PBS

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is an American public broadcaster and television program distributor. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, PBS is an independently operated non-profit organization and is the most prominent provider of television programs to public television stations in the United States, distributing series such as NOVA, Sesame Street, PBS NewsHour, Masterpiece, Nature, American Masters, Frontline, and Antiques Roadshow.

Since the mid-2000s Roper polls commissioned by PBS have consistently placed the service as the most-trusted national institution in the United States. However, PBS is not responsible for all programming carried on public television stations, a large proportion of which (including most specials aired during multi-annually pledge drives) come from third-party sources, including member stations (such as WGBH, WETA-TV, WNET, WTTW National Productions), American Public Television and independent producers. This distinction is a frequent source of viewer confusion.

The service has more than 350 member television stations, many owned by educational institutions or non-profit groups affiliated with a local public school district, collegiate educational institution or by state government-owned or -related entities.[4] It also operates National Datacast (NDI), a subsidiary which offers datacasting services via member stations, and provides additional revenue for PBS and its member stations.

Founded by Hartford N. Gunn Jr., PBS began operations on October 5, 1970, taking over many of the functions of its predecessor, National Educational Television (NET), which later merged with Newark, New Jersey station WNDT to form WNET. In 1973 it merged with Educational Television Stations.

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  • Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

    Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

    Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood is a new animated program for preschoolers ages 2 to 4 which builds on t…

  • Peg + Cat

    Peg + Cat

    PEG + CAT (aka: Peg & Cat) inspires preschool children to see math as exciting, accessible, and…

  • This Old House

    This Old House

    This Old House's mission is to demystify the home improvement process and to celebrate the fusion of…

  • Frontline

    Frontline

    Since it began in 1983, Frontline has been airing public-affairs documentaries that explore a wide s…

  • Antiques Roadshow

    Antiques Roadshow

    Antiques Roadshow turns 20! PBS' most-watched ongoing series celebrates 20 seasons with a new look,…

  • Tavis Smiley

    Tavis Smiley

    Tavis Smiley features a unique mix of news and pop culture to combine for one thought-provoking and…

  • In Their Own Words

    In Their Own Words

    "In Their Own Words" is a unique and stylish new biography series that explores an elite few of the…

  • Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.

    Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.

    Since the premiere of his groundbreaking series African American Lives (2006) through the first seas…

  • Genealogy Roadshow

    Genealogy Roadshow

    Part detective story, part emotional journey, Genealogy Roadshow combines history and science to unc…

  • NOVA

    NOVA

    NOVA revolves around a simple premise: the world of science is exciting! For NOVA viewers, science m…

  • Nature

    Nature

    For more than a quarter-century, Nature has brought the beauty and wonder of the natural world into…

  • Secrets of the Dead

    Secrets of the Dead

    Secrets of the Dead is part detective story, part true-life drama that unearths evidence from around…

  • American Experience

    American Experience

    American Experience is TV's most-watched history series and brings to life the compelling stories fr…

  • American Masters

    American Masters

    Now in its 30th year, American Masters has produced an exceptional library of more than 160 televisi…

  • POV

    POV

    POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non…

  • Independent Lens

    Independent Lens

    Cameras follow an unconventional veteran of the Vietnam War as he rides his motorcycle with fellow s…

  • Cook's Country from America's Test Kitchen

    Cook's Country from America's Test Kitchen

    "Cook's Country from America's Test Kitchen" is a half-hour cooking show distributed to public telev…

  • To the Contrary

    To The Contrary (TTC,) public television's successful all-female news analysis series, is now in its…

  • Charlie Rose: The Week

    Charlie Rose: The Week

    Emmy-winning journalist Charlie Rose highlights some of the best stories and most-interesting interv…

  • Austin City Limits

    Austin City Limits

    Austin City Limits is an American television music program and a staple of the Public Broadcasting S…

  • Second Opinion

    Second Opinion

    Medical series exploring illnesses one at a time. A panel of physicians and other experts assess the…

