Ken Burns' 'The Vietnam War' Coming Sept. 17

News Release Date: 
August 30, 2017

For Immediate Release
Ken Burns’ ‘The Vietnam War’ Premieres Sept. 17 on NET

LINCOLN, Neb (Aug. 30, 2017) – “The Vietnam War,” a new, 10-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, will premiere at 7 p.m. CT, Sunday, Sept. 17 on NET.

The first five episodes will air nightly Sept. 17-21, and the final five episodes will air nightly Sept. 24-Sept. 28. Each episode will premiere at 7 p.m. CT on NET with a repeat broadcast immediately following the premiere.

In this immersive narrative, Burns and Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never been told on film. “The Vietnam War” features testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides.

Ten years in the making, the series brings the war and the chaotic epoch it encompassed viscerally to life. It includes rarely seen, digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the globe, including photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th century, as well as historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, and revelatory audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations.

On Sept. 17, concurrent with the broadcast premiere, the first five episodes of “The Vietnam War” will be available for streaming on all PBS platforms, including and PBS apps for iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast. The final five episodes will be available beginning Sept. 24. Members of NET Passport, an on demand library of PBS and NET programs, can view the entire series (all 10 episodes) beginning Sept. 17. The series will also be available via streaming in Spanish and Vietnamese.

Viewers are encouraged to join the conversation via social media by using #VietnamWarPBS.

Preview screenings of “The Vietnam War,” also continue to take place across Nebraska. Visit for dates and times of these events, plus related materials, photos, videos and more.

In addition, NET will collect stories related to “The Vietnam War” to include on this website. Stories can be sent to and should be no more than 500 words accompanied with a photo of the veteran.

“The Vietnam War” rounds out a trilogy of exploration of American wars by Florentine Films that began with Burns’ landmark series, “The Civil War” (1990), followed by Burns and Novick’s acclaimed seven-part series on the World War II, “The War” (2007).

Funding for “The Vietnam War” is provided by Bank of America; Corporation for Public Broadcasting; PBS; David H. Koch; The Blavatnik Family Foundation; Park Foundation; The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations; The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; National Endowment for the Humanities; The Pew Charitable Trusts; Ford Foundation Just Films; Rockefeller Brothers Fund; and

Members of The Better Angels Society:

Jonathan & Jeannie Lavine, Diane & Hal Brierley, Amy & David Abrams, John & Catherine Debs, Fullerton Family Charitable Fund, The Montrone Family, Lynda & Stewart Resnick, The Golkin Family Foundation, The Lynch Foundation, The Roger & Rosemary Enrico Foundation, Richard S. & Donna L. Strong Foundation, Bonnie & Tom McCloskey, Barbara K. & Cyrus B. Sweet III, The Lavender Butterfly Fund.

“The Vietnam War” is a production of Florentine Films and WETA, Washington, DC. Directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. it was written by Geoffrey C. Ward and produced by Sarah Botstein, Lynn Novick and Ken Burns.

Released POW Lt. Col. Robert L. Stirm and family

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