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The Great American Read

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Villains and Monsters

How do novels featuring our favorite villains and monsters help us understand why people behave badly? We examine the evil characters in our favorite novels, to find out why we go to the dark side. We also meet authors who have created some of our best-loved villains.
S1 E5 Length 53:53 Premiere: 10.2.18

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The Great American Read

About The Great American Read

A journey through America that introduces our list of the 100 best-loved books and explores the many ways in which these novels affect, reflect and connect us all.

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Season 1 Episodes

Grand Finale

S1 E8 Length 55:46 Premiere Date 10.23.18

Other Worlds

S1 E7 Length 52:24 Premiere Date 10.16.18

What We Do For Love

S1 E6 Length 52:19 Premiere Date 10.9.18

Villains and Monsters

S1 E5 Length 53:53 Premiere Date 10.2.18

Heroes

S1 E4 Length 52:25 Premiere Date 9.25.18

Who Am I?

S1 E3 Length 52:24 Premiere Date 9.18.18

Fall Kick-off

S1 E2 Length 53:35 Premiere Date 9.11.18

Launch Special

S1 E1 Length 1:51:35 Premiere Date 5.11.18

Moby Dick

Clip Length 04:25 Premiere Date 10.2.18

Beloved

Clip Length 03:50 Premiere Date 10.2.18

Allison Williams' Favorite Novel: Frankenstein

Clip Length 02:17 Premiere Date 5.11.18

James Patterson Discusses One Hundred Years of Solitude

Clip Length 01:10 Premiere Date 5.11.18

Venus Williams Discusses The Chronicles of Narnia

Clip Length 00:47 Premiere Date 5.22.18

Neil deGrasse Tyson's Favorite Novel: Gulliver's Travels

Clip Length 01:08 Premiere Date 5.22.18

Preview

Preview Length 00:30 Premiere Date 9.11.18

George R. R. Martin Discusses The Great Gatsby

Clip Length 02:08 Premiere Date 9.11.18

Sarah Jessica Parker on Things Fall Apart

Clip Length 01:57 Premiere Date 9.11.18

Wil Wheaton Discusses Dune

Clip Length 01:56 Premiere Date 9.11.18

Inside Look: Meredith Vieira Launches Book List

Preview Length 01:30 Premiere Date 5.22.18

The Great American Read Teaser Trailer

Preview Length 01:00 Premiere Date 5.22.18

Official Trailer

Preview Length 00:30 Premiere Date 5.22.18

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