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Biography (1987)

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Biography (1987)
Premiere April 6, 1987
Host see below
Network A&E (seasons 1-19)
BIO (seasons 20-)
Style 60-minute documentary
Origin USA

Biography is a documentary series that was inspired by a program of the same name broadcast in 1967 by CBS, where it was hosted by Mike Wallace. Although the series initially continued the CBS series' tradition of focusing on historical figures, after several years on A&E, the series began to shift content towards pop culture icons. In some cases, the series further deviated by producing episodes about Saturday Night Live and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

The series became wildly popular in the late 1990s and at one point aired up to six times per week in primetime. Despite the show's popularity, the network refocused towards reality series like Dog the Bounty Hunter and ceased basic cable production of Biography in August 2006. The series was then moved exclusively to The Biography Channel.



Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Peter Graves Host 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Jack Perkins Host 8 9 10 11 12 13
Harry Smith Host 13 14 15 16 17
Joan Lunden Host 15 16 17
Neal Ross Host 18 19 20 21


Season Premiere Finale #
Season One April 6, 1987
Season Two 1988
Season Three 1989
Season Four 1990
Season Five 1991
Season Six 1992
Season Seven 1993
Season Eight 1994
Season Nine 1995
Season Ten 1996
Season Eleven 1997
Season Twelve 1998
Season Thirteen 1999
Season Fourteen 2000
Season Fifteen 2001
Season Sixteen 2002
Season Seventeen 2003
Season Eighteen 2004
Season Nineteen 2005
The Biography Channel
Season Twenty August 2006
Season Twenty-One 2007 64
Season Twenty-Two 2008
Season Twenty-Three 2007 64


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