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"The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is the only network in the United States which runs television programs without commercials and is available without subscribing to a cable TV service. This quiz is about some of the shows that have aired on PBS."
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PBS is known for quality children's programming. Which PBS show, whose cast included Kermit the Frog, Big Bird, and Mr Hooper, introduced young children to the alphabet and numbers?
Barney, the Purple Dinosaur
The Electric Company
Another children's program on PBS stations started each show with a man who sang "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood" while he put on a sweater and changed his shoes. What show was this?
The Neighborhood of Make-Believe
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Dora the Explorer
A mainstay of PBS programming is "Masterpiece Theater" (renamed "Masterpiece" in 2008) on Sunday nights. This show brought in British mini-series such as "The Six Wives of Henry VIII" and "The Duchess of Duke Street" as well as dramatizations of famous novels. For its first 22 years, the show was introduced by which British-born journalist and broadcaster?
Edward R. Murrow
"The Best of Masterpiece Theater", a retrospective which aired in 2007, counted down the most popular "Masterpiece Theater" series. Which was rated as #1?
The Forsyte Saga
PBS also introduced many British comedy shows to audiences in the United States. Which of these shows did not air on PBS stations?
Are You Being Served?
Monty Python's Flying Circus
"Mystery" which premiered on PBS in 1980, has included many dramatizations of mystery books including "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" (based on stories by Arthur Conan Doyle), "Poirot" (based on books by Agatha Christie), and "The Inspector Lynley Mysteries" (based on novels by Elizabeth George). Which popular "Mystery" series, starring Helen Mirren as Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison, was not originally a book?
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman
Film maker Ken Burns has had many of his documentaries featured on public television. Which of these was the first to be produced on PBS?
The Civil War
Another mainstay of PBS programming is coverage of the performing arts, including classical music, ballet, modern dance, opera, musical theater, and folk music. On which show are you most likely to see profiles of performers, composers and choreographers?
Live from Lincoln Center
Public television's commercial-free programming also includes science and nature shows. Which PBS show was hosted by Alan Alda, better known for his acting talents?
Bill Nye the Science Guy
Scientific American Frontiers
A quiz about public television wouldn't be complete without mentioning public affairs programming. Which weekly show on PBS consists of a panel discussion with four reporters and a moderator?
Meet the Press
This Week with George Stephanopoulos
Face the Nation
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