The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

2017
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Season 1 episodes (22)

1 Déjà Vu (1858-1961)
9/17/17
Vietnamese revolutionaries led by Ho Chi Minh end nearly a century of French colonial occupation. Vietnam is divided in two. Communists in the North aim to reunify the country, while America supports Diem’s untested regime in the South.
1 Déjà Vu (1858-1961)
9/17/17
Vietnamese revolutionaries led by Ho Chi Minh end nearly a century of French colonial occupation. Vietnam is divided in two. Communists in the North aim to reunify the country, while America supports Diem’s untested regime in the South.
2 Riding the Tiger (1961-1963)
9/18/17
Kennedy inspires idealistic Americans to serve their country and wrestles with how deeply to get involved in South Vietnam. As the autocratic Diem regime faces a communist insurgency and Buddhist protests, a political crisis unfolds.
2 Riding the Tiger (1961-1963)
9/18/17
Kennedy inspires idealistic Americans to serve their country and wrestles with how deeply to get involved in South Vietnam. As the autocratic Diem regime faces a communist insurgency and Buddhist protests, a political crisis unfolds.
3 The River Styx (January 1964-December 1965)
9/19/17
With South Vietnam in chaos, hardliners in Hanoi seize the initiative and send combat troops to the South. President Johnson escalates America’s military commitment, authorizing bombing of the North and deploying ground troops in the South.
3 The River Styx (January 1964-December 1965)
9/19/17
With South Vietnam in chaos, hardliners in Hanoi seize the initiative and send combat troops to the South. President Johnson escalates America’s military commitment, authorizing bombing of the North and deploying ground troops in the South.
4 Resolve (January 1966-June 1967)
9/20/17
North Vietnamese troops and materiel stream down the Ho Chi Minh Trail into the South. As an antiwar movement builds back home, soldiers and Marines discover that the war they are fighting in Vietnam is nothing like their fathers’ war.
4 Resolve (January 1966-June 1967)
9/20/17
North Vietnamese troops and materiel stream down the Ho Chi Minh Trail into the South. As an antiwar movement builds back home, soldiers and Marines discover that the war they are fighting in Vietnam is nothing like their fathers’ war.
5 This Is What We Do (July 1967-December 1967)
9/21/17
American casualties mount as they face deadly North Vietnamese ambushes and artillery. Hanoi lays plans for a massive surprise offensive, and the Johnson administration reassures the American public that victory is in sight.
5 This Is What We Do (July 1967-December 1967)
9/21/17
American casualties mount as they face deadly North Vietnamese ambushes and artillery. Hanoi lays plans for a massive surprise offensive, and the Johnson administration reassures the American public that victory is in sight.
6 Things Fall Apart (January 1968-July 1968)
9/24/17
On the Tet holiday, North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces launch attacks on cities and military bases throughout the South, suffering devastating losses but casting doubt on Johnson’s promise that there is “light at the end of the tunnel.”
6 Things Fall Apart (January 1968-July 1968)
9/24/17
On the Tet holiday, North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces launch attacks on cities and military bases throughout the South, suffering devastating losses but casting doubt on Johnson’s promise that there is “light at the end of the tunnel.”
7 The Veneer of Civilization (June 1968-May 1969)
9/25/17
Public support for the war declines, and American men of draft age face difficult decisions and moral choices. After police battle with demonstrators in the streets of Chicago, Richard Nixon wins the presidency. In Vietnam the war goes on.
7 The Veneer of Civilization (June 1968-May 1969)
9/25/17
Public support for the war declines, and American men of draft age face difficult decisions and moral choices. After police battle with demonstrators in the streets of Chicago, Richard Nixon wins the presidency. In Vietnam the war goes on.
8 The History of the World (April 1969-May 1970)
9/26/17
With morale plummeting in Vietnam, President Nixon begins withdrawing American troops. As news breaks of an unthinkable massacre committed by American soldiers, the public debates the rectitude of the war.
8 The History of the World (April 1969-May 1970)
9/26/17
With morale plummeting in Vietnam, President Nixon begins withdrawing American troops. As news breaks of an unthinkable massacre committed by American soldiers, the public debates the rectitude of the war.
9 A Disrespectful Loyalty (May 1970-March 1973)
9/27/17
U.S. airpower makes the difference in halting a North Vietnamese offensive. After being re-elected, Nixon announces Hanoi has agreed to a peace deal. American prisoners of war will finally come home—to a bitterly divided country.
9 A Disrespectful Loyalty (May 1970-March 1973)
9/27/17
U.S. airpower makes the difference in halting a North Vietnamese offensive. After being re-elected, Nixon announces Hanoi has agreed to a peace deal. American prisoners of war will finally come home—to a bitterly divided country.
10 The Weight of Memory (March 1973-Onward)
9/28/17
While the Watergate scandal rivets Americans’ attention, the Vietnamese continue in a civil war. When North Vietnamese troops pour into the South, Saigon collapses. For the next 40 years, all sides search for healing and reconciliation.
10 The Weight of Memory (March 1973-Onward)
9/28/17
While the Watergate scandal rivets Americans’ attention, the Vietnamese continue in a civil war. When North Vietnamese troops pour into the South, Saigon collapses. For the next 40 years, all sides search for healing and reconciliation.
101 PBS Previews: The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
6/30/17
This program takes a look at creation of the upcoming series from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick: THE VIETNAM WAR. Featuring interviews with the filmmakers, behind-the-scenes footage, and exclusive clips from the series, this program will give viewers an advance look at this Fall's most anticipated film.
101 PBS Previews: Ken Burns: The Vietnam War
8/28/17
This program takes a look at creation of the upcoming series from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick: THE VIETNAM WAR. Featuring interviews with the filmmakers, behind-the-scenes footage, and exclusive clips from the series, this program will give viewers an advance look at this Fall's most anticipated film.

About this show

THE VIETNAM WAR, an immersive ten-part, eighteen hour documentary film series directed by acclaimed filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, tells the epic story of one of the most divisive, consequential and misunderstood events in American history, as it has never before been told on film.
4.9
20 reviews
Nancey Brown
March 16, 2018
This as with all Ken Burn"s documentaries is enthalling. It compells the viewer to continue with each episode.Though Canadian I have lived through the events via American friends on both sides of the conflict ei protesters and those who served. I have learned and continue to learn from Mr.Burns and Ms Novack's excellents in bringing first the Civil War, The War, and now The Vietnam War to the public with an unbiased view and compelling interviews with both sides of the conflict. I continue to admire the projects presented by Ken Burns and recommend his documentaries to everyone. Another masterpiece!!!
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Adam Rivard
July 12, 2018
May be the best docu-series ever created. Ken Burns is a master at telling stories of American Experience. This series is even better than the one about the Second World War. It blows my mind that he tracked down Viet-cong soldiers to tell their story as well. I recommend that everyone watch this documentary, Vietnam is a piece of history often ignored yet it created some of the best music and films ever.
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Ian Mathers
October 10, 2017
A masterpiece!!!
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