An extraordinary star-studded four-part music documentary exploring the birth of the recording industry and its impact on world culture.
— LOS ANGELES TIMES
A mammoth project with worthy intentions and a big heart. The film is a feast of music and educational riches.
— THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
British documentary Director Bernard MacMahon has created something really special in his superb American Epic series. If you are any kind of music fan this is not to be missed.
— BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW
Beautiful.
— VARIETY
The Lawrence of Arabia of music documentaries.
— ROLLING STONE
Beautifully filmed, it makes for glorious television. Miss it at your peril.
— JOE BOYD, THE GUARDIAN
A deep, loving look at the roots of American pop music.
— THE RADIO TIMES
If you like music of any sort, there’s only one word for this project. Essential.
— THE SUN
Bernard MacMahon’s landmark documentary series is one of the most interesting music programmes ever broadcast. A gorgeous history lesson. Exceptional television.
— THE OBSERVER
Beautifully presented, really enjoyable.
— FINANCIAL TIMES
A treasure trove of picaresque stories, evocative footage and strange and beautiful music.
— THE GUARDIAN
Another essential offering from Arena.
— THE TIMES
This is a landmark three part documentary.
— THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
This is a sweeping, electrifying Old Time style account of America’s musical journey.
— THE DAILY EXPRESS
Magic.
— MOJO
A terrific new anthology of American folk music. Grade A.
— ROBERT CHRISTGAU
American Epic is going to carve a niche in the pantheon of TV’s great documentaries.
— LONG LIVE VINYL
An amazing journey through musical history.
— BLOG CRITICS
The film is a love letter to recorded sound, a celebration of the honesty, vulnerability and the immediacy of recording and the joy of making music.
— AUSTIN 360