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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Peg + Cat
Peg + Cat

Peg + Cat inspires preschool children to see math as exciting, accessible, and fun.

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…

Genealogy Roadshow
Genealogy Roadshow

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

NOVA
NOVA

NOVA brings you stories from the frontlines of science and engineering, answering the big questions…

Nature
Nature

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

Globe Trekker
Globe Trekker

Globe Trekker is an award-winning travel TV show that takes you off the beaten track, up close and p…

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…

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

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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

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Live from Lincoln Center
Live from Lincoln Center

Live from Lincoln Centeris a Emmy-winning performing arts series presents a series of periodic telec…

Great Performances
Great Performances

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

Ask This Old House
Ask This Old House

The crew at This Old House take on some pretty big projects, which means they can only work on one o…

Washington Week
Washington Week

On Washington Week (formerly Washington Week with Gwen Ifill) guest journalists weigh in on issues o…

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…

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…

MotorWeek
MotorWeek

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Odd Squad
Odd Squad

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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…

The Mind of a Chef
The Mind of a Chef

Narrated by Executive Producer Anthony Bourdain, The Mind of a Chef is that rare and beautiful thing…

Wild Kratts
Wild Kratts

In Wild Kratts, the Kratt brothers go around the world looking for animals and use "creature power s…

Charlie Rose
Charlie Rose

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Voces
Voces

Produced by Latino Public Broadcasting, "Voces" is PBS' signature Latino arts and culture documentar…

Lidia Celebrates America
Lidia Celebrates America

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

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…

The Aviators
The Aviators

A magazine-style TV series featuring interesting people, the latest aircraft, the coolest technology…

WordGirl
WordGirl

Becky Botsford is an average fifth-grader who, when duty calls, is transformed into WordGirl. WordGi…

The This Old House Hour
The This Old House Hour

The first half hour of The This Old House Hour continues from the series "This Old House". The secon…

Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson

"Jackie Robinson" is a 2-part documentary series that explores how the civil rights movement dovetai…

Ready Jet Go!
Ready Jet Go!

Ready Jet Go! takes viewers on a journey into outer space, building on children's curiosity about sc…

Outdoor Idaho
Outdoor Idaho

"Outdoor Idaho" has begun its 31st year of celebrating the incredible richness of our state. Shot en…

Super WHY!
Super WHY!

Wyatt and his pals, the Super Readers, solve problems by consulting classic stories such as Little M…

Bluegrass Underground
Bluegrass Underground

Bluegrass Underground is a musical adventure series presented by PBS affiliate WCTE that airs across…

Ciao Italia
Ciao Italia

Mary Ann Esposito cooks delicious Italian dishes and teaches us a little something new about Italy e…

Growing a Greener World
Growing a Greener World

Growing a Greener World is a groundbreaking television series that delivers the latest trends in eco…

Beads, Baubles and Jewels
Beads, Baubles and Jewels

Beads, Baubles and Jewels - the source for jewelry making, beading, metal work instructions, educati…

It's a Big Big World
It's a Big Big World

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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…

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 establishme…

Curious George
Curious George

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

TED Talks
TED Talks

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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

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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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Pacific Heartbeat
Pacific Heartbeat

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Joanne Weir Gets Fresh

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SciTech Now
SciTech Now

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Splash and Bubbles
Splash and Bubbles

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

Masterpiece Mystery
Masterpiece Mystery

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New Scandinavian Cooking
New Scandinavian Cooking

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Garden Smart
Garden Smart

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Urban Conversion
Urban Conversion

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Secrets of the Manor House
Secrets of the Manor House

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The Peabody Awards
The Peabody Awards

The Peabody Awards is an annual award show that honors outstanding work in news, documentaries, ente…

A Craftsman's Legacy
A Craftsman's Legacy

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Big Pacific
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Great Yellowstone Thaw
Great Yellowstone Thaw

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A Capitol Fourth
A Capitol Fourth

America's favorite Independence Day celebration, A Capitol Fourth puts viewers front and center for…

Nature's Great Race
Nature's Great Race

In Nature's Great Race, follow every life and death decision these herds make as they overcome immen…

Food Flirts
Food Flirts

Meet the Brass Sisters a.k.a. The Food Flirts! Two passionate food explorers of a certain age on a m…

e2 Design
e2 Design

e2 Design is a series about the pioneers and innovators in the field of sustainable architecture, an…

Milk Street Television
Milk Street Television

The world of home cooking is undergoing a revolution with new tastes, flavors, techniques and influe…

We'll Meet Again
We'll Meet Again

Exploring some of history's most dramatic events from across the globe through the personal stories…

Impossible Builds
Impossible Builds

Impossible Builds is an access all areas look at the creation of some of the world's most ambitious,…

Bake Decorate Celebrate!

Its time to Bake, Decorate and Celebrate! you're invited to celebrate all of the occasions in your l…

NOVA Wonders
NOVA Wonders

NOVA Wonders takes viewers on a journey to the frontiers of science, where researchers are tackling…

First Civilizations
First Civilizations

Having lived as mobile foragers for 99 percent of our time on Earth, why did humans set out on the r…

Royal Wedding Watch

Go behind the headlines with Meredith Vieira for the history, ceremony, and traditions shaping the w…

Breaking Big
Breaking Big

Why and how did some of the world's most influential artists, innovators, athletes and leaders break…

No Passport Required
No Passport Required

Join chef Marcus Samuelsson on an inspiring journey across the U.S. to explore and celebrate the wid…

Outback
Outback

In a landscape so ancient that, in parts, it predates life on the planet - are animals superbly adap…

The Great American Read
The Great American Read

The Great American Read is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, t…

Sinking Cities
Sinking Cities

Sinking Cities explores how four global cities are coming to grips with the real-time effects of ris…

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