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    Austin City Limits

    Austin City Limits

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    PBS
    Austin City Limits has established a reputation for showcasing great live musical performances. The show's studio allows for intimate and engaging performances by independent, mainstream, critically acclaimed, and popular artists. The show was originally created to display the emerging talents of the alternative country music scene in Austin, TX in the 1970s. Soon, however, the show branched out to include all types of music: alt country, pop rock, bluegrass and zydeco are just a few. Many television historians attribute MTV, CMT and VH1'a success to the contributions of this groundbreaking musical series. On Wednesday, November 12th, 2003; President Bush presented ACL with the National Medal of the Arts. ACL was the first television show (ever) to win the award.moreless
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    Cosmos

    Cosmos

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    PBS (ended 2005)
    Carl Sagan brings us the Cosmos, everything that ever was and ever will be, in an approach that is easily accessible even for those of us that are not science wizards. This 13 part series covers everything from the history of astronomy, the challenges it faced at its creation, how the universe was created and how it all might end, to the evolution of life on Earth, and the nature of the human brain. First aired in 1980 by the Public Broadcasting Service, Cosmos has seen multiple versions over the years. When the series was released on home video in the late 1980s, a 14th episode was included, which consisted of an interview between Dr. Sagan and Ted Turner. Dr. Sagan taped new epilogues for the 10th anniversary version in 1990, in which he addressed new discoveries and alternate viewpoints. The Science Channel rebroadcast the series on its 25th anniversary in 2005 with enhanced computer graphics. The series was awarded an Emmy and a Peabody Award. It has been broadcast in 60 countries and has been seen by an estimated 500 million to 1 billion viewers worldwide.moreless
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    Ice Road Truckers

    Ice Road Truckers

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    The History Channel
    At the top of the world, in the coldest parts of North America, there is a whole trucking industry that most people had never heard of. Some communities and industries can only be reached for a few months each year, when rivers or seas freeze over. Ice Road Truckers follows some of the drivers that live life on the edge, working flat-out to supply them over these winter roads. Season 1 and 2 are based in Canada's Northwest Territories, first the diamond mines around Yellowknife and then the Mackenzie River ice road from Inuvik. Seasons 3 and 4 move to the USA and focus on Alaska's Dalton Highway, supplying the oilfields in Prudhoe Bay. Season 5 splits coverage between Alaska and the winter roads Winnipeg, in Canada's Manitoba.moreless
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    A Haunting

    A Haunting

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    Discovery Channel
    "Between the world we see, and the things we fear... there are doors. When they are opened... nightmares becomes reality". That's according to the introduction of this series which dramatizes the "true" stories of people who have been haunted. In this docudrama, the actual people who have experienced the paranormal recount their stories on-camera, as the frightening events of their stories are re-enacted. (Fearing ridicule, some of the witnesses are shown only in silhouette.) Filmed in a very cinematic style, A Haunting sets out to frighten, providing a few genuine chills in most episodes. Many of the stories contain common elements (moving into an old house where people have died, spirits attaching themselves to young children) and a predictable ending (spirit possession, or as often as not, the staging of an exorcism.) A Haunting began as two specials ("Connecticut" and "Georgia") before being turned into a series.moreless
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    The Joy of Painting

    The Joy of Painting

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    PBS (ended 1994)
    The Joy of Painting was a television show dedicated to the art of the late Bob Ross, during this half an hour television show, Bob would do his best to teach everyone, from the most talented painter, to casual art type, his special techniques. Bob was famous for his landscapes and "Happy little trees" that would be our little secret.moreless
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    Swamp People

    Swamp People

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    The History Channel
    A docu-drama that follows Cajuns living in Louisiana.
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    Dateline: Mystery

    Dateline: Mystery

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    NBC
    Dateline: Mystery is an NBC true crime documentary series presented by Ann Curry and a team of talented reporters that includes some of the most shocking and thrilling stories of unsolved mysteries ever to air on the long-running weekly newsmagazine Dateline NBC. Some episodes of this intriguing series tell the real-life accounts of the country's strangest and most puzzling cases, revealing the trails that have gone cold and the evidence that doesn't add up. In addition to the unsolved mysteries, other episodes present criminal profiles and exclusive interviews with the nation's most newsworthy murderers. In one such episode, Alex and Derek King give their first interview ever to Keith Morrison, who asks them to speak about the day they became the most talked about twelve and thirteen-year-olds in the country when they murdered their own father. Dateline: Mystery is a riveting series and a must-see for true crime fans.moreless
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    Open House

