Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film.
Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides—Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam.
Ten years in the making, the series includes rarely seen and digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the globe, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th Century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, and secret audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations.
THE VIETNAM WAR features more than 100 iconic musical recordings from greatest artists of the era and haunting original music from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross as well as the Silk Road Ensemble featuring Yo-Yo Ma.
Watch the series on WVUT at 8pm on the following dates:
9/17 – Episode 1 “Déjà Vu” (1858 – 1961) After a century of French occupation, Vietnam emerges independent but divided into North and South.
9/18 – Episode 2 “Riding the Tiger” (1961 – 1963) As a communist insurgency gains strength, JFK wrestles with American involvement in South Vietnam.
9/19 – Episode 3 “The River Styx” January 1964 – December 1965) With South Vietnam near collapse, LBJ begins bombing the North and sends US troops to the South.
9/20 – Episode 4 “Resolve” (January 1966 – June 1967) US soldiers discover Vietnam is unlike their fathers’ war, while the antiwar movement grows.
9/21 – Episode 5 ” “This is What We Do” (July 1967 – December 1967) President Johnson escalates the war while promising the public that victory is in sight.
9/24 – Episode 6 “Things Fall Apart” (January 1968 – July 1968) Shaken by the Tet Offensive, assassinations and unrest, America seems to be coming apart.
9/25 – Episode 7 “The Veneer of Civilization (June 1968 – May 1969) After chaos roils the Democratic Convention, Nixon, promising peace, narrowly wins the presidency.
9/26 – Episode 8 “The History of the World” (April 1969 – May 1970) Nixon withdraws troops but when he sends forces into Cambodia the antiwar movement reignites.
9/27 – Episode 9 “A Disrespectful Loyalty” (May 1970 – March 1973) South Vietnam fights on its own as Nixon and Kissinger find a way out for America. The POWs return.
9/28 – Episode 10 “The Weight of Memory (March 1973 – Onward) Saigon falls and the war ends. Americans and Vietnamese from all sides search for reconciliation.
If you miss an episode, you can watch a re-broadcast each following morning at 1am, or online HERE.