• The Top 13 of 2013
    A look back at the best programs of the year on THIRTEEN
    We are so appreciative of the many members and viewers who supported THIRTEEN during our 50th Anniversary year. Our inspiring, quality programs raised the bar higher than ever, and your generosity helped to make these and many other wonderful programs possible. Take a look at some of the highlights from the past year, and share your favorites!

    In 2013 at THIRTEEN we...
  • Saw immense joys and sorrows
    Masterpiece Classic’s Downton Abbey, Season Three
    Premiered January 6, 2013

    As this critically acclaimed and much beloved series continued into another season, we became even more involved in the lives of the residents of Downton Abbey. While weddings and births gave them reason to celebrate, two tragic losses affected them in ways that would change them forever. Fans are in for more drama as Season Four premieres Sunday, January 5th at 9pm.
  • Encountered comedies and tragedies
    Shakespeare Uncovered
    Premiered January 28, 2013

    The Hollow Crown
    Premiered September 20, 2013

    THIRTEEN continued to present Shakespeare in innovative ways. Shakespeare Uncovered introduced a new combination of history, biography, analysis and exceptional performances while The Hollow Crown provided richly-filmed adaptations of four of Shakespeare’s most gripping history plays: Richard II, Henry IV, Part 1, Henry IV, Part 2 and Henry V.
  • Took a look into our own past
    Pioneers of THIRTEEN
    Premiered January 31, 2013

    The most-watched public television station in the country, THIRTEEN has a rich history which was revealed decade-by-decade in a new documentary series Pioneers of THIRTEEN. Featuring rare footage, wonderful old clips, extraordinary interviews with the station’s innovators and little known facts, this special series was both nostalgic and insightful as it gave viewers an in-dept look at The ‘70s: Bold and Fearless (premiered January 31, 2013), The‘80s: Trusted Voice (premiered September 10, 2013) and The ‘90s and Beyond – Changing Landscape (Premieres Thursday, December 19 at 9 p.m. on THIRTEEN).
  • Learned how women transformed our country
    Makers: Women Who Make America
    Premiered February 26, 2013

    Makers: Women who Make America told the remarkable story of the most sweeping social revolution in American history, as women have asserted their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity and personal autonomy.
  • Witnessed many births
    Call the Midwife, Season Two
    Premiered March 31, 2013

    In Season Two of Call the Midwife, a critically acclaimed period drama series on THIRTEEN, the trials, triumphs and tribulations of the characters continued as they began to contend with their own romances, marriages and pregnancies. The woman of Nonnatus House return for a new season in March, 2014.
  • Celebrated fascinating lives
    American Masters
    Premiered May 20, 2013

    The captivating biography series American Masters continued to enlighten and entertain us with in-depth stories of icons of our culture. This past year included Mel Brooks: Make a Noise, Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin', Philip Roth: Unmasked, Billie Jean King, the first ever American Masters’ episode profiling a sports figure, and Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love (Premieres Friday, December 27 at 9 p.m. on THIRTEEN).
  • Examined our city’s treasures
    Treasures of New York
    Premiered May 5, 2013

    In Treasures of New York we went behind the scenes of some of the city’s most famous and fabulous landmarks. This year we visited the American Museum of Natural History, the New York Botanical Gardens, Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island and others.
  • Talked about how to re-invent education
    TED Talks Education
    Premiered Tuesday, May 7, 2013

    In May, we brought you TED’s first-ever original television special, TED Talks Education, hosted by musician and education advocate John Legend, and featuring a mix of teachers and education leaders like Bill Gates, Geoffrey Canada and others discussing what needs to change in teaching and learning.
  • Met the innovators of advertising
    The Real Mad Men & Women of Madison Avenue
    Premiered June 30, 2013

    In The Real Mad Men & Women of Madison Avenue, industry leaders Roy Eaton, Jerry Della Femina, Paula Green, George Lois and others took us through the history of advertising and showed us how the business turned wonderfully and sometimes wildly creative in the 60s and beyond.
  • Continued to bring you real and relevant news
    PBS NewsHour Weekend
    Debuted September 7, 2013

