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An American Family

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An American Family
Premiere January 11, 1973
Finale March 29, 1973
Creator Alan Raymond
Susan Raymond
Network PBS
Style 60-minute documentary miniseries
Episodes 12 + 2 specials
Origin USA
This article is about the 1973 documentary. For the 2002 drama, see American Family (2002).

An American Family is a documentary miniseries that aired on PBS. Often cited as the first example of American reality programming, it follows the lives of the Loud family of Santa Barbara, California in 1971, when parents Patricia and Bill filed for divorce, and eldest son Lance came out as gay. It has spawned two sequel specials: 1983's An American Family Revisited: The Louds 10 Years Later, which aired on HBO, and 2003's Lance Loud!: A Death in an American Family, which chronicled the final days of Lance's life as he passed away from AIDS and was billed by PBS as the final episode of An American Family.



Actor Character
Billed Cast
Bill Loud Father
Patricia Loud Mother
Lance Loud Son
Kevin Robert Loud Son
Grant Loud Son
Delilah Ann Loud Daughter
Michele Loud Daughter


# Title Airdate
1 Episode 1 January 11, 1973
2 Episode 2 January 18, 1973
3 Episode 3 January 25, 1973
4 Episode 4 February 1, 1973
5 Episode 5 February 8, 1973
6 Episode 6 February 15, 1973
7 Episode 7 February 22, 1973
8 Episode 8 March 1, 1973
9 Episode 9 March 8, 1973
10 Episode 10 March 15, 1973
11 Episode 11 March 22, 1973
12 Episode 12 March 29, 1973


Title Network Airdate
An American Family Revisited: The Louds 10 Years Later HBO 1983
Lance Loud!: A Death in an American Family PBS January 6, 2003


DVD Releases

There has been no DVD release for this title.

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