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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 Roosevelts: An Intimate History
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
PBS Newshour
PBS Newshour
Charlie Rose
Charlie Rose
Breathless
Breathless
Masterpiece
Masterpiece
Call the Midwife
Call the Midwife
NOVA
NOVA
Motorweek
Motorweek
Antiques Roadshow
Antiques Roadshow
Sesame Street
Sesame Street
Barney & Friends
Barney & Friends
Thomas & Friends
Thomas & Friends
Reading Rainbow
Reading Rainbow
Mr. Selfridge
Mr. Selfridge
PBS Specials
PBS Specials
Caillou
Caillou
Wild Kratts
Wild Kratts
Ask This Old House
Ask This Old House
This Old House
This Old House
The Paradise
The Paradise
Last Tango in Halifax
Last Tango in Halifax
Lidia's Italy
Lidia's Italy
Endeavour
Endeavour
Nature
Nature
Finding Your Roots
Finding Your Roots
NOW on PBS
NOW on PBS
Masterpiece: Inspector Lewis
Masterpiece: Inspector Lewis
The Mind of a Chef
The Mind of a Chef
Frontline
Frontline
POV
POV
Austin City Limits
Austin City Limits
Tavis Smiley
Tavis Smiley
American Experience
American Experience
A Chef's Life
A Chef's Life
Super Why!
Super Why!
The Story Of The Jews
The Story Of The Jews
This Old House Hour
This Old House Hour
Red Rock Serenade
Red Rock Serenade
At the Movies
At the Movies
Latino Americans
Latino Americans
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
The Bletchley Circle
The Bletchley Circle
NOVA scienceNOW
NOVA scienceNOW
Caillou: Big Brother Caillou and Other Adventures
Caillou: Big Brother Caillou and Other Adventures
Washington Week
Washington Week
Through Deaf Eyes
Through Deaf Eyes
History Detectives
History Detectives
The Wiggles
The Wiggles
Cosmos
Cosmos
Great Performances
Great Performances
Market Warriors
Market Warriors
Secrets of the Dead
Secrets of the Dead
Bill Moyers Journal
Bill Moyers Journal
Liberty's Kids
Liberty's Kids
America's Test Kitchen
America's Test Kitchen
Constitution USA with Peter Sagal
Constitution USA with Peter Sagal
Half the Sky
Half the Sky
Scientific American Frontiers
Scientific American Frontiers
Ken Burns' The West
Ken Burns' The West
Genealogy Roadshow
Genealogy Roadshow
Dr. Fuhrman's End Dieting Forever!
Dr. Fuhrman's End Dieting Forever!
God in America
God in America
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
PBS NewsHour Weekend
PBS NewsHour Weekend
This Emotional Life
This Emotional Life
The Big Comfy Couch
The Big Comfy Couch
Sit and Be Fit
Sit and Be Fit
Sex in the Wild
Sex in the Wild
Ken Burns: Jazz
Ken Burns: Jazz
TED Talks Education
TED Talks Education
Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns
Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns
Arthur
Arthur
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
The War: A Ken Burns Film
The War: A Ken Burns Film
My Wild Affair
My Wild Affair
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
American Masters
American Masters
Wild Kratts: Bugs!
Wild Kratts: Bugs!
Food Forward
Food Forward
Your Inner Fish
Your Inner Fish
Food Forward
Food Forward
How Sherlock Changed the World
How Sherlock Changed the World
Independent Lens
Independent Lens
Black in Latin America
Black in Latin America
Fireman Sam
Fireman Sam
The Electric Company (2009)
The Electric Company (2009)
Upstairs Downstairs (2011)
Upstairs Downstairs (2011)
Bob the Builder
Bob the Builder
Kidsongs
Kidsongs
The Good Night Show
The Good Night Show
Kipper
Kipper
Art in the Twenty-First Century
Art in the Twenty-First Century
Circus
Circus
Craft In America
Craft In America
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Clifford the Big Red Dog
It's a Big, Big World
It's a Big, Big World
Ken Burns: Prohibition
Ken Burns: Prohibition
The Life of Muhammad
The Life of Muhammad
Murder on the Home Front
Murder on the Home Front