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America In Primetime: Man Of The House

Airs Sunday, November 6, 2011 at 8 p.m. on KPBS


Above: Ray Romano (right) and producer Phil Rosenthal (center) from the hit TV series "Everybody Loves Raymond," which is featured in AMERICA IN PRIMETIME.

AMERICA IN PRIMETIME presents some of the most compelling shows on television today, as well as those of the past, by focusing on key character archetypes — the man of the house, the independent woman, the misfit and the crusader — that have remained a staple of primetime through the generations, capturing both the continuity of the character and the evolution.

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The show features more than a hundred in-depth interviews with the creators, writers and actors who give life to the characters whom audiences have come to love, and demonstrates how the finest television today has its foundation in the best television of yesterday.

The four-part series premieres Sundays, October 30 through November 20, 2011. "Independent Woman" will air on Sunday, October 30 at 8 p.m. "Man of the House" will air on November 6 at 8 p.m. "The Misfit" will air on November 13 at 8 p.m. "The Crusader" will air on November 20 at 8 p.m.

"Man Of The House" showcases the evolution of the man of the house from the king of his castle in classic family sitcoms to a more intricate, conflicted figure in modern shows.

Interviews include Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner (“The Cosby Show”); David Chase (“The Sopranos”); Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”); Ron Howard (“The Andy Griffith Show”); Carl Reiner and Dick Van Dyke (“The Dick Van Dyke Show”); and Phil Rosenthal and Patricia Heaton (“Everybody Loves Raymond”), among others.

Man Of The House: All In The Family

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In this clip from "America In Primetime," the creators of "All in the Family" and other stars discuss the complicated character of Archie Bunker.

Man Of The House: Jessie Tyler Ferguson

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Watch Jessie Tyler Ferguson on PBS. See more from America in Primetime.

Jessie Tyler Ferguson discusses his character from "Modern Family" and how his TV relationship reminds him of the Huxables.

Man Of The House: Breaking Bad

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Watch Man of the House: Breaking Bad 1 on PBS. See more from America in Primetime.

The creators of "Breaking Bad" discuss the character of Walt, and how his death sentence changes his character.

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