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Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed

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A battle for TV art instructor Bob Ross’ business empire casts a shadow over his happy trees.

Matt Roush

Matt Roush says...

Few things are more satisfying than the happy accident of stumbling across a half-hour on PBS or online of The Joy of Painting, being lulled and hypnotized by the dulcet tones of Bob Ross as the bushy-haired artist guides us through the creation of an idyllic landscape. The roughly 400 episodes he filmed from 1983-94, before his untimely death in 1995, are quite the legacy, and a new documentary explores the dark side of the story, with allegations that his business partners schemed to control his fortune and illegally license his likeness. (I now feel bad about buying that Bob Ross chia pet as a gag gift.)

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