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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. 

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.

Sesame StreetSesame Street
PBS, 1969 Running | Comedy, Family, Adventure, Children
Rating: 2.5/5

Since its 1969 debut, "Sesame Street" has helped entertain and educate audiences around the world. In the United States alone, approximately 8-million people tune in to visit the street each week. "Sesame Street" is now entering its landmark 40th season, set to debut on PBS in November 2009. While recent years have had season-wide focuses such as healthy habits, getting ready for school, vocabulary development, and math literacy; this season will include a focus on nature, and will tie into a nationwide campaign designed by Sesame Workshop to nurture children's appreciation and love for nature by supporting their innate sense of wonder and curiosity about the natural world. The season-wide focus will weave nature themes more directly into the television program, as well as other Sesame Workshop materials such as books, home videos and toys. The Muppets of "Sesame Street" will spend the season encouraging viewers to explore their curiosity in the outdoors through hands-on activity, and viewers will learn simple, age-appropriate ways to show care and stewardship for the environment.

The Civil WarThe Civil War
PBS, 1990 Cancelled/Ended | Military/War, History, Documentary
Rating: 3/5

Between 1861 and 1865, Americans made war on each other and killed each other in great numbers - if only to become the kind of country that could no longer conceive of how that was possible. What began as a bitter dispute over Union and States' Rights, ended as a struggle over the meaning of freedom in America.

Great PerformancesGreat Performances
PBS, 1972 Running | Drama, Music, Dance, Anthology
Rating: 5/5

After springing up from humble roots, 2012-2013 marked the show's 40th Anniversary, making it the longest running anthology program featuring the performing arts. From Broadway to Rock n' Roll, Great Performances has successfully provided an opportunity for the American public to enjoy many different forms of music, dance and entertainment for the very first time.

Nazi Mega WeaponsNazi Mega Weapons
PBS, 2013 Cancelled/Ended | Military/War, History, Anthology, Documentary
Rating: 5/5

In the quest for world domination, the Nazis built some of the biggest and deadliest pieces of military hardware and malevolent technology in history. With brilliant, dark minds and a legion of captive labor at their disposal, the Nazis believed the path to ultimate victory was to out-build and out-engineer their enemies. To them, bigger definitely meant better, and better meant more lethal.

PBS, 1996 Cancelled/Ended | Comedy, Drama, Family, Children
Rating: 3/5

The adventures of 8-year-old Aardvark Arthur Read. When he's not at home being hounded by his obnoxious, but scene-stealing little sister D.W. and his working class parents, he's finding educational misadventure at school with his pals: would-be bully Binky, pompous Francine, spoiled rich girl Muffy, genius Brain, and his best friend Buster. Arthur and the gang get into some pretty wild trouble sometimes, like the time Arthur and Brain are taunted by a dark-humored crossing guard, when Arthur, Brain and Binky find a key and fight about it, when Arthur and D.W. have to run the house when Mom and Dad fall ill, and many more. Based on the children's books by Marc Brown.

Human: The World WithinHuman: The World Within
PBS, 2021 On Hiatus | Documentary | ► Trailer

Diverse personal stories from around the world reveal how lives, passions and goals are facilitated by the human body's various complex systems; narrator Jad Abumrad.

Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed the WorldBreakthrough: The Ideas That Changed the World
PBS, 2019 Cancelled/Ended | History, Documentary
Rating: 4/5

Take a mind-blowing journey through human history, told through six iconic objects that modern people take for granted, and see how science, invention and technology built on one another to change everything. These are the secrets of how we got to our modern world.

Genius by Stephen HawkingGenius by Stephen Hawking
PBS, 2016 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary
Rating: 5/5

Genius by Stephen Hawking is a captivating anthology drama that chronicles the lives of the world's most ingenious innovators. Hosted by the brilliant Stephen Hawking, each episode delves into the minds of legendary scientists and explores their groundbreaking discoveries.