The past two nights I’ve been riveted to my couch watching THE WAR, Ken Burns’ new and absolutely first-class documentary of WWII showing on PBS.
If you aren’t watching it, start. It’s that good.
It is such a welcome addition to television, which lately has basically sucked. I am so sick of idiotic reality shows. THE WAR is in a class of its own.
Featuring stories from both fronts and interviews of veterans, family members and others, THE WAR is both exciting and heartbreaking. It can even be shocking (some casualties are shown close up). But it’s the best Ken Burns documentary I’ve seen to date.
Burns touches on pretty much every aspect of WWII, from racism against Japanese-Americans to the homefront industrial effort that was dominated by female workers. The joy soldiers felt from a victory is matched with the griping pain wives and mothers felt when they got the telegram that there husband or son had been killed.
I don’t have much more to say, other than if you don’t watch THE WAR, you are missing out on some of the most rewarding free entertainment in TV history.