Great Programs to Watch Now on PBS

Christina Knight | March 27, 2020

Secrets of the Dead: Cleopatra’s Lost Tomb.

Updated April 2, 2020

THIRTEEN is home to many longtime PBS series that share inspiring people, excellence in music and the arts, our complex histories and the wonder of the natural world. Click any of these favorite PBS programs to jump to its special streaming episodes and films, or scroll through all: Great Performances, American Masters, NATURE, Secrets of the Dead.

ALL ARTS is our sibling channel that offers 24/7 arts programming on-air and online.

As part of PBS, we are thrilled to present an encore of Ken Burns’ epic series, Baseball. Streaming now, the nine episodes capture the history, tension and beauty of America’s national past time.

These are all great programs to watch now, from PBS.

 

Great Performances


The must-see series for classical music lovers is Now Hear This. Travel the world with violinist and conductor Scott Yoo while hearing famous scores and learning the surprising stories behind their composers, and meeting other renowned musicians and music experts.

In Vivaldi: Something Completely Different, Scott Yoo crosses Northern Italy, chasing the story of one of the most recorded pieces of music in the world, “The Four Seasons.”

The Riddle of Bach takes us to Berlin, Leipzig and Paris, where Scott Yoo and his wife, flutist Alice Dade, learn Bach’s sonatas and partitas, widely considered among the greatest works ever written for solo violin. So challenging, they are sometimes called the Himalayas of the violin.

The works of one of America’s great conductors, Leonard Bernstein, are featured in The Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood. Conductors Andris Nelsons, Christoph Eschenbach, Keith Lockhart, John Williams and Michael Tilson Thomas lead an incredible orchestra and are joined by guest artists. Audra McDonald hosts.

See the Best of Broadway Great Performance  specials that are streaming, here.

 

ALL ARTS


ALL ARTS is breaking new ground as the premier destination for inspiration, creativity and art of all forms.

ALL ARTS Vault Selects presents encores of innovative productions from the past 60 years. King Lear, filmed in 1974 at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater for the New York Shakespeare Festival, features James Earl Jones as the titular King. The supporting cast includes Lee Chamberlin, Raul Julia, Rosalind Cash, and Paul Sorvino.

In Famous Cast Words, stars of the stage and screen discuss representation and inclusion issues in the entertainment industry. Hosted by Lynne Marie Rosenberg (HBO’s High Maintenance), the series blends hilarious readings of sometimes offensive language from the casting world with an earnest investigation into what’s changing, within The Biz. Among the guests: Emilio Delgado, who played Luis on Sesame Street for 44 years and Amber Gray (Hadestown).

The New York Emmy-nominated Broadway Sandwich let’s fans in on what stars of Broadway due between curtain calls on their jam-packed double performance days.

See what else is hot in the arts on ALL ARTS.

 

American Masters


Narrated by Julianna Margulies (ER, The Good Wife) and Lorraine Toussaint (Selma, Orange is the New Black), Unladylike is a series of 8-to-10 minute animated shorts that are released digitally on Wednesdays, from March 4 to August 26, 2020, Women’s Equality Day. The women in the spotlight are courageous, little-known and diverse female trailblazers from the turn of the 20th century.

Also during Women’s History Month in March, documentary films delve into the careers and lives of singer-songwriter Holly Near, Gone with the Wind author Margaret Mitchell, and maverick painter Elizabeth Murray.

 

Secrets of the Dead


Learn about the legendary queen Cleopatra, who ruled the Egyptian empire; a mystery woman from Queens, New York; and more famous and obscure figures from history in the Secrets of the Dead episodes streaming now.

Part detective story, part true-life drama, Secrets of the Dead explores some of the most iconic moments in history to debunk myths and shed new light on past events. Using the latest investigative techniques, forensic science and historical examination to unearth new evidence, the series shatters accepted wisdom, challenges prevailing ideas, overturns existing hypotheses, spotlights forgotten mysteries, and ultimately rewrites history.

 

NATURE


For something totally relaxing, check out An Hour in Snowy Yellowstone, which is made up of unnarrated film footage shot in Yellowstone National Park in winter. Hear the footfall of a bison herd, the patter of a fox on the hunt, birds chirping and the rush of streams, all while seeing life up-close.

Other NATURE episodes streaming now focus on India’s lions, how the rules of life were discovered in Africa’s Serengeti ecosystem, Arctic wolf packs, and an ancient fish lizard that lived in the age of the dinosaurs.

Lastly, catch this while you can: streaming for Weasels – do they deserver their bad reputation? – ends Wednesday, March 18.

 

Baseball by Ken Burns


The story of Baseball is the story of America. It is an epic overflowing with heroes and hopefuls, scoundrels and screwballs. It is a saga spanning the quest for racial justice, the clash of labor and management, the transformation of popular culture, and the unfolding of the national pastime. Watch all nine episodes of this Ken Burns documentary.