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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
Finding Your Roots
Finding Your Roots
NOVA
NOVA
Breathless
Breathless
Masterpiece
Masterpiece
Sesame Street
Sesame Street
Antiques Roadshow
Antiques Roadshow
Motorweek
Motorweek
The Paradise
The Paradise
Barney & Friends
Barney & Friends
Call the Midwife
Call the Midwife
Thomas & Friends
Thomas & Friends
PBS Specials
PBS Specials
Reading Rainbow
Reading Rainbow
Caillou
Caillou
Mr. Selfridge
Mr. Selfridge
Wild Kratts
Wild Kratts
Ask This Old House
Ask This Old House
Tavis Smiley
Tavis Smiley
This Old House
This Old House
Masterpiece: Inspector Lewis
Masterpiece: Inspector Lewis
Frontline
Frontline
NOW on PBS
NOW on PBS
Last Tango in Halifax
Last Tango in Halifax
Endeavour
Endeavour
Lidia's Italy
Lidia's Italy
Nature
Nature
Secrets of the Dead
Secrets of the Dead
Latino Americans
Latino Americans
American Experience
American Experience
At the Movies
At the Movies
Austin City Limits
Austin City Limits
A Chef's Life
A Chef's Life
The Mind of a Chef
The Mind of a Chef
Super Why!
Super Why!
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
The Story Of The Jews
The Story Of The Jews
This Old House Hour
This Old House Hour
Caillou: Big Brother Caillou and Other Adventures
Caillou: Big Brother Caillou and Other Adventures
Live From Lincoln Center
Live From Lincoln Center
Through Deaf Eyes
Through Deaf Eyes
NOVA scienceNOW
NOVA scienceNOW
The Bletchley Circle
The Bletchley Circle
America's Test Kitchen
America's Test Kitchen
Red Rock Serenade
Red Rock Serenade
American Masters
American Masters
POV
POV
Washington Week
Washington Week
Great Performances
Great Performances
Ken Burns: Jazz
Ken Burns: Jazz
Liberty's Kids
Liberty's Kids
This Emotional Life
This Emotional Life
Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Genealogy Roadshow
Genealogy Roadshow
The Wiggles
The Wiggles
TED Talks Education
TED Talks Education
Market Warriors
Market Warriors
Cosmos
Cosmos
The War: A Ken Burns Film
The War: A Ken Burns Film
History Detectives
History Detectives
Bill Moyers Journal
Bill Moyers Journal
Scientific American Frontiers
Scientific American Frontiers
God in America
God in America
Food Forward
Food Forward
Ken Burns' The West
Ken Burns' The West
Half the Sky
Half the Sky
Sex in the Wild
Sex in the Wild
Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns
Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns
Black in Latin America
Black in Latin America
Wild Kratts: Bugs!
Wild Kratts: Bugs!
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Sit and Be Fit
Sit and Be Fit
The Good Night Show
The Good Night Show
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Clifford the Big Red Dog
The Big Comfy Couch
The Big Comfy Couch
Dragon Tales
Dragon Tales
Independent Lens
Independent Lens
The Buddha
The Buddha
Arthur
Arthur
Moyers & Company
Moyers & Company
Birdsong
Birdsong
Dr. Fuhrman's End Dieting Forever!
Dr. Fuhrman's End Dieting Forever!
It's a Big, Big World
It's a Big, Big World
How Sherlock Changed the World
How Sherlock Changed the World
Makers
Makers
Super Skyscrapers
Super Skyscrapers
PBS NewsHour Weekend
PBS NewsHour Weekend
Live From the Artists Den
Live From the Artists Den
Queen & Country
Queen & Country
Roadtrip Nation
Roadtrip Nation
My Wild Affair
My Wild Affair
Building Alaska
Building Alaska
Redwall
Redwall
Kidsongs
Kidsongs
The Life of Muhammad
The Life of Muhammad
Maya & Miguel
Maya & Miguel
Art in the Twenty-First Century
Art in the Twenty-First Century