Master Class Season 1 (OWN)

Oprah's Master Class tells the stories you've never heard from the people you thought you knew best. Hand-picked by Oprah Winfrey for their unique impact on the world, true modern masters from Academy Award-winning actors, to Grammy-winning musicians, to ground-breaking athletes, share the greatest lessons they've learned along the way. In an intimate setting, they share their successes, their failures, their triumphs, disappointments and heartbreaks. Oprah's Master Class offers an unprecedented first-person insight into the brilliant minds of the famous people we love, respect and admire.

Oprah's Master Class is co-produced by Harpo Studios and

Oprah Presents Master Class with Diane Sawyer
An award-winning journalist and news anchor known for asking the questions we all want answered, Diane Sawyer answers the big questions herself in this fascinating and intimate Master Class interview. What fuels her curiosity? Where does she find her passion? She shares the biggest lesson her father gave her and what working in the Nixon White House during his resignation taught her. Plus, she reveals the secret to keeping her marriage fun and how an idea can truly spark lasting change.

Oprah Presents Master Class with Jay-Z
Candid, raw and real, Jay-Z charts his unlikely rise from the hard-knock life of the Brooklyn projects to worldwide superstardom and what he's learned along the way. He reflects on his failures, the healing power of hip-hop and how he finally made peace with his father before he passed away. Plus, Jay-Z shares his personal revelations about integrity and why knowing your own truth is the foundation for everything great.

Oprah Presents Master Class with Maya Angelou
Poet, author and living legend Dr. Maya Angelou explores the mysteries of her creative process, the power of words and how love liberates us all. In this revealing interview, Dr. Angelou opens up like never before as she describes the traumatic events of her childhood and the courage she found to overcome them. This true master offers her greatest hard-won wisdom, abundant advice and the lessons she's still learning at age 82.

Oprah Presents Master Class with Simon Cowell
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to hear Simon Cowell criticize himself? The infamous judge turns his critical eye on his own life and shares what rejection, failure and, finally, great success have taught him. How did he use his natural sense of rebellion to get ahead? What keeps him moving forward? His surprising advice and perspective on letting go of ego, staying honest and trusting your gut provide life lessons we all can take to heart.

Oprah Presents Master Class with Lorne Michaels
For 25 years, Lorne Michaels has been at the helm of Saturday Night Live, the show that changed comedy forever. He reveals the lessons he's learned from the challenges that threatened the show, from angry network executives to the tragic deaths of cast members, and the convictions that keep him going. He reflects on the importance of changing with the times, taking risks and using laughter to demonstrate that despite our differences, we share a common human experience.

Oprah Presents Master Class with Condoleezza Rice
In an intimate and surprising interview, Dr. Condoleezza Rice reveals how her background, ideals and vision ultimately gave her a front-row seat to history. Where does she find her sense of strength and conviction to succeed? How does she face a difficult decision? From her childhood in racially charged Birmingham, Alabama, to her years in the Bush administration, the former secretary of state reflects candidly on the lessons she's learned.

Master Class with Oprah Winfrey, Parts 1 and 2
In Part 1 of an intimate conversation, Oprah opens up about her tumultuous childhood and adolescence and the lessons she still carries with her today. She tells little-known stories about her early days in television, including how losing her hair helped her gain a new sense of self. How did she find her purpose? What guides her and drives her to do her best?

In Part 2, Oprah reflects on her experience getting cast in The Color Purple and the cultural phenomenon of The Oprah Winfrey Show, including key moments from the show's history. She opens up about her private life, and what she feels her true calling was meant to be. Revealing and deeply personal, Oprah offers new insights on how we all can become masters of our lives.


Joe Berlinger
Bruce Sinofsky
Kathryn O'Kane
Series Producer 
Andrew Flakelar
Executive Producers 
Oprah Winfrey 
Jonathan Sinclair
Justin Wilkes
Joe Berlinger
Bob Friedman
Jon Kamen
Director of Photography 
Bob Richman
Davi Russo
Joshua L. Pearson
Alyse Ardell Spiegel 
Cy Christiansen