Country Music: Season 1 (2019)

Season 1
Country Music

Critics Consensus

An expansive -- if not always deep -- history of the genre as seen through Ken Burns' expert eye, Country Music works as both a crash course for new listeners and a refresher for old-timers.



Critic Ratings: 25


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User Ratings: 25
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Air date: Sep 15, 2019
Air date: Sep 16, 2019
Air date: Sep 17, 2019
Air date: Sep 18, 2019
Air date: Sep 22, 2019
Air date: Sep 23, 2019
Air date: Sep 24, 2019
Air date: Sep 25, 2019

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Critic Reviews for Country Music Season 1

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (15)

It makes the series' virtues and failings starker that it happens to have debuted in such a contentious year in country. And don't get me wrong: There are virtues to spare.

Sep 17, 2019 | Full Review…
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For its running time, Burns effectively steers this wagon across country music's diverging timelines.

Sep 16, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

So whatever your thoughts about country music, expect to be immensely entertained, educated and even edified throughout this master course in pickin', grinnin' -- and so very much more.

Sep 13, 2019 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

Like the songs that weave through nearly every moment of its runtime, the grace, simplicity, and sincerity of Country Music have a way of heightening its epic underpinnings.

Sep 12, 2019 | Full Review…

I usually don't have time to watch things like this but I was so engrossed I made time. It was great

Oct 3, 2019 | Full Review…

Country music fan or not this fascinating study is eminently binge-worthy.

Sep 20, 2019 | Full Review…

...the stars, from a grinning and immortal Merle Haggard on down, will pull you in, and all the lesser-sung heroes who enriched those stars will keep you from falling back out.

Sep 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Burns and his team are in superb voice as they sing the praises of country music and those legendary talents who popularized it. As with any successful song, they really put their hearts into it.

Sep 17, 2019 | Full Review…

You don't have to like country music at all -- in fact, you can despise it -- to be swept away by these gloriously eccentric yarns.

Sep 16, 2019 | Full Review…

By far Ken Burns' most entertaining documentary to date.

Sep 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Burns is purposeful with regard to representation, but the examples he provides are not exhaustive when it comes to the contributions of socially marginalized artists... Burns's macro-level view, though, is still instructive.

Sep 24, 2019 | Full Review…

This epic, essential survey is both a history lesson of an American art form and 20th century U.S.A. itself.

Sep 16, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Country Music: Season 1

  • 3d ago
    Detailed and interesting!
  • Oct 05, 2019
    An absolute Ken Burns masterpiece! This film presented an historical presentation of the country music genre with magnificent beautiful cinematography and personal sentiment. We truly enjoyed every episode.
  • Sep 29, 2019
    An Amazing documentary!
  • Sep 26, 2019
    A spectacular look back at the history of country music and the influence of it in American history. Superb job by Ken Burns, as usual.
  • Sep 26, 2019
    Way too much Johnny Cash. Ruined a great potential program.
  • Sep 26, 2019
    As a live long native of Nashville, it's no surprise that Ken Burns documentary is spot on. He captures the pure essence of our "big"little town perfectly.
  • Sep 25, 2019
    An expansive history of the genre as seen through Ken Burns' expert eye, Country Music works as both a crash course for new listeners and a refresher for old-timers. Absolutely a tremendous tremendous from Ken Burns.Fantastic educational documentary film by Ken Burns
  • Sep 25, 2019
    Wonderful. Brought back so many memories of the songs my dad listened to and the cultural underpinnings of the music.
  • Sep 24, 2019
    I have really enjoyed this show and am glad they made it 8 episodes. Too much to take in at one time, but great that it is so thorough.
  • Sep 24, 2019
    Another masterpiece by KB. Absolutely wonderful and amazing. And this is coming from someone who's never been a huge country music fan.

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