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CNN's summer series about the 1960s

May 28, 2014

"The Sixties," a new CNN series about the tumultuous decade will allow baby boomers to watch how the moments they lived through influenced the generations to follow. It may be fun to watch as a group in senior living communities where older people can reminisce together.

Tom Hanks is the executive producer of the 10-part documentary series. He's produced other historical series previously, including "From Earth to the Moon," "Band of Brothers" and "The Pacific." The summer run of "The Sixties" begins May 29 with the episode titled "Television Comes of Age." A few episodes, including this one, have been previewed by some members of the press including The Hollywood Reporter and Vanity.

Pre-summer releases
Two episodes of the series have already aired but they'll be played again in chronological order this summer. "The Assassination of President Kennedy" was released in November to correspond with the 50th anniversary of JFK's death. The 90-minute section includes news footage, man-on-the-street interviews and the conclusions of the Warren Commission.

"The British Invasion" aired in January and focused on the era's musical influences. The hour-long episode begins with the Beatles' thunderous entrance to American pop-culture and carries the viewer through the introduction of bands like the Kinks and the Rolling Stones.

The series begins 
"Television Comes of Age" covers the emergence of TV as a staple in American culture. From the beginning of television programming in the 1950s to the explosive coverage of JFK's assassination in 1964, the documentary looks at all facets of the blossoming media. There are interviews with historians like David McCullough and prominent public figures such as Dan Rather. Popular shows like The Addams Family, Gilligan's Island and the Flying Nun are discussed alongside comedy programs that featured Johnny Carson, Dick Cavett, Merv Griffin and The Smothers Brothers. The producers also delve into the first African American comedians to hit the screen including Bill Cosby, Flip Wilson and Richard Pryor.

The show will air every week through the end of July on CNN.

May 29: "Television Comes of Age"

June 5: "The World on the Brink"

June 12: "The Assassination of President Kennedy"

June 19: "The War in Vietnam"

June 26: "A Long March to Freedom"

July 3: "The British Invasion"

July 10: "The Space Race"

July 17: "The Times, They are A-Changin'"

July 24: "1968"

June 31: "Sex, Drugs, and Rock N'Roll"