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List of popular Public Broadcasting Service shows, ranked from best to worst. This list of the top current and cancelled Public Broadcasting Service TV series includes the date when each show first aired, as well as which actors starred in the show. The best Public Broadcasting Service TV programs of all time include the most viewed shows on Public Broadcasting Service, as this list covers the entire history of the network. This list is sorted by popularity, so the shows with the most votes are at the top of the list.

Shows include everything from Sesame Street to Arthur.

Although television fans in different locations grew up with Public Broadcasting Service on different channels, most of us got the same shows, so don't let your favorite Public Broadcasting Service TV shows sink to the bottom of the list! The list of top Public Broadcasting Service television shown below includes cast, creator, and premiere date when available. This list contains only TV series on the Public Broadcasting Service network, even ones that are no longer on the air.

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Sesame Street is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Sesame Street Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney Sesame Street is a long-running American children's television series created by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett. The program is known for its educational content, and images communicated ...more

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The Joy of Painting is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
The Joy of Painting Bob Ross, Ben Stahl, Steve Ross The Joy of Painting is an American half-hour instructional television show hosted by painter Bob Ross which ran from January 11, 1983, until May 17, 1994. In each episode, Ross taught techniques ...more

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Arthur is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Arthur J.T. Turner, Melissa Altro, Daniel Brochu Arthur is a Canadian/American animated educational television series for children, created by Cookie Jar Group and WGBH for the Public Broadcasting Service. The show is set in the fictional ...more

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Reading Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Reading Rainbow LeVar Burton, Jennifer Betit Yen, Arnold Stang Reading Rainbow is an American children's television series that aired on PBS Kids and PBS Kids Go! from June 6, 1983, until November 10, 2006, that encouraged children to read. In 2012 an iPad ...more

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Curious George is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Curious George Jeff Bennett, Frank Welker, Rino Romano Curious George is an animated television series based on the Curious George children's book series, which features Jeff Bennett as the voice of The Man with the Yellow Hat. Frank Welker, who ...more

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Ghostwriter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Ghostwriter David López, Blaze Berdahl, Todd Alexander Ghostwriter is an American children's mystery television series created by Liz Nealon and produced by the Children's Television Workshop and BBC One. It began airing on PBS on October 4, 1992, ...more

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WordGirl is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
WordGirl Dannah Feinglass Phirman, Ryan Raddatz, Maria Bamford WordGirl is an American children’s animated television series produced by the Soup2Nuts animation unit of Scholastic Entertainment for PBS Kids. The show began as a series of shorts entitled The ...more

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The Magic School Bus is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
The Magic School Bus Lily Tomlin, Daniel DeSanto, Erica Luttrell The Magic School Bus is a Canadian–American Saturday morning animated children's television series, based on the book series of the same name by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen. It is notable for ...more

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Where in the World Is Carmen S... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? Greg Lee, Lynne Thigpen, Rockapella Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? is an American half-hour children's television game show based on the Carmen Sandiego computer game series created by Brøderbund Software. The ...more

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Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Keith David, Fred Rogers, Don Francks Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is an American half-hour children's television series that was created and hosted by namesake Fred Rogers. The series originated in 1963 as Mister Rogers on CBC ...more

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Zoboomafoo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Zoboomafoo Chris Kratt, Martin Kratt, Gord Robertson Zoboomafoo is an American / Canadian children's television series that aired from January 25, 1999 to November 21, 2001 and is still currently shown in syndication and it is regularly shown on ...more

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Bill Nye the Science Guy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Bill Nye the Science Guy Ed Begley Jr., Rachelle Carson, Bill Nye Bill Nye the Science Guy is a live action educational television program that originally aired from September 10, 1993 to June 20, 1998 and was hosted by Bill Nye. The show aired on PBS Kids and ...more

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Kidsongs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Kidsongs Lynsey Bartilson, Mark Humphrey, Alexandra Picatto Kidsongs is an American children's media franchise which includes Kidsongs Music Video Stories on DVD and video, The Kidsongs TV Show, CDs of favorite children’s songs, song books, sheet music, ...more

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Between the Lions is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Between the Lions Ruth Westheimer, Fred Newman, Kathryn Mullen Between the Lions was a PBS Kids puppet television series designed to promote reading. The show was a co-production between WGBH in Boston and Sirius Thinking, Ltd., in New York City, in ...more

