A documentary series that follows the life of some of America’s most influential historians for an in-depth look at the changing roles of historians in the modern era, PBS announced Wednesday.
The documentary series, which will debut on PBS stations starting Oct. 7, is called “Mad Histories,” and it is based on the bestselling book by Emmy Award-winning historian Harold W. Washburn.
The show, which is narrated by historian Henry Louis Gates, will focus on the life and work of three of Americas most prominent and influential historians: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Benjamin Franklin.
The series, first produced in 2006 and broadcast nationally in 2008, has since expanded into more than two dozen PBS stations, including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Miami.
It was produced in partnership with PBS.
The PBS docuseries will premiere at 10 p.m.
(PT) and will be available on PBS’ PBS Go service, the channel’s digital platforms, PBS Kids, and PBS Now.
“Mad Histors” features interviews with the historians, archival footage, and archival films from PBS and PBS Departments of History and American Studies.
It will be released as part of PBS’ “PBS History: The Next Century” project, which features five documentaries about the next century.
“We’re excited to have such an influential and insightful group of historians and historians of our time, and to have them join us in the pursuit of the next chapter in our history,” said PBS president and CEO David Rhodes.
“We are honored to collaborate with these talented historians and we hope they will contribute to our growing list of PBS documentaries that reflect the future of our country.”
The PBS series is being made possible by the generous support of the George W. Bush Presidential Center and the Charles E. and Mary Ann Koch Foundation.
The George W, George H.W. Bush, and George W.’s wife, Laura Bush, are co-executive producers.
The first episode of the series is scheduled to debut at 10:30 p..m., Oct. 8, on PBS.
You can watch the first episode on PBS Go, PBS stations in the U.S. and Canada, and on PBS Kids and PBS All Access, and you can also download the episode to your computer and watch it on PBS TV.
The second episode of “Mad History” will premiere on PBS channels in the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Iceland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Austria, on Friday, Oct. 15, and in Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, and South Korea on Friday and Saturday.