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POV is a television program produced and aired on PBS stations across the United States. The show airs independent nonfiction documentaries that would not normally be seen by the majority of viewers. POV are the initials standing for "point of view" since the documentaries aired are typically from the viewpoint of a person or group organization. It is the longest running television show airing independent films with 14-16 being shown each year.

A great number of directors have been featured on POV including Michael Moore, best known for his inflammatory documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, also Errol Morris, Michael Apted, and Ross McElwee. The films presented by these directors and others typically showcase a social issue or follow the life of a person or persons as they conduct themselves in everyday activities.

POV has been on air since July 5, 1988 and has currently aired over 300 different independent documentary films. There has been a total of 24 seasons with the show entering it's 25th season fairly soon in 2013. It is a well known show and has garnered critical acclaim and fame for its work in displaying independent film. The films shown on POV have gone on to win three Oscars, 15 Peabody awards, a Webby award, 32 Emmys, 36 Cine Golden Eagles among a great number of other awards and prizes. Some of the great documentary films shown on the show include The Lost Boys of Sudan, Bright Leaves, Prison Town USA, and Food Inc.

As a television show, POV is considered to be one of the greatest shows for displaying the variety of American documentary films and film making. Airing the greatest documentaries on TV has led to its acclaim. Its long accomplishments has allowed it to continue airing the greatest of these.

Monday 10:00 PM et/pt on PBS
28 Seasons, 377 Episodes - Currently Airing
Documentary & Biography
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POV Full Episode Guide

  • Examining the persecution of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and how the government tried to silence him.

  • The story of married artists Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, who met in the early 1970s when he was 41 and she was 19. In the following years, she put her ambitions on hold to act as his assistant and care for their son; and, though he's earned accolades for his work, financial success has eluded him. Noriko, for her part, is finally fulfilling her own (delayed) dreams via "Cutie and Bullie," a series of drawings that recount their life together.

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