It’s been fascinating to watch both political extremes try to claim George Carlin’s legacy. Conservatives are convinced he would support them in their fight against cancel culture, citing Carlin’s support for free expression. Liberals respond by pointing out that some of his best lines were strongly opposed to almost all of the Republican Party’s political beliefs, particularly in the 1980s and 1990s. With so few public figures embraced by people of all political stripes, why is Carlin so popular? Everyone can appreciate this man’s genius, as HBO’s excellent “George Carlin’s American Dream” captures. This four-hour documentary series, directed by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio, is more than just a love letter to a comedy icon.

It successfully unpacks how Carlin didn’t reinvent himself as much as he explored what was important to him in this world, usually on stage. It’s also more than just a recounting of a professional career, as so many celebrity documentaries are. It delves into Carlin’s personal life in an honest and moving way, revealing the big heart behind the persona that was frequently misconstrued as misanthropic.

When will George Carlin’s American Dream premiere on HBO and HBO Max?

The two-part HBO Original documentary will air on consecutive nights on HBO.

The first installment will air on Friday, May 20, 2022, at 8 p.m. ET, with the second installment following on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at the same time.
Both episodes will be available on HBO Max beginning May 20, 2022.

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What to expect from HBO’s George Carlin’s American Dream?

The two-part documentary series will follow George throughout his life and career, which spanned half a century. It will follow him from his childhood in Manhattan’s Morningside Heights neighborhood to his rise to become one of the most revered, comedic, and critical voices of all time.

Aside from chronicling his rise to fame through a massive archive of footage, images, audio recordings, and other materials, the documentary will also provide an intimate look into his personal life, including his battle with drug addiction, legal problems, and love for his family.

Special interviews will be conducted with top comedians such as Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Patton Oswalt, Bill Burr, Bette Midler, Sam Jay, Jon Stewart, W. Kamau Bell, and others. They talk about Carlin’s influence on comedy and show business over the years.

Carlin’s late brother Patrick Carlin, manager Jerry Hamza, and second wife Sally Wade are among the family and close friends who have shared their memories of him in the series.

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Is George Carlin American Dream on HBO Max?

But he was determined to change and rise again by being even more true to himself and his opinions – and for the rest of his life, George Carlin did just that in Part 2 of “American Dream.” “George Carlin’s American Dream” premieres on HBO tonight and tomorrow night, with both parts available on HBO Max today.

Where can I watch George Carlin specials?

George Carlin’s Life Is Worth Losing | Prime Video

What time does George Carlin documentary air?

“George Carlin’s American Dream” will air on HBO, which is owned by Warner Bros. Discovery, on May 20-21 at 8 p.m. ET.

Is there a George Carlin documentary?

George Carlin’s American Dream (HBO, 8 p.m.) – The first installment of this two-part documentary, directed by Judd Apatow, airs tonight, with the second installment following tomorrow. The documentary follows the life and career of legendary comedian George Carlin.

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