It’s an indication of how important the 1960s were that they’re still worthy of a documentary series today.
Think about it in mathematical terms: The ’60s were 50 years ago now. But if you were living in the ’60s, the decade 50 years previous to that was the 1910s. World War I probably seemed like ancient history to the flower power generation, right?
The ’60s, however, were different. The cultural, political, sexual and musical changes that took place in that decade still shape our world in 2014. So perspective continues to be important.
And perspective is what you’ll get if you tune into the CNN series The Sixties, which is executive-produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, and debuts Thursday, May 29.
A few episodes aired previously, coinciding with specific anniversaries. But most of these episodes have not aired yet, and you’ll get to see them all, airing consecutively on Thursdays (keeping in mind that CNN always is at the mercy of breaking news stories).
The debut episode is called Television Comes of Age. Subsequent episodes are titled The World on the Brink (about the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis); The Assassination of President Kennedy; The War in Vietnam; A Long March to Freedom (about the civil rights movement); The British Invasion (about the musical phenomenon spearheaded by the Beatles, pictured above); The Space Race; The Times They Are A-Changin’ (about feminism, environmentalism and gay rights); 1968 (about one of the most dramatic and violent years in U.S. history); and Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘N’ Roll.
True, people in the 1960s probably didn’t think too much about the 1910s. But 50 years is the blink of an eye when looking back at the ’60s, because the changes that were set in motion still dominate our news cycles and our consciousness.
Make docs, not war.