American Experience

American Experience, TV's most-watched history series, brings to life the compelling stories from our past that inform our understanding of the world today.

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Corporate sponsorship for American Experience is provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Consumer Cellular. Major funding by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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Sandra Day O'Connor: The First


Discover the story of the Supreme Court’s first female justice - Sandra Day O'Connor.

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American Oz


The life and times of L. Frank Baum, creator of the beloved The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

The Codebreaker


The fascinating story of Elizebeth Smith Friedman, the groundbreaking cryptanalyst.

The Codebreaker, Spanish


The Codebreaker with Spanish subtitles.

Part 1 | The Vote | American Experience


The fiery campaign that led to passage of the 19th Amendment, granting women the vote.

Part 2 | The Vote | American Experience


Part Two examines the mounting dispute over strategies and reveals the pervasive racism.

Mr. Tornado


The story of Ted Fujita's groundbreaking work to understand the deadliest storms.