Biography (1987-2015)

Status: Ended

Airdate: 1987-04-06

Runtime: 1 hour

Rating(s): 7.9

Genre(s): Documentary

Language(s): English

Description

Biography is a documentary television series. It was originally a half-hour filmed series produced for CBS by David Wolper from 1961 to 1964 and hosted by Mike Wallace. The A&E Network later re-ran it and has produced new episodes since 1987. The older version featured historical figures such as Helen Keller and Mark Twain, or long-dead entertainment figures such as Will Rogers or John Barrymore. The A&E series has placed the emphasis on such people as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Plácido Domingo, Freddie Mercury, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Eric Clapton, Pope John Paul II, Gene Tierney, Selena, Diego Rivera, Mao Zedong and Queen Elizabeth II, and fictional characters like The Phantom, Superman, Hamlet, Betty Boop, and Santa Claus. The program ended up profiling enough figures that in 1999, A&E spun it off into an entire network, The Biography Channel. Initially, most of the episodes featured the life stories of historical figures or present political or social leaders. People such as William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Enrico Caruso, and Eva Peron were profiled. After a few years, however, the show began producing episodes on figures from pop culture, including Britney Spears, Al Pacino, Johnny Depp and Marilyn Manson. This move away from purely intellectual subject matter has been criticized by some.

Episode Title Rating Airdate Skipped Watched
Normal Episodes 997
Season 1 1
Season 5 1
Season 7 1
Season 10 1
Season 24 1
Season 1961 2
S1961E01
Amelia Earhart
Unknown
S1961E02
Charles Lindbergh
Unknown
Season 1962 34
S1962E01
Admiral Chester Nimitz
Unknown
S1962E02
Admiral Richard E. Byrd
Unknown
S1962E03
Adolf Hitler: Part 1
Unknown
S1962E04
Adolf Hitler: Part 2
Unknown
S1962E05
Babe Ruth
Unknown
S1962E06
Benito Mussolini
Unknown
S1962E07
Clarence Darrow
Unknown
S1962E08
Colonel Billy Mitchell
Unknown
S1962E09
Dag Hammarskjold
Unknown
S1962E10
Fiorello La Guardia
Unknown
S1962E11
Francisco Franco
Unknown
S1962E12
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Part 1
Unknown
S1962E13
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Part 2
Unknown
S1962E14
General Charles De Gaulle
Unknown
S1962E15
General Douglas MacArthur
Unknown
S1962E16
George Patton
Unknown
S1962E17
Harry S. Truman: Part 1
Unknown
S1962E18
Harry S. Truman: Part 2
Unknown
S1962E19
Henry Ford
Unknown
S1962E20
John L Lewis
Unknown
S1962E21
John Pershing
Unknown
S1962E22
Josef Stalin
Unknown
S1962E23
Knute Rockne
Unknown
S1962E24
Mahatma Gandhi
Unknown
S1962E25
Pope Pius XII
Unknown
S1962E26
Robert A. Taft
Unknown
S1962E27
Senator Joseph McCarthy
Unknown
S1962E28
The Duke of Windsor