  • Dinosaur Train

    Dinosaur Train

    Dinosaur Train is an animated series created by Craig Bartlett. The series features a curious young…

  • America by the Numbers

    America by the Numbers

    America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa is the first PBS documentary series to focus on the drama…

  • Live from Lincoln Center

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  • Great Performances

    Great Performances

    Great Performances is a television series devoted to the performing arts, has been telecast on PBS s…

  • American Epic

    American Epic

    Two British filmmakers, Bernard MacMahon and Allison McGourty, and American Producer Duke Erikson ha…

  • Ask This Old House

    Ask This Old House

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  • Washington Week

    Washington Week

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  • The Woodwright's Shop

    The Woodwright's Shop

    Roy Underhill has been teaching woodworking for more than 30 years. As the host of this how-to serie…

  • A Chef's Life

    A Chef's Life

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  • OnStage in America

    PBS and "OnStage In America" a new nonprofit venture, are joining forces to put the greatest theater…

  • Sit and Be Fit

    Sit and Be Fit is here to help you improve your life through functional fitness. Enjoy the freedom t…

  • Cyberchase

    Cyberchase

    Cyberchase chronicles the adventures of three extraordinary kids, collectively called the CyberSquad…

  • Odd Squad

    Odd Squad

    Odd Squad is a Canadian/American children's live action television series that premiered on TVOKids…

  • Nature Cat

    Nature Cat

    PBS KIDS new series Nature Cat follows Fred, a house cat who dreams of exploring the great outdoors.…

  • Craft in America

    Craft in America

    We have a deep sense of longing for the handmade. Perhaps because each of us, in our own way, has ha…

  • Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

    Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

    The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor (aka: The Mark Twain Prize) is an American award for humor a…

  • The Mind of a Chef

    The Mind of a Chef

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  • Charlie Rose

    Charlie Rose

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  • Voces

    Voces

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  • Rick Steves' Europe

    Rick Steves' Europe

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  • Lidia Celebrates America

    Lidia Celebrates America

    Lidia Celebrates America is a series of specials, Lidia Bastianich takes viewers on a culinary jour…

  • Gershwin Prize

    Gershwin Prize

    In commemoration of George and Ira Gershwin's dedication to American song and culture and the genero…

  • Hometime

    Hometime

    Hosted by Dean Johnson, Hometime's aim is to help homeowners achieve professional-looking results fr…

  • PBS NewsHour

    PBS NewsHour

    PBS NewsHour is the long running news magazine broadcast every weeknight on PBS. The show was create…

  • PBS NewsHour Weekend

    PBS NewsHour Weekend

    Anchor Hari Sreenivasan presents a summary of the day's national and international news in a 30-minu…

  • Christmas at Belmont

    Christmas at Belmont

    "Christmas at Belmont" is an annual holiday production at Belmont University features carols, classi…

  • Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

    Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

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  • The Aviators

    The Aviators

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    Great Performances at the Met

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  • WordGirl

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  • The This Old House Hour

    The This Old House Hour

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    In Performance at the White House

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    Ready Jet Go!

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    Outdoor Idaho

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    Bluegrass Underground

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    The American Woodshop

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    Ciao Italia

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    Growing a Greener World

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    Beads, Baubles and Jewels

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  • Mexico: One Plate at a Time

    Mexico: One Plate at a Time

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  • It's a Big Big World

    It's a Big Big World

    "It's a Big Big World" was an American children's television show on PBS.The show features Snook the…

  • Point Taken

    Point Taken

    Each week, "Point Taken" debates a topic Americans care about. We deliver smart, interesting guests…

  • Biz Kid$

    Biz Kid$

    Biz Kid$ is an educational television show that teaches financial education and entrepreneurship to…

  • Martha Bakes

    Martha Bakes

    Martha Bakes fulfills Martha's Stewart's long-time dream of creating a visual teaching course that f…

  • Jacques Pepin's Heart & Soul in the Kitchen

    Jacques Pepin's Heart & Soul in the Kitchen

    Jacques Pepin's last full series is his most personal yet, featuring never-before-seen footage of hi…

  • Journeys in Africa

    A travelogue that explores the African continent, including big cities and small villages.

