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
Masterpiece: Inspector Lewis
Masterpiece: Inspector Lewis
Salvage Hunters
Salvage Hunters
The Lawrence Welk Show
The Lawrence Welk Show
Raiders of the Lost Art
Raiders of the Lost Art
China's Great Wall
China's Great Wall
Destination X
Destination X
Simple Living With Wanda Urbanska
Simple Living With Wanda Urbanska
Art of the Heist
Art of the Heist
Bars and Tones: The Quest
Bars and Tones: The Quest
The Impressionists
The Impressionists
Little Big World
Little Big World
The Tommy Edison Experience
The Tommy Edison Experience
Great Hearts of Courage
Great Hearts of Courage
Beethoven's Piano Concerto
Beethoven's Piano Concerto
Scrapbook Soup!
Scrapbook Soup!
Masterworks
Masterworks
Making It Modern
Making It Modern
Naxos Musical Journeys
Naxos Musical Journeys
New York Live
Kink
Wood Works
Three Sheets
Behind the Lost Empires
Beautylicious.tv
Beer Nutz
Beyond The List
Billionaires Car Club
Eventurer: The Great American Race
FashionMojo
Ford Models
The MEN7 Show
Test Drive
The Thunder Show
Uncorked
CHIC.TV Dining
CHIC.TV Fashion
CHIC.TV Models
CHIC.TV Supercars
The Digg Reel
Diggnation
Confidential
Fashion Television
A French Affair
Herbie Hancock's The Imagine Project
The Playbook
Art and the City
Designer People
El Espiritu De La Salsa
Made in Spain
Conversations with Norma Kamali
Artland
The Artful Codgers
Halloween Block Party
The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker From the Royal Ballet
One Country 5 Books
FORA.tv Culture
The Art Show
Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem
The Big Drugs Debate
Jeff Koons: Beyond Heaven
1st Look
A Reggae Session
Dance on Camera
Richard Roeper & The Movies
The Genius of British Art
Natural Born Dealers
MAN
Between the Folds
Great Artists Two with Tim Marlow
The Meaning of Food
Moving Art
China's Lost Girls
Pilgrimage to Karbala
Let's Come Out: Gay & Lesbian
Slamdance TV
Culture X
TEDTalks: Global Villages
FXM Presents
Made Here
Understanding Art: Impressionism
Skating Gold
Artbound
Howcast Arts & Crafts
OHM:TV Culture & Society
NBC Shortcuts Festival
NBCU Short Cuts Festival
Icons Among Us
Playing It Forward
The Flog
Anyhoo
XP Guide
Lyndey Milan's Food & Lifestyle
The High Road With Mario Batali
Art of The Western World
IGN @ Comic-Con
The New West with Will Hearst
David Tutera's CELEBrations