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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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Sesame Street
Sesame Street
Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey
Call the Midwife
Call the Midwife
Empires
Empires
Grantchester
Grantchester
Odd Squad
Odd Squad
Wild Kratts
Wild Kratts
Mr. Selfridge
Mr. Selfridge
Charlie Rose
Charlie Rose
Caillou
Caillou
Masterpiece
Masterpiece
Barney & Friends
Barney & Friends
Liberty's Kids
Liberty's Kids
Reading Rainbow
Reading Rainbow
This Old House
This Old House
Home Fires
Home Fires
Antiques Roadshow
Antiques Roadshow
NOVA
NOVA
Endeavour
Endeavour
Motorweek
Motorweek
Cook's Country
Cook's Country
America's Test Kitchen
America's Test Kitchen
Indian Summers
Indian Summers
Nature
Nature
PBS Newshour
PBS Newshour
Sit and Be Fit
Sit and Be Fit
Ask This Old House
Ask This Old House
Poldark
Poldark
Finding Your Roots
Finding Your Roots
Super Why!
Super Why!
Tavis Smiley
Tavis Smiley
Ken Burns: Jazz
Ken Burns: Jazz
American Masters
American Masters
Austin City Limits
Austin City Limits
Kidsongs
Kidsongs
Mercy Street
Mercy Street
Frontline
Frontline
American Experience
American Experience
Masterpiece: Inspector Lewis
Masterpiece: Inspector Lewis
Genealogy Roadshow
Genealogy Roadshow
Nazi Mega Weapons
Nazi Mega Weapons
Lidia's Italy
Lidia's Italy
This Old House Hour
This Old House Hour
Ken Burns: The National Parks - America's Best Idea
Ken Burns: The National Parks - America's Best Idea
Secrets of the Dead
Secrets of the Dead
The Mind of a Chef
The Mind of a Chef
POV
POV
Last Tango in Halifax
Last Tango in Halifax
PBS Specials
PBS Specials
Washington Week
Washington Week
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
Independent Lens
Independent Lens
The Paradise
The Paradise
A Chef's Life
A Chef's Life
In Performance at The White House
In Performance at The White House
Eyes on the Prize
Eyes on the Prize
Maya & Miguel
Maya & Miguel
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
At the Movies
At the Movies
Sex in the Wild
Sex in the Wild
The War: A Ken Burns Film
The War: A Ken Burns Film
Ken Burns' The West
Ken Burns' The West
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates Jr.
History Detectives
History Detectives
Arthur
Arthur
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Death Comes to Pemberley
Death Comes to Pemberley
Plaza Sesamo
Plaza Sesamo
Market Warriors
Market Warriors
Ken Burns: Prohibition
Ken Burns: Prohibition
The Worricker Trilogy
The Worricker Trilogy
Bill Moyers Journal
Bill Moyers Journal
Pajanimals
Pajanimals
Craft In America
Craft In America
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
The Life of Muhammad
The Life of Muhammad
Three Sovereigns for Sarah
Three Sovereigns for Sarah
Rough Cut - Woodworking With Tommy Mac
Rough Cut - Woodworking With Tommy Mac
I'll Have What Phil's Having
I'll Have What Phil's Having
Democracy Now!
Democracy Now!
Thomas & Friends
Thomas & Friends
The Wiggles
The Wiggles
Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns
Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns
PBS NewsHour Live
PBS NewsHour Live
Fireman Sam
Fireman Sam
Underground Railroad
Underground Railroad
TED Talks Education
TED Talks Education
Theater
Theater
The Great British Baking Show
The Great British Baking Show
Between the Lions
Between the Lions
Franny's Feet
Franny's Feet
Dragon Tales
Dragon Tales
Live From the Artists Den
Live From the Artists Den
Julia Child
Julia Child
Wild Kratts: Bugs!
Wild Kratts: Bugs!
Cosmos
Cosmos
Great Performances
Great Performances
NOW on PBS
NOW on PBS
Need to Know
Need to Know