Unknown
S1962E29
Theodore Roosevelt
Unknown
S1962E30
Thomas Edison
Unknown
S1962E31
Wernher von Braun
Unknown
S1962E32
Winston Churchill: The Darkest Hours
Unknown
S1962E33
Winston Churchill: The Final Victory
Unknown
S1962E34
Woodrow Wilson
Unknown
Season 1963 27
S1963E01
Admiral William Halsey
Unknown
S1963E02
Colonel John Glenn
Unknown
S1963E03
David Ben-Gurion
Unknown
S1963E04
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Unknown
S1963E05
Eamon De Valera
Unknown
S1963E06
Eleanor Roosevelt
Unknown
S1963E07
Emperor Hirohito
Unknown
S1963E08
Eva Peron
Unknown
S1963E09
Fidel Castro
Unknown
S1963E10
Field Marshall Erwin Rommel
Unknown
S1963E11
General George Marshall
Unknown
S1963E12
George Bernard Shaw
Unknown
S1963E13
Helen Keller
Unknown
S1963E14
Herbert Hoover
Unknown
S1963E15
Huey Long
Unknown
S1963E16
Jackie Robinson
Unknown
S1963E17
John Barrymore
Unknown
S1963E18
Joseph Goebbells
Unknown
S1963E19
Konrad Adenauer
Unknown
S1963E20
Madame Chiang Kai-Shek
Unknown
S1963E21
Mao Tse-Tung
Unknown
S1963E22
Nikita Khrushchev
Unknown
S1963E23
Princess Margaret
Unknown
S1963E24
Queen Elizabeth II
Unknown
S1963E25
Thomas E Dewey
Unknown
S1963E26
Wendell Willkie
Unknown
S1963E27
Rose Kennedy
Unknown
Season 1987 1
Season 1989 3
Season 1990 2
Season 1992 4
Season 1993 1
Season 1994 21
Season 1995 103
S1995E01
Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis: In A Class Of Her Own
S1995E02
Jesus: His Life
S1995E03
Raquel Welch
S1995E04
The Vanderbilts: An American Dynasty
S1995E05
Milton Hershey: The Chocolate King
S1995E06
P.T. Barnum: American Dreamer
S1995E07
Sammy Davis Jr.: Mr. Entertainment
S1995E08
The History of Hamlet
S1995E09
Donna Summer: From Disco To Diva
S1995E10
Thomas Jefferson: Philosopher Of Freedom
S1995E11
Attila The Hun: Scourge Of God
S1995E12
Loretta Lynn: True Story Of The Coal Miner's Daughter
S1995E13
Charlton Heston: For All Seasons
S1995E14
Love and Death: The Story Of Bonnie And Clyde
S1995E15
John Dillinger: Public Enemy No. 1
S1995E16
Lizzie Borden: A Woman Accused
S1995E17
Jimmy Carter: To The White House And Beyond
S1995E18
Huey Long: The Kingfish
S1995E19
The Unknown Jesus
S1995E20
The Extraordinary Journeys Of Jules Verne
S1995E21
Marconi: Whisper In The Air
S1995E22
Pierre Elliott Trudeau
S1995E23
Betty Grable: Behind The Pin-Up
S1995E24
Mickey Rooney: Hollywood's Little Giant
S1995E25
Sherlock Holmes: The Great Detective
S1995E26
Jack The Ripper: Phantom Of Death
S1995E27
Howdy Doody And Buffalo Bob Smith
S1995E28
Genghis Khan: Terror And Conquest
S1995E29
Patton: A Genius For War
S1995E30
The Red Baron: Master Of The Air
S1995E31
Mozart
S1995E32
Pocahontas: Her True Story
S1995E33
Daniel Boone
S1995E34
Lewis & Clark: Explorers Of The New Frontier
S1995E35
Crazy Horse: The Last Warrior
S1995E36
King George III: Mad Or Maligned?