  • Treasures of New York

    Treasures of New York

    Treasures of New York is a documentary series exploring New York City's premier cultural establishm…

  • Genius by Stephen Hawking

    Genius by Stephen Hawking

    "GENIUS BY STEPHEN HAWKING", from production company Bigger Bang, will be presented and narrated by…

  • Curious George

    Curious George

    George lives to find new things to discover, touch, spill, and chew. Everything is new to George an…

  • TED Talks

    TED Talks

    Public television and TED share a deep commitment to addressing the high school dropout crisis. By j…

  • Supernature - Wild Flyers

    Supernature - Wild Flyers

    The sky is one of the world's most challenging places to live, but across the planet an extraordinar…

  • Chefs A' Field

    Chefs A' Field

    Praised by master chef Julia Child for its wonderful and refreshing focus, this series takes viewers…

  • Sara's Weeknight Meals

    Sara's Weeknight Meals

    Renowned chef, television personality, magazine editor and cookbook author Sara Moulton brings her s…

  • The Contenders - 16 for '16"

    The Contenders - 16 for '16"

    Politics is a blood sport with the intensity, gamesmanship, agony and thrill that we've come to expe…

  • Ellie's Real Good Food

    Ellie's Real Good Food

    Ellie's Real Good Food is a public television cooking series designed to help you get the most out o…

  • The Daytripper

    The Daytripper

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  • The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!

    The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!

    Go on fun adventures with Sally and Nick, who make real science discoveries within a Seussian world,…

  • Art21 - Art in the 21st Century

    Art21 - Art in the 21st Century

    Art21 - Art in the 21st Century is a series that focuses exclusively on contemporary visual art and…

  • Pacific Heartbeat

    Pacific Heartbeat

    Pacific Heartbeat is a collection of five documentaries centers on the people, cultures, languages,…

  • The Hispanic Heritage Awards

    The Hispanic Heritage Awards

    Filmed at the historic Warner Theater in Washington, DC, the program will honor recipients of the 29…

  • Joanne Weir Gets Fresh

    Chef Joanne Weir creates healthy meals with fresh ingredients in this new 15-episode series for publ…

  • Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking

    Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking

    Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking takes viewers on a culinary journey across America. Our talented ho…

  • SciTech Now

    SciTech Now

    In SciTech Now host Hari Sreenivasan explores topics such as technology, scientific discovery and in…

  • Splash and Bubbles

    Splash and Bubbles

    Using groundbreaking digital puppetry technology, the animated series will help children learn marin…

  • Steven Raichlen's Project Smoke

    Steven Raichlen's Project Smoke

    "Smoking is the new grilling," says Steven Raichlen. With these words, the man who revolutionized mo…

  • New Orleans Cooking with Kevin Belton

    New Orleans Cooking with Kevin Belton

    Kevin Belton explores the mix of cultures that contribute to the distinctive food of New Orleans.

  • Masterpiece Mystery

    Masterpiece Mystery

    Masterpiece Mystery (originally known as Mystery) (also written Mystery!) is a television anthology…

  • The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

    The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

    The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song is an award given to a composer or performer…

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    New Scandinavian Cooking

    The best of Nordic cuisine and culture come to life in New Scandinavian Cooking. The show broadens t…

  • PBS News Special Report

    Special events are covered by the PBS news team.

  • Rough Cut - Woodworking with Tommy Mac

    Rough Cut - Woodworking with Tommy Mac

    Rough Cut - Woodworking with Tommy Mac invites viewers into the world of respected furniture maker T…

  • Garden Smart

    Garden Smart

    This instructional series hosted by plantsman Eric Johnson provides viewers with practical gardening…

  • Urban Conversion

    Urban Conversion

    Urban Conversion is a Public Television show that follows Rodman & Gina Schley, as they explore…

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