Written by: Stacia Hentz
Date: September 15, 2017

Soldiers on a search and destroy operation near Qui Nhon. January 17, 1967.

Soldiers on a search and destroy operation near Qui Nhon. January 17, 1967. Photo Courtesy of Bettmann/Getty Images.

You’ve been hearing about The Vietnam War, a documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, for a little while now.  The time for the series premiere is finally here. Episode one of the new 10-part, 18-hour documentary will air this Sunday, September 17, at 8pm on WOSU TV.

Ken Burns and the team at Florentine Films have been working on this project for 10 years.  The Vietnam War series will go through the epic story of the war. Featuring testimonial interviews from nearly 80 witnesses, including the Americans who fought in the war and those who opposed it. We also hear the stories from the Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides.

“The Vietnam War was a decade of agony that took the lives of more than 58,000 Americans,” Burns said. “Not since the Civil War have we as a country been so torn apart. There wasn’t an American alive then who wasn’t affected in some way — from those who fought and sacrificed in the war, to families of service members and POWs, to those who protested the war in open conflict with their government and fellow citizens. More than 40 years after it ended, we can’t forget Vietnam, and we are still arguing about why it went wrong, who was to blame and whether it was all worth it.”

The series includes rarely seen archival footage, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th century, home movies and audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations.

I’ve had the opportunity to view several of the episodes, and it is perhaps Ken Burns best work. Well rounded, compelling and emotional- this is a series not to be missed!

The first five episodes of the series will air on WOSU TV nightly from Sunday, September 17, through Thursday, September 21, beginning at 8pm with an encore presentation immediately following the premiere.  The final five episodes will air on WOSU TV nightly from Sunday, September 24, through Thursday, September 28 at 8pm with an encore presentation immediately following the premiere.

Encore presentations of The Vietnam War will not air on our WOSUplus (34.3) service in September.  WOSUplus (34.3) will air a selection of your favorite weekly program series from 8pm-11pm  Sunday, September 17, through Thursday, September 21 and Sunday, September 24, through Thursday, September 28.


  • Klaus VonNudelman

    At least you guys are treating him with respect. The rest of PBS is disgusting.

    • GGW1970

      You are obviously not watching the same PBS as I am. Every series is fantastic and most well done!

  • grandmasitter

    When does Season 4 start?

    • GGW1970

      June 18, 2017

  • Josephine White

    Miss Fisher’s mysteries are the most well written and beautifully costumed show on television any country, any genre. I am from New Mexico, (not New and Not Mexico,). I watch this show with my grand daughters and we all love Miss Fisher. To end it at season 3 is totally unreasonable. Let’s get the gang back together and protest, write, blog, twitter or what ever to make them do more. I am a month from being 70, so I will write real letters. Jo White, USA.

    • Celia R. Javadi

      I agree.

      Are you the Jo White who put the Mooney family history on the Everything Cherokee website?

  • Donna Steele

    Fishers mysteries, season 3 is over. Bummer. I am waiting for season 4. While I am waiting, how about a repeat of 1, 2, & 3. Doc. Martin, as Time Goes by, and Keeping up Appearance, do it. I would love to watch the repeats.