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    All Thing PBS

    I thought a little experiment was in order to see if there is enough interest for a PBS ongoing thread - everything from Sesame Street to Red Green to Nova to Great Performances.


    Did anyone catch the "Live at Lincoln Center" opening night with the New York Philharmonic? Besides enjoying Itzhak Perlman, I loved the bang up job Alan Gilbert did with "Pines of Rome" It's as good a performance as I have ever heard - capped off with the very last chord. Huge sound with just the right timing.

    Pines of Rome is just one of the most fulfilling pieces of music there is. I always want someone to skate to it, but I think it's just to big a piece of music unless someone did a perfect job.

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    I regularly watch Masterpiece Mystery. I followed the "Broadway or Bust" series and last night I started "Call the Midwife" (forgot about The Amazing Race!). I also like "This Old House", "Antiques Roadshow" and Rick Steeve's travel shows.
    I'd rather be thought of as absolutely ridiculous than as absolutely boring.

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    We r addicted to the Create channel. Even after I got cable for the Olympics, I find myself watching PBS more often than not!
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    I used to get 2 PBS channels - one out of Orlando and one from Daytona Beach. One of them is only available on HD now and it's the one that had the most interesting shows. Since we only have HD in my husband's office and the family room where he watches baseball I'm left out. I do like Antiques Roadshow and History Mysteries, though.
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    History Detectives, Antique Roadshow, Inspector Lewis, Nova.
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    Dang, that's what I meant - History Detectives.
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    I've kind of found less and less to watch on PBS...pretty much Masterpiece is it. Even there sometimes I need the DVD to avoid edits (looking at you, Downton.) Broadway or Bust was good, except it got REALLY obvious where they didn't have broadcast rights for some of the songs--I wanted to see the entire group numbers, not choppily-edited highlights. Oh, I do like Antiques Roadshow, when it's not up against something more interesting. But for most history, science and travel shows, the cable networks have made the PBS productions obsolete. Once in a while there's a good local show or a particular episode of "Nature", but mostly it's a little like trying to watch network drama now that I've seen pay-channel productions. Red Green was good but that's reruns only now.

    Heck, even Sesame Street--if I had kids I would probably just get the DVDs of older seasons as the material was more challenging. (CTW is its own thing financially so that's not PBS's fault, though.)

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    I too am a dedicated watcher of Masterpiece ... but almost nothing else. I agree with danceronice that the rest of their programming has become less and less relavent -- especially for Canadian viewers! Even Masterpiece has been scaled back: remember when there were 2 separate shows, Mystery and Masterpiece Theatre? Now it's all mashed into one.

    I am looking forward to watching Call the Midwife, which I recorded last night in favour of watching Once Upon a Time.

    And I'm going to try to catch this special tonight and tomorrow: Half the Sky - Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

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    I don't watch as much PBS I use to either. I still watch some series on Masterpiece Classic. However, I end up watching some shows online before they're aired on PBS. Plus, danceronice makes a good point about PBS's edit of shows like Downton Abbey (which is really surprising since the show is only 45 mins per episode anyway). I guess the only thing I watch faithfully on PBS is the PBS Newshour.
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    I love PBS! My favorites are:

    Ken Burns film series
    Live at Lincoln Center (and all other classical/jazz/broadway music)
    Great Performances
    All cooking shows (esp. Lydia, Stellino, Pepin, Ming, America's Test Kitchen)
    This Old House
    PBS NewsHour (and other political coverage)
    Rick Steeves travel programs
    Nature
    Charlie Rose
    Antiques Roadshow
    History Detectives

    PBS has the most intelligent programs on TV. I have learned a lot from watching them.

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    I love the American Experience series on PBS. Shockingly, I never knew of the Great Russian Famine in the early part of the 20th century. AE did a show on how America helped out during that time.

    The Great Famine

    Also, just caught the Death and the Civil War episode and that was stunning.

    Death and the Civil War

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    Doc Martin, Nova, Frontline, and BBC News for me

    Sometimes Austin City Limits- I discovered Allison Krause there when she was barely more than a girl.

    PBS World is a great channel. I love how they line up matching documentaries so that each night has a theme.
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    Quote Originally Posted by madm View Post
    I love PBS! My favorites are:

    Ken Burns film series
    Live at Lincoln Center (and all other classical/jazz/broadway music)
    Great Performances
    All cooking shows (esp. Lydia, Stellino, Pepin, Ming, America's Test Kitchen)
    This Old House
    PBS NewsHour (and other political coverage)
    Rick Steeves travel programs
    Nature
    Charlie Rose
    Antiques Roadshow
    History Detectives

    PBS has the most intelligent programs on TV. I have learned a lot from watching them.
    Same here other than NewsHour and Charlie Rose.
    I wonder if the young have learned that pbs stations are/were in place so the public can access information that is not controlled in any way by the networks or other news outlets. Hope I explained that correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A.H.Black View Post
    I thought a little experiment was in order to see if there is enough interest for a PBS ongoing thread - everything from Sesame Street to Red Green to Nova to Great Performances.

