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NatureNature
PBS, 1982 Running | Family, Documentary
Rating: 5/5

Nature is a wildlife documentary program that has been airing on PBS since 1982. Its longevity is explained partly by its quality; Nature has won numerous Emmy awards. Documentaries have explored a multitude of different animals, plants, and other aspects of the natural world. Subjects vary from "Africa" to "Yellowstone Otters".


Ask This Old HouseAsk This Old House
PBS, 2002 Running | Housing/Building, How To/Do It Yourself, Reality, Talk Shows
Rating: 4.8/5

A successful spin-off of This Old House, this series sends experts Tom Silva (contracting, renovation, carpentry, home repair), Rich Trethewey (heating, air conditioning, plumbing, ventilation) and Roger Cook (gardening, landscaping, hardscaping) to the homes of viewers. Viewers write the show and producers select questions of broad interest and send the appropriate expert. For some special problems, like wells or electrical work, the "Ask" expert coordinates with a local contractor and with him narrates the project. Occasionally, follow-up discussions occur in the barn following the segment, where the experts and host Kevin O'Connor consider alternatives or clarify potentially murky points.


Masterpiece TheatreMasterpiece Theatre
PBS, 1971 On Hiatus | Drama, Mystery, Romance, History
Rating: 5/5

On the air since 1971, in its early days the show consisted entirely of British drama productions, more than half of them from the BBC. Since the year 2000, some classic productions from the American Collection have also been included, but the bulk of the show still comes from the UK.


The U.S. and the HolocaustThe U.S. and the Holocaust
PBS, 2022 Cancelled/Ended | History, Documentary | ► Trailer
Rating: 5/5

The U.S. and the Holocaust explores America's response to one of the greatest humanitarian crises in history. Inspired in part by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's "Americans and the Holocaust" exhibition and supported by its historical resources, the film examines the rise of Hitler and Nazism in Germany in the context of global antisemitism and racism, the eugenics movement in the United States and race laws in the American south. The series, written by Geoffrey Ward, sheds light on what the U.S. government and American people knew and did as the catastrophe unfolded in Europe.


America's Test KitchenAmerica's Test Kitchen
PBS, 2001 Running | Cooking/Food, Documentary | ► Trailer
Rating: 5/5

"America's Test Kitchen" is the most-watched cooking show on public television. The series is filmed in the Cook's Illustrated magazine test kitchen located outside Boston, Massachusetts. Each episode features recipes that have been carefully developed to make sure they work every time.


Secrets of the DeadSecrets of the Dead
PBS, 2000 Running | Adventure, Mystery, Military/War, Discovery/Science
Rating: 4.3/5

Sometimes the truth gets carried to the grave. The techniques of modern forensic science are used to investigate a historical mystery to find proof of what really happened.


Antiques Roadshow (US)Antiques Roadshow (US)
PBS, 2004 Running | Family, Financial/Business, Arts & Crafts, Reality
Rating: 3.3/5

Appraisers of antiques travel with the show to various cities. Area citizens bring articles for appraisal and often relate the histories of these items. The appraisers then expand on what is known about the treasures, sometimes exposing them as fakes, and they estimate the pieces' financial value.


American MastersAmerican Masters

"American Masters" is dedicated to documenting and honoring America's most notable creative artists and the inspiration behind their work. Each year a series of special broadcasts profiles a cross-section of the nation's finest artistic pioneers from the past and present.


Hemingway (2021)Hemingway (2021)
PBS, 2021 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary, Biography | ► Trailer

Three-Part, Six-Hour Film Series Explores the Life and Work of the Legendary Writer and His Enduring Influence on Literature and Culture.


Benjamin Franklin (2022)Benjamin Franklin (2022)
PBS, 2022 Cancelled/Ended | Family, Documentary
Rating: 5/5

Ken Burns's two-part, four-hour documentary, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, explores the revolutionary life of one of the 18th Century's most consequential and compelling personalities.