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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.

POV is a series that is currently running and has 33 seasons (457 episodes). The series first aired on July 5, 1988.

POV is available for streaming on the website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch POV on demand at, PBS, Tubi TV online.

Monday 10:00 PM et/pt on PBS
33 Seasons, 457 Episodes
July 5, 1988
Documentary & Biography
Cast: Angela Davis, Deann Borshay, Peter Dinklage, Mohamed Bangura
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POV Full Episode Guide

  • Three stories looking at time encapsulated.

  • Follow Kenyan activist Boniface "Softie" Mwangi in his quest to run for political office.

  • Meet two young immigrants who get purposefully arrested as part of a mission to stop deportations.

  • When artist Maleonn realizes that his father has Alzheimer's, he creates "Papa's Time Machine.".

  • Peek into the life of Dujuan, a 10-year-old Aboriginal boy growing up in Alice Springs, Australia.

  • A political love story about Leila, her secret love, Sahand, and their escape from Iran.

  • Former students reflect on visionary photos they made in the 1970s and their present lives.

  • Examine the vagaries of affections across three generations of the Phadke family.

  • Meet Sabine, the charismatic Cameroonian proprietor of an underground hair salon.

  • Follow an Israeli lawyer who takes on two contentious court cases in a tireless quest for justice.

  • Meet a group of pioneering girls of color on the frontlines of modern social justice.

  • Leading up to election day, there is a focus on how organizers combat voter suppression in their own communities. At the heart of the episode is a growing multi-ethnic coalition in Georgia, a state with a rich history of civil rights.

  • A story of a defiant movement of women of color, transforming politics from the ground up.

  • Hear a firsthand account of the dangers facing a family of refugees seeking asylum from the Taliban.

  • A team of rebel heroines work to change the way women arrested for prostitution are prosecuted.

  • Journalist Assia Boundaoui investigates rumors of surveillance in an Arab-American neighborhood outside Chicago, she encounters one of the largest counterterrorism probes conducted before 9/11

  • Three brothers confront adult reality when they care for their 93-year-old grandmother.

  • Victims of Spain's dictatorship fight a state-imposed amnesia of crimes against humanity.

  • An East Java village seeks reparations from the corporation that buried the town in mud.

  • The Nolans return home to save their family's farm from industrial agriculture extinction.

  • A vanity fair of beachgoers hide behind the memory of their compromised social status.

  • Ten-year-old Oleg's life is turned upside down by the ongoing war in Eastern Ukraine.

  • Teen innovators prepare for the largest convening of high school scientists in the world.

  • A Yazidi survivor of genocide and sexual slavery tells her story to the United Nations.

  • A town commemorates the 100th anniversary of the deportation of 1,200 immigrant miners.

  • Activists pursue justice for a Filipina transgender woman murdered by a U.S. Marine.

  • Arkansas Christians and drag queens step into the spotlight to dismantle stereotypes.

  • Roll Red Roll exposes the culture at the root of high school sexual assault in America.

POV Video Clips & Extras

The Distant Barking Of Dogs Clip (01:57:00)