    Did anyone catch the "Live at Lincoln Center" opening night with the New York Philharmonic? Besides enjoying Itzhak Perlman, I loved the bang up job Alan Gilbert did with "Pines of Rome" It's as good a performance as I have ever heard - capped off with the very last chord. Huge sound with just the right timing.

    Pines of Rome is just one of the most fulfilling pieces of music there is. I always want someone to skate to it, but I think it's just to big a piece of music unless someone did a perfect job.
    For some reason I was waiting for Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Minor. I saw Perlman perform it with our local symphony and loved it. But I enjoyed the evening.

    There is so much to like on PBS and the programs I love have been mentioned. One thing that makes me laugh on "America's Test Kitchen" and "Cook County" (?) is that Chris almost seems forced to say that whatever recipe is the "best" he's ever tasted. Especially with Bridget...I would love if he said this is good and left it at that sometime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skipaway View Post
    I love the American Experience series on PBS. Shockingly, I never knew of the Great Russian Famine in the early part of the 20th century. AE did a show on how America helped out during that time.

    The Great Famine

    Also, just caught the Death and the Civil War episode and that was stunning.

    Death and the Civil War
    The book that the "Death and the Civil War" documentary is based on the brilliant "This Republic of Suffering" by Drew Gilpin Faust, one of the best books written about the American Civil War, IMO. http://www.amazon.com/This-Republic-.../dp/037540404X

    I'm a total PBS addict. Frontline's "The Age of AIDS" documentary is the gold standard-IMO, for documentary films. "The Ghosts of Rwanda" was one of the most profound documentaries I've seen, "Eyes of the Prize" was brilliant, I could go on and on.

    I watch History Detectives, Frontline, POV documentary Series, American Experience, America's Test Kitchen, Check Please. A while ago PBS aired a documentary series titled "Women, War and Peace", I got the meet the producer, Abigail Disney and (in another capacity)work with the local crew involved in WWP's Bosnia segment. I'm grateful for PBS for airing these documentaries, I know I've gained more perspective and learned so much from documentaries and other shows on PBS.

    And I always have a soft spot in my heart for Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers.

    I love gushing about PBS

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cachoo View Post
    For some reason I was waiting for Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Minor. I saw Perlman perform it with our local symphony and loved it. But I enjoyed the evening.

    There is so much to like on PBS and the programs I love have been mentioned. One thing that makes me laugh on "America's Test Kitchen" and "Cook County" (?) is that Chris almost seems forced to say that whatever recipe is the "best" he's ever tasted. Especially with Bridget...I would love if he said this is good and left it at that sometime.
    So was I. The description on my on screen program guide mentioned the Concerto. I came in a little late and wondered if I missed it - although there didn't seem like there was enough time for it to be performed. I would have liked to have heard it, but I was very happy with what was performed.

    According to reviews, the piece I missed was "Fountains of Rome".

    I ebb and flow with my watching of PBS. Sometimes I seem to watch everything. Other times almost nothing. Everytime there is a pledge drive, my interest wains. Too many interruptions - especially since these days there are promotional announcements that are almost like commercials anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A.H.Black View Post

    I ebb and flow with my watching of PBS. Sometimes I seem to watch everything. Other times almost nothing. Everytime there is a pledge drive, my interest wains. Too many interruptions - especially since these days there are promotional announcements that are almost like commercials anyway.
    ITA about the pledge drives. I usually change the channel, and no, I have no fear of Betty White coming reprimand me for watching PBS and not making a donation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smileyskate View Post
    Same here other than NewsHour and Charlie Rose.
    I wonder if the young have learned that pbs stations are/were in place so the public can access information that is not controlled in any way by the networks or other news outlets. Hope I explained that correctly.
    Absolutely, & the same goes for NPR, which is the ONLY radio I care to listen to. I am watching Half the Sky right now... you'll NEVER see a program like that on network TV. And that is a shame - I call PBS and NPR media for intelligent people who actually give a shit about learning something they won't find anywhere else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A.H.Black View Post
    everything. Other times almost nothing. Everytime there is a pledge drive, my interest wains. Too many interruptions - especially since these days there are promotional announcements that are almost like commercials anyway.
    Some of the really cool shows have been during pledge drives. Flowers in the Desert was one--it was all about the Cirque du Soleil shows in Vegas, and I lurves Cirque, so it was cool to see clips of the show and get backstage info on the mechanics of the sets, talk to the costume designers, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karina1974 View Post
    I am watching Half the Sky right now... you'll NEVER see a program like that on network TV.
    How was it? I had to record it and I'm not sure when I'll get a chance to watch, but definitely not before part 2 airs tonight.

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