Masterpiece Theater

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Masterpiece Theatre premiered on PBS on January 10, 1971, making it America's longest-running weekly primetime drama series. Since 1993, its host has been Russell Baker. Other than this, its format remained relatively unchanged, one of its most distinguishing characteristics being its signature themesong, "Rondeau" by Jean-Joseph Moret. Masterpiece Theatre won 30 Primetime Emmy Awards, as well as a host of other awards over the course of the series. ** Masterpiece Theater though is no longer airing and goes by the name "Masterpiece" now. Please add any new or original titles there.


Aliases
  • Masterpiece Classic
English
  • TheTVDB.com Series ID 78257
  • Status Ended
  • First Aired January 10, 1971
  • Recent April 25, 2010
  • Airs Sunday, at 9:00pm
  • Network PBS
  • Average Runtime 90 minutes
  • Genres Drama History Mystery Romance
  • Original Country United States of America
  • Original Language English
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  • Episode Screenshot Format 16:9 Screencap
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Season From To Episodes
All Seasons
Specials 0
Season 1 January 1971 February 1974 61
Season 2 31
Season 3 December 1973 30
Season 4 31
Season 5 35
Season 6 46
Season 7 53
Season 8 40
Season 9 41
Season 10 October 1980 January 1981 30
Season 11 38
Season 12 January 1983 March 1983 36
Season 13 33
Season 14 33
Season 15 35
Season 16 January 1987 March 1987 30
Season 17 December 1987 38
Season 18 January 1989 February 1989 33
Season 19 March 1990 April 1990 33
Season 20 November 1990 December 1990 22
Season 21 28
Season 22 29
Season 23 28
Season 24 29
Season 25 May 1998 June 1998 25
Season 26 October 1996 August 1998 17
Season 27 October 1997 May 1998 21
Season 28 April 1999 May 1999 18
Season 29 February 2000 May 2000 21
Season 30 October 2000 April 2001 25
Season 31 October 2001 May 2002 19
Season 32 September 2002 May 2003 23
Season 33 October 2003 February 2004 8
Season 34 April 2003 February 2005 12
Season 35 October 2005 April 2006 14
Season 36 October 2006 February 2007 14
Season 37 October 2007 May 2009 20
Season 38 January 2009 May 2009 12
Season 39 January 2010 April 2010 11
Unassigned Episodes 0
Season From To Episodes
Unassigned Episodes 1103
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Season From To Episodes
Season 1 0
Unassigned Episodes 1103
Name Number of Episodes Dates
Andrew Davies 24 04/01/2002 - 04/26/2009
Jane Austen 14 12/06/1987 - 02/07/2010
James Fenimore Cooper 8 03/26/1972 - 05/14/1972
Harry Green 8 03/26/1972 - 05/14/1972
Stephen Mallatratt 6 10/27/2002 - 02/20/2005
Denis Constanduros 4 04/04/1971 - 04/25/1971
Henry James 4 04/04/1971 - 04/25/1971
Allan Cubitt 4 04/26/1998 - 10/23/2005
