With Public Television Stations (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968–2001)

TV-Y | 30 min | Family, Fantasy, Music

8.6
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Fred Rogers explores various topics for young viewers through presentations and music, both in his world and in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

Stars: Fred Rogers, Betty Aberlin, David Newell, Joe Negri

Votes: 6,205

2. Sesame Street (1969– )

TV-Y | 55 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.1
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On a special inner city street, the inhabitants, human and muppet, teach preschool subjects with comedy, cartoons, games, and songs.

Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 11,118

3. Degrassi High (1987–1991)

TV-14 | 30 min | Drama, Family, Romance

8.1
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The lives and trials of students of a city high school.

Stars: Pat Mastroianni, Stefan Brogren, Maureen Deiseach, Angela Deiseach

Votes: 2,496

4. Great Performances (1971– )

Music

7.5
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"You Can't Take It With You" is hailed one of the greatest revivals and filmed plays for PBS television. David Woods brought stunning charm, humor, and time to this Moss Hart masterpiece. ... See full summary »

Stars: Julie Andrews, Walter Cronkite, Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming

Votes: 517

5. Reading Rainbow (1983– )

TV-Y | 30 min | Family

8.3
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Levar Burton introduces young viewers to illustrated readings of children's literature and explores their related subjects.

Stars: LeVar Burton, Jennifer Betit Yen, Arnold Stang, Fred Newman

Votes: 3,398

6. Nova (1974– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

8.7
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Science documentaries about various topics.

Stars: Jay O. Sanders, Craig Sechler, Lance Lewman, Will Lyman

Votes: 2,096

7. Testament (1983)

PG | 90 min | Drama

6.9
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The life of a suburban American family is scarred after a nuclear attack.

Director: Lynne Littman | Stars: Jane Alexander, William Devane, Rossie Harris, Roxana Zal

Votes: 5,421 | Gross: $2.04M

8. The Thin Blue Line (1988)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

8.0
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79 Metascore

A film that successfully argued that a man was wrongly convicted for murder by a corrupt justice system in Dallas County, Texas.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Randall Adams, David Ray Harris, Gus Rose, Jackie Johnson

Votes: 20,297 | Gross: $1.21M

9. American Playhouse (1981– )

Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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Anthology series which ran on PBS throughout the 1980s.

Stars: Edward Herrmann, Robert Minkoff, Deanna Dunagan, Sada Thompson

Votes: 183

10. Burden of Dreams (1982)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

7.9
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A documentary on the chaotic production of Werner Herzog's epic Fitzcarraldo (1982), showing how the film managed to get made despite problems that would have floored a less obsessively ... See full summary »

Director: Les Blank | Stars: Werner Herzog, Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards

Votes: 5,822

11. Christmas Eve on Sesame Street (1978 TV Movie)

TV-Y | 60 min | Comedy, Family, Music

8.4
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Big Bird worries when Oscar tells him that if Santa Claus can't fit down the chimney on Christmas Eve, nobody would get presents.

Director: Jon Stone | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt

Votes: 760

12. Zoom (1972–1978)

TV-G | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.6
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Middle School students teach kids how to do cool tricks.

Stars: Tracy Tannebring, John Covey, Nina Lillie, Kenny Pires

Votes: 279

13. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1984 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 144 min | Drama

6.6
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An alcoholic and femme fatale face troubles before a family reunion.

Director: Jack Hofsiss | Stars: Jessica Lange, Tommy Lee Jones, Rip Torn, Kim Stanley

Votes: 474

14. Kidsongs (1987– )

Family, Music

7.6
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THE KIDSONGS TV SHOW follows the exploits of twelve energetic and charismatic youngsters (ages 7 through 12) as they produce their own music based, kid's television show. The cast members ... See full summary »

Stars: Frat Fuller, Megan Miyahira, Julene Renee, Hassan Nicholas

Votes: 131

15. Austin City Limits (1975– )

60 min | Documentary, Music

8.1
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Established singer-songwriters and acclaimed newcomers perform country, blues, rock, folk, bluegrass, and related styles of music from Studio 6A of public television station KLRU (formerly KLRN) at the University of Texas at Austin.

Stars: Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, John Prine, Patty Griffin

Votes: 211

16. PBS NewsHour (1975– )

TV-G | 60 min | News

7.3
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PBS newshour is an news show which shows news updates.

Stars: Judy Woodruff, Gwen Ifill, Jim Lehrer, Jeffrey Brown

Votes: 316

17. Brooklyn Bridge (1981)

TV-G | 58 min | Documentary, History

7.5
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This documentary chronicles the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. The difficult construction process is described in interesting detail; later parts of the film interview ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Paul Roebling, Julie Harris, Arthur Miller, Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Votes: 644

18. Children of Darkness (1983)

57 min | Documentary

8.1
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A significant number of American children and teenagers - from all social backgrounds - suffer from mental disorders, schizophrenia, autism and emotional problems, leading them to isolation... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Thomas, Richard Kotuk, John Brooks, Billy Calhoun

Votes: 306

19. Alive from Off Center (1984–1991)

Drama

8.5
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An avant-garde omnibus that features works by off-the-wall artists in many different disciplines.

Stars: Laurie Anderson, Eric Bogosian, Spalding Gray, Ann Magnuson

Votes: 41

20. Cro (1993– )

Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.0
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In the Ice Age, a young cave boy uses simple engineering and physics concepts to solve everyday problems, with help from his adopted Neanderthal family and a herd of friendly talking woolly mammoths.

