With Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. Sesame Street (1969– )

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

8.2
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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: 10,574

2. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968–2001)

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

8.7
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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: 5,061

3. Barney & Friends (1992–2009)

TV-Y | 30 min | Family

3.7
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From pretending to be a pilot on a make-believe airplane to pretending to be a pirate in search of buried treasure, Barney's friends discover that creativity lets them soar in the wings of imagination!

Stars: Bob West, Julie Johnson, Dean Wendt, David Joyner

Votes: 3,877

4. Arthur (1996– )

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

7.4
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Based on the books by Marc Brown, these are the adventures of Arthur, an 8-year-old aardvark, and his family and friends as they grow up and learn how to be good neighbors to one another.

Stars: J.T. Turner, Melissa Altro, Daniel Brochu, Jodie Resther

Votes: 10,657

5. The Magic School Bus (1994–1997)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.9
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An eccentric school-teacher takes her class on wondrous educational field trips with the help of a magical school bus.

Stars: Lily Tomlin, Daniel DeSanto, Erica Luttrell, Tara Meyer

Votes: 7,042

6. Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood (2012– )

TV-Y | 26 min | Animation, Family

7.4
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The adventures of the children of the characters of Fred Rogers' Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

Stars: Addison Holley, Amariah Faulkner, Heather Bambrick, Ted Dykstra

Votes: 675

7. The Civil War (1990)

TV-14 | 680 min | Documentary, History, War

9.1
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A comprehensive survey of the American Civil War.

Stars: David McCullough, Sam Waterston, Julie Harris, Jason Robards

Votes: 10,650

8. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012– )

TV-PG | Documentary, Biography, History

8.4
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Harvard educator Henry Louis Gates Jr. hosts this enlightening PBS series that examines "the DNA of American culture" through an extensive discovery of the ancestors of today's celebrities.... See full summary »

Stars: Henry Louis Gates, CeCe Moore, Ty Burrell, Anderson Cooper

Votes: 549

9. Ghostwriter (1992–1995)

TV-Y7 | Family, Fantasy, Mystery

7.9
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A group of teenagers solves local crimes, capers, and mysteries in their neighborhood, with the help of a ghost who can only communicate through writing and words.

Stars: David López, Blaze Berdahl, Todd Alexander, Marcella Lowery

Votes: 2,067

10. Degrassi High (1987–1991)

30 min | Drama, Family, Romance

8.2
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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: 2,439

11. The Electric Company (1971–1977)

TV-G | 28 min | Family, Comedy

8.2
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A comedy variety show that teaches basic phonetic and grammar concepts using live-action sketches, cartoons, songs, and Spider-Man episodes.

Stars: Jim Boyd, Morgan Freeman, Judy Graubart, Skip Hinnant

Votes: 1,577

12. Cyberchase (2002– )

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

6.8
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Three kids, Jackie, Matt, Inez, and their bird friend Digit, must save cyberspace from the evil Hacker with the use of strategy and math skills.

Stars: Novie Edwards, Annick Obonsawin, Jacqueline Pillon, Bianca DeGroat

Votes: 1,672

13. American Experience (1988– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.5
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A series showcasing documentaries on American history.

Stars: David McCullough, David Ogden Stiers, Oliver Platt, Michael Murphy

Votes: 1,337

14. Clifford the Big Red Dog (2000–2003)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

6.7
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The adventures of a larger-than-life red dog on Bridwell Island.

Stars: John Ritter, Grey Griffin, Cree Summer, Kel Mitchell

Votes: 3,037

15. Wishbone (1995–1998)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

8.2
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An intelligent and witty dog imagines himself in the role of characters from classic books and gets involved in similar real-life adventures.

Stars: Larry Brantley, Jordan Wall, Christie Abbott, Adam Springfield

Votes: 3,011

16. The War (2007)

TV-14 | 124 min | Documentary, History, War

9.1
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A seven-part series focusing on the many ways in which the Second World War impacted the lives of American families.

Stars: Keith David, Katharine Phillips, Tom Hanks, Paul Fussell

Votes: 3,956

17. Testament (1983)

PG | 90 min | Drama

7.1
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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: 5,257 | Gross: $2.04M

18. Reading Rainbow (1983– )

TV-Y | 30 min | Family

8.4
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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: 3,148

19. Nova (1974– )

TV-PG | Documentary, Biography

8.8
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Science documentaries about various topics.

