Episode 1 Excerpt: Producer Craig Gilbert introduces the Loud family of Santa Barbara, and the family spends their first New Year’s Eve apart. (10:38)
Dear Thirteen: Kind of an awkward time slot to place a landmark TV event barely seen by anyone of today’s generation, huh? I’m pretty sure that your ratings would have sky rocketed if it was placed in a more normal and accessible time. I understand that other PBS affiliates are showing it at noon but NYC residents can’t watch it unless they decide to not sleep all night because of where you put it. Are you planning on showing it again at some point, this time at a better time slot?
Please please please re-run this outstanding PBS documentary. It is riveting.
I’m seeing most of this program for the first time in the year 2011, I was only seventeen years old when it broadcast and never was exposed to this reality show, what I did find interesting was no matter how small or big a community or wealthy or poor, the marital problems are very repetitive. It is sad that the children have to suffer whether she stayed or whether they separated. Time does heal wounds. I applaud their dedication to exposing the truth, and dealing with the consequences to the best of their ability in the difficult and trying times .
Thank you for posting these episodes on this web page. This documentary is better than any sociology, anthropology and psychology course I have ever taken in college. I have learned more about human nature and the American family than any of the text books I have studied. I just graduated and this documentary was made before I was born. However the points of view that are displayed in this family are very relevant to the family structure of today.
Pat and Lance in New York
Episode 2 Excerpt: For Memorial Day Weekend 1971, Patricia Loud visits her son Lance at the Chelsea Hotel in New York City. (9:53)
Life at the House
Episode 3 Excerpt: The Loud children enjoy some idle time at home while Pat returns from New York and discusses parenting with Bill over lunch. (9:38)
Going Back Home
Episode 4 Full Episode: Pat visits her mother in Eugene, Oregon and reviews the history of her and Bill’s families. (58:33)
Summer of ’71
Episode 5 Excerpt: Bill Loud arranges for his son Grant to work in Orange County, while his other son Kevin travels overseas to job shadow one of Bill’s employees. (29:47)
Pat and Bill in the House
Episode 6 Excerpt: The Loud parents talk on the phone with Kevin and discuss a fire that almost destroyed the house. (8:51)
Episode 7 Excerpt: Pat and Bill attend a Santa Barbara community event, and Pat chastizes Bill as they discuss separation. (16:16)
Episode 8 Excerpt: Pat visits her brother and his wife to tell them she plans on divorcing Bill. (26:15)
Episode 9 Excerpt: Bill returns from a business trip, and Pat tells him that he should leave. (11:45)