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    Downton Abbey

    Downton Abbey

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    Downton Abbey is an ITV drama set in 1912 about the Crawley household. It is written by Julian Fellowes and stars Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, and Elizabeth McGovern.
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    Sesame Street

    Sesame Street

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    Sesame Street is a widely recognized and perpetually daring experiment in educational children's programming. This show has taken popular-culture and turned it upside-down. The fast-paced advertisements that had parents of the new era worrying for their children were the basis for the original format of this show. The show has often satirized pop culture, and made itself easier for parents to watch along too. And thus, the positive impact this show has had on modern society is beyond another. No show is more recognized the world over by as many generations and walks of life. Shown in its original format or with changes to reflect a regional education focus, Sesame Street is now seen in over 140 countries. The show that Entertainment Weekly named the "20th Best Ever Show" has changed the education scene to focus on "entertainment." This has turned out to be a valuable theory that not only helps the medicinal learning go down easier, but it also increases the effectiveness of the information being taught. In an almost backwards sense, the show stays fresh by recycling programming ideas every three years, by which time a new group of kids is watching. Unlike most PBS Kids shows, which have an original run, then go into continuous repeats until getting dropped by PBS or sold to another network, Sesame Street has created many new episodes every season since its debut Nov. 10, 1969. American teachers now expect children to arrive on the first day of school knowing the basics about letters, numbers, and language. "Kindergarten now does what first grade used to do," creator Joan Ganz Cooney has said, "and I think that's directly due to Sesame Street." International versions have changed Sesame Street to be more relevant to their culture and environments. They adjust the unique American inner city, with a cast made up mainly of Muppets, African-Americans, Spaniards and Chinese to reflect their own lifestyles. For example, Canada's Sesame Park features a small suburban town inhabited by folks like an otter and a bear, a bush pilot, a disabled child in a wheel-chair and her cat and Russia's Ulitsa Sesame set in a Russian dvor (courtyard) has a 9-foot tall tree spirit who has his joyous and problem-solving Muppet friends. No show can help in tumultuous or troubled times like Sesame Street. For example: • The Israelis and the Palestinians have now merged their independent spin-offs, to help teach the fighting cultures to accept each other for who they are, not what they have done in the past. • The original American Sesame Street helped children deal with the incidents of 9-11 • On the week of October 4-8, 2004, Sesame Workshop actually dug up reruns of Sesame Street episodes from its 32nd season, in which a hurricane plundered the neighborhood. This move was to come to grips with those disabused by the four hurricanes that struck Florida in a six-week span the previous August and September. It also sent a message about the news' propensity for covering violent acts. • The current South African government has not taken much action on the matters of HIV and AIDS, so in 2003, the South African version of Sesame Street added in a 5-year-old girl monster who manages to go about daily life with ease, even though she intercepted HIV through a blood transfusion shortly after birth. This led to an American backlash, even though her exposure in the States has always been restricted to sesameworkshop.org. Undoubtedly, she is the hardest-edged Muppet since Jim Henson's ill-fated "Creatures from the Planet Gorch" on Saturday Night Live's first season. • No other puppet than a Muppet, namely Elmo, could be taken seriously when asking America's congressional Education Appropriations Subcommittee for more funding to school music programs, so that "when Elmo goes to school, there will be the instruments to play." (Unfortunately, Newt Gingrich's Congress chose instead to divert to Sesame Street production funds from other PBS series. Among the casualties was one of Sesame Street's godchildren, Ghostwriter.) •In the mid-70s, they introduced Linda Bove, a deaf actress playing a deaf librarian that lives a life equal to all the rest of the area's inhabitants. Please note that Sesame Street's air time varies between various PBS stations in America. In recent years, a few PBS stations have dropped the show (including WNYE in New York, whose last airing was in June 2003). sesame street even had a touring show, SESAME STREET LIVE,which has just recently celebrated 25 years of performing. Characters Cookie Monster Cookie Monster has always had a passion for cookies, gobbling them up whenever he can. However, in order to promote healthy eating habits, Cookie Monster recently learned that cookies are a "sometime" food. So now, Cookie Monster also eats fruits and vegetables in addition to his trademark snack. Elmo Elmo is a cute little red monster, who wants to know more about the world he is growing up in. Oscar the Grouch Oscar lives in a dustbin, sure its not the most hygienic of places, but Oscar isn't the most hygienic of creatures. He likes to cause mischief but also enjoys learning. Ernie and Bert Best friends and room-mates, both showing us how people get along with each other and how sometimes you may even fall-out with your best friend. The Count The Count, would teaches us to count, whether it be really difficult numbers or easy numbers, the Counts thing is maths and counting, and he sure is good at it. Big Bird A huge yellow bird, who's everyone's friend. No matter what species, color or race you are.moreless
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    Charlie Rose

