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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
Last Tango in Halifax
Last Tango in Halifax
PBS Newshour
PBS Newshour
Call the Midwife
Call the Midwife
Charlie Rose
Charlie Rose
Antiques Roadshow
Antiques Roadshow
Masterpiece
Masterpiece
Endeavour
Endeavour
NOVA
NOVA
Motorweek
Motorweek
Mr. Selfridge
Mr. Selfridge
Caillou
Caillou
Thomas & Friends
Thomas & Friends
Sesame Street
Sesame Street
American Experience
American Experience
Barney & Friends
Barney & Friends
Reading Rainbow
Reading Rainbow
Masterpiece: Inspector Lewis
Masterpiece: Inspector Lewis
Wild Kratts
Wild Kratts
Frontline
Frontline
A Chef's Life
A Chef's Life
This Old House
This Old House
Ask This Old House
Ask This Old House
Lidia's Italy
Lidia's Italy
Red Rock Serenade
Red Rock Serenade
Cosmos
Cosmos
The Paradise
The Paradise
Finding Your Roots
Finding Your Roots
The Story Of The Jews
The Story Of The Jews
Nature
Nature
Washington Week
Washington Week
The Bletchley Circle
The Bletchley Circle
Market Warriors
Market Warriors
Caillou: Big Brother Caillou and Other Adventures
Caillou: Big Brother Caillou and Other Adventures
Secrets of the Dead
Secrets of the Dead
My Wild Affair
My Wild Affair
This Old House Hour
This Old House Hour
NOW on PBS
NOW on PBS
History Detectives
History Detectives
Austin City Limits
Austin City Limits
PBS Specials
PBS Specials
Sit and Be Fit
Sit and Be Fit
Breathless
Breathless
Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns
Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns
Arthur
Arthur
This Emotional Life
This Emotional Life
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
NOVA scienceNOW
NOVA scienceNOW
Super Why!
Super Why!
TED Talks Education
TED Talks Education
America's Test Kitchen
America's Test Kitchen
POV
POV
Your Inner Fish
Your Inner Fish
Ken Burns: Jazz
Ken Burns: Jazz
At the Movies
At the Movies
Tavis Smiley
Tavis Smiley
Liberty's Kids
Liberty's Kids
The Mind of a Chef
The Mind of a Chef
Time Team America
Time Team America
Sex in the Wild
Sex in the Wild
American Masters
American Masters
The Buddha
The Buddha
Independent Lens
Independent Lens
Pioneers of Television
Pioneers of Television
Bill Moyers Journal
Bill Moyers Journal
Fireman Sam
Fireman Sam
Chasing Shackleton
Chasing Shackleton
Secrets of London
Secrets of London
Great Performances
Great Performances
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
Craft In America
Craft In America
Ken Burns' The West
Ken Burns' The West
Peg + Cat
Peg + Cat
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Moyers & Company
Moyers & Company
Bob the Builder
Bob the Builder
Through Deaf Eyes
Through Deaf Eyes
Essential Pepin
Essential Pepin
Barney's Great Adventure
Barney's Great Adventure
Need to Know
Need to Know
Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates Jr.
PBS NewsHour Weekend
PBS NewsHour Weekend
Circus
Circus
Barney: Can You Sing That Song?
Barney: Can You Sing That Song?
Live From the Artists Den
Live From the Artists Den
Black in Latin America
Black in Latin America
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
God in America
God in America
Dragon Tales
Dragon Tales
The Mighty Mississippi with Trevor McDonald
The Mighty Mississippi with Trevor McDonald
Genealogy Roadshow
Genealogy Roadshow
PBS Indies
PBS Indies
Murder on the Home Front
Murder on the Home Front
Forgiveness: A Time to Love & A Time to Hate
Forgiveness: A Time to Love & A Time to Hate
Bill Moyers: On Our Own Terms
Bill Moyers: On Our Own Terms
Redwall
Redwall
The Wiggles
The Wiggles
Building Alaska
Building Alaska
Shakespeare Uncovered
Shakespeare Uncovered
Global Voices
Global Voices