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

Votes: 1,917

20. Masterpiece Mystery (1980– )

Mystery

9.0
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An anthology series featuring various predominately British mystery stories.

Stars: Vincent Price, Alan Cumming, Gene Shalit, Joan Hickson

Votes: 690

21. American Masters (1985– )

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

8.0
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Since its premiere in 1986, this Emmy-winning documentary series has presented hundreds of hours comprising profiles of outstanding American cultural artists. Past subjects have included ... See full summary »

Stars: Martin Scorsese, Tony Bennett, Peter Bogdanovich, Lee Grant

Votes: 647

22. 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: 19,703 | Gross: $1.21M

23. Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? (1991–1996)

TV-G | 30 min | Family, Game-Show, Music

7.8
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Contestants pursue the international thief as junior detectives who must answer questions about geography.

Stars: Greg Lee, Lynne Thigpen, Rockapella, Sean Altman

Votes: 1,895

24. Dragon Tales (1999–2005)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

6.3
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Two children find a dragonscale, and have fun socializing with dragons.

Stars: Andrea Libman, Danny McKinnon, Ty Olsson, Chantal Strand

Votes: 2,708

25. Bill Nye, the Science Guy (1993–1998)

TV-Y | 30 min | Documentary, Comedy, Family

8.3
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Scientist/comedian Bill Nye explores various aspects of science for young viewers.

Stars: Bill Nye, Pat Cashman, Michaela Leslie-Rule, Jaffar Smith

Votes: 6,056

26. Hoop Dreams (1994)

PG-13 | 170 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport

8.3
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98 Metascore

A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional.

Director: Steve James | Stars: William Gates, Arthur Agee, Emma Gates, Curtis Gates

Votes: 22,149 | Gross: $7.83M

27. Great Performances (1971– )

Music

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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, Renée Fleming, Walter Cronkite, Plácido Domingo

Votes: 491

28. American Playhouse (1981– )

Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.8
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Anthology series which ran on PBS throughout the 1980s.

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

Votes: 172

29. Baseball (1994–2010)

TV-PG | 1,140 min | Documentary, History, Sport

9.2
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A documentary on the history of the sport with major topics including Afro-American players, player/team owner relations and the resilience of the game.

Stars: John Chancellor, Daniel Okrent, Ossie Davis, Paul Roebling

Votes: 3,286

30. Zoom (1997– )

TV-Y | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.5
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A group of older children do arts and crafts, cooking, science and technology, and games sent in by viewers.

Stars: Caroline Botelho, Kenny Yates, Alisa Besher, Zoe Costello

Votes: 1,050

31. Prohibition (2011– )

360 min | Documentary, History

8.2
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The story of the American activist struggle against the influence of alcohol, climaxing in the failed early 20th century nationwide era when it was banned.

Stars: Peter Coyote, Pete Hamill, Catherine Gilbert Murdock, Michael Lerner

Votes: 2,212

32. Seize the Day (1986)

Unrated | 93 min | Drama

6.1
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Tommy Wilhelm is a good honest man who's fallen on hard times after losing his job, but what really gets to Tommy is seeing both his friends and family turning their backs on him one after the other. He tries to seize the day - in vain.

Director: Fielder Cook | Stars: Robin Williams, Richard B. Shull, David Bickford, Glenne Headly

Votes: 1,134

33. Meet the Patels (2014)

PG | 88 min | Documentary, Comedy, Romance

7.1
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70 Metascore

An Indian-American man who is about to turn 30 gets help from his parents and extended family to start looking for a wife in the traditional Indian way.

Directors: Geeta Patel, Ravi Patel | Stars: Ravi Patel, Geeta Patel, Champa V. Patel, Vasant K. Patel

Votes: 2,828 | Gross: $1.69M

34. Lamb Chop's Play-Along (1992–1997)

TV-Y | 30 min | Family

7.3
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An enthusiastic singing lady and her puppet animal friends go on a variety of adventures.

Stars: Amy Castle, Brian Ito, Shari Lewis, Amanda McAdam

Votes: 1,409

35. Between the Lions (1999– )

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.1
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Live-action and animation blend together in this educational fantasy about a family of lions running a library filled with adventurous and musical books.

