PBS Series

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  1. hbbfam

    hbbfam Forum Resident Thread Starter

    We have enjoyed many of the Masterpiece series over the years. Series like Foyle's War. We have also been watching Poldark. Anyway, I recently subscribed to the PBS subscription on Roku. Any suggestions for other good PBS series to watch?
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  2. konut

    konut Prodigious Member. Thank you.

    Whatcom County, WA
    Finding Your Roots - Hosted by Henry Lois Gates Jr. Fascinating things the can discover with DNA testing.
  3. jpelg

    jpelg Forum Resident

    The Elm City
    The Bletchley Circle - two seasons.
  4. hbbfam

    hbbfam Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Not offered on the PBS site.
  5. John B Good

    John B Good Forum Hall Of Fame

    NS, Canada
    A very good series called PRESS started a few weeks ago on a PBS station we get. We missed the first episode, but will try to catch the rest of it.
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  6. Dignan2000

    Dignan2000 Forum Resident

    Memphis, TN
    Have you watched Lewis?
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  7. DetroitDoomsayer

    DetroitDoomsayer Forum Middle Child

    Detroit, Michigan
  8. Ignatius

    Ignatius Forum Resident

    All the "prestigious" PBS shows I notice are period soaps where the actors play dressup or pledge drives.:mad:
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  9. Jack White

    Jack White Senior Member

    And 'Endeavour' and the original 'Inspector Morse' (if that's still being offered. One PBS channel - either Detroit or Buffalo - was playing re-runs a little while ago).
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  10. jlocke08

    jlocke08 Forum Resident

    so, not knowing your taste, what you may have seen previously, and whats on the Roku subscription here are some ideas. most pretty obvious.
    Ken Burns Films
    Mr Selfridge-drama
    Downton Abbey-drama
    Mrs Wilson-drama
    Wolf Hall-drama
    Prime Suspect-series with Helen Mirren-superb
    Prime Suspect:Tennison-same character earlier in her career with different actress-not as good
    Sherlock series with Benedict Cumberbatch & Martin Freeman
    The Escape Artist-drama
    Dark Angel-drama
    PBS series-The American Experience has many, many docs around human interest & historical subjects
    PBS series-NOVA some excellent science related episodes along with other subjects
    PBS series-Secrets Of The Dead may not be for everyone but i learned a lot from many episodes
    PBS series-Pioneers of Television is well done through 4 seasons of learning about TV history
    PBS series-Frontline is timely news, politics, and history information
    Michael Palin has done some unique travel related programming
    should be MANY wildlife and food related programs, most of which are really good. especially the Nature series.
    One of my personal favorites is Somebody Feed Phil, a food/travel series with Phila Rosenthal who created Everybody Loves Raymond.
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  11. mr. steak

    mr. steak Forum Resident

    tempe az
    Nova, Nature and Frontline have had some of the best programs I've seen anywhere on any channel.
  12. soundboy

    soundboy Senior Member

    Both of the below are modern day takes on police detectives:

    From New Zealand, "The Brokenwood Mysteries".....basically each standalone episode is a 2 hour TV movie and there have been 20 already

    "Wallander" on "Masterpiece"....with Sir Kenneth Branagh playing the title character
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  13. Greg Gee

    Greg Gee "I think I got the best one."

    American Experience is the best show on television. I'm a big fan.
    Also like Nova, Secrets Of The Dead, Frontline, Nature, This Old House, and many more.
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  14. townsend

    townsend Senior Member

    Ridgway, CO
    I have watched the first two episodes of an Independent Lens series, "Philly D.A.": Independent Lens - Independent Documentary Films | PBS

    This series is cutting edge investigative journalism. The background concerns the recent election of Larry Krasner to serve, starting in January 2018, as the District Attorney in Philadelphia. Krasner is well experienced, having worked for thirty years as a criminal defense and civil rights attorney, and as a public defender. He is a progressive who is intent on reforming the criminal justice system in Philadelphia. No surprise here . . . one of his biggest obstacles is the FOP -- Fraternal Order of Police.

    Give it a watch before it goes behind the paywall. I think the series is currently being rolled out, which means that one may have to wait for some future episodes to be aired by local PBS affiliates. It is a fascinating to watch the back-and-forth between the DA's office and the police department. Krasner is just perfect for this role; I hope he is successful.
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  15. townsend

    townsend Senior Member

    Ridgway, CO
    Has anyone else been watching the the Masterpiece theater series, "Around the World in 80 Days," on PBS? Around the World in 80 Days | Masterpiece | Official Site | PBS

    An eight-episode series, I didn't know anything about it but started watching around episode five, and continuing at one episode per week to the end. I know it is kind of campy, but I found it fabulously entertaining. In the course of travels around the world, many remote and interesting locales were visited, and some meaty subjects (e.g., colonialism, racism) were interwoven into the narrative. The three leads -- played by David Tennant, Ibrahim Koma, and Leonie Benesch -- were great travel companions, to each other and for the viewers. Highly recommended.
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  16. beccabear67

    beccabear67 Musical omnivore.

    Victoria, Canada
    I'm enjoying Vienna Blood... not under the Masterpiece masthead I don't think but it could've been.
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  17. bhazen

    bhazen Fab Fourever!

    Deepest suburbia
    PBS is a lifesaver for me.

    I don't have cable or Internet, so am dependent on what I can capture over the air. I get 5 different digital PBS-related stations, along with the two main ones in Seattle and Tacoma. I live for things like Wolf Hall, Foyle's War, All Creatures Great And Small, Endeavor, New Tricks, Death In Paradise, Professor T, Vienna Blood (great atmospherics there!), Around The World In 80 Days, and ... two or three dozen others I'm forgetting. Nova and the other science shows, of course; travel shows like Ireland By County, Great Railway Journeys, etc.

    About the only other channel I watch is the NHK (Japan) English-language service (also part of the public broadcasting suite), which is oddly anodyne; even the news doesn't raise my stress levels too much. Plus, I'm hooked on Sumo wrestling now(!!).
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  18. John B Good

    John B Good Forum Hall Of Fame

    NS, Canada
    Currently watching All Creatures Great and Small (remake). Smitten with Rachel Shenton.
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  19. a customer

    a customer Forum Resident

    Years ago I watched the PBS version of traffic . The story of the drug trade.
    I wish they would show some of those old shows again.
    There was one called Fame that was good.

    I just rewatched the prize on Amazon which I had seen years earlier on PBS.
    The history of oil
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  20. Holerbot6000

    Holerbot6000 Forum Resident

    American Masters has been very consistent in their profiles of various people. Not sure if they are still doing them though.
  21. a customer

    a customer Forum Resident

    citizen Hearst is great one to watch
  22. Holerbot6000

    Holerbot6000 Forum Resident

    Agree. I think my favorite so far was the one about Bing Crosby, focusing on a re-appraisal of his relevance and influence. Very well done and long overdue.
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  23. a customer

    a customer Forum Resident

    That was a good one on Crosby.
    One of the biggest stars of all time becoming almost unknown today
  24. RobRoyF

    RobRoyF Forum Resident

    I enjoy this one. Probably missed the last/current season or so. I will look it up to see. Not familiar with the other PBS offerings posted here.
  25. four sticks

    four sticks Senior Member

    Poldark was very good and I loved Foyle's War, I think I've watched the complete series at least twice. Others, a few have already been mentioned:

    Wallander (UK)
    All Creatures Great And Small
    Downton Abbey
    Father Brown
    George Gentley
    Doc Martin
    My Mother And Other Strangers
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