Pioneers Of Television: Funny Ladies

This episode of Pioneers Of Television features the first standup comediennes to appear on television — legends such as Phyllis Diller and Joan Rivers. It also looks at Lucille Ball’s breakthrough on “I Love Lucy” and the sitcom stars who followed, including Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White and Marla Gibbs. The episode covers television’s most enduring variety star, Carol Burnett, and features interviews with contemporary actresses including Tina Fey and Margaret Cho.

Watch Pioneers Of Television: Funny Ladies Tuesday, January 15 at 8:00 p.m. on WCVE PBS / WHTJ PBS

Ryan Seacrest narrates the third season of this Emmy-nominated series, which reveals intriguing behind-the-scenes stories and fascinating facts about television shows and programming genres that continue to influence the medium today. New interviews with legendary stars and never-before-seen images mix with timeless footage that continues to entertain viewers decades later.

Other episodes include:
Primetime Soaps – January 22 Trace the arc of nighttime soaps, from “Peyton Place” to “Knots Landing.”

Superheroes – January 29 Survey decades of superheroes, from “Superman” in the 1950s to “The Greatest American Hero” in the 80s.

Miniseries – February 5 Join the stars of landmark miniseries who comment on the influence of their genre today.

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