    In 2013, PBS NewsHour expanded, adding a 30-minute PBS NewsHour Weekend newscast on Saturdays and Sundays anchored by veteran NewsHour correspondent, Hari Sreenivasan. Hari and PBS NewsHour Weekend follow a long tradition of anchors – Robert MacNeil, Jim Lehrer, Gwen Ifill, Judy Woodruff and many others, delivering news that is in-depth, insightful and unbiased.
  • Shared moving immigration stories
    Latino Americans
    Premiered September 17, 2013

    In both the six-part documentary series, Latino Americans and local companion program The Latino Americans of NY & NJ (September 17 - October 11, 2013), we presented pieces of the rich history, culture and deeply personal stories of America’s largest immigrant group.
  • Gave you a bird's-eye view of the world
    Nature: EARTHflight
    Premiered September 4, 2013

    What’s it really like to fly? Using strategically placed cameras, including tiny ones placed on the backs of trained birds, we revealed astounding viewpoints never before seen by humans in the six-part series Nature: EARTHflight.
  • Shared a history of deep strife and great triumphs
    The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
    Premiered October 22, 2013

    Written and presented by noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the six-part series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross explored the evolution of African-American people, as well as the many cultural institutions, political strategies and religious and social perspectives they developed - forging their own history, culture and society against unimaginable odds.
  • We couldn't have done it without you
    Thanks for a great year. We couldn't have done it without the remarkable people who helped make this exceptional programming possible: our valued viewers who make up our largest single source of support. Please help us continue to bring you more memorable programs in 2014.

    >Make your tax-deductible, year-end donation to THIRTEEN before midnight on Dec. 31.

    And tell us about your favorite programs of 2013. Share your thoughts using the comment form below!

  • BenInBrooklyn

    My favorite program of the year (besides Downton Abbey), was the Mel Brooks American Masters documentary. It was a fun ride through some of my favorite all time films. After watching it, I immediately updated my Netflix que.

    • Paul Nelson

      I also enjoyed Mel Brooks and I saved it

  • Cassandra

    Love your list, but I wish you would put an animation program in the line up. Many great animators who are great story tellers.

  • Shirley

    Last Tango in Halifax warmed my heart and belief in true love.

  • Jean Schumer

    The PBS NewsHour Weekend edition was a great edition and of the year in review, I saw Earthflight and Treasures of NY, both excellent.

  • MotherOfCornelius

    Bring back “Market Warriors!” And P.S.: could we see more of The Paradise and Last Tango in Halifax? Surely we did not see them through to the end of the stories.

  • Bruce

    Please continue with “The Paradise”, it was truncated and needs to be completed in order to fully enjoy this wonderful series.

  • Franc

    Nature:Earthflight and the African Americans were two excellent programs.
    I am a monthly donor. Keep up the great work.

  • Barb V.

    Antique Road Show is my favorite. I always look so forward to it on Monday nights, and it’s so special to me I wish you had had it on this roster. .

  • Roberta Van Anda

    I loved Last Tango in Halifax and hope that we can see more of those most endearing characters. I also hope to see more of Genealogy Roadshow–that was really interesting. Roberta Van Anda

  • im2late

    Downtown Abbey, Call The Midwife, Last Tango in Halifax were all satndouts this year. I am also a regular viewer of American Masters, American Experience, Frontline, Nature, Live From Lincoln Center, and Bill Moyer & Company. However my VERY favorite programs on PBS are the Live From the Met in HD broadcasts. So glad I have a DVR that enables me to enjoy these performances again and again. Thank you PBS!

  • mschaz

    People commenting on Downtown ? Abbey?? People who think duck dynasty is a PBS show?? People who cannot spell?? PBS viewers have become illiterate, and PBS shows have gone downhill almost as quickly as BBC America, which is filled with hour after hour of Top Gear and Gordon Ramsey reruns and little else. I’ve been a contributor to local PBS in NY (13) for many years, no more. Will take my chances with cable and/or internet series. Too many reruns of old (antiquated) shows. During the fund raising periods (which seem to be more frequent) , PBS channels are unwatchable, with program after program of old doo-wop bands and 1940’s and 50’s artists. Sorry, but I’m done. Recruit some ‘new blood’ and perhaps it can be salvaged (and by the way I’m in my 70’s so this is not a youngster’s viewpoint).

  • Yelena

    I like Reel 13, many times Indies were quite interesting plus would not probably watch old classics if it was not for this program.