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PBS' "Pioneers of Television" returns Tuesday, Jan 18 at 8:00 PM with "Science Fiction" the season two premiere episode. Returning for another nostalgic look back at early television is the PBS series "Pioneers of Television" which will spotlight the genres of science fiction, Westerns, crime dramas and local kids' TV. On tonight's premiere episode, viewers will learn about classic science fiction as they take a look back at Gene Roddenberry and "Star Trek", Rod Serling and "The Twilight Zone" and Irwin Allen and "Lost in Space." The show includes remarks from William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and Nichelle Nichols from "Star Trek"; Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright and Marta Kristen from "Lost in Space." Dozens of actors, writers and producers from the early days of television were interviewed for the series and the four new episodes are narrated by Kelsey Grammer and air Tuesdays, January 18-February 8, 8/7c on PBS. "Pioneers of Television" Season Two will focus on TV Western pioneers, including Fess Parker (Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett), James Garner, Linda Evans, Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Conrad and James Arness. Airs: 1/25/2011. Crime Dramas Pioneers including Jack Webb ("Dragnet"), Desi Arnaz ("The Untouchables"), Bruce Geller ("Mannix" and "Mission: Impossible"), Bill Cosby, Angie Dickinson, Barbara Bain, Martin Landau, James Garner and Stephen J. Cannell. Airs: 2/1/2011.

Local Kids TV shows, which will look back lovingly at "Romper Room," "Bozo the Clown," and "Sesame Street." Airs: Tues, Feb 8 (check local listings). An encore presentation of three episodes from the first season which explore the early years of sitcoms, late night and variety shows, will air Tuesdays, February 15-March 1, 2011, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET on PBS. Season One genres include Late Night - The late-night escapades of Steve Allen, Jack Paar and Johnny Carson enter primetime in this episode about the formative years of late-night television. Airs: 2/15/2011. Sitcoms - Rediscover television comedy classics, as this episode focuses on five key sitcoms: "I Love Lucy," "The Honeymooners," "Make Room for Daddy," "The Andy Griffith Show" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show." Airs: 2/22/2011. Variety - From Ed Sullivan's "Toast of the Town" and Milton Berle's "Texaco Star Theater" to "The Carol Burnett Show," "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" and "Laugh-in," among others, this episode celebrates the variety show. Airs: 3/1/2011.

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