Arts & Culture TV Shows


About Arts & Culture

Almost from the inception of television, lovers of the fine arts and high culture have been both excited by the potential for TV to bring the arts into homes and concerned about the possibility that TV won't live up to that potential. Since Federal Communications Commission chairman Newton N. Minow called television a "vast wasteland" in 1961, programmers have been trying to prove him wrong by producing cultural TV designed to enlighten viewers. Even Minow admitted that "when television is good, nothing - not the theater, not magazines or newspapers - nothing is better," and arts-oriented programming aims to be TV at its cultural best.

In America, the loftiest of arts TV has long been associated with the Public Broadcasting Service. PBS regularly airs televised performances of opera productions, ballets, symphonic concerts and musical productions that lie outside the mainstream of popular music, as well as original adaptations of classic literature and fine arts documentaries.

Arts and culture were also a focus during the explosion of new cable networks in the 1980s. The Arts & Entertainment channel dedicated itself specifically to cultural programming, and other documentary-oriented channels such as The Learning Channel, The Discovery Channel and The History Channel produced their share of cultural programming, too.

As the marketing of TV evolved into the 1990s, cultural offerings on cable began to fade. A&E, TLC, History and Discovery shifted their focus from high-brow educational content toward mainstream entertainment, and now these networks offer primarily reality programs and original entertainment series. These days it?s a bit harder to find arts programming on TV, but the arts will always find a niche somewhere in the television landscape.

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The Grand Tour
The Grand Tour
Salvage Hunters
Salvage Hunters
Long Strange Trip
Long Strange Trip
Bob Ross - The Joy of Painting
Bob Ross - The Joy of Painting
Little Big World
Little Big World
Put Some Color in Your Life: Watercolors and Pastels
Put Some Color in Your Life: Watercolors and Pastels
Making It Modern
Making It Modern
Put Some Color in Your Life: Oils
Put Some Color in Your Life: Oils
Great Hearts of Courage
Great Hearts of Courage
Bars and Tones: The Quest
Bars and Tones: The Quest
Art of the Heist
Art of the Heist
Put Some Colour in Your Life: Jewelry, Body Painting, and Metal on Wood
Put Some Colour in Your Life: Jewelry, Body Painting, and Metal on Wood
Masterpiece: Inspector Lewis
Masterpiece: Inspector Lewis
The Lawrence Welk Show
The Lawrence Welk Show
Akhenaten and Nefertiti
Akhenaten and Nefertiti
The Impressionists
The Impressionists
China's Great Wall
China's Great Wall
Destination X
Destination X
New York Live
New York Live
Simple Living With Wanda Urbanska
Simple Living With Wanda Urbanska
Beethoven's Piano Concerto
Transatlantic Sessions: Best of Folk
Scrapbook Soup!
The Tommy Edison Experience
Masterworks
Kink
FXM Presents
David Tutera's CELEBrations
MAN
Natural Born Dealers
Ford Models
1st Look
Conversations with Norma Kamali
The New Creatives
Pilgrimage to Karbala
The Genius of British Art
El Espiritu De La Salsa
Fashion Television
OHM:TV Culture & Society
Herbie Hancock's The Imagine Project
A Reggae Session
Culture X
Test Drive
The Strange Truth
Behind the Lost Empires
Three Sheets
The Thunder Show
Paley Media
Lyndey Milan's Food & Lifestyle
Uncorked
Anyhoo
NBCU Short Film Festival
Bullit - The Documentary
Artbound
Between the Folds
Red Bull BC One World Finals
Artland
Creative Arts Emmy Awards
Beautylicious.tv
Beer Nutz
The Artful Codgers
Beyond The List
The Digg Reel
Diggnation
The Meaning of Food
Hashtags
Billionaires Car Club
The Playbook
Metropolis II
The High Road With Mario Batali
Art of The Western World
Naxos Musical Journeys
Let's Come Out: Gay & Lesbian
A French Affair
Made Here
The MEN7 Show
Jeff Koons: Beyond Heaven
TEDTalks: Global Villages
CHIC.TV Dining
CHIC.TV Fashion
CHIC.TV Models
CHIC.TV Supercars
Understanding Art: Impressionism
Street Art Throwdown
Wood Works
Lost on the Atlantic
Halloween Block Party
Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem
Moving Art
Mantovani Presents - The TV Series (Season 1)
The Writers' Block
China's Lost Girls
Playing It Forward
IGN @ Comic-Con
The Nutcracker
Bob Ross: Beauty is Everywhere
The Nutcracker From the Royal Ballet
The Big Drugs Debate
One Country 5 Books
Eventurer: The Great American Race