    Charlie Rose

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    This talk show has no frill involved. Just a round oak table and intelligent discussion as journalist Charlie Rose engages newsmakers, celebrities, and authors each night.
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    The Wiggles

    The Wiggles

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    The Wiggles are a children's band from Australia. When Greg, Anthony, Murray and Jeff aren't singing and dancing, they're spending time with their friends. Dorothy the Dinosaur is a green reptile who loves roses, Wags the Dog is a silly young dog, Captain Feathersword is a mischievous but friendly pirate, and Henry the Octopus is a jolly eight-legged sea animal with a band of his own. Occasionally, The Wiggles meet other friends like Zardo Zap and Officer Beaples. But whatever they're doing, you're bound to have a wigglin' good time! Season Organization There are now six seasons for the Playhouse Disney broadcast of the Wiggles, and they are organized as follows: Season One (TV Series 2) Originally aired: 1999. Disney version aired: 2001. Also known as: Wiggly TV, TV Series Two Choreographer: Leanne Halloran Number of Episodes: 26 Opening Song: In the Wiggles World (with the Bee Intro) Closing Song: In the Wiggles World (everyone waves goodbye) Description: This has assorted skits and songs with a general underlying theme for each episode. The Wiggles' pants don't have the stripes yet. Regular segments: none Season Two (TV Series 1) Originally aired: 1998. Disney version aired: 2002. Also known as: TV Series One Choreographer: Leanne Halloran Number of Episodes: 13 Opening Song: Get Ready to Wiggle Closing Song: some organ music Description: This preceded Series Two and has the sitcom styled intro and some of the earliest footage of the Wiggles. Henry the Octopus takes on puppet and mascot form. Regular segments: Wigglehouse Henry the Octopus Captain Feathersword's Pirate Show Season Three - Lights, Camera, Action, Wiggles Originally aired: 2002-2004 Disney version aired: 2003-2004 (11am) Also known as: Network Wiggles, TV Series Three Choreographer: Leeanne Ashley Number of Episodes: 26 in US (54 11-minute episodes in Australia) Opening Song: Lights, Camera, Action, Wiggles Closing Song: varies. Usually Lights, Camera, Action, Wiggles. Description: This is the more organized studio production with segments for each of the Wiggles and Captain Feathersword. The Wiggle Dancers also make their appearance as regulars. Regular segments: News, Weather, and Sports Anthony's Workshop Captain's Magic Buttons Music with Murray Where's Jeff? Wiggly Community Service Announcement Wiggle Bay song Season Four and Five - The Wiggles Show Australian version aired: Season 4: 2004-2005, Season 5: 2006-2007 US version aired: Season 4: Fall 2005-Spring 2006 (10am), Summer 2006 (7am) Season 5: Winter 2007-present (7am) Also known as: TV Series Four Choreographer: Leeanne Ashley Number of Episodes: 26 + 26 Opening Song: Here Come the Wiggles Closing Song: none Description: Captain Feathersword heads out into the world. The Wiggles even have footage from their concerts! Regular segments: Season 4 Captain Feathersword - Sailing Around the World Dorothy's Dance Class Little Wiggles Wigglehouse Invitation to a Wiggly concert Goodbye: find who's missing. Regular segments: Season 5 Captain Feathersword - Sailing Around the World, with larger crew Wigglehouse Dorothy's Dancing Alphabet Little Wiggles Wiggly Animation Mariachi Wiggles - they sing songs in Spanish! Mandarin Wiggles - they sing songs in Mandarin! Invitation to a Wiggly concert. Jeff features different zoo animals. More silly clips between songs. Season Six - Wiggle and Learn Australian version aired: 2007-2008 Canadian version aired: April 2008- on Treehouse US version aired: December 2008 at 7/6c am. January 2009 at 11am weekdays, 7am weekends Choreographer: Leeanne Ashley and Caterina Mete Number of Episodes: 26 22-minute segments (52 11-minute segments in some formats.) Presented in: HD format Opening Song: Wiggle and Learn Closing Song: Goodbye from the Wiggles Description: Sam Wiggle replaces Greg as they do a brand new series on teaching kids how to read, dance, and have fun. Regular segments: Season 6 Nursery Rhymes Anthony introduces three guests, one of whom is Captain Feathersword in disguise. Wags and Dorothy do an educational skit. Captain Feathersword tries to guess what Anthony is dressed up as. Murray and Jeff paint a picture using music. The Wiggles play different games. Video Organization Videos are generally placed at the end of each series. Many airdates listed try to match the first Disney Broadcast or US video release. If it has the Wiggly Dancers it'll be season 3 or later, otherwise the video fits in season 1. If it has Sam Wiggle, it'll