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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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Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey
The Paradise
The Paradise
PBS Newshour
PBS Newshour
Charlie Rose
Charlie Rose
Sesame Street
Sesame Street
Motorweek
Motorweek
Masterpiece
Masterpiece
Antiques Roadshow
Antiques Roadshow
Death Comes to Pemberley
Death Comes to Pemberley
Barney & Friends
Barney & Friends
NOVA
NOVA
Caillou
Caillou
This Old House
This Old House
Finding Your Roots
Finding Your Roots
The Mind of a Chef
The Mind of a Chef
Thomas & Friends
Thomas & Friends
PBS Specials
PBS Specials
Wild Kratts
Wild Kratts
Mr. Selfridge
Mr. Selfridge
Reading Rainbow
Reading Rainbow
Masterpiece: Inspector Lewis
Masterpiece: Inspector Lewis
Call the Midwife
Call the Midwife
Nature
Nature
Ask This Old House
Ask This Old House
Austin City Limits
Austin City Limits
NOW on PBS
NOW on PBS
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
Liberty's Kids
Liberty's Kids
A Chef's Life
A Chef's Life
Last Tango in Halifax
Last Tango in Halifax
This Old House Hour
This Old House Hour
At the Movies
At the Movies
Frontline
Frontline
America's Test Kitchen
America's Test Kitchen
NOVA scienceNOW
NOVA scienceNOW
Endeavour
Endeavour
Washington Week
Washington Week
Bill Moyers Journal
Bill Moyers Journal
The Story Of The Jews
The Story Of The Jews
Fireman Sam
Fireman Sam
Tavis Smiley
Tavis Smiley
Red Rock Serenade
Red Rock Serenade
How We Got To Now with Steven Johnson
How We Got To Now with Steven Johnson
Art in the Twenty-First Century
Art in the Twenty-First Century
The Wiggles
The Wiggles
American Experience
American Experience
The Bletchley Circle
The Bletchley Circle
The Big Comfy Couch
The Big Comfy Couch
Cosmos
Cosmos
Constitution USA with Peter Sagal
Constitution USA with Peter Sagal
TED Talks Education
TED Talks Education
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
This Emotional Life
This Emotional Life
Sit and Be Fit
Sit and Be Fit
Caillou: Big Brother Caillou and Other Adventures
Caillou: Big Brother Caillou and Other Adventures
Super Why!
Super Why!
Lidia's Italy
Lidia's Italy
History Detectives
History Detectives
Ken Burns' The West
Ken Burns' The West
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
American Masters
American Masters
Moyers & Company
Moyers & Company
Independent Lens
Independent Lens
The Good Night Show
The Good Night Show
Secrets of the Dead
Secrets of the Dead
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Clifford the Big Red Dog
The Let's Go Show
The Let's Go Show
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Makers
Makers
PBS NewsHour Weekend
PBS NewsHour Weekend
Kidsongs
Kidsongs
Katie Brown Workshop
Katie Brown Workshop
Scientific American Frontiers
Scientific American Frontiers
The Life of Muhammad
The Life of Muhammad
Through Deaf Eyes
Through Deaf Eyes
Building Alaska
Building Alaska
Live From Lincoln Center
Live From Lincoln Center
Market Warriors
Market Warriors
Genealogy Roadshow
Genealogy Roadshow
Cook's Country
Cook's Country
Made in Spain
Made in Spain
Birdsong
Birdsong
Broadway or Bust
Broadway or Bust
In Julia's Kitchen with Master Chefs
In Julia's Kitchen with Master Chefs
Arthur
Arthur
Craft In America
Craft In America
Chasing Shackleton
Chasing Shackleton
Barney: The Land of Make Believe
Barney: The Land of Make Believe
Dr. Fuhrman's End Dieting Forever!
Dr. Fuhrman's End Dieting Forever!
My Music
My Music
Bob the Builder
Bob the Builder
Raw to Ready
Raw to Ready
It's a Big, Big World
It's a Big, Big World
Your Inner Fish
Your Inner Fish
Angelina Ballerina
Angelina Ballerina
The War: A Ken Burns Film
The War: A Ken Burns Film
Breathless
Breathless
The Mark Twain Prize
The Mark Twain Prize
Need to Know
Need to Know
Forgiveness: A Time to Love & A Time to Hate
Forgiveness: A Time to Love & A Time to Hate