About this title


Jackie Robinson's life story from his birth in 1919 to his death in 1972 as told by filmmakers Sarah Burns, David McMahon and Ken Burns in a four hour documentary. Robinson rises from humble beginnings to break the color barrier in the Major League Baseball. Robinson's on the field contributions over a ten year career transform the Dodgers into perennial contenders; while his courage and accomplishments advance the civil rights movement off the field. After baseball, as both a both a businessman and leader, Robinson tirelessly fights inequality and discrimination. Interwoven into the story is how Robinson's family life and marriage shaped the man who would became an American icon.

Country: United States

Type: unscripted

Status: Ended

Language: English

Release Date: April 11, 2016

Also Known As: Jackie Robinson


Company Credits

Production Co: Florentine Films, Major League Baseball, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), WETA


Jamie Foxx
as Jackie Robinson
Keith David
as Narrator

Seasons & Episodes

Season 1

2016 | 2 Episodes


Awards & NominationsSee full list »

Critics' Choice Documentary Award 2016


Critics' Choice Documentary Award

Best Limited Documentary Series


Critics' Choice Documentary Award

Best Sports Documentary

OFTA Television Award 2016


OFTA Television Award

Best Writing of a Reality or Non-Fiction Program

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