be in season 6. About Production Codes: The regular seasons were painstakingly collected from the various TV guides and correlated with actual viewings of the show over a period of several months. Season 5 codes come from a media marketing site. They all follow the 3-digit format, except for videos which are originally listed by their Roadshow / HIT Entertainment VHS or DVD catalog number. If you have a better scheme for the videos please contact the editor. Character Profiles The Wiggles Greg Wiggle Greg is the lead singer of The Wiggles, and if you just hear one singer in your favorite Wiggles song, he is the guy. His hobby is doing magic tricks. He can make things disappear, but it'd be once in blue moon if he ever succeeds in pulling a rabbit out of his hat! Instrument = Lead Vocalist. He also plays some guitar and keyboard. Shirt Color = Yellow Sam Wiggle In the Wiggle and Learn series, Sam is the new Yellow Wiggle. People might recognize him as a Wiggly Dancer and Professor Singalottasonga in the earlier series. Instrument = Lead Vocals, and sometimes the Trumpet. Shirt Color = Yellow Anthony Wiggle Anthony is one hungry Wiggle. His hobbies include eating and generally being silly. His appetite can get in the way at times. He usually sings and dances with Greg. In the newer seasons, he also loves to use a low bass voice and to roll his r's. Instrument = Drums. He also plays some guitar and some other instruments. Shirt Color = Blue Murray Wiggle The calmest guy in the band, Murray enjoys playing his red guitar, and is quite impressed by Greg and his magic. One time he even used Greg's magic properly! Murray also loves to speculate on different things in life, like what if we didn't have elbows. He also loves to play well known guitar riffs. Instrument = Red Guitar. Shirt Color = Red Jeff Wiggle Jeff is full of energy when he's awake, but he tends to fall asleep on the spot, and it takes the entire audience to shout "Wake up, Jeff!" It can be hard to keep him awake. In fact, he spent a whole episode asleep once! He may be the goofiest of them all. Instrument = Keyboard and Accordion. Shirt Color = Purple Supporting Characters Captain Feathersword Often considered the Fifth Wiggle, Captain Feathersword is a friendly pirate who has a sword made out of feathers so he can tickle people. He's best known for doing improvisational acts and voices, thanks in part to his Magic Buttons on his vest. He greets everyone with "Ahoy There, Me Hearties!" Dorothy the Dinosaur Dorothy is a human-sized dinosaur who wears a floppy white hat, and loves daydreaming in her rose garden. She has loved roses since she was a young child. And not just to smell them, but she uses them to make rosy treats! She is also the only female among the main Wiggles group, and has an infectious giggle. In Australia, she even has her own TV show! Wags the Dog Wags is a cute dog about the size of the Wiggles. In the early seasons, he only speaks to the audience, and woofs for Captain Feathersword and the other Wiggles. But in the later seasons, he talks like everyone else. He's a very resourceful inventor, and he also likes to goof on Captain Feathersword, refusing to just obey. He's also in charge of the three little pups known as the Wagettes. Henry the Octopus Henry leads his own underwater band. He joins the Wiggles in a bunch of different songs and dances. In the early seasons, he is both a puppet and a mascot. His favorite word is "Bree-Boop!" which is like Aloha in Octopus language. Officer Beaples: She's dressed like a Keystone Kop, and mostly mimes. Wiggle Dancers: The men and women who dance around in marching band uniforms. They start appearing in the musical numbers from the Lights, Camera, Action, Wiggles season. Friendly Pirate Crew: The men and women who dance around and help Captain Feathersword during one of his featured skits. Many of the folks are Wiggle Dancers, but some are dedicated crew members representing a worldwide populace. Child Dancers: Since the show is all about the kids, many of the videos feature children dancing and participating in activities. About Playhouse Disney: This is the morning segment of the Disney Channel in the USA that's geared for pre-schoolers and toddlers. Because Disney is privately owned, they only air commercials for their own Disney shows and products, but during the Playhouse Disney segments, The Wiggles shows run about 25 minutes straight with NO commercials! Disney used to run the Wiggles at all sorts of morning hours seven days a week. In its prime, the Wiggles should show up from two to three episodes a day: 6am for Wiggly TV (series 1-2), 10am for The Wiggles Show and Lights, Camera, Action episodes (series 3-4), and 7am for the Breakfast with Bear segment. In series 5, The Wiggles ran at 7am weekdays, and a different time on weekend mornings. In