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TV Full List of This American Life Episodes

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Below is a complete This American Life episode list that spans the show's entire TV run. Photos from the individual This American Life episodes are listed along with the This American Life episode names when available, as are the dates of the original airing of the episode. This American Life episodes from every season can be seen below, along with fun facts about who directed the episodes, the stars of the and sometimes even information like shooting locations and original air dates. Items featured on this list include everything from “Underdogs” to “My Way.” Are you remembering a funny scene but can't think of the name that the This American Life episode is from? Scroll below and you'll find what you're looking for.

No Respect This episode examines comedians and their audiences. It includes segments about performing for a rowdy crowd, and a piece about Mike Birbiglia's worst gig ever

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This American Life - Live! May 01 2008 - 77-minute cut of This American Life - Live!, the May 1, 2008 show at NYU that was simulcast to theaters across the country promoting the second season. This was a DVD extra from the season 2 ...more

Pandora's Box Apr 26 2007 - Three stories of consequences that follow from human beings' doing what we do best: poking our noses everywhere, fixing things that may or may not be broken, and opening our big mouths. A hot ...more

My Way Mar 29 2007 - An exploration of the benefits and costs of stubbornness. If you're a 15-year-old boy, and you don't want to fall in love, maybe you can just decide not to do it. Ever. Stories of trying to ...more

The Cameraman Apr 12 2007 - Being behind the camera changes you. It's not just that you see everything differently; you act differently also. This episode features two stories, one big, one small, exploring this

God's Close-Up Apr 05 2007 - An artist, his Jesus-model, the model's girlfriend, the girlfriend's father, and a bunch of bearded men all converge in Utah. An elaborate artistic tableau is set up in the desert, and there are ...more

Growth Spurt Apr 19 2007 - What do you do if you don't like where you are in life? You simply decide to move forward, into the next stage, by sheer force of will. A widow; an ambitious, first-time screenwriter; and a ...more

Reality Check Mar 22 2007 - Three stories of people who hatched plans in the hopes of making their dreams come true, but were snapped back to reality by unpleasant outcomes: an elementary school student tries to solve a ...more

Every Marriage Is a Courthouse Jun 01 2008 - Cartoonist Chris Ware animates a true story that demonstrates that every marriage—even the happiest—is a courtroom. But most of the episode is devoted to the slow-motion disintegration of one ...more

John Smith Jun 08 2008 - The story of one life, told through the lives of people from all over the country, all named John Smith. Baby John Smith is 11 weeks old, in South Carolina, and his parents are still reeling ...more

Going Down in History May 18 2008 - Stories of people trying to make — and remake — history, while others go down in history in ways they never intended. Two Wisconsin convicts gain local fame for almost escaping prison using ...more

Underdogs May 25 2008 - A group of teenage boys, in New York City, learn how to fight back against bullies in an old fashioned way; two boxers from Tennessee who have known each other, since they were kids, must face ...more

Two Wars May 11 2008 - An Iraqi comes to America after leaving his war-torn country and sets out on a trip across America and lets the U.S. citizens ask questions about any subject; a Bulgarian man decides that an ...more

Escape May 04 2008 - Two teenage boys in Philadelphia look for ways to impress girls; and a young man fights for his independence from his mother.