Breaking Barriers (2014)

Documentary, History, Rhonda Recommended

Director: Steven J. Boettcher

Writer(s): Michael J. Trinklein

Starring: Benjamin Bratt, Jimmie Walker, Margaret Cho, Diahann Carroll, Bill Cosby, Edward James Olmos, George Takei, Whoopi Goldberg, Betty White, Leslie Uggams, John Amos, Ben Vereen, Georg Stanford Brown, Bob Newhart, Robert Culp, Jerry Seinfeld, Carol Burnett, Penny Marshall, Henry Darrow, Ed Ames, Marla Gibbs, Barbara Bain, Martin Landau, Mike Connors, Nichelle Nichols, Robin Williams

Synopsis: This episode of Pioneers of Television traces the story of people of color on American television — including the mid-1960s breakthroughs of African Americans Diahann Carroll and Bill Cosby. Latino landmarks range from “I Love Lucy” with Desi Arnaz to “Miami Vice” with Edward James Olmos. Also featured are Asian-Americans like George Takei, who details his youth spent in a Japanese internment camp.

Release Date: April 29, 2014 (USA) | Length: 53 min | Genre: History | MPAA Rating: TV-PG

Note: Part of PBS “Pioneers of Television” series.