series 6, the Wiggles ran at 7am weekdays and weekends but in January 5, 2009, the Wiggles ran at 11:30am weekdays and 7am weekends. Reruns can be found on PBS Sprout. Submission Guidelines Although the Wiggles guide may seem fairly complete, there are always plenty of fun things to add. Here's generally where things are categorized. Notes: - List of DVD Bonus Features, including Lights Camera Action Wiggles episodes. - Official original release dates for the Australia videos, US videos, and companion albums. Awards won. Differences between Australia and US version. - Novelties and debuts (set design, wardrobe, song, dancer) - consider chronological or Disney TV series order. - One-shot appearances by non-TV industry guests, lists of children and families, lists of dancers. - Family and Friends - whenever the Wiggles bring in their non-cast/crew family members (e.g. Anthony's wife, kids, or dogs), and friends into their videos and features. - Debuts in Australia, UK, or Canada if traceable. Trivia: - On-screen song and guest debuts by name, such as Murray introducing Clare, or Anthony introducing Alfonso. - Instrument details. Allusions: Passing references to pop culture icons like Elvis or The Beatles. For example, Racing to the Rainbow has a flurry of Elvis references, and the cover of Let's Eat is designed to look like Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts band. Australian regional sayings and jargon like "slippery dip", but do not add common ones like "G'day" or "Beauty, mate" or "barbie" Song arrangements not directly explained (e.g. Hands on My Head). Cast: If you are adding voiceovers for any of the mascots, for example: Wags the Dog (Mic Conway) Dorothy the Dinosaur (Carolyn Ferrie, Jacqueline Field, Zoe Velez) Henry the Octopus (Jeff Fatt, Paul Paddick, Mario Martinez-Diaz), please confirm they are the correct person in the season, and that the mascot actually said something in that episode. I count the dancers as Recurring Stars / Guest Stars if: 1) They are credited at the end of the show. 2) They participated in the skits, intros, or closers. I do not count the dancer if all they did was appear in the pre-produced video footage. DO NOT ADD - Nitpicking any time the Wiggles don't really play their instruments or lip sync. It is a given that sometimes they are more concerned about dancing and showing the actions rather than making an acoustically accurate performance. Save those goofs for only the major ones like showing two different guitars for the same concert song. - Self-evident crew credits like Music: The Wiggles (Band) or Creator: The Wiggles (Band) or Opening Performance: The Wiggles (Band). Look for explicitly listed credits like Musical Arrangement: Anthony Field instead. - Cast roles that should be listed in the credits (e.g. Kamahl guest stars as himself). - Special Guest Stars - add them as regular Guest Stars. - Dancers on replayed video footage. They did not participate in the video. - This is the second/third/fourth visit by guest star. It is self-evident from the credits that guests appear multiple times. - Anything from Wiggles Wikia. That site has way much too unverified information. - Any nitpicks on miscellaneous Wiggles songs that aren't featured in the TV series or videos. - Explanations on nursery rhymes or common pop culture. Common questions about the guide Q: What is with the titles for Lights, Camera, Action, Wiggles? How come they don't correspond to my videos? A: In the original Australian broadcast, the show was 54 episodes of 11 minutes each, and their titles were just Episode 1 to Episode 54. When it was broadcast in the US for Disney, they mainly combined 2 episodes into one, and posted their own 3 digit production numbers. There are NO official titles for the US version. The titles here are arbitrarily written by the editor to best reflect the theme of the combined episode. Q: Can I add a Wiggles video to a guide? A: Yes, Just let me know in advance and I can give you an episode number of where it should fit in. I am not accepting 2-pack releases as new entries, but you can make a Note of such things if they are important. Q: Why is Series Two listed first? A: Although Series Two was produced after Series One, it aired on Disney channel before Series One. Q: What about Wiggly Waffle? A: Wiggly Waffle, while it has new videos, is not an actual TV series, but The Wiggles hosting a block of various shows. If you want Wiggly Waffle on tv.com, you could send in a request for a new show, but my opinion is that it is a very difficult series to maintain. Q: What about other Wiggles produced shows? A: Dorothy the Dinosaur Show from the late 2000s has a guide now. If you want Kingdom of Paramithi, send a request to add the show on tv.com.moreless
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    America's Test Kitchen