S1995E37
Paul Revere: The Midnight Rider
S1995E38
Benedict Arnold: Triumph And Treason
S1995E39
To John with Love: A Tribute to John Candy
S1995E40
Tokyo Rose: Victim of Propaganda
S1995E42
Darryl F. Zanuck: 20th Century Filmmaker
S1995E43
Malcolm X: A Search For Identity
S1995E44
Dean Martin: Everybody Loves Somebody
S1995E45
Liberace: Mr. Showmanship
S1995E46
Charles Manson: Journey Into Evil
S1995E47
Ted Bundy: The Mind of a Killer
S1995E48
King Arthur: His Life and Legends
S1995E49
Robin Hood: Outlaw Of The Forest
S1995E50
Hercules: Power Of The Gods
S1995E51
Patrick Henry: Voice Of Liberty
S1995E52
Susan B. Anthony: Rebel for the Cause
S1995E53
Andrew Jackson: A Man For The People
S1995E54
Brigham Young: Architect Of Faith
S1995E55
Christopher Columbus: Explorer Of The New World
S1995E56
Leif Ericson: Voyages Of A Viking
S1995E57
Marco Polo: Journey To The East
S1995E58
Ponce De Leon: The First Conquistador
S1995E59
George Custer: Showdown At Little Bighorn
S1995E60
Sitting Bull: Chief of The Lakota Nation
S1995E61
Wild Bill Hickok: Gentleman Of The Old West
S1995E62
The James Gang: Outlaw Brothers
S1995E63
Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid
S1995E64
Boris Karloff: The Gentle Monster
S1995E65
Lon Chaney Jr.: Son Of A Thousand Faces
S1995E66
Bela Lugosi: Hollywood's Dark Prince
S1995E67
Nostradamus: Prophet of Doom
S1995E68
H.G. Wells: Time Traveller
S1995E69
Paul Newman: Hollywood's Charming Rebel
S1995E70
Roger Moore: A Matter of Class
S1995E73
John Wilkes Booth: Assassin In The Spotlight
S1995E74
The Gettys: A Tragedy of Riches
S1995E76
Andrew Carnegie: Prince of Steel
S1995E77
Al Capone: Scarface
S1995E79
The Kellogg Brothers: Corn Flake Kings
S1995E80
Mary Tyler Moore: All American-Girl
S1995E81
Charles Dickens: A Tale of Ambition and Genius
S1995E82
Charles Schulz: A Charlie Brown Life
S1995E83
Stan Lee: the ComiX-Man
S1995E100
Henry Kissinger: A Diplomat's Life
S1995E101
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: A Historical Perspective
Unknown
S1995E102
O.J. Simpson
Unknown
S1995E103
Jesse Jackson: I Am Somebody
Unknown
S1995E104
Nicholas and Alexandra
Unknown
S1995E105
Richard Burton: An Actor's Life
Unknown
S1995E106
FDR: Years of Crisis
S1995E107
Peter Sellers
Unknown
S1995E109
Tony Bennett: The Art of the Singer
Unknown
S1995E110
Albert Schweitzer: Darkness and Light
Unknown
S1995E111
Ike & Monty: Generals at War
Unknown
S1995E112
Raymond Chandler
Unknown
S1995E113
Larry King
Unknown
S1995E114
Goebbels: Master of Propaganda
Unknown
S1995E115
Louis Armstrong: Laughin' Louis
Unknown
S1995E116
Donna Summer
Unknown
S1995E120
Leona Helmsley
Unknown
S1995E121
Aristotle Onassis: The Golden Greek
Unknown
S1995E122
Coco Chanel: A Private Life
Unknown
S1995E123
Eric Clapton
Unknown
S1995E124
Yul Brynner: The Man Who Was King
Unknown
S1995E125
Debbie Reynolds
Unknown
S1995E126
Lance Ito: Sitting in Judgment
Unknown
S1995E1995
Bugsy Siegel
Unknown
S1995E1996
Sigmund Freud: Analysis of a Mind
Season 1996 100
S1996E01
Carol Burnett: Just to Have a Laugh
S1996E02
Jeffrey Dahmer: The Monster Within
S1996E03
Carl Sagan: A Cosmic Celebrity
