The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War

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Episode One | “Déjà Vu” (1858-1961)
Premieres Sunday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m.
After a century of French occupation, Vietnam emerges independent but divided into North and South.

Episode Two | “Riding the Tiger” (1961-1963)
Premieres Monday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m.
As a communist insurgency gains strength, JFK wrestles with American involvement in South Vietnam.

Episode Three | “The River Styx” (January 1964-December 1965)
Premieres Tuesday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m.
With South Vietnam near collapse, LBJ begins bombing the North and sends US troops to the South.

Episode Four | “Resolve” (January 1966-June 1967)
Premieres Wednesday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m.
US soldiers discover Vietnam is unlike their fathers’ war, while the antiwar movement grows.

Episode Five | “This Is What We Do” (July 1967-December 1967)
Premieres Thursday, September 21 at 7:00 p.m.
President Johnson escalates the war while promising the public that victory is in sight.

-- Tune in for a marathon of the first 5 episodes of The Vietnam War on Sunday, September 24 starting at 10:30 a.m. on Nine PBS

Episode Six |  “Things Fall Apart” (January 1968-July 1968)
Premieres Sunday, September 24 at 7:00 p.m.
Shaken by the Tet Offensive, assassinations and unrest, America seems to be coming apart.

Episode Seven | “The Veneer of Civilization” (June 1968-May 1969)
Premieres Monday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m.
After chaos roils the Democratic Convention, Nixon, promising peace, narrowly wins the presidency.

Episode Eight | “The History of the World” (April 1969-May 1970)
Premieres Tuesday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m. 
Nixon withdraws troops but when he sends forces into Cambodia the antiwar movement reignites.

Episode Nine | “A Disrespectful Loyalty” (May 1970-March 1973)
Premieres Wednesday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m. 
South Vietnam fights on its own as Nixon and Kissinger find a way out for America. The POWs return.

Episode Ten | “The Weight of Memory” (March 1973-Onward)
Premieres Thursday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Saigon falls and the war ends. Americans and Vietnamese from all sides search for reconciliation.

-- Tune in for a marathon of episodes 6-10 of The Vietnam War on Sunday, October 1 starting at 10:30 a.m. on Nine PBS

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The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War on Nine PBS

The Vietnam War is a ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that premieres Sunday September 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. on Nine PBS.

In an immersive 360-degree narrative, Burns and Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before 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.

Learn more at and Join the conversation at #VietnamWarPBS.

Story Collection Project

Story Collection Project

The Nine Network is partnering with the Missouri History Museum to gather diverse perspectives from members of the community. Veterans, those on the home front, and the Vietnamese community are encouraged to submit stories and remembrances online at

Watch Online

The Vietnam War premieres on Sunday, September 17 across all platforms, broadcast and digital.

Streaming Schedule:
Sunday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m.: Episodes 1-5 available for public streaming 
Sunday, September 24 at 7:00 p.m.: Episodes 6-10 available for public streaming 

Nine Passport members have access to all episodes from 9/17/17 to 12/31/17, beginning Sunday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m.

Resources for Veterans

Through our work with community partners we have learned more about how this powerful documentary may be difficult for some to watch. Please know that the Department of Veterans Affairs provides a wide range of services for veterans and their families.
Services are available from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ St. Louis Health Care System Mental Health Office. Call (314) 894-6653 to schedule an appointment or to learn more about available services.
The Veterans Crisis Line connects veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs’ responders through a confidential hotline, online chat, or text. Responders are live, not recorded, and can be reached 24/7 at (800) 273-8255, press 1. You can also send a text to: 838255. Or visit to immediately chat with someone online.

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