Why do you watch PBS?

#1
Why do you watch PBS? I like to watch it because the shows aren't dumbed down like some of the stuff on network tv. I also like to watch BBC news to get a different perspective of what's happening around the world.
 

Orrymain

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#2
Actually I have a pet peeve with PBS. It seems like the shows I decide to watch are always their pledge break shows. That is so annoying.
 
#4
I watch PBS because they are one of the few stations which regularly shows BBC programs, and they also frequently have great specials on a wide variety of subjects. They have a ton of regular programs with can be both Educational and fascinating to watch.
 

dave73

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#5
I like watching PBS because of select cooking shows they have, along with This Old House Hour that WTTW Prime airs. I also like Nova & Nature (WTTW usually airs these shows on WTTW Prime). WTTW also has a locally produced show called, Check Please. That show has everyday people who put in reviews of their favorite restaurants. The restaurants aren't notified of who is reviewing their restaurant and cameras aren't present either. They do interview the owners of the restaurants on the type of restaurant they run. I like getting reviews from ordinary people, rather than from a food critic, who may give a bad rating to a good restaurant, or they'll give a good review to a bad restaurant. I prefer reviews from ordinary people anyday. It even allows me to learn about restaurants I have never heard of, and may want to try out. I even like watching Rick Steve's Europe. Out of all networks out there, I watch PBS the most, with ABC second, Fox third, CBS 4th, & NBC dead last.
 

MrPogi

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#9
Because of America's Got Talent, American Idol, Dancing With The Stars, Storage Wars, Ghost Hunters, Football, Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Tennis.

PBS has none of that.
 

MrPogi

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#10
Actually I have a pet peeve with PBS. It seems like the shows I decide to watch are always their pledge break shows. That is so annoying.
It didn't used to be so bad, back when the gubmint was a whole lot more generous with the funding.
 
#11
It didn't used to be so bad, back when the gubmint was a whole lot more generous with the funding.
It's kind of a double edged sword I guess. Less government money for PBS = more pledge commercials. More government money for PBS = unhappy fiscal conservatives.

BTW, I love Downton Abbey and probably spend 5 hours a week watching that show and other various PBS shows.
 
#13
I've heard Bill Moyers (of Moyers and Company on PBS that is) characterized as a communist propagandist and how awful it is that public money is being used to sponsor his agenda.

On the other hand there are some good shows. Liked This Old House when Bob Villa had it a long time ago. BTW are the very first ever episodes of that available in any fashion?

Several other good programs. Frontline : Inside the Meltdown, and Breaking the Bank.

Always used to watch NBR, Nightly Business Report, on a daily basis, but that has gone downhill and see it infrequently now.

Oh, and NOVA. There have been many interesting science and nature type NOVA programs.

Of regional interest only: This Week in Northern California, Mostly State politics.
 

Jim5506

DTVUSA Member
#14
I occasionally watch 3 or 4 shows on PBS, but these are the shows that would succeed where ever they were located, like most of the rest of TV, the rest is crap.

PBS is no better no worse that commercial TV, 10% watchable, 90% crap.

Even This Ole House, is often surpassed by its commercial rivals.

Holmes on Homes, and several shows on HGTV are better.

Yes, I know Holmes is CBC produced.
 
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MrPogi

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#17
I "have my ways" of watching UK programming online... but BBC 3 and 4 as well as Channel 3 and 4 are region blocked, and I'm not going to go through the hassle of using a VPN/Proxy.

I can also get "DAVE" (region free) occasionally - and that means, RED DWARF!
 
#18
Holmes on Homes, and several shows on HGTV are better.
Yes, I know Holmes is CBC produced.
Oh, ho, not the REAL Holmes -- Jeremy Brett! Then there's Nova, McLaughlin Group, Antique Road Show, any of the Nature/Travel/Science programs, Charlie Rose (not my favorite interviewer, but he gets all the world-beaters).

R.
 

Orrymain

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#20
The problem with Ghost Adventures is they sure do get excited over something they've been doing for years and years. I don't know that I buy it, and I'm sick of them saying, "Dude!" It's as bad as "On to the next" on Ghost Hunters. Grant needs to come back, although I like Jason's daughter and I love the dog! We need to see more of the dog! lol

Back to PBS, I'm looking forward to the next Alfie Boe special which is gonna happen sometime this year. They filmed his April 8 concert at the Royal Albert Hall for PBS and DVD release. It might, just might, be timed with another tour of the US for Alfie. Anticipation!!
 

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