S1996E04
Sir Isaac Newton - The Gravity of Genius
S1996E05
Richard Pryor: Comic On The Edge
S1996E06
Gary Gilmore: A Fight to Die
S1996E07
The Boston Strangler
S1996E08
Alexander Graham Bell: Voice Of Invention
S1996E09
Stonewall Jackson
S1996E10
Dwight D. Eisenhower: Supreme Commander in Chief
S1996E11
Admiral Chester Nimitz: Thunder of the Pacific
S1996E12
Mark Twain: His Amazing Adventures
S1996E13
Adam & Eve: Lost Innocence
S1996E14
Samson and Delilah: Love and Betrayal
S1996E15
Mary of Nazareth: A Mother's Life
S1996E16
Amelia Earhart
S1996E17
Abraham Lincoln: Preserving the Union
S1996E18
John F. Kennedy: A Personal Story
S1996E19
Theodore Roosevelt: Roughrider to Rushmore
S1996E20
Richard Nixon: The Man and the President
S1996E21
Lucky Luciano
Unknown
S1996E22
Gypsy Rose Lee: Naked Ambition
S1996E23
The Beatles Story
Unknown
S1996E24
Saddam Hussein
Unknown
S1996E25
H. Norman Schwarzkopf: A Soldier's Story
Unknown
S1996E26
Moshe Dayan: A Warrior's Story
Unknown
S1996E27
Rush Limbaugh: Always Right
Unknown
S1996E28
James Brown: The Godfather of Soul
Unknown
S1996E29
Annette Funicello
Unknown
S1996E30
Samson and Delilah: Love and Betrayal
Unknown
S1996E31
Rudolph Valentino: The Great Lover
Unknown
S1996E32
Ronald Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime
Unknown
S1996E33
George Bush
Unknown
S1996E34
The Great Ziegfeld
Unknown
S1996E35
Mussolini: Italy's Nightmare
S1996E36
Joseph Stalin: Red Terror
S1996E37
John F. Kennedy Jr.: Child of a Dream
Unknown
S1996E38
Burt Lancaster: Daring to Reach
Unknown
S1996E39
St. Patrick: The Man, the Myth
Unknown
S1996E40
Arnold Schwarzenegger: Flex Appeal
Unknown
S1996E41
Jamie Lee Curtis: Hollywood's Girl Next Door
Unknown
S1996E42
Jim Carrey: The Joker's Wild
Unknown
S1996E43
Bruce Lee: The Curse of the Dragon
Unknown
S1996E44
Gene Kelly
Unknown
S1996E45
Moses and the Ten Commandments
Unknown
S1996E46
Meyer Lansky: Mob Tycoon
Unknown
S1996E47
Hatfields & McCoys: An American Feud
S1996E48
Muhammad Ali
Unknown
S1996E49
Conrad Hilton: Innkeeper to the World
Unknown
S1996E50
The du Ponts: America's Wealthiest Family
Unknown
S1996E51
George Burns: One Hundred Years of Laughter
Unknown
S1996E52
Abbott and Costello Meet Biography
Unknown
S1996E53
Mata Hari: Unveiling the Myth
Unknown
S1996E54
Captain Bligh: Mutiny on the Bounty
Unknown
S1996E55
John Paul Jones: Captain of the High Seas
Unknown
S1996E56
Hugh Hefner: American Playboy
Unknown
S1996E57
Jean Harlow: Platinum Bombshell
Unknown
S1996E58
Faberge: Imperial Jeweler
Unknown
S1996E59
The Phantom
Unknown
S1996E60
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Unknown
S1996E61
Henry VIII: Scandals of a King
Unknown
S1996E62
Marie Antoinette: The Tragic Queen
Unknown
S1996E63
Richard the Lionheart
Unknown
S1996E64
Elizabeth II: The Making of a Queen
Unknown
S1996E65
Zorro: Mark of the Z
Unknown
S1996E66
Audie Murphy: Great American Hero
Unknown
S1996E67
Edward VIII: The Traitor King
S1996E68
William Shakespeare: A Life of Drama
Unknown
S1996E69
Betty Boop: Queen of Cartoons
S1996E70
Solomon and Sheba: An Epic Love Story
Unknown
S1996E71
J. Pierpont Morgan: Emperor of Wall Street
