I grew up on PBS. Back in the olden days, there were four channels: ABC, NBC, CBS and PBS. I know, I know, I don’t know how we survived either. And the networks just barged in with special bulletins and Congressional hearings whenever they felt like it. You were pretty much forced to be a well informed public citizen against your will. It was outrageous. But the networks were like, where else are you going to go? So, you know, we ate our Apollo rocket launches and Watergate Hearings and we liked it.
The first community sponsored PBS station in the country originated in my hometown of Pittsburgh at WQED in 1954, which was before my time. When I was in college, I did a couple of pledge drives at WQED and got to visit Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood close up. Ahhh, those were the days. My family were PBS junkies. Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of good stuff on PBS. Here are a few of my favorites:
The Electric Company
Connections with James Burke
Masterpiece Theater with Alistair Cook
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
Life on Earth with David Attenborough
Live from Lincoln Center
The McNeil-Lehrer Hour
The French Chef
Yan Can Cook
The Frugal Gourmet
It’s kind of incredible that PBS is even controversial. There was so much good content on when I was a kid. It’s not just Sesame Street. It was free and interesting and had high production values. What exactly is the problem??
Add your own memories of PBS in the comments.