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

Ken Burns's documentary delves into the life of Benjamin Franklin, a significant and captivating figure of the 18th Century. Exploring the revolutionary life of Benjamin Franklin, this two-part, four-hour documentary provides insight into one of the most consequential personalities of the 18th Century.


Country MusicCountry Music
PBS, 2019 Cancelled/Ended | Music, Documentary | ► Trailer
Rating: 3.3/5

Explore the history of a uniquely American art form: country music. From its deep and tangled roots in ballads, blues and hymns performed in small settings, to its worldwide popularity, learn how country music evolved over the course of the 20th century, as it eventually emerged to become America's music.


Masterpiece ClassicMasterpiece Classic
PBS, 1971 Cancelled/Ended | Drama, Mystery, Romance, History
Rating: 5/5

Unfortunately this is no longer updated on thetvdb.com or on tvmaze.com (where we get schedules from). Masterpiece is aired as three different series. Initially, "Masterpiece Classic" aired in the winter and early spring, Masterpiece Mystery! in the late spring and summer, and Masterpiece Contemporary in the fall. In later seasons, particularly after an increase in funding for WGBH and Masterpiece, the scheduling became more random. Currently, all three programs air at any time throughout the year, and on nearly half the Sundays, two episodes from two different miniseries will air on the same night.


The Mind of a ChefThe Mind of a Chef
PBS, 2012 Cancelled/Ended | Celebrities, Travel, Cooking/Food, Documentary | ► Trailer
Rating: 1/5

From ramen to rotting bananas, Copenhagen to Kansas City, and pork buns to golf clubs, PBS's series "The Mind of a Chef" combines travel, cooking, history, science, and humor into an unforgettable journey.


NOVA scienceNOWNOVA scienceNOW
PBS, 2005 Cancelled/Ended | Family, Discovery/Science, Educational, Anthology
Rating: 3/5

"NOVA scienceNOW" is a magazine-style offshoot of the popular NOVA series. Airing five times a year, NOVA scienceNOW covers the latest news in the most controversial and headline-making fields of science such as the origins of life, artificial life, hurricane tracking, hydrogen fuel cells, and stem cell research.


Cook's Country from America's Test KitchenCook's Country from America's Test Kitchen
PBS, 2008 Running | Family, Documentary | ► Trailer
Rating: 5/5

Cook's Country From America's Test Kitchen uncovers the best of American home cooking. Our recipes are developed through in-depth kitchen testing. The result: foolproof recipes you can trust to work the first time-and every time. Cooks's Country From America's Test Kitchen features the cast and crew of America's Test Kitchen, the top-rated cooking show on public television-now in its ninth season. Our new show is filmed in a renovated 1806 farmhouse with a full working test kitchen. Watch us update traditional American recipes-everything from California Barbecued Tri-Tip and Cincinnati Chili to Mashed Potato Casserole and Chocolate Blackout Cake. You'll learn what makes a recipe succeed (or fail) as well as which kitchen tools, cookware, and supermarket ingredients have won our independent tests. Join us every week as we bring the pages of Cook's Country magazine into your home.


The Magic School BusThe Magic School Bus
PBS, 1994 Cancelled/Ended | Comedy, Family, Adventure, Children
Rating: 4.3/5

A classroom taught by Ms. Valerie Frizzle is always fun and exciting. The colorful teacher owns a Magic School Bus which can transform into different things like a spaceship, a battery, or even an alligator! These things can help Ms. Frizzle with visual teaching methods as she reveals information about anything in science. The students include Carlos, Phoebe, Keesha, Dorothy Ann, Tim, Ralphie, Arnold, and Wanda. Originally, The Magic School Bus aired on PBS. But when production ceased after four years, The Magic School Bus's run on PBS ended with it.


Austin City LimitsAustin City Limits
PBS, 1983 Running | Celebrities, Talent, Music, Documentary

The longest running music series in the United States, showcases popular music legends and innovators from all genres. 


Evolution EarthEvolution Earth
PBS, 2023 Running | Documentary, Nature
Rating: 5/5

Discover how new animal behaviors are revealing insights into the story of our changing planet. Traveling to extreme locations, distant wild lands and modern urban environments, this five-part series meets both animals and people on the front lines of climate change and offers a look at how Earth is evolving at super-speed.


The American BuffaloThe American Buffalo
PBS, 2023 Cancelled/Ended | Family, Documentary | ► Trailer
Rating: 3/5

The biography of the shaggy bovid which has been in production for four years. It will take viewers on a journey through more than 10,000 years of North American history and across some of the continent's most iconic landscapes, tracing the mammal's evolution, its significance to the Great Plains, and its relationship to the Indigenous People of North America.