S1996E72
The Astors: High Society
Unknown
S1996E73
David and Goliath: A Biblical Battle
Unknown
S1996E74
Amelia Earhart: Queen of the Air
Unknown
S1996E75
Tyrone Power: The Last Idol
Unknown
S1996E76
Edward G. Robinson: Little Big Man
Unknown
S1996E77
Katharine Hepburn: On Her Own Terms
Unknown
S1996E78
Michael Douglas: Son of Spartacus
Unknown
S1996E79
Robert E. Lee
Unknown
S1996E80
Admiral Chester Nimitz: Thunder of the Pacific
Unknown
S1996E81
Alice Faye: The Star Next Door
Unknown
S1996E82
Peter Lorre: The Master of Menace
S1996E83
John F. Kennedy: A Personal Story
Unknown
S1996E84
Abraham Lincoln: Preserving the Union
Unknown
S1996E85
Mark Twain: His Amazing Adventures
Unknown
S1996E86
Frederick Douglass
Unknown
S1996E87
Tarzan: The Legacy of Edgar Rice Burroughs
Unknown
S1996E88
Fidel Castro: El Comandante
Unknown
S1996E89
Leonard Nimoy: Spock and Beyond
Unknown
S1996E90
Shirley Temple: The Biggest Little Star
Unknown
S1996E91
Kathie Lee Gifford: Having It All
Unknown
S1996E92
Mary of Nazareth: A Mother's Life
Unknown
S1996E93
Evita Peròn: The Woman Behind the Myth
Unknown
S1996E94
Arthur Godfrey: Broadcasting's Forgotten Giant
Unknown
S1996E95
Carmen Miranda: The South American Way
Unknown
S1996E96
Howard Stern: Radio Rebel
S1996E97
The Earp Brothers: Lawmen of the West
Unknown
S1996E98
Christa McAuliffe: Teacher in Space
Unknown
S1996E99
Buffalo Bill: Showman of the West
S1996E100
Benito Mussolini: Italy\'s Nightmare
Unknown
Season 1997 100
S1997E01
Eliot Ness: Untouchable
S1997E02
Julia Child: An Appetite for Life
S1997E03
Andrew Cunanan
S1997E04
Timothy McVeigh: Soldier of Terror
S1997E05
Seeing Double
S1997E06
Vincent Price: The Versatile Villain
S1997E07
Jane Russell: Body and Soul
S1997E08
Judy Garland: Beyond the Rainbow
S1997E09
Rasputin: The Mad Monk
S1997E10
Noah and the Ark: Voyage to a New Beginning
S1997E11
Lucrezia Borgia: Pretty Poison
S1997E12
Larry Flynt: Fighting Dirty
S1997E13
F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great American Dreamer
S1997E14
Ayatollah Khomeini: Holy Terror
S1997E15
The Gambinos: First Family of Crime
Unknown
S1997E16
Sam Giancana
Unknown
S1997E17
Masters and Johnson: The Science of Sex
Unknown
S1997E18
Woodrow Wilson: Reluctant Warrior
Unknown
S1997E19
G. Gordon Liddy: Warrior With a Cause
Unknown
S1997E20
Dow and Jones: Wizards of Wall Street
Unknown
S1997E21
Samuel Bronfman: Whiskey Man
Unknown
S1997E22
Sonja Henie: Fire on Ice
Unknown
S1997E23
Joan Rivers: Can She Talk!
Unknown
S1997E24
Sophia Loren: Actress Italian Style
Unknown
S1997E25
Henry Fonda: Hollywood's Quiet Hero
Unknown
S1997E26
Sidney Poitier: The Defiant One
Unknown
S1997E27
Audrey Hepburn: The Fairest Lady
Unknown
S1997E28
Elizabeth I: The Virgin Queen
Unknown
S1997E29
Nancy Reagan: The President's Leading Lady
Unknown
S1997E30
Peter Graves
Unknown
S1997E31
Leonardo da Vinci: Renaissance Master
Unknown
S1997E32
Shirley Temple: Hollywood's Little Princess
Unknown
S1997E33
Shah of Iran
Unknown
S1997E34
Pancho Villa: Outlaw Hero
Unknown
S1997E35
Katharine Graham: Pillar of the Post
Unknown
S1997E36
Barbara Stanwyck: Straight Down the Line