    America's Test Kitchen

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    America's Test Kitchen is the most-watched cooking show on public television. The series is filmed in the Cook's Illustrated magazine test kitchen located outside Boston, Massachusetts. Each episode features recipes that have been carefully developed to make sure they work every time. Host Christopher Kimball and the test cooks use a common-sense, practical approach to solve everyday cooking problems, and they test equipment and taste supermarket ingredients to save consumers' time in the store.moreless
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    Kratts' Creatures

    Kratts' Creatures

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    This show is a nature show thats aimed at kids and explains the type of things young children would want to know. The hosts are two brothers, Chris and Martin. This show was canceled and turned into Zaboomafoo.moreless
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    Arthur

    Arthur

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    Arthur Read, the spectacular bespectacled aardvark stars in this children's series about growing up. Typical childhood problems such as bratty siblings, schoolyard bullies and classroom cliques are addressed by this popular program. Arthur's seventeenth season has come to a close. However, watch for repeats again soon on your local PBS station. And keep watching for more details on upcoming episodes of the program.

    Developed from Marc Brown's beloved books, Arthur reminds us all of how it feels to be 8 years old. Just like your average kid, Arthur overcomes the dreaded obstacles of third-grade life, such as his tough teacher Mr. Ratburn, bullies, and mountains of homework. At home, Arthur must face the pint- terror also known as his sister Dora Winifred, or D.W. for short. Everything between these two is a struggle; who gets control of the television remote, who can play their Crazy Bus CD, whose hobbies are dumber, that's a baby show...Will Arthur ever win one of these pointless arguments? Probably never, because not only is D.W. fiercely independent, she's also very smart. But despite it all, Arthur and D.W. are still brother and sister, and when they're not arguing, they can accomplish great things together.

    Keeping Arthur sane are his helpful friends --- an assortment of colorful animal cohorts who always provide sound advice and a few laughs too. They are: Francine Frensky (a tomboy who would rather play sports than go to the mall), Buster Baxter (an enthusiastic gourmand), Alan "The Brain" Powers (a bona-fide 3rd grade genius, who even writes computer programs in his spare time), Muffy Crosswire (the rich girl with a real heart of gold), and Sue Ellen Armstrong (a traveler of the world and geography expert). Arthur can also sometimes be seen with Fern Walters (a soft-spoken musician with semi-hidden goth interests), Binky Barnes (acts like a bully, but enjoys pastimes such as ballet and clarinet), George Nordgren / Lundgren (a somewhat shy moose who be truly entertaining when he tries), Prunella (who was supposed psychic powers and is actually in the fourth grade) and Jenna Morgan (a rarely seen cat-girl.) And of course, who could forget Pal, Arthur's lovable, loyal pet pooch?

    Arthur airs on PBS every weekday and on some stations on weekends --- check local listings for time. Or, go to the PBSKids' Arthur schedule to find out which episode is airing in a city near you.

    A large number of Arthur stories have been released on DVD and video. Many episodes are also available in book form. There are also a wealth of Arthur-related promotions and products, so keep an eye on the news and check online merchants such as eBay and Amazon, and your local stores.