Alexander Baron 4 11/28/1971 - 12/19/1971
Leo Tolstoy 4 11/28/1971 - 12/19/1971
Phil Woods 3 02/08/2004 - 02/22/2004
Russell Lewis 3 05/07/2000 - 04/04/2010
Sue Birtwistle 3 05/04/2008 - 05/11/2009
Sandy Welch 3 01/24/2010 - 02/07/2010
Bernard MacLaverty 3 03/25/1990 - 04/08/1990
Sarah Williams 3 10/16/2006 - 04/25/2010
Kate Brooke 3 02/08/2004 - 02/22/2004
Edith Somerville (author) 3 03/25/1990 - 04/08/1990
Susie Conklin 3 05/04/2008 - 05/11/2009
Heidi Thomas 3 02/06/2000 - 01/17/2010
Bev Doyle 2 10/30/2005 - 11/06/2005
David Nichols (writer) 2 01/04/2009 - 01/11/2009
Hugh Leonard 2 12/30/1973
Boris Pasternak 2 11/02/2003 - 11/09/2003
Sarah Phelps 2 02/15/2009 - 02/22/2009
Maurice Cowan 2 01/08/1972 - 01/22/1972
Thomas Hardy 2 01/04/2009 - 01/11/2009
Paula Milne 2 04/18/2010 - 04/25/2010
Ken Taylor 2 05/31/1998 - 06/07/1998
Richard Kurti 2 10/30/2005 - 11/06/2005
Mark Shivas 2 01/30/1974 - 02/07/1974
Rosemary Anne Sisson 2 01/01/1972 - 02/20/1972
Andrew Levy 2 04/18/2010 - 04/25/2010
Frank Delaney 1 10/19/2003
Peter Bowker 1 01/18/2009
Simon Burke 1 01/13/2008
Wilkie Collins 1 04/05/1998
Ian Thorne 1 01/15/1972
Stewart Harcourt 1 02/11/2007
John Hale 1 02/13/1972
Caleb Ranson 1 01/16/2003
Harry Green (III) 1
Paul Abbott 1 01/18/1998
Adrian Hodges 1 02/04/2007
David Haig 1 04/20/2008
Lizzie Mickery 1 02/28/2010
Kathryn Hughes 1 10/16/2006
Martyn Hesford 1 05/03/2009
Jan McVerry 1 10/27/2002
Ian Rodger 1 03/19/1972
David Pirie 1 04/05/1998
Deborah Moggach 1 04/11/2010
Michael Crompton 1 04/16/2006
E. M. Forster 1 04/13/2008
Nick McCarty 1 01/08/1972
Charles Wood 1 05/07/2000
Arthur Conan Doyle 1 01/19/2003
Michelle Bruno 1 10/05/2003
Maggie Wadey 1 01/27/2008
Nina Bawden 1 04/16/2006
Brian Finch 1 10/19/2003
John Buchan 1 02/28/2010
Anthony Horowitz 1 02/23/2003
Thornton Wilder 1 10/05/2003
Philip Pullman 1 02/04/2007
Gerald Durell 1 04/09/2006
Julian Mitchell 1 02/27/1972
Ashley Pharoah 1 04/23/2006
Jean Morris 1 01/22/1972
Guy Andrews 1 04/05/1998
Emily Bronte 1 01/18/2009
John Prebble 1 03/12/1972
Gwyneth Hughes 1 02/03/2008
Arthur Miller 1 10/20/1996
Jack Rosenthal 1 05/24/1998
Bram Stoker 1 02/11/2007
Stephen Churchett 1 05/07/2000
Andrew Davis 1 12/06/1987
Frederick Lonsdale 1 03/13/1983
John N Burton 1 03/27/1983
Simon Nye 1 04/09/2006
Toy Van Lierop 1 10/05/2003
Rudyard Kipling 1 04/20/2008
Hugh Whitemore 1 03/05/1972
Name Number of Episodes Dates
David Giles 17 01/10/1971 - 03/13/1983
Charles Dickens 15 05/05/1999 - 05/03/2009
Donald Wilson 13 01/10/1971 - 03/07/1972
David Maloney 8 03/26/1972 - 05/14/1972
Susanna White 6 01/22/2006 - 02/26/2006
Justin Chadwick 6 01/22/2006 - 02/26/2006
Coky Giedroyc 6 11/13/2005 - 02/22/2009
John Galsworthy 6 10/06/2002 - 02/22/2004
Simon Curtis 5 05/04/2008 - 01/17/2010
