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.
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