50 Years A Million Thanks

"THIRTEEN has been my friend, my tutor and an inspiration since childhood. Thank You." -- Viewer & Member T.C. Jones, Queens, NY
THIRTEEN celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. Viewers across the Tri State area built THIRTEEN’s legacy of trustworthy, thought-provoking and engaging programs – Masterpiece, Nature, American Masters, Great Performances, PBS NewsHour, Sesame Street and many others. THIRTEEN and PBS are committed to making these important programs available to all, regardless of means.  To continue this legacy for the next generation, we’ve set a goal to recruit 50,000 new Members from our community. Will you help us? If you are already a supporter, we thank you.  If you are not yet a supporter, please donate today in any amount.  Thanks for watching!


Celebrate 50 years of THIRTEEN by helping us recruit 50,000 new Members. Keep THIRTEEN's unique, high-quality programs vital for years to come. A tax-deductible gift of any amount will help us reach our goal.


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Deborah Nissim

Greenville, SC

I remember watching a current events program on WNET at school in New Rochelle, NY in the early 1960s. Later, I got my own membership during the showing of a ...

RitaSue Siegel

New York, NY

I just watched the William Kettridge program-I had seen his show at MoMA and went to the opera he staged and designed, the Nose, at the Met. It was ...

Elisabeth & John Avery


My husband and I have watched Thirteen for over 40 years. Whether we're looking for culture — theatre, music, criticism; history; world and U.S. news — and, of course, decades ...

Frances Darwin

Newmarket, Ontario

I'm supporting you because I grew up watching Sesame Street and because your #TVGONEWRONG campaign is FANTASTIC. Who knew that a TV ad about a TV ad could be 100% ...

Jamie T Deming

Oyster Bay, NY

Even when we lived recently in another state (Texas) for three years, I felt connected to my "media home" by watching PBS Newshour. I was reassured by the program's ...


Raritan NJ

I love to travel. My husband and I always enjoy the travel shows you feature. Rick Steves is a great "tour guide" and provides great info for the ...

Maris Cuneo

Redding, CT

Happy Birthday PBS, my 50th class reunion of an all girls high school, Academy of St. Aloysius, will be next year. I think you for this special on girl groups. ...


New York City, NY

Who was it that called Television a "Vast Wasteland" many years ago?" Well, nothing has changed over the years except that Broadcast TV has gotten even worse with age. Once ...

Elena Schwartz

New York

From history and politics to cooking time and travel you are making super programs, thank you and many years more.

Marilyn Bennett


Democracy can not exist without public media like PBS and NPR.



I support thirteen because when my daughter and I arrived In the USA from Germany in 1985, my daughter watched the children programs and I watched the educational programs that ...

Donna M Carroll

New Paltz, New York

I love Public Broadcasting...Channel 13. You bring the arts, history, life and Joy into my life and living room every day. We can still find Intelligent, non sensational news reporting ...

Sharon Schweidel

New York

Masterpiece Theater with Alistair Cook got me hooked; Laura Linney continues the tradition. Great Performanes was next followwed by Nature, Call the Midwife and a host of other programs. ...

Gay Sullivan


I felt that I must support Thirteen because I so enjoyed Downton Abbey and Call the Midwives. I also like Shakespear Uncovered.Keep up the wonderful programming that keeps me coming ...

Peter Lamprakos

Edison, New Jersey

Dear Thirteen: It is the most consistently dependable source of programming at its best, from Masterpiece Theater to Foyle's War to classical, jazz and opera to Bill Moyers to ...