    Theme Song

    Every day when you're walkin' down the street,
    Everybody that you meet, Has an original point of view...
    - Chorus: And I say "Hey!" (Hey!) What a wonderful kind of day! (Day!)
    If we can learn to work and play,(Play!) And get along with each other... -
    You've got to listen to your heart, Listen to the beat, Listen to the rhythm, the rhythm on the street,
    Open up your eyes, Open up your ears, Get together and make things better, By working together
    It's a simple message, and it comes from the heart, Believe in (believe in yourself...) 'Cuz that's the Place to START!
    - And I say "Hey!" (Hey!) What a wonderful kind of day! (Day!)
    If we can learn to work and play (PLAY!), And get along with each other (Hey!)
    What a wonderful kind of day Hey! What a wonderful kind of day...
    Hey!moreless
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    This Old House

    This Old House

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    The Emmy Award winning This Old House is the television's premier home improvement series. The show that unlocked America's passions for home, celebrates its 25th anniversary season on PBS this year. This Old House's mission is to demystify the home improvement process and to celebrate the fusion on old world craftsmanship and modern technology. Each season features two renovation projects. Project One traditionally consists of eighteen or more so episodes and is filmed in Massachusetts. Project Two is taped in a different region of the country to highlight the variety of American architectural styles and renovation issues. Additionally, the second project is generally located in a town with a mild climate where outdoor work can be undertaken in the winter months. New episodes of This Old House are broadcast exclusively on PBS. Vintage, off-network episodes of the series, entitled This Old House Classics, air on Home and Garden Television network (HGTV), Do It Yourself network (DIYnet) and on selected commercial broadcast stations around the country (Syndicated). This Old House can be seen in the UK on Discovery Home & Leisure and on Australia's Lifestyle Channel. America's favorite home improvement series just got even better. The new This Old House Hour, exclusively on PBS, starts off each week with a new episode of the latest This Old House project. The second half of the hour features the all-new series Ask This Old House, in which the crew answers questions on home improvement topics.moreless
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    The Tavis Smiley Show

    The Tavis Smiley Show

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    Tavis Smiley hosts interviews with newsmakers, politicians and celebrities.
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    Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

    Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

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    "In a little toy neighborhood, a tiny trolley rolls past a house at the end of a street. Welcome toMister Rogers' Neighborhood." In the annals of children's TV, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood ranks among the longest-lasting and beloved shows. Upon its conclusion, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood was the longest-running series in PBS history (a record eclipsed by Sesame Street in 2003). Host Fred Rogers (known to millions as simply "Mister Rogers") used his gentle charm and mannerisms to communicate with his audience of children. Topics centered on nearly every inconceivable matter of concern to children, ranging from everyday fears related to going to sleep, getting immunizations and disappointment about not getting one's way to losing a loved one to death and physical handicaps. Rogers used simple songs and, on nearly every show, segments from the Neighborhood of Make-Believe (NOM) to make his point. A scale-model trolley was often (but not always) used to segue into the Make-Believe segments, said neighborhood being inhabited by puppet characters including King Friday XIII, Lady Elaine Fairchild and Daniel Striped Tiger. Many shows also featured visits from cast members – most often Mr. McFeely (tagline: "Speedy Delivery"), Robert Trow, Joe Negri and Chef Brockett (the local baker). Many times, Rogers also visited the neighborhood shops of both the regulars and guests. Each show began and ended with a camera panning over a scale neighborhood (said to represent the town where Rogers lived). Production History While today's longer-running PBS Kids shows reinvent themselves every five years, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood achieved, throughout its 31 seasons, that rarest of elements: consistency. It is a legacy that can all be traced through every aspect of Fred Rogers' television career. Some of the characters in Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, both real and imagined, had appeared in two of Fred Rogers' earlier programs, The Children's Corner for Pittsburgh's WQED in 1954 and the CBC's Misterogers in 1963. It was for Misterogers that Fred first appeared on-camera. Rogers returned to WQED in Pittsburgh to begin writing and hosting Mister Rogers' Neighborhood May 22, 1967. Several other public television stations from Chicago to Boston carried the show on a trial basis that year. Beginning February 19, 1968, the Mister Rogers' Neighborhood program that we know today, began airing nationwide on National Educational Television (NET), the predecessor to PBS. This was also the year David Newell, returned from Europe, began work for Rogers. He was in charge of the production as well as the neighborhood's Speedy Delivery service. (AN ASIDE: Rogers wanted to call the delivery man Mr. McCurdy after the man at the Sears-Roebuck Foundation, whose support launched Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. But the people at Sears-Roebuck called Rogers and said "Mr. McCurdy" was too self-serving. Thus Rogers went to his roots to rename Newell's deliveryman. "McFeely" was Rogers' middle name and the last name of his maternal grandfather.) Shows were produced as a daily strip from 1968 to 1976, at which time production was suspended. Counting black-and-white episodes, 590 shows were produced in that span. Production resumed at the beginning of the remote video age in 1979. Rogers went on location more, supervising videos of how people make things (a precursor to the TVO series Here's How!). Other characters would be introduced in the subsequent two decades. In all, 305 new programs were taped from 1979 through 2001. Of that volume, the most notable shows came in 1991, with Rogers focusing on calming children's fears during the first U.S. war with Iraq. PBS gradually narrowed the window for the 460 "pre-79" episodes with each new season from 1980 onward. When the number of "post-75" episodes was enough to cover entire years, the classic shows were retired, last airing on PBS in the summer of 1995. Despite the production stoppage and the subsequent passing of Fred Rogers on February 27, 2003, PBS continues to repeat Mister Roger's Neighborhood in all its original glory–an accomplishment unique among all PBS Kids shows.moreless
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    WordGirl

