Continuing Series & Anthologies
On air and online, the series brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America’s past and present. Acclaimed by viewers and critics alike, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE documentaries have been honored with every major broadcast award, including twenty-four Emmy Awards, four duPont-Columbia Awards, and fourteen George Foster Peabody Awards, one most recently for Two Days in October.
AMERICAN MASTERS is an ongoing series of award-winning primetime specials examining the lives, works, and creative processes of our most outstanding cultural artists. Created in 1984 by Susan Lacy and produced by Thirteen/WNET for national public television, the series is both a celebration and an exploration of creativity in America. Consisting of more than 250 hours of programming to date, AMERICAN MASTERS is a growing film library documenting the role important individuals, groups, and movements have played in the formation of our cultural identity.
Since 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its debut on PBS as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE'S stature over 28 seasons is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience.
With 2010-11 marking its 38th season on PBS, GREAT PERFORMANCES brings the best in the performing arts from across America and around the world to a US television audience. The only continuing primetime performance showcase on American television, GREAT PERFORMANCES presents a diverse programming portfolio of classical music, opera, popular song, musical theater, dance, drama, and performance documentaries. With its programs garnering 64 Emmy Awards and four George Foster Peabody Awards, the series has received every major television honor.
INDEPENDENT LENS is television’s largest showcase of independent documentary film. Each week the award-winning series delivers engaging documentaries crafted by the industry’s boldest filmmakers. Independent Lens films have won 19 Emmy Awards, 16 Peabody Awards, five duPont-Columbia University Awards, and have received nine Academy Award nominations. Independent Lens won the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017 International Documentary Association (IDA) Award for Best Continuing Series.
During its forty-year storied history — the longest-running prime time drama in American television — MASTERPIECE has remained steadfast in our commitment to bring the best in literature-based drama, mysteries filled with eclectic characters, and groundbreaking contemporary works.
In winter and spring, MASTERPIECE CLASSIC features beloved signature period dramas like Bleak House, Jane Eyre, and The Complete Jane Austen. In summer, MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! presents the best British mysteries such as Inspector Lewis and Miss Marple. And in fall, MASTERPIECE CONTEMPORARY features dramas set in today's world such as Place Of Execution, the acclaimed Collision, and the award-winning Endgame.
Because of the high production costs of the series, Masterpiece programs come from partners who can provide the majority of the financing for any given project.
Produced by THIRTEEN in association with WNET.ORG, NATURE is now in its 29th season on PBS. Over more than a quarter-century, NATURE has brought the beauty and wonder of the natural world into American homes, becoming in the process the benchmark of natural history programs on American television. The series has won more than 600 honors from the television industry, the international wildlife film community, parent groups, and environmental organizations – including 10 Emmy Awards, three Peabody Awards, and the first honor ever given to a program by the Sierra Club.
NOVA is the highest rated science series on television and the most watched documentary series on public television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over.
POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 275 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.