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Austin City Limits is always a showcase of exceptionally talented musicians who offer their skills to audiences in a relatively small studio setting where home viewers are left with a feeling that they are getting their own personal performance, right at home. Quaint is one adjective that describes the aura that is projected by these gifted entertainers and the taping venue. Warm, friendly, and inviting are others, which describe the subtle and friendly atmosphere.

One may enjoy the plethora of stars that will be routinely offered on a weekly basis. Concerts bring the viewer the songs that they already know and anxiously await to enjoy live from their favorite performers. Television fans are no different from those in attendance. The nearly intimate setting comes to life by way of both technology and human skill. Advance electronics deliver accurate sounds that the home listener will find comparable to what the audience is hearing. Camera technicians exhibit creativity that reveals each artist in a unique fashion. Video angles are often impressive with close-up imaging.

The performers represent many genres. Representing laid-back, yet popular performers, such names as Jimmy Buffett, Lyle Lovett, Norah Jones, Suzanne Vega, and Emmylou Harris, can be found on this popular Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) program. Not only are the more casual entertainers seen, but other types are just as frequently seen, including those from Jazz: Buddy Guy, B.B. King,and Eric Johnson. There are singers who are anything but casual. Rock singers like The Allman Brothers Band, Coldplay, Elvis Costello, Pearl Jam, R.E.M., and Foo Fighters, have offered some of today's most popular songs to viewers who are getting an experience of being near the singers, without ever having to leave their home setting.

When one thinks about Austin City Limits, one may think about Austin, Texas and the heavy influence of country music that defines the state of Texas. As mentioned, there are genres of many that are represented. However, it is Country Music that the show finds itself gravitating toward most frequently. Performers, such as Willie Nelson, The Dixie Chicks, and Merle Haggard, often display their artistry through this recurrent, and often trendy showcase.

Austin City Limits is a Documentary & Biography, Music series that is currently running and has 45 seasons (394 episodes). The series first aired on January 3, 1976. It has mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 8.1.

Austin City Limits is available for streaming on the PBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Austin City Limits on demand at PBS Vudu, PBS online.

Saturday 9:00 PM et/pt on PBS
45 Seasons, 394 Episodes
January 3, 1976
Documentary & Biography, Music
Cast: Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, John Prine, Patty Griffin
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Austin City Limits Full Episode Guide

  • Thrill to an hour of classic performances from Texas blues rocker Stevie Ray Vaughan.

  • Enjoy an hour with acclaimed soul singer/songwriter Yola.

  • Savor an hour of stirring performances by singer/songwriter John Prine.

  • Thrill to an hour with Spanish singer, songwriter and dancer Rosalia. The Latin Grammy-winning Catalonia native performs songs from her album "El Mal Querer."

  • The pop superstar performs her hits and songs from "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?"

  • Cage the Elephant and Tank and the Bangas perform.

  • Singer-songwriter Mitski and indie rockers Rainbow Kitten Surprise perform. Mitski plays songs from her album "Be the Cowboy," while Rainbow Kitten Surprise perform cuts from their record "How To: Friend, Love, Freefall."

  • The Raconteurs spotlight their album "Help Us Stranger." Austin's Black Pumas performs great tunes.

  • Singer-songwriters Sharon Van Etten and Lucy Dacus perform. Van Etten performs songs from her acclaimed 2019 LP "Remind Me Tomorrow," while Dacus highlights her 2018 album "Historian."

  • Country singer Kane Brown performs songs from his 2018 "Experiment" album; and Canadian singer Colter Wall sings cowboy and Western songs from his 2018 "Songs of the Plains" album.

  • Vampire Weekend perform selections from their 2019 "Father of the Bride" album.

  • Thrill to the best in American roots music with Patty Griffin and The Revivalists.

  • Enjoy an unforgettable hour with Grammy-winning singer-songwriter H.E.R.

  • Steve Earle and the Dukes perform songs by Earle's mentor, Texas songwriter Guy Clark.

  • Singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers performs songs from her 2019 album "Heard It in a Past Life."

  • Thrill to an hour with Austin blues rock superstar Gary Clark Jr.

  • Celebrate the 2019 ACL Hall of Fame inductees; Shawn Colvin, Buddy Guy and Lyle Lovett are honored.

  • Performers Include Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Margo Price, John Prine, k.d. lang, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Irma Thomas, Fantastic Negrito, Rosanne Cash, Buddy Guy, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Tyler Childers, I'm With Her & More

  • Featuring Buddy Guy; and August Greene.

  • Willie Nelson performs a smattering of his hits and songs from his "My Way" album.

  • Arctic Monkeys perform songs from their "Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino" album; and Wild Child play cuts from their "Expectations" album.

  • Join a musical world tour with Puerto Rican superstar Residente.

  • New Orleans funk masters Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue perform; and are joined by Cyril Neville.

  • Khalid and Mac DeMarco perform.

  • Janelle Monae performs.

  • Live is up with contemporary country rockers Kacey Musgraves and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.

  • Thrill to chart-topping R&B and pop with Grammy-winning standouts Miguel and Alessia Cara.

  • Enjoy an unforgettable hour with acclaimed singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile.

  • Performers include Sam Smith and Anderson East.

  • John Prine performs.

  • St. Vincent performs in the Season 17 premiere.

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The Raconteurs on Austin City Limits "Bored and Razed" (Web Exclusive) Clip (04:17) Billie Eilish | Behind the Scenes of Austin City Limits Clip (00:57) Tank and the Bangas on Austin City Limits "Hot Air Balloon" Clip (06:01) Tank and the Bangas on Austin City Limits "Nice Things" (Web Exclusive) Clip (04:31) Tank and the Bangas on Austin City Limits "Smoke. Netflix. Chill" (Web Exclusive) Clip (04:20) Tank and the Bangas on Austin City Limits "Spaceships" Clip (03:45) Rainbow Kitten Surprise | Austin City Limits Behind the Scenes Clip (00:58) Mitski | Behind the Scenes of Austin City Limits Clip (00:52)