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How do I find my episode of Reading Rainbow?

Many, many years ago, when I was a wee pup, I was on an episode of Reading Rainbow. You know the short segments when they had kids present a sort of short, spoken book review of their favorite book? Well I presented Oliver Twist. [more inside]
posted by matt_od on Jun 9, 2014 - 10 answers

whenever there's trouble

Calling all junior detectives! Mr. Bloodhound isn't available, and I need your help. In the eighties, PBS ran a science show for kids called 3-2-1 Contact which often featured a terrific serialized mystery, The Bloodhound Gang. One of the capers guest-starred Six Feet Under's Frances Conroy. Can you help me figure out which one? [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd on May 28, 2014 - 7 answers

Japanese document in "Sherlock"

At 3:35 in the "Unlocking Sherlock" video on PBS.org, a scroll with Japanese characters is shown on the wall. [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Dec 26, 2013 - 3 answers

It's one of those things that you're always vaguely aware of, but never quite grok...

Explain broadcast television in Canada and the US to me like I'm five. [more inside]
posted by Phire on Oct 18, 2012 - 27 answers

Sometimes I want to be a PBS kid again

Hivemind, please help me find a PBS commercial that stuck in my impressionable kid brain! This would have been mid-1990s, probably on WGBH Boston and likely right before or after Bill Nye. My Google/Youtube-fu is failing me. [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 on Apr 17, 2012 - 3 answers

So little to go on

I have the vaguest of memories of a TV movie I may have seen around the mid-80s, possibly on public television. Could have been British, or at least set in the UK. It was somewhat creepy, at least it was to young me at the time. It was about a family wherein one of the boys had magic powers. My only real memory is a shot of this boy putting his hands into a kitchen counter as if the kitchen counter were soft clay or a portal to another dimension, drawing some material out of it, and making a little sculpture of an animal (lion?) Young me found that special effect surprisingly unnerving. I thought it might be a WonderWorks production but none of the titles seem to match. Ring any bells for anyone?
posted by doift on Oct 23, 2011 - 2 answers

And the kid drank the glass full of putrid liquid! For science!

What was this TV show? [more inside]
posted by contessa on Oct 4, 2010 - 9 answers

That drunk guy on TV that was on past my bedtime.

Identify this late 70's-early 80's British TV show starring a drunk guy! [more inside]
posted by chambers on Dec 17, 2009 - 6 answers

Identifying a British TV series

Trying to identify a British television program about a doctor that used to be broadcast on PBS. [more inside]
posted by Riki tiki on Aug 22, 2009 - 2 answers

Trying to remember the name of a PBS show from my childhood...

What was the name of a bizarre kids show that aired on PBS when I was a child (mid-to-late 80's) that stared two kids who traveled to some warped universe to solve puzzles? [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker on Apr 16, 2008 - 13 answers

What was the name of that Philip Glass Piece Played on PBS?

What is the name of Philip Glass' piece played this Sunday at the Gala for Alice Tully Hall on PBS? [more inside]
posted by marxfriedrice on May 6, 2007 - 4 answers

Remember "Our End of the Attic"?

Anybody recall a children's show called "Our End of the Attic," from the seventies or eighties? There seems to be no trace of its past existence, anywhere on the internets. [more inside]
posted by jayder on Oct 17, 2006 - 6 answers

Missing Capa

How can I get access to a copy of the American Masters episode Robert Capa: In Love and War? [more inside]
posted by aburd on Jul 13, 2006 - 3 answers

What's up with Reading Rainbow?

The TV Tome entry for Reading Rainbow is an extended attack on the show and those involved with it. What gives? I never realized the thing was a source of so much controversy. [more inside]
posted by punishinglemur on Apr 30, 2005 - 15 answers

Who made this PBS commercial?

I love some of the commercials for PBS. There is one playing currently that is constructed around the story of Little Red Riding Hood's wolf. Philip Glass' music from The Hours is throughout, a father is reading the story to his daughter, then gets interrupted by Lara Spencer, Charlie Rose ("In my interview with the wolf, he said he does his own stunts to add more realism to the story"), Jim Lehrer, Bernadette Peters and a couple others who I don't know, who all have comments about the wolf. Is this commercial available online? Does anyone know who made this?
posted by scazza on Jan 31, 2005 - 4 answers

PBS "On Tour"

Does anyone remember the PBS series "On Tour?" It was on late Saturday nights when I was in high school, and I remember it being sponsored by IBM. Each 60-minute program was composed entirely of different rock bands doing live performances (usually at very large venues). It was usually one or two songs per band. There was an occasional interview with a roadie, but otherwise it was all music. The show's page has been "retired" from PBS.org. Did these shows ever get put on VHS or DVD?
posted by rxrfrx on Dec 6, 2004 - 1 answer

Title of One Man Show from the 1980s

In the 1980s, pbs aired an off broadway performance (at least I think it was off broadway) that featured a one man show.

The show was about a character trying to write a work report, from his apartment. Unfortunately, the character's low attention span kept distracting him in various entertaining ways, which created many laughs for the audience, but infuriated his boss, who would call him on the phone in between bits.

After so many years, I could be wrong on every single detail, but the show's vibe was fairly unique (for tv at that time), so I'm hoping some one might recognize what I'm talking about, in spite of my poor description.
posted by Beholder on Apr 29, 2004 - 9 answers

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