Video: Best of '87: Video

AMERIKA (ABC). The year's most overdiscussed and underappreciated mini-series painted a bleak picture of the U.S. under Soviet rule. But instead of right- wing politics, Writer-Director Donald Wrye offered a richly textured and beautifully acted (especially by Christine Lahti and Kris Kristofferson) rumination on Americans in crisis.

EYES ON THE PRIZE (PBS). A decade of civil rights struggles, from the Brown desegregation case to the Selma march, was chronicled in graceful prose and unforgettable images.

FRANK'S PLACE (CBS). Tim Reid stars as a transplanted college professor running a New Orleans version of Rick's Cafe. No big laughs, but a stewful of...

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