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ProhibitionProhibition
PBS, 2011 Cancelled/Ended | History, Documentary
Rating: 1/5

Prohibition is a three-part, five-and-a-half-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that tells the story of the rise, rule, and fall of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the entire era it encompassed.


Mister Rogers' NeighborhoodMister Rogers' Neighborhood
PBS, 1968 Cancelled/Ended | Family, Children, Fantasy, Music
Rating: 3.3/5

Every kid wanted to be Mister Rogers' neighbor. Fred Rogers hosts this gentle, thoughtful children's show, and he treats kids like intelligent people who deserve programming just as good as that for adults. From the moment he changes into his cardigan and sneakers, youngsters are enthralled. Add in the puppets and marionettes from the Land of Make Believe, and you've got a children's classic.


How We Got To Now with Steven JohnsonHow We Got To Now with Steven Johnson
PBS, 2014 Cancelled/Ended | Discovery/Science, History, Documentary | ► Trailer

This series reveals the story behind the remarkable ideas that made modern life possible; the unsung heroes that brought them into the world - and the unexpected and bizarre consequences each of these innovations has triggered.


We'll Meet AgainWe'll Meet Again
PBS, 2018 On Hiatus | Documentary | ► Trailer

Exploring some of history's most dramatic events from across the globe through the personal stories of those who experienced them, the series brings together people whose lives intersected at pivotal moments. Executive produced and reported by Ann Curry, each episode of We'll Meet Again reveals the powerful bonds forged among people who now, against the odds, have the opportunity to reunite with those who transformed their lives.


America Outdoors with Baratunde ThurstonAmerica Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston
PBS, 2022 Running | Family, Adventure, Documentary

Follow Baratunde Thurston, bestselling author and podcaster, as he explores the country's diverse landscapes to see how they shape the way we work, play and interact with the outdoors. From coal miners turned beekeepers in Appalachia to Black surfers catching waves in L.A., uncover a deeper understanding of our passionate and complex relationship with the natural world.


The WarThe War
PBS, 2007 Cancelled/Ended | Military/War, History, Documentary
Rating: 5/5

The War is the story of the Second World War through the personal accounts of a handful of men and women from four American towns. The war touched the lives of every family on every street in every town in America and demonstrated that in extraordinary times, there are no ordinary lives. A seven-part series by Ken Burns which includes interviews and archive footage.


JazzJazz
PBS, 2001 Cancelled/Ended | Music, History, Documentary
Rating: 5/5

This series explores the history of the major American musical form. We track its development in African American culture, its rise to prominence with its golden age of popularity spanning from the 1920's to the mid 1940's both in its original form and in Swing through its popular decline and the rise of vital new sub-genres into the present day. Along the way, we learn of the lives and work of major contributors to the form such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Charlie "Bird" Parker and many others who helped form Jazz into the vibrant musical form it is. Moreover, we see how the music reflected the political and social issues of the African American community over the course of the form's history.


Animals with CamerasAnimals with Cameras
PBS, 2018 On Hiatus | Documentary | ► Trailer
Rating: 4.5/5

Go where no human cameraman can go and witness a new perspective of the animal kingdom in Animals with Cameras, A Nature Miniseries. The new three-part series journeys into animals' worlds using custom, state-of-the-art cameras worn by the animals themselves. Capturing never-before-seen behavior, these animal cinematographers help expand human understanding of their habitats and solve mysteries that have eluded scientists until now. Wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan and a team of pioneering animal behaviorists join forces to explore stories of animal lives "told" by the animals themselves. The cameras are built custom by camera design expert Chris Watts to fit on the animals unobtrusively and to be easily removed at a later point. From this unique vantage point, experience the secret lives of nine different animal species. Sprint across the savanna with a cheetah, plunge into the ocean with a seal and swing through the trees with a chimpanzee.


Clifford the Big Red DogClifford the Big Red Dog
PBS, 2000 Cancelled/Ended | Comedy, Family, Children, Animation

Clifford the Big Red Dog is a fun show aimed towards younger audiences. Clifford, a 20 foot tall red dog, plays with his dog friends, Cleo and T-Bone, and has great adventures with them. Clifford's best friend, however, is Emily Elizabeth Howard, his owner. Emily has friends of her own and all the characters live peacefully on Birdwell Island. Each Clifford the Big Red Dog episode consists of two stories, linked by a "Speckle Story," a story read to Clifford by Emily Elizabeth about the adventures of a dog named Speckle. At the end of each episode is a "big idea" presented by Clifford, followed by a short promotional spot for one of the characters on Clifford. Please note that some online guides list two big ideas for each episode. The "big idea" listed in this guide will always be only the one that actually airs at the end of the episode itself. Also included is a short segment featuring a real kid with his/her dog. However, most, if not all, PBS stations no longer show this s


Life at the WaterholeLife at the Waterhole
PBS, 2021 On Hiatus | Documentary | ► Trailer
Rating: 4/5

Explore the daily drama as African wildlife flock to a manmade waterhole rigged with cameras. Dr. M. Sanjayan and his team uncover the complex dynamic of this bustling oasis where elephants, lions, leopards and more meet and compete for water.


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