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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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Poldark
Poldark
This Old House
This Old House
Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey
Charlie Rose
Charlie Rose
Masterpiece
Masterpiece
Indian Summers
Indian Summers
Wild Kratts
Wild Kratts
Sesame Street
Sesame Street
Odd Squad
Odd Squad
Barney & Friends
Barney & Friends
PBS Newshour
PBS Newshour
Caillou
Caillou
Motorweek
Motorweek
Austin City Limits
Austin City Limits
Thomas & Friends
Thomas & Friends
Reading Rainbow
Reading Rainbow
America's Test Kitchen
America's Test Kitchen
Antiques Roadshow
Antiques Roadshow
NOVA
NOVA
American Experience
American Experience
Ask This Old House
Ask This Old House
Empires
Empires
Grantchester
Grantchester
Super Why!
Super Why!
The Great British Baking Show
The Great British Baking Show
Call the Midwife
Call the Midwife
Endeavour
Endeavour
Washington Week
Washington Week
Masterpiece: Inspector Lewis
Masterpiece: Inspector Lewis
Last Tango in Halifax
Last Tango in Halifax
Mr. Selfridge
Mr. Selfridge
Cook's Country
Cook's Country
NOVA scienceNOW
NOVA scienceNOW
Nature
Nature
Finding Your Roots
Finding Your Roots
Fireman Sam
Fireman Sam
Frontline
Frontline
Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns
Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns
Woodwright's Shop
Woodwright's Shop
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
PBS Specials
PBS Specials
The Electric Company
The Electric Company
The War: A Ken Burns Film
The War: A Ken Burns Film
The Tunnel
The Tunnel
A Chef's Life
A Chef's Life
Secrets of the Dead
Secrets of the Dead
Cosmos
Cosmos
Theater
Theater
The Mind of a Chef
The Mind of a Chef
In Defense of Food
In Defense of Food
Live From Lincoln Center
Live From Lincoln Center
Ken Burns' The West
Ken Burns' The West
Dragon Tales
Dragon Tales
Ken Burns: The National Parks - America's Best Idea
Ken Burns: The National Parks - America's Best Idea
PBS Arts Fall Festival
PBS Arts Fall Festival
The Big Comfy Couch
The Big Comfy Couch
Genealogy Roadshow
Genealogy Roadshow
Ken Burns: Jazz
Ken Burns: Jazz
Lidia's Italy
Lidia's Italy
American Masters
American Masters
Great Performances
Great Performances
Tavis Smiley
Tavis Smiley
Mercy Street
Mercy Street
Ken Burns: America
Ken Burns: America
The Paradise
The Paradise
Pajanimals
Pajanimals
America's National Parks
America's National Parks
Ken Burns: Prohibition
Ken Burns: Prohibition
Twice Born: Stories From the Special Delivery Unit
Twice Born: Stories From the Special Delivery Unit
Home Fires
Home Fires
This Old House Hour
This Old House Hour
Postcards from Buster
Postcards from Buster
How Sherlock Changed the World
How Sherlock Changed the World
Death Comes to Pemberley
Death Comes to Pemberley
Three Sovereigns for Sarah
Three Sovereigns for Sarah
Space Racers
Space Racers
Bob the Builder
Bob the Builder
Inside Nature's Giants
Inside Nature's Giants
The French Chef with Julia Child
The French Chef with Julia Child
Vicious
Vicious
Closer to Truth
Closer to Truth
Pati's Mexican Table
Pati's Mexican Table
PBS NewsHour Live
PBS NewsHour Live
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Rough Cut - Woodworking With Tommy Mac
Rough Cut - Woodworking With Tommy Mac
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Sit and Be Fit
Sit and Be Fit
Katie Brown Workshop
Katie Brown Workshop
Democracy Now!
Democracy Now!
Liberty's Kids
Liberty's Kids
Beads, Baubles, and Jewels
Beads, Baubles, and Jewels
African American History
African American History
NOW on PBS
NOW on PBS
Angelina Ballerina
Angelina Ballerina
Julia Child
Julia Child
Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson
The Bletchley Circle
The Bletchley Circle
PBS NewsHour Weekend
PBS NewsHour Weekend
Independent Lens
Independent Lens
Bill Moyers Journal
Bill Moyers Journal