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This episode traces the story of people of color on American television—including the breakthroughs of African-Americans Diahann Carroll (Julia) and Bill Cosby (I Spy); Latinos Desi Arnaz (I Love Lucy) and Edward James Olmos (Miami Vice); and Asian-Americans George Takei (Star Trek) and Margaret Cho (All American Girl).
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About Pioneers of Television

PIONEERS OF TELEVISION returns to PBS in January 2011 for a second season featuring all new stories of the visionaries who shaped a fledgling medium with their creativity, foresight and wisdom. Narrated by Kelsey Grammer, this four-part series transports viewers behind the scenes for a revealing look at four of the most popular genres in television: science fiction, westerns, crime dramas and local kids TV.

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