Elizabeth Gaskell 5 04/12/2001 - 01/17/2010
John Glenister 4 01/01/1972 - 01/22/1972
John Alexander 4 03/30/2008 - 04/25/2010
Peter Sasdy 4 04/04/1971 - 04/25/1971
Jon Jones 4 12/06/1987 - 04/11/2010
Dave Moore 3 10/06/2002 - 10/27/2002
Tony Barry 3 03/25/1990 - 04/08/1990
Thaddeus O'Sullivan 3 01/23/2005 - 02/06/2005
Simon Langton 3 02/10/2008 - 02/24/2008
Jim O'Hanlon 3 01/24/2010 - 02/07/2010
Diarmuid Lawrence 3 03/23/2008 - 04/26/2009
Christopher Menaul 3 10/06/2002 - 10/27/2002
Steve Hudson 3 05/04/2008 - 05/11/2009
Andy Wilson 3 02/08/2004 - 02/22/2004
Anthony Trollope 3 04/01/2002 - 12/05/2004
Naomi Capon 3 01/08/1972 - 02/07/1974
Julian Jarrold 3 04/26/1998 - 05/05/1999
Cyril Coke 3 10/26/1980 - 11/02/1980
Brendan Maher 2 10/30/2005 - 11/06/2005
Ferdinand Fairfax 2 04/04/1999
Dearbhla Walsh 2 03/29/2009 - 04/05/2009
Tim Fywell 2 04/05/1998 - 02/06/2000
Daphne Du Maurier 2 08/02/1998 - 04/04/1999
Brian Percival 2 02/04/2007 - 05/03/2009
David Blair 2 01/04/2009 - 01/11/2009
Tom Clegg 2 03/28/2010 - 04/04/2010
Nicholas Renton 2 04/12/2001 - 04/13/2008
Adam Smith 2 04/12/2009 - 04/19/2009
James Hilton 2 01/18/1987 - 10/19/2003
Roderick Graham 2 03/05/1972 - 03/19/1972
Giacomo Campiotti 2 11/02/2003 - 11/09/2003
Thomas Hardy 2 04/23/2006
Peter Lydon 2 02/13/2005 - 02/20/2005
Eudora Welty 1 10/15/2001
Brian Kirk 1 04/20/2008
Giles Foster 1 03/03/1987
Simon Cellan Jones 1 10/23/2005
Gareth Davies 1 01/18/1987
Malcolm Mowbray 1 05/07/2000
Lawrence Gordon Clark 1 03/27/1983
Jack Gold 1
Ford Madox Ford 1 01/09/1983
David Attwood 1 01/19/2003
Jeremy Silberston 1 02/23/2003
James Naughton 1 10/05/2003
James Agee 1 04/01/2002
Richard Martin 1 02/27/1972
Robin Polley 1 04/30/2000
Jim O'Brien 1 08/02/1998
Martha Coolidge 1 10/15/2001
Graham Theakston 1 10/12/1997
David Richards (II) 1 01/18/1998
Piers Haggard 1 05/24/1998
Claude Whatham 1 02/13/1972
Stuart Orme 1 10/19/2003
James Hawes 1 02/28/2010
Donald McWhinnie 1 03/12/1972
Donald McWinnie 1
Esmeralda Santiago 1 09/15/2002
Sheree Folkson 1 04/09/2006
Hugh David 1
Silvio Narizzano 1 12/30/1973
Gustave Flaubert 1 02/06/2000
Bill Eagles 1 02/11/2007
Jeremy Lovering 1 02/03/2008
George Eliot 1 03/03/1987
Tom Vaughan 1 12/05/2004
Paul Gebbia 1 10/05/2003
Phil Davis 1 04/05/1998
Catherine Morshead 1 01/16/2003
Nancy Mitford 1
David Yates 1 04/01/2002
H. E. Bates 1 12/30/1973
Iain B. MacDonald 1 01/27/2008
John Bruce 1
David Wheatley 1 05/07/2000
David Thacker 1 10/20/1996
Adams Smith 1 04/05/2009
Betty Kaplan 1 09/15/2002
Herbert Wise 1 02/20/1972
Michelle Magorian 1
Kevin Billington 1 01/09/1983
Adrian Shergold 1 01/13/2008
Sarah Harding 1 01/18/1998
Nicholas Laughland 1 04/23/2006
Christopher Morahan 1 05/31/1998
Bill Anderson 1 10/12/2003

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