Stars: Max Casella, Ruth Buzzi, Jim Cummings, April Ortiz

Votes: 237

21. Nightly Business Report (1979– )

30 min | News

7.2
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A nightly summary of business and investment news.

Stars: Susie Gharib, Tyler Mathisen, Sue Herera, Tom Hudson

Votes: 40

22. The Dick Cavett Show (1975–1982)

30 min | Talk-Show

7.7
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Host Dick Cavett chats with various celebrities. This particular series was "The Dick Cavett Show" on PBS Late Night and ran from October 1977-October 1982

Stars: Dick Cavett, Bobby Rosengarden, Phil Silvers, Neil Simon

Votes: 177

23. Wall $treet Week with Louis Rukeyser (1970– )

News

8.4
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The show was produced on Friday nights after the wrap-up of the financial markets, with discussions about finances and managing money for the average person.

Stars: Louis Rukeyser, Robert Nurock, Frank Cappiello, Robert Stovall

Votes: 27

24. Spaceflight (1985– )

226 min | Documentary

8.0
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A history of space flight.

Stars: Martin Sheen, Frank Borman, Scott Carpenter, Gerald P. Carr

Votes: 47

25. Frozen in Time: Sacramento's Iceland Ice Rink (2007)

27 min | Short

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Ronald Reagan ice skated there, as did the great boxer, Max Baer. And many national and world champions have graced its ice over the years. From the glorious amateur ice shows to the ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Walton | Star: Lori Sacco

26. Talents Unlimited (2009)

30 min | Talk-Show

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Director: Ruben Dario Cruz II | Stars: Maytal Angel, Anthony Ferriso, Loren Ferriso, Kimberly Marie Freeman

27. California Connected: Election Special (2004 TV Special)

News

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Director: José Colomer

28. Charlie's Lake (2007 TV Short)

27 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

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CHARLIE'S LAKE explores a year in the life of Jon Whitmer, a man with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. With a sharp wit and an insatiable sense of adventure, Jon loves nothing more than a good ... See full summary »

Directors: Brigid Kelly, Matt Lawton | Stars: Jerry Whitmer, Jon Whitmer, Nancy Whitmer, Tim Whitmer

29. Hero (I) (2009)

Short

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Director: Daniel Kopec

30. We Are Them (2009)

28 min | Short

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Rachel Corrie was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer while protesting home demolitions in the war torn Palestinian territory of Gaza. In the seven weeks before her death she ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Kopec

31. After the Fall (2002– )

Documentary

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32. Wisconsin Foodie (2008– )

30 min | Reality-TV

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Wisconsin Foodie is an independent television series dedicated to telling the stories behind the food we eat.

Star: Kyle Cherek

33. American Playhouse (1981– )
Episode: Waiting for the Moon (1987)

PG | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.3
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Sundance prizewinner. Fictionalized portrait of one of history's great literary couples: Stein & Toklas. Summer 1930s France, Alice tends to ailing Gertrude; they visit Fernande Olivier, ... See full summary »

Director: Jill Godmilow | Stars: Linda Hunt, Linda Bassett, Jacques Boudet, Andrew McCarthy

Votes: 148 | Gross: $0.75M

34. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968–2001)
Episode: 1686: Everybody's Special (1995)

TV-Y | 29 min | Family, Fantasy, Music

8.7
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Maggie Stewart and Chef Brockett are making layer sandwiches for Maggie's upcoming family reunion. Rogers shows a video on how Corelle dinner plates are made. In the Neighborhood of Make ... See full summary »

Director: Bob Walsh | Stars: Fred Rogers, Chuck Aber, Don Brockett, Lenny Meledandri

Votes: 6

35. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968–2001)
Episode: 1530: Work (1984)

TV-Y | 29 min | Family, Fantasy, Music

9.2
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Here's a chance to go behind-the-scenes. Mister Rogers shows the studio where he works and introduces some of the people who help make the program. He even brings out some of puppets he uses in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

Director: Paul Lally | Stars: Fred Rogers, Chuck Aber, Betty Aberlin, Jim Beard

Votes: 6

36. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968–2001)
Episode: 1 (1968)

TV-Y | 30 min | Family, Fantasy, Music

8.4
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Mrs. Russellite sends an invitation to Mr. Rogers so he can see her lampshade collection at her home. Lady Elaine's changes to the geography of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe worry King Friday, who begins to impose new rules and restrictions on Make-Believe.

Director: David F. Chen | Stars: Joe Negri, David Newell, Barbara Russell, Fred Rogers

Votes: 37

37. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968–2001)
Episode: 1490: Play (1981)

TV-Y | 28 min | Family, Fantasy, Music

9.0
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Rogers walks on stilts outside on his porch. Bob Dog and Purple Panda volunteer to talk Lady Elaine to bring the Museum-Go-Round and herself back.

Director: Hugh Martin | Stars: Fred Rogers, Charles Altman, Carole Switala, Joe Negri

Votes: 5

38. The Dick Cavett Show (1975–1982)
Episode: Episode dated 14 October 1981 (1981)

Talk-Show

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Director: Richard Romagnola | Stars: Dick Cavett, John Cheever, John Updike

39. The Dick Cavett Show (1975–1982)
Episode: Richard Burton: Part I (1980)

Talk-Show

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Director: Richard Romagnola | Stars: Dick Cavett, Richard Burton

40. Sesame Street (1969– )
Episode: Episode #18.50 (1987)

TV-Y | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

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It's just another day on the street, with the sponsors being the letters A and R and the number 6.

Stars: Northern Calloway, Kevin Clash, Jim Henson, Lena Horne


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