Two-hour version of An American Family, edited by original filmmakers, will air on PBS

An American Family has been turned into a fictional film for HBO and has been rebroadcast on a few PBS stations, but now viewers nationwide will be able to watch the 12-hour series compressed into a two-hour version called An American Famiy: Anniversary Edition that was edited by Alan and Susan Raymond, the people who filmed the series in 1971.

PBS announced that the Raymonds have “adapted the 12-hour series into a new two-hour feature-length compilation of the most memorable and compelling moments of the series” that’s “a fresh perspective to viewers who may have missed the original series airing nearly 40 years ago.” They’ll talk to viewers in an online chat July 7 at 2 p.m. ET.

The two-hour version of the series will be online on PBS’ Facebook page starting Monday and air July 7 at 8 p.m. nationwide on PBS, assuming your local station doesn’t decide to do something else. Other excerpts and one full episode of the original series will also be on PBS’ web site.

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