Arts & Culture TV Shows

About Arts & Culture

Almost from the inception of television, lovers of the fine arts and high culture have been both excited by the potential for TV to bring the arts into homes and concerned about the possibility that TV won't live up to that potential. Since Federal Communications Commission chairman Newton N. Minow called television a "vast wasteland" in 1961, programmers have been trying to prove him wrong by producing cultural TV designed to enlighten viewers. Even Minow admitted that "when television is good, nothing - not the theater, not magazines or newspapers - nothing is better," and arts-oriented programming aims to be TV at its cultural best.

In America, the loftiest of arts TV has long been associated with the Public Broadcasting Service. PBS regularly airs televised performances of opera productions, ballets, symphonic concerts and musical productions that lie outside the mainstream of popular music, as well as original adaptations of classic literature and fine arts documentaries.

Arts and culture were also a focus during the explosion of new cable networks in the 1980s. The Arts & Entertainment channel dedicated itself specifically to cultural programming, and other documentary-oriented channels such as The Learning Channel, The Discovery Channel and The History Channel produced their share of cultural programming, too.

As the marketing of TV evolved into the 1990s, cultural offerings on cable began to fade. A&E, TLC, History and Discovery shifted their focus from high-brow educational content toward mainstream entertainment, and now these networks offer primarily reality programs and original entertainment series. These days it?s a bit harder to find arts programming on TV, but the arts will always find a niche somewhere in the television landscape.

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The Grand Tour
The Grand Tour
Bob Ross - The Joy of Painting
Bob Ross - The Joy of Painting
David Tutera's CELEBrations
David Tutera's CELEBrations
Masterpiece: Inspector Lewis
Masterpiece: Inspector Lewis
Test Drive
Test Drive
Little Big World
Little Big World
Long Strange Trip
Long Strange Trip
The Impressionists
The Impressionists
Salvage Hunters
Salvage Hunters
Raiders of the Lost Art
Raiders of the Lost Art
The New Creatives
The New Creatives
Hashtags
Hashtags
Art of The Western World
Art of The Western World
Art of the Heist
Art of the Heist
Scrapbook Soup!
Scrapbook Soup!
Three Sheets
Three Sheets
Confidential
Confidential
Bullit - The Documentary
Bullit - The Documentary
Artbound
Artbound
Street Art Throwdown
Street Art Throwdown
The Lawrence Welk Show
The Lawrence Welk Show
MAN
MAN
Kink
Kink
New York Live
New York Live
Uncorked
Uncorked
Beethoven's Piano Concerto
Beethoven's Piano Concerto
Fashion Television
Fashion Television
Behind the Lost Empires
Behind the Lost Empires
The Thunder Show
The Thunder Show
Metropolis II
Metropolis II
CHIC.TV Supercars
CHIC.TV Supercars
China's Great Wall
China's Great Wall
Moving Art
Moving Art
Bob Ross: Beauty is Everywhere
Bob Ross: Beauty is Everywhere
Natural Born Dealers
Natural Born Dealers
Richard Roeper & The Movies
Richard Roeper & The Movies
Pilgrimage to Karbala
Pilgrimage to Karbala
El Espiritu De La Salsa
El Espiritu De La Salsa
OHM:TV Culture & Society
OHM:TV Culture & Society
Herbie Hancock's The Imagine Project
Herbie Hancock's The Imagine Project
A Reggae Session
A Reggae Session
The Strange Truth
The Strange Truth
Anyhoo
Anyhoo
Artland
Artland
The Artful Codgers
The Artful Codgers
Beyond The List
Beyond The List
The Meaning of Food
The Meaning of Food
The Playbook
The Playbook
The Art Show (2018)
The Art Show (2018)
Made Here
Made Here
The MEN7 Show
The MEN7 Show
Jeff Koons: Beyond Heaven
Jeff Koons: Beyond Heaven
TEDTalks: Global Villages
TEDTalks: Global Villages
CHIC.TV Fashion
CHIC.TV Fashion
CHIC.TV Models
CHIC.TV Models
Wood Works
Wood Works
Lost on the Atlantic
Lost on the Atlantic
Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem
Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem
The Nutcracker From the Royal Ballet
The Nutcracker From the Royal Ballet
The Big Drugs Debate
The Big Drugs Debate
Great Artists Two with Tim Marlow
Great Artists Two with Tim Marlow
Chill with Bob Ross
Chill with Bob Ross
Dance on Camera
Dance on Camera
Ford Models
Ford Models
Art and the City
Art and the City
The Tommy Edison Experience
The Tommy Edison Experience
1st Look
1st Look
Minecraft: Story Mode
Minecraft: Story Mode
Conversations with Norma Kamali
Conversations with Norma Kamali
FXM Presents
FXM Presents
Put Some Color in Your Life: Watercolors and Pastels
Put Some Color in Your Life: Watercolors and Pastels
The Genius of British Art
The Genius of British Art
Legacy of Ancient Civilizations - The People, Their Legends and Myths
Legacy of Ancient Civilizations - The People, Their Legends and Myths
Culture X
Culture X
Making It Modern
Making It Modern
Paley Media
Paley Media
Lyndey Milan's Food & Lifestyle
Lyndey Milan's Food & Lifestyle
Put Some Color in Your Life: Oils
Put Some Color in Your Life: Oils
Great Hearts of Courage
Great Hearts of Courage
Bars and Tones: The Quest
Bars and Tones: The Quest
NBCU Short Film Festival
NBCU Short Film Festival
Red Bull BC One World Finals
Red Bull BC One World Finals
Creative Arts Emmy Awards
Creative Arts Emmy Awards
Put Some Colour in Your Life: Jewelry, Body Painting, and Metal on Wood
Put Some Colour in Your Life: Jewelry, Body Painting, and Metal on Wood
Beautylicious.tv
Beautylicious.tv
Beer Nutz
Beer Nutz
The Digg Reel
The Digg Reel
Diggnation
Diggnation
Billionaires Car Club
Billionaires Car Club
The High Road With Mario Batali
The High Road With Mario Batali
Naxos Musical Journeys
Naxos Musical Journeys
Let's Come Out: Gay & Lesbian
Let's Come Out: Gay & Lesbian
Akhenaten and Nefertiti
Akhenaten and Nefertiti
A French Affair
A French Affair
CHIC.TV Dining
CHIC.TV Dining
Understanding Art: Impressionism
Understanding Art: Impressionism
Halloween Block Party
Halloween Block Party
Destination X
Destination X
Mantovani Presents - The TV Series (Season 1)
Mantovani Presents - The TV Series (Season 1)
The Writers' Block
The Writers' Block