Stars: Ken Burns
To most people, including us, 18 hours' worth of ready-to-watch documentary sounds like extreme overkill. Just ponder having to sit through six Fahrenheit 9/11 viewings-you'd want to leave America in a heartbeat. Thankfully, award-winning documentarian Ken Burns' epic Baseball, which originally aired on PBS in September 1994, covers much more pleasant ground.
It's an exhaustively assembled and entertainingly paced history lesson about America's pastime, from its late 19th century origins to the '94 players' strike. It's also essential for anyone who dubs his or herself a sports fanatic.