Stream Online The Vietnam War, the New Documentary by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick

Right now, PBS is in the midst of air­ing The Viet­nam War, a ten-part, 18-hour doc­u­men­tary film series direct­ed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. The “immer­sive 360-degree nar­ra­tive” tells “the epic sto­ry of the Viet­nam War,” using nev­er-before-seen footage and inter­views. If you’re not watch­ing the series on the TV, you can also view it on the web and through PBS apps for smart­phones, tablets, Apple TV, Roku and Ama­zon Fire TV. Episode 1 appears above. Find all of them here.

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Relat­ed Con­tent:

Mick­ey Mouse In Viet­nam: The Under­ground Anti-War Ani­ma­tion from 1968, Co-Cre­at­ed by Mil­ton Glaser

An Aging Louis Arm­strong Sings “What a Won­der­ful World” in 1967, Dur­ing the Viet­nam War & The Civ­il Rights Strug­gle

What Is Apoc­a­lypse Now Real­ly About? An Hour-Long Video Analy­sis of Fran­cis Ford Coppola’s Viet­nam Mas­ter­piece


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  • Randy says:

    “there is no men­tion of Viet­namese dead, only Amer­i­cans”

    Pil­ger demon­strates him­self to be an idiot, pur­port­ing to review a 10-episode series based on the only episode he claims to have seen.

    I’ve seen all 8 episodes shown so far, and it by no means is a white­wash. Clear­ly at every step along the way, from start to appar­ent fin­ish, the US made the wrong deci­sion. The series makes that pret­ty clear except to the peo­ple who insist on plas­ter­ing their own inter­pre­ta­tion on top of it, regard­less of the con­tent.

    My only com­plaint is that you’re still left won­der­ing (so far) what the heck was going on in North Korea at that time, to moti­vate so many to just throw away their lives. No mat­ter what gov­ern­ment lies they were fed, plain­ly many, many peo­ple were not com­ing back from their mis­sions. They had to know it was point­less.

  • Randy says:

    (This site requires so many scripts to be enabled… is Open­Cul­ture run­ning a coin mine or what?)

    “there is no men­tion of Viet­namese dead, only Amer­i­cans”

    Pil­ger demon­strates him­self to be an idiot, pur­port­ing to review a 10-episode series based on the only episode he claims to have seen.

    I’ve seen all 8 episodes shown so far, and it by no means is a white­wash. Clear­ly at every step along the way, from start to appar­ent fin­ish, the US made the wrong deci­sion. The series makes that pret­ty clear except to the peo­ple who insist on plas­ter­ing their own inter­pre­ta­tion on top of it, regard­less of the con­tent.

    My only com­plaint is that you’re still left won­der­ing (so far) what the heck was going on in North Korea at that time, to moti­vate so many to just throw away their lives. No mat­ter what gov­ern­ment lies they were fed, plain­ly many, many peo­ple were not com­ing back from their mis­sions. They had to know it was point­less.

  • Jordan Bell says:

    This link is use­less for Cana­di­ans. Per­haps also for any­one out­side the USA. Is this site just for Amer­i­cans?

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