Think about PBS. I bet you thought about Barney and Sesame Street. That purple dinosaur does still sing to children daily, but that doesn’t mean that PBS is just for kids. It’s also not just boring blahblahblah droning. Here are the top four reasons you shouldn’t be thumbing your nose up at PBS:
1. Austin City Limits
Austin City Limits is my favorite show on television. It’s music recorded live from Austin. These aren’t just your run-of-the mill bands either. So far this season you’ve missed Coldplay, Wilco, and Arcade Fire. Week after week, Austin City Limits brings great acts to your TV. And they’ve been doing it for the past 35 years.
2. The British Shows
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard of Downton Abbey. It’s swept the nation. It’s the fantastic story of an English family around the time of the First World War. Don’t forget about the latest adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective in Sherlock. It’s set in the modern day where Sherlock is a eccentric but necessary consultant for the Scotland Yard.
3. Antiques Roadshow
“But my grandmother watches that!” Your grandmother has good taste in television. A&E has been trying to cash in on the idea with Pawn Stars. The difference is these are real people with real treasures. Nothing planted. Nothing made up for television. Plus you can’t beat the reaction of someone that hit the big time.
Yes, it is a children’s show. It is a hilarious children’s show. With tons of voices you would recognize. WordGirl is a fifth grade superhero with an above-average vocabulary. She has a chimpanzee sidekick named Captain HuggyFace. She defeats villains like Chuck the Evil Sandwich Making Guy. She saves the city and expands vocabularies. What could be better?