is more in depth than some other compilations out there. It arrived on time in good shape. For a used dvd. I am happy with it
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Desert DiplomatReviewed in the United States on December 14, 2014
4.0 out of 5 starsExcellent Documentary with One Small Exception . . .
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I found this documentary to be excellent, with only one exception. This has been mentioned previously in other reviews, but I'll echo it here as well. The documentary ends rather abruptly with Kennedy's assassination. Perhaps this was an editorial choice (to leave the viewer feeling much as the country did when he was killed), but I would have liked a bit more about the impact on the nation at the time (and, the impact overseas; there's some footage from Paris, but I would have liked to see more), as well as a deeper exploration of his legacy.

All in all, a very nice and balanced remembrance of JFK.
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Stephen SalnikerReviewed in the United States on August 30, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsGood Review Of His Life
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I loved this American Experience when it first aired. Marvelous clips of the events that propelled him into the White House, as well as when he was President. The film doesn't dwell on his assassination, which so many other DVDs do. If you liked the man, this is terrific.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 13, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsBRAVO to PBS
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BRAVO to PBS and how they put JFK together. What was important was talked about in here and what was trash and hearsay was left out...……….So BRAVO PBS I'm so glad I ordered this I recommend it to everybody
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cynthiaAmazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on June 2, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsA true hero for all time
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This was for the most part an accurate account
Of the adult life of this hero. I cannot believe all the tales of promiscuity. His pain ridden body
Would not allow for such escapades. His back
Pain would be a huge obstacle to such activity.
Ann FieldReviewed in the United States on September 8, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsVery well done
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I was a young college student during JFK's presidency, so it was a real trip back in time to be reminded of this point in history. I hadn't realized until watching it how close we came to nuclear war! Thank you President Kennedy for keeping a "cool head"! I thought this production was very well done.
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Heather PierceReviewed in the United States on January 28, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsUpbringing and early political interest.
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Factual and interesting. Focused on the success and hard work of making his way to the presidency.
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