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About PBS

The Public Broadcasting Service in 1970 as a project of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, an entity created in 1967 by the federal government of the United States. PBS is a broadcast television network, but it operates differently than commercial broadcast networks. PBS member stations, which are often run by local non-profit organizations or universities, purchase the right to broadcast programming that is distributed by PBS, and local stations supplement that programming with locally produced content and shows produced by third parties.

PBS programming has traditionally focused much more on the arts, education, news and informational programming than have the commercial broadcast networks. Popular science programs such as "Nova" and "Nature," performance programs such as "Austin City Limits" and "Soundstage," news programs such as "NewsHour" and "Frontline," and dramatic productions like "Masterpiece Theatre" have long been the mainstays of PBS programming. Other programs like "Antiques Roadshow" and the period drama series "Downton Abbey" have found wide mainstream success that rivals the popularity of commercial programs.

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The Paradise
The Paradise
Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey
Finding Your Roots
Finding Your Roots
Masterpiece
Masterpiece
PBS Newshour
PBS Newshour
Masterpiece: Inspector Lewis
Masterpiece: Inspector Lewis
Charlie Rose
Charlie Rose
Antiques Roadshow
Antiques Roadshow
NOVA
NOVA
Sesame Street
Sesame Street
Motorweek
Motorweek
Barney & Friends
Barney & Friends
NOW on PBS
NOW on PBS
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
PBS Specials
PBS Specials
Thomas & Friends
Thomas & Friends
Wild Kratts
Wild Kratts
Caillou
Caillou
Mr. Selfridge
Mr. Selfridge
A Chef's Life
A Chef's Life
Call the Midwife
Call the Midwife
Reading Rainbow
Reading Rainbow
This Old House Hour
This Old House Hour
Independent Lens
Independent Lens
Endeavour
Endeavour
Frontline
Frontline
Austin City Limits
Austin City Limits
Washington Week
Washington Week
The Mind of a Chef
The Mind of a Chef
Lidia's Italy
Lidia's Italy
American Experience
American Experience
Ask This Old House
Ask This Old House
Super Why!
Super Why!
At the Movies
At the Movies
Nature
Nature
The Story Of The Jews
The Story Of The Jews
Art in the Twenty-First Century
Art in the Twenty-First Century
God in America
God in America
NOVA scienceNOW
NOVA scienceNOW
Breathless
Breathless
Last Tango in Halifax
Last Tango in Halifax
This Emotional Life
This Emotional Life
Death Comes to Pemberley
Death Comes to Pemberley
Liberty's Kids
Liberty's Kids
How We Got To Now with Steven Johnson
How We Got To Now with Steven Johnson
Secrets of the Dead
Secrets of the Dead
Sit and Be Fit
Sit and Be Fit
Live From Lincoln Center
Live From Lincoln Center
Tavis Smiley
Tavis Smiley
Latino Americans
Latino Americans
American Masters
American Masters
The Wiggles
The Wiggles
Great Performances
Great Performances
This Old House
This Old House
The Life of Muhammad
The Life of Muhammad
America's Test Kitchen
America's Test Kitchen
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
History Detectives
History Detectives
Fireman Sam
Fireman Sam
Cook's Country
Cook's Country
Makers
Makers
Bill Moyers Journal
Bill Moyers Journal
Caillou: Big Brother Caillou and Other Adventures
Caillou: Big Brother Caillou and Other Adventures
Carrier
Carrier
Kidsongs
Kidsongs
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
TED Talks Education
TED Talks Education
The Bletchley Circle
The Bletchley Circle
Red Rock Serenade
Red Rock Serenade
Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Great Estates Scotland
Great Estates Scotland
Half the Sky
Half the Sky
In Julia's Kitchen with Master Chefs
In Julia's Kitchen with Master Chefs
Birdsong
Birdsong
Moyers & Company
Moyers & Company
Through Deaf Eyes
Through Deaf Eyes
Market Warriors
Market Warriors
Building Alaska
Building Alaska
Broadway or Bust
Broadway or Bust
The Buddha
The Buddha
The War: A Ken Burns Film
The War: A Ken Burns Film
Arthur
Arthur
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Your Inner Fish
Your Inner Fish
Ken Burns: Jazz
Ken Burns: Jazz
Ken Burns: The Address
Ken Burns: The Address
Ken Burns' The West
Ken Burns' The West
Katie Brown Workshop
Katie Brown Workshop
Bob the Builder
Bob the Builder
The Let's Go Show
The Let's Go Show
Conquistadors
Conquistadors
Food Forward
Food Forward
Kipper
Kipper
Cosmos
Cosmos
Scientific American Frontiers
Scientific American Frontiers
Timothy Goes to School
Timothy Goes to School
Global Voices
Global Voices
POV
POV
Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson
Chasing Shackleton
Chasing Shackleton