Jackie Robinson: Season One (2016)


Critic Consensus: Jackie Robinson adds another strong entry to Ken Burns' remarkable filmography with a glowing two-hour portrait that draws additional power from its depiction of the baseball great's life off the field.


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Air date: Apr 11, 2016
Air date: Apr 12, 2016

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Jackie Robinson connects all of these dots and gives a far fuller picture of the man than the pedestrian 2013 feature film 42 or 1950's The Jackie Robinson Story, in which Jackie played himself opposite Ruby Dee as Rachel.

Apr 11, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Familiarity makes the story no less gripping.

Apr 11, 2016 | Full Review…

Jackie Robinson is ideal for any baseball fan. It's a marvelous overview of Robinson's life suitable for the casual viewer, but there are some fascinating tidbits for the more knowledgeable fan as well

Feb 20, 2019 | Full Review…

A thoughtful documentary on the life and sports career of the talented and courageous African-American broke down the walls keeping blacks from playing Major League baseball.

Apr 21, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Master documentarian Ken Burns is back on very familiar ground in his glowing two-part biographical portrait of legendary athlete-turned-activist Jackie Robinson.

Apr 11, 2016 | Full Review…

Robinson lived a historic life. But the achievement of Jackie Robinson is that it shows us the man in full dimension, placing him in rich context.

Apr 11, 2016 | Full Review…

It is, in the acclaimed Burns fashion, enormously engaging and enlightening. At times it is subtly incandescent with rage at the past, mournful with shame at what America was.

Apr 12, 2016 | Full Review…

Jackie Robinson is another nourishing and satisfying addition to the constantly growing Burns-PBS library, and the more fool anybody who had doubts.

Apr 11, 2016 | Full Review…

Jackie Robinson... does a workmanlike job telling the story of a pioneer who later struggled to find his place in the evolving discussion of race in America.

Apr 11, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

PBS' documentary on the life of Jackie Robinson gets most interesting when the gloves and bats are put away for good.

Apr 11, 2016 | Full Review…

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