Watch excerpts from all six episodes of The Power of Myth, the beloved 1988 PBS series featuring mythologist and storyteller Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers. Together, they explore the powerful influence of enduring myths on the choices we make and the ways we live.

Learn about The Power of Myth 25th Anniversary Edition DVD and visit the Joseph Campbell Foundation website. Downloadable audio and CDs of The Power of Myth are also available at Highbridge Audio.


Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth is a production of Apostrophe S Productions in association with Alvin H. Perlmutter, Inc. and Public Affairs Television, and made possible by grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, public television stations and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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  • Amber Gilliam

    I watched this series on PBS in 1988 soon after moving to Tulsa, Ok., and it opened my eyes and changed my life forever! Suddenly the world made sense! I was simply overwhelmed by Campbell’s knowledge, his teaching, and the ease with which he told his story. Bill Moyers is a joy to watch when he interviews someone..knows his topic, never ever rude or confrontational as many are today…the absolute best.

  • Sylvia Avsharian

    I had the exact same reaction….suddenly the world made sense!

  • http://www.facebook.com/thebigfunny Travis Simmons

    This series help me be a better comedian. Comedian Travis “The Big Funny” Simmons
    Thank you very much Bill Moyers! You make me smarter!

  • Heather Gray

    I love you, PBS.

  • Theduce

    Thank you is not enough Bill for putting this out there. Your the best!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001329932348 Ed Lucas

    Actually helping people be more human. The best use of the public media/airwaves. This series cracked the world open for me in 2006. Thanks.

  • patti

    BBC is funded by a tax donation offered when Brits pay their taxes every year. I wish we had this option for NPR. You really are a wonderful public service.

  • Laurent Lesage


    Puissance du Mythe ” est le titre du livre publié aux éditions ” J’ai
    lu ” n° 3095, 1991. Un incontournable pour ceux qui s’intéressent aux
    mythologies…à lire en parallèle avec ” Images et symboles ” de Mircea
    Eliade, Tel Gallimard n° 44, 1952.Les deux auteurs se connaissaient très
    bien. Un double régal…

  • Kate520

    Thank you, Bill. Your series with him remains one of the biggest inspirations in my life. Namaste.

  • Darin McNabb

    The hero with a thousand faces. One of those faces is Bill Moyer’s!

  • Jacqueline

    thank you!! ditto what Amber said..absolute treasure.

  • http://www.100memoirs.wordpress.com/ Shirley Hershey Showalter

    This is so exciting! Thank you, Bill Moyers and PBS!

  • Jonathan

    My goodness, has it been 25 years? This wasn’t just a personally moving series but lots of people were taping it and holding “Joe Campbell parties” to watch it in groups. Yet as I look at it again, accustomed now to Campbell’s insights, I am struck by Bill Moyers’ preparation and skill as an interviewer. He remains singular in this regard. Moyers, unlike all other interviewers, especially those specializing in people of notable artistic and intellectual accomplishment, uses all of his personal gifts and formidable intellect to never make the interview about him.

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  • Richard Hancock

    Actually, the BBC is funded via a licence (sic) fee that you MUST pay if you watch (or record) live TV in the UK. It’s not a donation that you are free to offer or not. It’s currently £145.50 (about US$220) per year. (I’m British.) More here: http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/

  • ran p

    Thank you so much for making this series available. What I have learned has been profoundly and deeply life-changing. This couldn’t have come at a better time as I am at a major turning point in my life.

  • jude in Woodstock

    Right on, Darin — Bill is indeed one of the heros.
    Thank you, Bill.

  • Ed Eads

    I return to this series over and over. It’s a great gift and a kind of myth in itself. This kind of dialogue brings me to a better place — I think of it, and wham! I’m back in the seat of life.

  • mvstan

    the first time I watched these in 1991, I found Joseph Cambell to be a profound source of meaning. However I felt that a lot of Moyers questions were inane and superficial precisely at the points when it would have been easier to go deeper.

  • Trojan Horace

    and IMHO represents extraordinary value for money especially when compared to US cable subscriptions which cost significantly more for less

  • Trojan Horace

    I first discovered Joe Campbell in a used book store in Rome but this series provided a huge boost to my appreciation and understanding of the extraordinary depth and scope of Campbell’s gifts. Landmark television at its best

  • Patty

    I think all broadcasts on PBS should be archived and available to US citizens for free viewing anytime, since we already funded them.

  • RCKent

    Why can’t we ever see anything related to the masterpiece “A Walk Through the 20th Century?”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Hannington/1536970562 Jim Hannington

    The Power of Myth was truly a gift ! Enlightenment.

  • Anonymous

    and I had the same reaction…changed my life for good

  • Anonymous

    it did for me too

  • lou

    Where do you go if you want the whole show and not excerpts

  • http://www.facebook.com/drjohncmorgan John C. Morgan

    When I need wisdom or how to interpret the world, I turn to Joseph Campbell

  • Anonymous

    What I find intriguing is the ways in which Moyer’s interviewing techniques and methods have evolved over the decades. Before …he seemed to eagerly try to either impose or to fit his own framework, his own ideas, and his own conceptions upon the person being interviewed to a much greater extent than the present day Moyer’s – who now tends to draw out and reveal his guests much more skillfully and fully than before without engulfing or smothering them in his own aura. Or so it seems to me.

  • delayneh

    May I please have a mailng address for Bill Moyers?

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  • Steve

    What a life changing series! It happened to be airing when my Father passed away in 1991, and it was what got me through it. Will stay in my heart forever. Thank you!

  • Anonymous

    I would love to hear Campbell and Moyers discussing our country’s fascination with apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic popular literature and Media. We have Revolution, Falling Skys, the Walking Dead and Defiance among others on TV and World War Z on the NYT Bestseller list and coming to a theater near you this summer. What the heck is going on and what does it mean?

  • Gale Minick Brow

    Interesting you should say this! My husband passed away 8 years ago and this series kept me alive with the insight to carry on and that indeed times would get easier! It save my life, quite literally!

  • Darlene Rollins

    I would say that it is the myth we are currently living out. Hold on to your hats! Gratefully if you look at the evolutionary processes of life and consciousness, it doesn’t have to be “the end times” of homo sapiens and more, it can also be the birthing of a new era. Most of the myths also include this. We are responding to the times we are living. The creative turmoil is at fever pitch and the shaking will continue. No one knows where we are going. The Universe Story is one creative myth of our time that is large enough to take us through this. Check out Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry. Canticle to the Cosmos,The Universe Story etc. Blessings,

  • jbf

    I’ve seen this documentary several times and love watching Joseph Campbell talk about mythology. It is truly fascinating.

  • nicole b

    This series has reoriented my life. I was looking for something and the J. Campbell helped my search. I especially appreciate the scope over time and geography. I still watch it regularly, every time understanding a new depth… Thank you.

  • Barbara Schaflin

    Kudos to you, your guests, and staff for presenting programs which illuminate the learning experience and help to bring about a positive change in a person’s life. ‘The Power of Myth’ series with Joseph Campbell had a profound affect on me and certainly enriched my life. I can’t believe how quickly 25 years have flown by. Again, thank you!
    Barbara S.

  • joii

    Love Joseph Campbell, started reading him in the mid 80′s

  • Yvonne

    This series changed my life back then……. I am so glad it has been released on dvd!

  • Charlene

    Anyone know where can I download these videos? Who has a DVD player anymore? Haha. Jk. I am hoping to watch them on my iPad or phone please. Thanks for any helpful info!