A two-hour anniversary edition of PBS’s 1973 documentary series “An American Family,” — considered the “first” reality show — will air in July, PBS announced. The series has not been seen on PBS nationally in more than two decades.
Filmmakers Alan and Susan Raymond, who both worked on the original production, have condensed the show’s entire run — originally 12 hours — to show the “most memorable and compelling moments of the the series,” according to PBS.
Some PBS stations around the country got a peek at the original series in April, right around the time when HBO debuted “Cinema Verite,” a movie starring Diane Lane and Tim Robbins that chronicled the filming of the series.
“An American Family,” which broadcast its first episode on January 11, 1973, followed the Loud family of Santa Barbara, Calif., and all of the drama between the parents and their five children — including the mother, Pat, asking for a separation from her husband, Bill.
The two-hour anniversary version will air nationwide on July 7, including in the Washington area.