Masterpiece

Masterpiece

  • 1971
  • 47 Seasons
  • 8.5  (447)

PBS' long-running series, Masterpiece, features an eclectic selection of original British dramas and literary productions. The program includes three distinct segments: Masterpiece Classic, Masterpiece Contemporary and Masterpiece Mystery! Masterpiece Classic, airing in the winter and spring, presents period dramas and is hosted by Laura Linney. The most recent season included Downton Abbey, set in a turn of the century manor house, and Upstairs, Downstairs, sequel to a popular series produced in the 1970s. Literary adaptations have included Great Expectations and The Diary of Anne Frank. Masterpiece Mystery! runs during the summer months and recently presented a second series of Sherlock, a contemporary version of Arthur Conan Doyle's classic detective. Other offerings include Inspector Lewis, now in its sixth series, and Zen. Agatha Christie's Poirot and Agatha Christie's Miss Marple are perennial favorites, as well. Alan Cumming hosts Masterpiece Mystery! Masterpiece Contemporary features dramas with modern settings and characters. Hosted by David Tennant, Masterpiece Contemporary chronicled the life John Lennon in Lennon Naked. The Song of Lunch, the story of a lovers' reunion, and Page Eight, a politically charged drama involving Britain's MI5, were the most recent contributions from the series, which runs in the fall. WGBH Boston produces Masterpiece with shows purchased from the BBC and other sources. Masterpiece first aired on PBS in 1971 as Masterpiece Theater. It is the longest-running drama series to appear in prime time. Its sister series, Mystery! first aired in 1980. The two combined in 2008 and added the Contemporary series to create the existing Masterpiece.

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To Walk Invisible: The Brontë Sisters
8. To Walk Invisible: The Brontë Sisters
March 26, 2017
The untold story if the three Bronte sisters.
Victoria: Young England
7. Victoria: Young England
March 5, 2017
Victoria is about to give birth. The country and the crown are under a lot of pressure.
Victoria: The Engine of Change
6. Victoria: The Engine of Change
February 19, 2017
Victoria finds out she is pregnant. She and Albert start on a road to a lot of change for the country and their relationship.
Victoria: The Queen’s Husband
5. Victoria: The Queen’s Husband
February 12, 2017
Prince Albert struggles to find his place among the royal household.
Victoria: An Ordinary Woman
4. Victoria: An Ordinary Woman
February 5, 2017
Victoria and Albert consider matrimony; whether the queen will pledge to obey her foreign prince.
Victoria, Season 1: The Clockwork Prince (Episode 3)
3. Victoria, Season 1: The Clockwork Prince (Episode 3)
January 29, 2017
Albert ignores the Queen's request and is met with royal disdain when he makes a visit; Miss Skerrett's past becomes more mysterious.
Victoria, Season 1: Brocket Hall (Episode 2)
2. Victoria, Season 1: Brocket Hall (Episode 2)
January 22, 2017
Victoria faces the question of marriage amongst rioting in the country.
Victoria, Season 1: Doll 123 (Episode 1)
1. Victoria, Season 1: Doll 123 (Episode 1)
January 15, 2017
Upon the death of her uncle King William IV in 1837, 18-year-old Princess Victoria is made queen.
Masterpiece Theatre
Masterpiece Theatre

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PBS' long-running series, Masterpiece, features an eclectic selection of original British dramas and literary productions. The program includes three distinct segments: Masterpiece Classic, Masterpiece Contemporary and Masterpiece Mystery!

Masterpiece Classic, airing in the winter and spring, presents period dramas and is hosted by Laura Linney. The most recent season included Downton Abbey, set in a turn of the century manor house, and Upstairs, Downstairs, sequel to a popular series produced in the 1970s. Literary adaptations have included Great Expectations and The Diary of Anne Frank.

Masterpiece Mystery! runs during the summer months and recently presented a second series of Sherlock, a contemporary version of Arthur Conan Doyle's classic detective. Other offerings include Inspector Lewis, now in its sixth series, and Zen. Agatha Christie's Poirot and Agatha Christie's Miss Marple are perennial favorites, as well. Alan Cumming hosts Masterpiece Mystery!

Masterpiece Contemporary features dramas with modern settings and characters. Hosted by David Tennant, Masterpiece Contemporary chronicled the life John Lennon in Lennon Naked. The Song of Lunch, the story of a lovers' reunion, and Page Eight, a politically charged drama involving Britain's MI5, were the most recent contributions from the series, which runs in the fall.

WGBH Boston produces Masterpiece with shows purchased from the BBC and other sources. Masterpiece first aired on PBS in 1971 as Masterpiece Theater. It is the longest-running drama series to appear in prime time. Its sister series, Mystery! first aired in 1980. The two combined in 2008 and added the Contemporary series to create the existing Masterpiece.Masterpiece is a series that is currently running and has 47 seasons (1443 episodes). The series first aired on January 10, 1971.

Where to Watch Masterpiece

Masterpiece is available for streaming on the PBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Masterpiece on demand at Amazon Prime, Vudu, The Roku Channel, Google Play, Apple TV and PBS.

  • Premiere Date
    January 10, 1971
  • IMDB Rating
    8.5  (447)