Season 1: The Vietnam War | Broadcast Version

The Vietnam War is a ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. In an immersive 360-degree narrative, Burns and Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. The Vietnam War features testimony from nearly 100 witnesses.

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The Vietnam War

Descriptive Audio: This Is What We Do (July 1967-Dec. 1967)

President Johnson escalates the war while promising the public that victory is in sight.

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Descriptive Audio: This Is What We Do (July 1967-Dec. 1967)

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The Vietnam War

Descriptive Audio: Things Fall Apart (Jan. 1968-July 1968)

Shaken by the Tet Offensive, assassinations and unrest, America seems to be coming apart.

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Descriptive Audio: Things Fall Apart (Jan. 1968-July 1968)

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The Vietnam War

Descriptive Audio: Veneer of Civilization (June '68-May '69)

After chaos roils the Democratic Convention, Nixon, promising peace, wins the presidency.

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Descriptive Audio: Veneer of Civilization (June '68-May '69)

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The Vietnam War

Descriptive Audio: History of the World (April '69-May '70)

Nixon withdraws troops but upon sending forces to Cambodia the antiwar movement reignites.

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Descriptive Audio: History of the World (April '69-May '70)

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The Vietnam War

Descriptive Audio: Disrespectful Loyalty (May '70-March '73)

South Vietnam fights alone as Nixon and Kissinger find a way out for America. POWs return.

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Descriptive Audio: Disrespectful Loyalty (May '70-March '73)

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The Vietnam War

Descriptive Audio: The Weight of Memory (March 1973-Onward)

Saigon falls and the war ends. Americans & Vietnamese from all sides seek reconciliation.

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Descriptive Audio: The Weight of Memory (March 1973-Onward)