One more time for world peace: PBS da muthafucking Gawd.
Barney was my shit. Zoom was my shit. Reading Rainbow was my shit. Shining Time Station? Boring as fuck, but that was my shit. Ironically, most of those programs taught me more tasteful ways to emote, but my love of the network overfloweth and vulgar cries of joy spill from my fingertips.
Unfortunately I have not yet donated to the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, but to those that have: THANK YOU. SOME OF THE BEST TELEVISION HAS TO OFFER IS AVAILABLE BECAUSE OF VIEWERS LIKE YOU. All those shows I mentioned were things I used to watch as a kid, but the network is stacked with everything.
BBQU with STEVEN RAICHLEN/ PRIMAL GRILL with STEVEN RAICHLEN
Steven Raichlen is a G that really loves to grill (the 'U' in BBQU stands for University). Dude sorta looks like Joe Mande with facial hair or a lion...with facial hair. His disarming and friendly appearance is rivaled only by the dulcet tones that are his speaking voice. If I were to give one word to describe Steven Raichlen's on-screen presence, it would be a toss-up between contrived and non-existent. But The Raich makes it work.
ASK THIS OLD HOUSE/THIS OLD HOUSE
The This Old House Hour combines two of the most watchable short-form subjects: master craftsmen fixing stuff, and inept homeowners that don't want to pay for repairmen.
THE WOODWRIGHT'S SHOP
If you've never seen the show, picture a weird guy in suspenders that makes anything and everything with non-electric tools.
AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN/ COOK'S COUNTRY
PBS has a tendency to make the same show twice and package them under different names (see BBQU & Primal Grill). America's Test Kitchen is like Good Eats without the creativity but its still very good. Its also hosted by the Mr. Bone from Doug.
Chef Ming Tsai has his own cooking show on PBS. He was also a contestant on Food Network's The Next Iron Chef. He didn't win. He didn't even get second place.
But he has his own show on PBS.
THE CHARLIE ROSE SHOW
Charlie Rose provides viewers with a window into his guest's oeuvre. A lot of people complain about how often CR interrupts his subjects, but I've been watching his show for eight of its 21 year existence and Rose's unwavering resolve to not change his style indicates that he does not give a shit.
THE JOY OF PAINTING
Bob Ross...best for last...wet on wet over everything. The Joy of Painting is visual Nyquil. I used to let this show lull me to sleep every night like clockwork. This man did more for his audience than we deserve.
REST IN PARADISE BOB ROSS.