Stars: Anthony Asbury, Stephen Scott Scarpulla, Makeeba Mooncycle, Tim Lagasse

Votes: 872

36. Nature (1982– )

60 min | Documentary, Family

8.8
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Documentary series exploring various global wildlife issues and subjects.

Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Chris Morgan, George Page, David Attenborough

Votes: 481

37. Shining Time Station (1989–1993)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

7.9
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An American version of the popular British children's program. Every episode, the kids (and sometimes the adults, too) at Shining Time Station learn some special lessons about life and ... See full summary »

Stars: Didi Conn, Brian Edward O'Connor, Olga Felgemacher, Peter Baird

Votes: 559

38. Burden of Dreams (1982)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

8.0
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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: 5,531

39. Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat (2001–2004)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Family

7.3
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Sagwa (a kitten), her siblings, and her parents are owned by a Chinese official called "The Foolish Magistrate" (since he tends to make laws and proclamations rather grandiosely and ... See full summary »

Stars: Khaira Ledeyo, Holly Gauthier-Frankel, Carrie Finlay, Oliver Grainger

Votes: 839

40. Jazz (2001)

114 min | Documentary, History, Music

8.6
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A survey of the musical form's history and major talents.

Stars: Keith David, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Duke Ellington

Votes: 1,672

41. The Invisible War (2012)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Crime

7.6
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75 Metascore

An investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military.

Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Amy Ziering, Kirby Dick, Kori Cioca, Jessica Hinves

Votes: 6,326 | Gross: $0.07M

42. Martha Speaks (2008–2016)

TV-Y | 28 min | Animation, Family

6.7
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Tales of a dog, Martha, who eats alphabet soup and gains the ability to speak. This series follows the antics of Martha and her owner as she encounters many adventures with her newfound ability.

Stars: J.T. Turner, Christina Crivici, Tabitha St. Germain, Vanesa Tomasino

Votes: 531

43. Sound and Fury (2000)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

8.0
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85 Metascore

If you could make your deaf child hear, would you? Academy Award-nominated Sound and Fury follows the intimate, heart-rending tale of the Artinians, an extended family with deaf and hearing... See full summary »

Director: Josh Aronson | Stars: Jaime Leigh Allen, Jemma Braham, Freeda Cat, Scott Davidson

Votes: 898 | Gross: $0.11M

44. The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982)

PG | 106 min | Western

7.0
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After he is accused of murdering a lawman in 1901 Texas, a Mexican-American farmer flees and manages to elude a large posse for two weeks before he is finally captured.

Director: Robert M. Young | Stars: Edward James Olmos, James Gammon, Tom Bower, Bruce McGill

Votes: 241

45. American Family (2002–2004)

45 min | Drama, Family

7.3
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The head of the household, Jess Gonzalez, is your average father who is forced to fight everyday troubles, following the death of his loving wife Berta. Their beloved daughter, Nina, has ... See full summary »

Stars: Kurt Caceres, Edward James Olmos, Patricia Velasquez, Parker Torres

Votes: 142

46. 3-2-1 Contact (1980–1992)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Family

8.1
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A children's show explaining various principles of science and their applications.

Stars: David Quinn, Debra Shapiro, Todd A. Rolle, Ginny Ortiz

Votes: 408

47. Reckless (1995)

PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

5.2
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On Christmas Eve, a regretful husband admits to his high-spirited wife that he has hired a contract killer to take her out. She immediately flees. A nice couple offers her shelter, but everyone have dark secrets in this wacky movie.

Director: Norman René | Stars: Mia Farrow, Tony Goldwyn, Juana Barrios, Mike Heibeck

Votes: 406 | Gross: $0.10M

48. Zoom (1972–1978)

TV-G | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.8
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Middle School students teach kids how to do cool tricks.

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

Votes: 270

49. The National Parks: America's Best Idea (2009)

120 min | Documentary, History

8.6
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The history of the U.S. National Parks system, including the initial ideas which led to the world's first national parks and the expansion of the system over 150 years.

Stars: Peter Coyote, William Cronon, Dayton Duncan, Shelton Johnson

Votes: 1,291

50. Maya & Miguel (2004–2007)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

4.5
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Maya Santos interferes in the lives of those around her, often dragging her twin, Miguel, into her schemes.

Stars: Beth Payne, Lucy Liu, Elisa Bocanegra, Gabriel Romero

Votes: 420


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