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.