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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.

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Tuesday 10:00 PM et/pt on PBS
27 Seasons, 361 Episodes - Currently Airing
Documentary & Biography
5.5/10
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POV Full Episode Guide

  • A glimpse into the experiences of 61-year-old Pam White and her family after she develops early onset Alzheimer's.

  • The show takes a look at former colleagues of Dr. George Tiller, who was murdered in 2009 in Wichita.

  • Over five years, director Rachel Boynton and her cinematographer filmed the quest for oil in Ghana by Dallas-based Kosmos. This film, executive produced by Brad Pitt, provides an unprecedented inside look at the global deal making and dark underside of energy development.

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