    Open House

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    Style Network
    This series let's viewers experience the allure and innovation of high-end real estate while getting practical ideas for their own home design.
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    Frontline

    Frontline

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    PBS
    Since it began in 1983, ‘Frontline' has been airing public-affairs documentaries that explore a wide scope of the complex human experience. Frontline's goal is to extend the impact of the documentary beyond its initial broadcast by serving as a catalyst for change.moreless
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    Biography

    Biography

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    A&E
    This show provides an in-depth profile of the lives of people throughout history who have captured our imagination.
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    E! True Hollywood Story

    E! True Hollywood Story

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    E!
    Want the inside scoop on Tinseltown's steamiest secrets? Watch E!'s Emmy-nominated documentary series for the real Story on the shows, the stars and the secrets of the Hollywood elite.
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    Vice

    Vice

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    HBO (Returning March 14th, 2014)
    Assassination Nation Politics in the Philippines is a dangerous occupation. An estimated 1200 politically-motivated murders in the 10 years between 2001 and 2010 and hundreds of incidents of torture and detention make the political system one of the most dysfunctional in the world. The crew follow Esmael Mangudadatu as he carefully navigates his way to the election office to file hiscertificate of candidacy for governorship. The last time he tried to run for office of governor, his family and friends went off to the offices to file the candidacy for him but were brutally murdered and dumped in a mass grave. Whilst horrific that is just a small example of the political violence that grips the Philippines. Every politician seems to have a private militia, and every militia seems to have dozens and dozens of kids fighting under their banner. Killer Kids Of The Taliban Follow the VICE crew as they go into Afghanistan to cover the recent epidemic of Taliban child suicide bombers.moreless
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    Nature

    Nature

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    PBS
    Nature is a wildlife documentary program that has been airing on PBS since 1982. Its longevity is explained partly by its quality; Nature has won numerous Emmy awards. Documentaries have explored a multitude of different animals, plants, and other aspects of the natural world. Subjects vary from "Africa" to "Yellowstone Otters." Some documentaries have featured celebrities, such as "Wild Horses of Mongolia with Julia Roberts" and "John Denver: Let This Be a Voice." While the documentaries vary in creator, style and narrator, they are all educational and suitable for the entire family.moreless
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    Medical Detectives

    Medical Detectives

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    TLC
    Medical Detectives is a non-fiction forensics series. It focuses on crimes, often murders, and how they solve them. Sometimes an episode will be based on an outbreak, or some other environmentally-based phenonomon. The most facinating part of this show is that often the crimes are solved with one important clue leading the way! I would highly encourage anyone with an interest in health, science, or forensics to watch this show as it is entertaining and extremely interesting.moreless
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    Deadliest Warrior

    Deadliest Warrior

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    Spike TV
    The greatest warriors of all time face off against one another. History provides the information; scientific tests and expert testimonials provide the results. Hours of intensive research is done to answer one question; "Who is Deadliest?"moreless
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    Deadly Women

    Deadly Women

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    Investigation Discovery
    This show exposes some of the most notorious women in crime, their histories and why they committed the crimes they are most well-known for.
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    Human Planet

    Human Planet

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    Discovery Channel
    An epic yet intimate celebration of the incredible diversity of human life on the planet we call home. Experience a first-hand look at people living in unusual ways, from African tribes to Western farmers - these ways of life are sure to shock, intrigue and inspire. Episode settings include: Arctic, Rivers, Mountains, Ocean, Jungles, Grasslands, Desert and Urban.moreless
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    Food Tech

    Food Tech

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    The History Channel
    Bobby Bognar hosts "Food Tech" where he looks for the origins of food and how they are produced.
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    Man vs. Wild

    Man vs. Wild

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    Discovery Channel (ended 2011)
    Bear Grylls travels around the globe to find the most dangerous tourist locations and environments, in order to show us how to survive in them. With his simple survival techniques and his knowledge of the wildlife, he is able to give handy tips that could effectively save lives. Whether it's traversing across volcanoes or stuck on a desert island, Bear is always one step ahead when it comes to survival of the fittest.moreless
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    An Idiot Abroad

    An Idiot Abroad

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    Sky1
    On a podcast, Karl Pilkington admitted that he doesn't see the fuss about the Seven Wonders of the World, despite never going to see even one of them. Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant respond by sending him around the world to experience the Wonders for himself. An Idiot Abroad, filmed in high definition, is the documentary travelogue series that covers Pilkington's journey as he visits landmarks like the Great Wall of China and the Great Pyramids of Egypt. An Idiot Abroad originally aired in the UK on Sky One before being picked up by the Science Channel in the U.S. in 2011.moreless
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