Unknown
S1997E37
Erwin Rommel: The Last Knight
Unknown
S1997E38
Hannibal: The General's General
Unknown
S1997E39
Richard Petty: King of the Road
Unknown
S1997E40
Lucrezia Borgia: Pretty Poison
Unknown
S1997E41
George Marshall: Soldier and Statesman
Unknown
S1997E42
Al Gore: A Burning Ambition
Unknown
S1997E43
Dr. Ruth Westheimer: Speaking of Sex
Unknown
S1997E44
Louis Farrakhan: Minister of Rage
Unknown
S1997E45
Carl Sagan: A Cosmic Celebrity
Unknown
S1997E46
Sylvester Stallone: The Rocky Road to the Top
Unknown
S1997E47
Tom Hanks: Hollywood's Golden Boy
Unknown
S1997E48
Malcolm Forbes: High-Flying Millionaire
Unknown
S1997E49
Doris Duke: The Lonely Heiress
Unknown
S1997E50
Armand Hammer: A Life of Deception
Unknown
S1997E51
Oscar Levant: Brilliant Shadow
Unknown
S1997E52
Flash Gordon: Journey to Greatness
Unknown
S1997E53
Andy Griffith: Hollywood's Homespun Hero
Unknown
S1997E54
Alan Alda: More Than Mr. Nice Guy
Unknown
S1997E55
Phil Silvers: Top Banana
Unknown
S1997E56
George Armstrong Custer: America's Golden Cavalier
Unknown
S1997E57
Dutch Schultz: Menace to Society
Unknown
S1997E58
Ayatollah Khomeini: Holy Terror
Unknown
S1997E59
Frank Serpico: Honor Bound
Unknown
S1997E60
Frank Costello: Prime Minister of the Mob
Unknown
S1997E61
Ivan the Terrible: Might and Madness
S1997E62
Diana: The People's Princess
Unknown
S1997E63
Queen Victoria: Royal Family Values
Unknown
S1997E64
Hail Caesar: Julius Caesar
S1997E65
Hail Caesar: Augustus
S1997E66
Hail Caesar: Nero
S1997E67
Hail Caesar: Hadrian
S1997E68
Hail Caesar: Constantine
S1997E69
Hail Caesar: Justinian
S1997E70
James Earl Ray: The Man and the Mystery
Unknown
S1997E71
Kirk Douglas: A Lust for Life
Unknown
S1997E72
Mia Farrow: A Life of Drama
Unknown
S1997E73
Gloria Vanderbilt: An Heir of Style
Unknown
S1997E74
Oliver North: Beyond the Call of Duty
Unknown
S1997E75
Edward R. Murrow: Voice of America
Unknown
S1997E76
Hap Arnold: The Sky Warrior
Unknown
S1997E77
Anastasia: Her True Story
Unknown
S1997E78
R.H. Macy
Unknown
S1997E79
Vincent Van Gogh: A Stroke of Genius
Unknown
S1997E80
J.C. Penney: Main Street Millionaire
Unknown
S1997E81
Sam Walton: Bargain Billionaire
Unknown
S1997E82
The Woolworths: Five-and-Dime Fortune and Failure
Unknown
S1997E83
The Marshall Fields: A Chicago Tradition
Unknown
S1997E84
Neiman Marcus: Last of the Merchant Kings
Unknown
S1997E85
Edgar Cayce: The Sleeping Psychic
Unknown
S1997E86
Stanley and Livingstone
Unknown
S1997E87
Charles Kuralt: A Life on the Road
Unknown
S1997E88
Cinque: Freedom Fighter
Unknown
S1997E89
Truman Capote
Unknown
S1997E90
Joan Collins: A Personal Dynasty
Unknown
S1997E91
Molly Brown: An American Original
Unknown
S1997E92
Jimmy Stewart: His Wonderful Life
Unknown
S1997E93
Dalai Lama: The Soul of Tibet
S1997E94
Luciano Pavarotti: King of the High Cs
Unknown
S1997E95
Mahatma Gandhi: Pilgrim of Peace
Unknown
S1997E96
FDR, Part 1
Unknown
S1997E97
FDR, Part 2
Unknown
S1997E98
Joseph Kennedy: Father of an American Dynasty
Unknown
S1997E99
Thurgood Marshall: Justice for All
S1997E100
Dale Carnegie: Man of Influence
Unknown
Season 1998 36
Season 1999 31
Season 2000 39