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Martha Speaks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Martha Speaks Tabitha St. Germain, Kathleen Barr, Brian Drummond Martha Speaks is a American-Canadian animated children's television series based on the 1992 children's book of the same name by Susan Meddaugh, about a talking dog named Martha, who is owned by ...more

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Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman Jim Conroy Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman, sometimes shortened as Fetch!, is a children's television series on PBS during the PBS Kids Go! block of educational programming. It is a reality-game show that is ...more

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Wishbone is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Wishbone Amy Acker, Melissa Archer, Shelley Duvall Wishbone is a half-hour children's television show that aired from 1995 to 1998 in the United States on PBS. The show's title character is a Jack Russell Terrier. Wishbone lives with his owner ...more

The Best Princess Movies

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Liberty's Kids is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Liberty's Kids Whoopi Goldberg, Liam Neeson, Billy Crystal Liberty's Kids is an animated educational historical fiction television series produced by DIC Entertainment, originally broadcast on PBS Kids from September 2, 2002 to April 4, 2003, although ...more

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George Shrinks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
George Shrinks Tracey Moore, Bryn McAuley, Kathleen Laskey George Shrinks is a French-Canadian/American/Chinese animated television series. It is based on the children's book by William Joyce, produced in China by Jade Animation and in Canada by ...more

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Zoom is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Zoom Jared Nathan Zoom is an American television program for ages eight and up, created almost entirely by children. It originally aired on PBS from January 4, 1999 to June 24, 2005. It was a remake of a 1972 TV ...more

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Where in Time Is Carmen Sandie... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego? Lynne Thigpen, Kevin Shinick, Alaine Kashian Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego? Is an American half-hour children's television game show loosely based on the computer game of the same name created by Brøderbund Software. The program ...more

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Thomas the Tank Engine & Frien... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Alec Baldwin, Ringo Starr, George Carlin Thomas & Friends is a British-American children's television series, which had its first broadcast on the ITV network in 1984 and airs on PBS Kids in the US. It is based on The Railway ...more

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Shining Time Station is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Shining Time Station Ringo Starr, George Carlin, Didi Conn Shining Time Station is an American children's television series jointly created by Britt Allcroft and Rick Siggelkow. The series was produced by The Britt Allcroft Company and Quality Family ...more

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PBS NewsHour is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
PBS NewsHour Robert MacNeil The PBS NewsHour is an American evening television news program that is broadcast seven nights a week on more than 300 PBS stations. The weekday program is one hour-long. It is co-anchored by ...more

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The Letter People is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
The Letter People Allan Trautman The Letter People is a children's literacy program and the television series based on that program. The term also refers to the various characters depicted in the program and television show.

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The Big Comfy Couch is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
The Big Comfy Couch Alyson Court, Fred Stinson, Grindl Kuchirka The Big Comfy Couch is a Canadian preschool television series about Loonette the Clown and her doll Molly, who solve everyday problems on their "Big Comfy Couch". It aired from 1992 ...more

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Square One Television is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Square One Television John Sayles, Yeardley Smith, Larry Cedar Square One Television is an American children's television program produced by the Children's Television Workshop to teach mathematics and abstract mathematical concepts to young viewers. ...more

The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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Monsterpiece Theater is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Monsterpiece Theater "Monsterpiece Theater" is a recurring segment on the American version of the popular children's television series Sesame Street, a parody of Masterpiece Theatre.

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Nova is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Nova Jay O. Sanders, Lance Lewman, Craig Sechler Nova is a United States popular science television series produced by WGBH Boston. It is broadcast on Public Broadcasting Service in the U.S., and in more than 100 other countries. The series ...more

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Dinosaur Train is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Dinosaur Train Tabitha St. Germain, Kathleen Barr, Ian James Corlett Dinosaur Train is an American/Canadian/Singaporean animated series created by Craig Bartlett. The series features a curious young Tyrannosaurus Rex named Buddy who, together with his adopted ...more

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Charlie Rose is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Charlie Rose Charlie Rose Charlie Rose is an American television interview show, with Charlie Rose as executive producer, executive editor, and host. The show is syndicated on PBS and is owned by Charlie Rose, Inc. Rose ...more

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Sid the Science Kid is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Sid the Science Kid Drew Massey, Alice Dinnean, Victor Yerrid Sid the Science Kid is an American CGI animated series that premiered on PBS Kids on September 1, 2008. The computer generated show is produced by The Jim Henson Company and then-PBS member KCET ...more