    WordGirl

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    Learn new words and expand your vocabulary with the help of a different kind of superhero known as WordGirl. WordGirl and her monkey sidekick, Captain Huggy Face, are the resident superheroes of Fair City, and originally arrived from the planet Lexicon, protecting the innocent, and righting the wrong of villains such as Doctor Two-Brains, The Butcher, Granny May and Mr. Big. When not fighting crime, they turn themselves into an ordinary 10-year-old named Becky Botsford and her pet monkey, Bob.moreless
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    Globe Trekker

    Globe Trekker

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    Globe Trekker takes to on journeys to countries from every continent around the globe. Each unforgettable destination is hosted by one of the Globe Trekker team members, who dare to try or eat anything new. Join veteran Ian Wright, Justine Shapiro, Megan McCormick and their teammates on their journeys by tuning in your local PBS channels. The show was launched in U.S. through partnership with the PBS Network in 2002. Season 1 - 39 episodes (March 31 2002 - December 2002) Season 2 - 38 episodes(April 2003 - December 2003) Season 3 - 30 episodes (April 4 2004 - March 2005) Season 4 - 30 episodes (April 3 2005 - March 2006) Season 5 - 30 episodes (April 2 2006 - March 2007) The show has also shown on Discovery Channel, the Learning Channel, and the Travel Channel. * This show was known outside of U.S. as "Lonely Planet." The show was started in mid-90's and was first marketed in the U.S. in 2002 as "Globe Trekker." ** Please note that your local PBS aired date may be different.moreless
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    NOVA

    NOVA

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    Seen in more than 100 countries, NOVA is the most watched science television series in the world and the most watched documentary series on PBS. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Each week NOVA takes an in depth look at a particular topic or individual in the science field. NOVA's topics cover all branches of science and engineering. NOVA's unique way of presenting each topic can be interesting to both those with no prior knowledge or those whose life's work is being covered.moreless
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    Barney and Friends

    Barney and Friends

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    Since 1992 Barney, Baby Bop, and B.J. have brought smiles to our faces with their non-stop adventures, stories, games, friends and, of course, the Barney Bag. Normally focusing on younger audiences, Barney teaches respect, courtesy, manners and many other essentials in life. Most children in the age group normally consisting of 2-8 watch Barney. Many of us have grown out of Barney but there are generations still to come who will enjoy Barney.

    Characters:

    Barney: His role on the show is to show everyone a good time. He has great friends whom sometimes visit the kids and tell stories or take them on adventures. He even has a bag of goodies known as the Barney Bag.

    B.J.: He visits on occasion to play with Barney and his friends. B.J.'s role on the show is simply to help out or play games although he normally visits because he's looking for something he has lost.

    Baby Bop: Baby Bop, who carries her blankie wherever she goes, is kind-hearted and very polite. She normally tags along with her big brother B.J. She does, on occasion, lose her blankie but with Barney's help, she always finds it. ((Trivia buffs: Baby Bop's favorite number is three.)

