Top 13 Programs of 2013

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...
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.

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