• Network: PBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 2, 2008
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jan 18, 2011
    50
    Regardless of the memories and anecdotes, what these films lack are commentators who can provide cultural context.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Jan 18, 2011
    70
    Enlightening without feeling quite essential, the sort of PBS package that seems at times designed to warm the hearts and loosen the purse strings of viewers of a certain age and income.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jan 18, 2011
    83
    One little gripe---Pioneers needed to give a tip of the space helmet to some '50s pioneers, such as "Captain Video" and "Flash Gordon." Otherwise, it's all pleasure.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Feb 3, 2011
    50
    Unfortunately it's more of a survey or omnibus, so it covers many programs somewhat glancingly.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jan 18, 2011
    70
    Pioneers of Television is a once-over-lightly treatment, admittedly, but it's still a concept worth celebrating.

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