    Barney & Friends Theme Song (to the tune of "Yankee Doodle"):

    Barney is a dinosaur From our imagination And when he's tall, he's what we call A dinosaur sensation Barney's friends are big and small They come from lots of places After school, they come to play And sing with happy faces Barney shows us lots of things Like how to play pretend ABCs and 1-2-3s And how to be a friend Barney comes to play with us Whenever we may need him Barney can be your friend, too If you just make-believe him.

    The Ending Song:

    I love you You love me We're a happy family With a great big hug and a kiss from me to you Wont you say you love me too. I love you you love me We're best friends like friends should be With a great big hug and a kiss from me to you Wont you say you love me too.

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    Masterpiece Theatre

    Masterpiece Theatre

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    Welcome to the Masterpiece Theatre guide at TV.com.

    On the air since 1971, in its early days the show consisted entirely of British drama productions, more than half of them from the BBC. Since the year 2000, some classic productions from the American Collection have also been included, but the bulk of the show still comes from the UK.

    Masterpiece Theatre has won thirty Primetime Emmy Awards, as well as many other awards. To buy episodes of Masterpiece Theatre on DVD, visit its online store.moreless
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    Ask This Old House

    Ask This Old House

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    Kevin O'Connor, Tom Silva, Richard Trethewey, and Roger Cook take on some pretty big projects on This Old House, which means they can only work on one or two projects a year. Homeowners have many home-improvement questions for them on smaller projects. Hosted by Kevin O'Connor, Ask This Old House addresses these problems and answers viewers' questions from a renovated New England barn loft. And they make house calls.moreless
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    Wild Kratts

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    Join creature teachers Chris and Martin Kratt on PBS KIDS GO's new series "Wild Kratts". Children are pulled into the show as they tag along with Chris and Martin on their animal-powered adventures.moreless
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    Austin City Limits

    Austin City Limits

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    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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    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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    Caillou

    Caillou

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    "Growing Up is the Greatest Adventure of All" Welcome to the Caillou guide at TV.com! This show is about the life of a young bald boy named Caillou, his family and his friends. It is based on the books by Christine L'Heureux and Helene Despeteaux, which is highly popular in the Quebec area in Canada. There are actually two versions of the show. The first version premiered in late 1997, is only 5 minutes in length, consists of 65 episodes, and is fully animated. The plotline of this version is that a grandmother reads her grandchildren a Caillou book. While this version enjoys success in some countries outside the US, it was never formally aired in the US. The second version, which premiered in late 2000, has the show exended to 30 minutes, and has puppets, music and live action segments thrown in. The animation parts, however, are a mixture of the first version of the show with the "grandma reading to kids" part of the story lopped off and some new stories (the stories are completely original as of the U.S. second season.) You can usually tell when you're watching a story lifted from the first version because in these, Caillou wears a non-descript dull-grey shirt rather than the bright-yellow one he wears in the newer segments. It premiered in the US and is now airing side-by-side with repeats of the old version in Canada. It is also aired around the world, although some parts of the world still air the old version. In 2006, Caillou debuted even more new episodes. These new episodes now feature fantasy segments, but no longer any puppet segments or musical numbers performed by real children. Instead, Caillou performs a song in-between the second and third story segments of each episode. These new episodes have now finished their run, but if you missed any, watch for upcoming repeats on PBS. Both versions of the show are known to be available in 2 languages - French and English. The show is produced by Cookie Jar animation in Canada, known in older seasons as CINAR. It is available in Dolby Surround and with Close Captioning on selected networks. Note 1:The old (5-minute) version is listed in this guide as Season 1 episodes, while the new (30-minute) version are listed as episodes from Season 2 onwards. Also, due to the varying runtimes, the runtime entry is omitted on purpose. Note 2: The network in the information section was formerly Teletoon, as this was the first network to pick up the show. It has been changed to PBS to reflect that the airdates listed in the guide for the newer (and current) episodes of show reflect the dates that the program aired on PBS. Note 3: The new version is aired under the title "Caillou and Friends" on TeleToon Canada. This is done presumably to avoid title conflicts with the old version of the show. Note 4: Season 3-4/2-3US no longer contain any edited versions of first season episodes. They instead consist entirely of original stories.moreless
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