The Television Timeline
While the Cold War was putting the world on edge, television was coming of age -- and luring Americans to the living room couch. Some shows provided an escape from the daily grind of superpower conflict. But other programs used the Cold War as a subtle -- and in some cases, not so subtle -- plot device. Launch the timeline.
Know the Shows? Your mission: To decode the Cold War context of such television classics as "Airwolf" and
"The Girl form U.N.C.L.E.". Succeed, and you'll have proven yourself a true Cold War couch potato. To enter, click here.
Atomic Rock Read Entertainment Weekly music critic David Browne's essay on the Cold War tunes that made us think -- and dance. Then test your Cold War musicology in
our interactive quiz.
Dressing for Détente
From the bikini named after an atomic test site to the couture
"points" made by Gaultier... the decades that followed World War II saw a new fashion front emerge.
Click here to see and learn all about the Hot Looks of the Cold War, then track the clothing trends in our fashion timeline
Staging the Cold War The Cold War made "Death of a Salesman" a hit -- in Moscow. It spurred European dramatists to create a "Theater of the Absurd." And it inspired playwrights Harold Pinter and Sam Shepard to challenge the conventional. Critic Scott Vogel traces how the Cold War moved from world stage to center stage.