The National Parks: America's Best Idea

The National Parks: America's Best Idea

"The National Parks: America's Best Idea" is a six-episode series directed by Ken Burns and written and co-produced by Dayton Duncan. Filmed over the course of more than six years at some of nature's most spectacular locales – from Acadia to Yosemite, Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon, the Everglades of Florida to the Gates of the Arctic in Alaska - "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" is nonetheless a story of people: people from every conceivable background – rich and poor; famous and unknown; soldiers and scientists; natives and newcomers; idealists, artists and entrepreneurs; people who were willing to devote themselves to saving some precious portion of the land they loved, and in doing so reminded their fellow citizens of the full meaning of democracy. (Source:

Episode Info

Final: 1x06 -- Finale: The Morning of Creation: 1946-1980 (Oct/02/2009)

Peter CoyotePeter Coyote
voiced Narrator
Adam ArkinAdam Arkin
As Himself
Amy MadiganAmy Madigan
As Herself
Kevin Conway (3)Kevin Conway (3)
As Himself
Lee StetsonLee Stetson
As Himself
Murphy GuyerMurphy Guyer
As Himself
Philip BoscoPhilip Bosco
As Himself
Tom HanksTom Hanks
As Himself

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Executive Producer: Ken Burns
Producer: Dayton Duncan
Co-Producer: Craig Mellish, David McMahon (2), Julie Dunfey
Associate Producer: Susanna Steisel, Aileen Silverstone
Coordinating Producer: Pam Tubridy Baucom
Cinematographer: Lincoln Else, Ken Burns, Buddy Squires

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Classification: Mini-Series
Genre: Anthology | Discovery/Science | Educational | Family | History | Travel
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: PBS ( USA)
Airs: Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays at 08:00 pm
Runtime: 120 Minutes
Premiere: September 27, 2009
Ended: October 02, 2009
Episode Order: 6
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