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"We built this series with a broad viewership in mind, from age 8 to 88," he said. "Both men and women, both nerds and folks like my parents, who I learned this weekend had never heard of ‘The Avengers’ movie."
Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle
The three-hour documentary airs Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. on PBS/Channel 7. The three segments are:
“Truth, Justice and the American Way” (1938-58) recounts the creation of the genre during the Great Depression, the burst of patriotism during World War II, the Communist witch-hunting of the 1950s and the advent of television.
“Great Power, Great Responsibility” (1959-77) explores a new breed of superheroes — from Spider-Man to the Hulk, the Black Panther to the Green Lantern. More human, reflecting changes in society and influencing pop culture.
“A Hero Can Be Anyone” (1978-present) sees superheroes become a huge part of entertainment as Superman and Batman make comebacks, the Watchmen capture the imagination, and feature films, television and video games are dominated by the genre in America and around the world.
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