The Greatest TV Shows Of All Time

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3-2-1 Contact is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
3-2-1 Contact David Quinn, Debra Shapiro, Todd A. Rolle 3-2-1 Contact is an American science educational television show that aired on PBS from 1980 to 1988, and an adjoining children's magazine. The show, a production of the Children's Television ...more

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The Puzzle Place is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
The Puzzle Place Alice Dinnean, Peter Linz, Noel MacNeal The Puzzle Place is an American children's television series produced by KCET in Los Angeles, California and Lancit Media in New York City, New York. It premiered on the Public Broadcasting ...more

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Kratts' Creatures is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Kratts' Creatures Ron Rubin, Chris Kratt, Martin Kratt Kratts' Creatures is a half-hour children's television program on PBS Kids. The show was hosted by the Kratt Brothers, Chris and Martin. It also featured Shannon Duff as Allison Baldwin and Ron ...more

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An American Family is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
An American Family Patricia Loud, Bill Loud, Lance Loud An American Family is an American television documentary filmed from May 30 through December 31, 1971 and first aired in the United States on the Public Broadcasting Service from January 11, ...more

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The Elegant Universe is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
The Elegant Universe The Elegant Universe is a three-hour documentary by Brian Greene. It explores science’s most elaborate and ambitious theory, the string theory. It won a Peabody award in 2003. Eleven dimensions, ...more

The Biggest Turn Ons in a Person

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Cosmos: A Personal Voyage is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Cosmos: A Personal Voyage Jaromír Hanzlík Cosmos: A Personal Voyage is a thirteen-part television series written by Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan, and Steven Soter, with Sagan as presenter. It was executive-produced by Adrian Malone, produced ...more

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Antiques Roadshow is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
TopCat8 added Antiques Roadshow Bruce Parker, Angela Rippon, Arthur Negus Antiques Roadshow is a British television show in which antiques appraisers travel to various regions of the United Kingdom to appraise antiques brought in by local people. It has been running ...more

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Timothy Goes to School is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Timothy Goes to School Alyson Court, Linda Kash, Fiona Reid Timothy Goes to School is a cartoon series based on the series of Yoko and the other individual books by Rosemary Wells such as "Shy Charles", "Fritz and the Mess Fairy" and ...more

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Little Amadeus is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Little Amadeus Frank Welker, Rob Paulsen, Daniel DeSanto Wunderkind Little Amadeus, commonly referred to as Little Amadeus, is a German-American animated television series that debuted on PBS Kids Go! on September 7, 2008 through March 1, 2009. The ...more

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Prime Suspect is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Prime Suspect Helen Mirren, Zoë Wanamaker, Tom Bell Prime Suspect is a British police procedural television drama series starring Helen Mirren as Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison, one of the first female Detective Chief Inspectors in ...more

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Spidey Super Stories is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Spidey Super Stories "Spidey Super Stories" is a live-action, recurring skit on the PBS children's television series The Electric Company. Episodes featured the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, provided ...more

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Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales George Carlin Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales was an American spin-off series of Shining Time Station. The series aired on PBS from October 7, 1996 to November 11, 1996. The plotlines, secondary to the five ...more

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Nature is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Nature Lyudmila Shiryaeva, Ryan Harper Gray, Jeff Pickett Nature is a wildlife television program produced by Thirteen/WNET New York. It has been distributed to United States public television stations by the PBS television service since its debut on ...more

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Masterpiece is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Masterpiece Alistair Cooke, Laura Linney, David Bamber Masterpiece is a drama anthology television series produced by WGBH Boston. It premiered on Public Broadcasting Service on January 10, 1971, making it America's longest-running weekly prime time ...more

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Postcards from Buster is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Postcards from Buster Audrey Tautou, Colleen Villard, Arthur Holden Postcards from Buster is a children's television series for children containing both animation and live-action that originally aired on Public Broadcasting Service. It is a spin-off of the ...more

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The Jewel in the Crown is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
The Jewel in the Crown Charles Dance, Om Puri, Saeed Jaffrey The Jewel in the Crown is a British television serial about the final days of the British Raj in India during World War II, based upon the Raj Quartet novels by British author Paul Scott. ...more

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The Adams Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
The Adams Chronicles George Grizzard, William Daniels, David Birney The Adams Chronicles is a thirteen-episode miniseries by PBS that aired in 1976 to commemorate the American Bicentennial.

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Wall Street Week is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Wall Street Week Louis Rukeyser Wall Street Week was an investment news and information TV program that was broadcast weekly each Friday on Public Broadcasting Service in the United States. It had a host and guest experts ...more