An American Family: Going Home
April 4, 1973

A 12-hour documentary chronicling the lives of the Loud family. For seven months, the family lived in front of the camera, capturing familial tensions and the everyday goings ons of their household. The series was the basis for the HBO film Cinema Verite.

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  • Stefanie Vinopal

    I was riveted to the television set for every episode. This was a ground-breaking ‘first’ reality series in 1971 about the breakup of a marriage and the intimate exploration of the dynamics of an affluent american family, but in many ways a very typical one caught up in the time and history of that era. I wish there was a follow-up on the Loud family today in addition to the the follow up broadcast about Lance Loud. I walk by the Chelsea Hotel today and think of him and the series. It was truly spectacular.