Tuesdays at 9:00pm
Discover the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America’s past and present. Television’s most-watched history series, acclaimed by viewers and critics alike, has been honored with every major broadcast award.
Monday, January 6 at 9:00pm – McCarthy
“McCarthy” chronicles the rise and fall of Joseph McCarthy, the Wisconsin Senator who would test the limits of American decency and democracy. Free of restraint or oversight, he conducted a crusade against those he accused of being Communists and enemies of the state, a chilling campaign marked by groundless accusations, bullying intimidation, grandiose showmanship and cruel victimization. Finally, after years in the headlines, he was brought down by his own excesses and overreach. He died a broken man, but his name lived on. For more than half a century, it has been linked to an all-too-familiar phenomenon, the modern-day witch hunt we call McCarthyism.
Tuesday, January 28 at 9:00pm – Poison Squad
Discover the forgotten heroes who fought for food safety at the turn of the 20th century. Unusual experiments and tireless advocacy led by a government chemist changed the way Americans thought about food, health and consumer safety forever.
Antiques Roadshow Recut
Fridays at 8:30pm
America's favorite treasure hunt presents a new bite-sized way to enjoy the show, with half-hour episodes packed full of favorite finds and paced for maximum entertainment.
January 3 – Politically Collect 1
Electing and collecting: These two great American traditions combine in one historic half-hour. Part One commemorates political battles long past, with treasures that hail from red states and blue.
January 10 – Politically Collect 2
Antiques Roadshow elected to showcase fantastic finds related to American politics in Part Two of the half-hour Politically Collect Recut, including 20th century presidential autographs, 1947 political cartoons, and a Congressional desk and chair.
January 17 – Newport 1
Experience Roadshow's groundbreaking visit to Rosecliff mansion when, for the first time, it takes the cameras indoors and outdoors. This half-hour Recut includes a 1939 "The Gold Royal" typewriter, "New Republic Portfolio" prints and more.
January 24 – Newport 2
Learn about historical treasures as they are appraised in a Gilded Age mansion. In this half-hour Recut, Roadshow travels to Rosecliff for finds including Tiffany Studios vases with the original crate, a Benny Andrews oil from around 1962 and more.
January 31 – Newport 3
Newport treasures delight in this half-hour Recut episode from the grounds of Rosecliff mansion, including a Faberge jade snuff bottle, an Arthur McGee Dexter Gordon suit and an Egyptian mummified falcon made around 200 BC. Which is up to $100,000?
Austin City Limits – NEW EPISODES!
Saturdays at 9:00pm
Explore the best original music — including contemporary and traditional rock, blues, country, folk, soul and worldbeat — in uninterrupted full concerts recorded live in Austin, Texas
January 4 – Sharon Van Etten/Lucy Dacus
Savor an hour with adventurous singer/songwriters Sharon Van Etten and Lucy Dacus. New Yorker Van Etten performs songs from her acclaimed LP Remind Me Tomorrow, while Virginian Dacus highlights her album Historian.
January 11 – The Raconteurs/Black Pumas
Enjoy sixty minutes of soulful rock & roll with the Raconteurs and Black Pumas. Nashville’s Raconteurs spotlight their album Help Us Stranger, while Austin’s Black Pumas perform tunes from their self-titled debut.
January 18 – Mitski/Rainbow Kitten Surprise
Savor the experimental rock of singer/songwriter Mitski and indie rockers Rainbow Kitten Surprise. New Yorker Mitski plays songs from her album Be the Cowboy, while North Carolina’s RKS perform cuts from their record How To: Friend, Love, Freefall.
January 25 - Cage the Elephant/Tank and The Bangas
Thrill to an hour of rock and soul with Cage the Elephant and Tank and The Bangas. Nashville rockers Cage the Elephant blaze through hits and albums from fifth album Social Cues. New Orleans’ jazz/soul mavens Tank and The Bangas groove through songs from second LP Green Balloon.
Country Music – A Film by Ken Burns
Fridays at 9:00pm
Explore the history of a uniquely American art form: country music. From its deep and tangled roots in ballads, blues and hymns performed in small settings, to its worldwide popularity, learn how country music evolved over the course of the twentieth century. The series, directed by Ken Burns, features never-before-seen footage and photographs, plus interviews with more than 80 country music artists. No one has told the story this way before.
January 3 – The Rub (Beginnings-1933)
See how what was first called “hillbilly music” reaches new audiences through phonographs and radio, and launches the careers of country music’s first big stars, the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers.
January 10 – Hard Times (1933-1945)
Watch as Nashville becomes the heart of the country music industry. The genre grows in popularity during the Great Depression and World War II as America falls in love with singing cowboys, Texas Swing and the Grand Ole Opry’s Roy Acuff.
January 17 – The Hillbilly Shakespeare (1945-1953)
See how the bluegrass sound spreads in post-war America, and meet honky-tonk star Hank Williams, whose songs of surprising emotional depth are derived from his troubled and tragically short life.
January 24 – I Can’t Stop Loving You (1953-1963)
Travel to Memphis, where Sun Studios artists Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley usher in the era of rockabilly. Ray Charles crosses America’s racial divide by recording a country album. Patsy Cline shows off Music City’s smooth new Nashville Sound.
January 31– The Sons & Daughters of America (1964-1968)
See how country music reflects a changing America, with Loretta Lynn speaking to women everywhere, Merle Haggard becoming “The Poet of the Common Man” and audiences looking beyond race to embrace Charley Pride.
Dave Chappelle: The Mark Twain Prize
Tuesday, January 7 at 9:00pm
This dynamic, newly-reimagined PBS program honors comedian, actor, writer and producer Dave Chappelle, chronicling his extraordinary life and career through an intimate hybrid of documentary film and star-studded gala performance to celebrate his receipt of the 22nd annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
The 90-minute special features a star-studded lineup of friends, admirers and entertainment industry colleagues paying tribute to the comedian’s humor and accomplishments. In a twist on the beloved annual event, this year’s broadcast shares raw, behind-the-scenes looks and insights with Chappelle and his friends. Participants include Neal Brennan, Michael Che, Common, Bradley Cooper, Morgan Freeman, Tiffany Haddish, Colin Jost, John Legend, Lorne Michaels, Q-Tip, Trevor Noah, Sarah Silverman, Jon Stewart, Keenan Thompson and others.