PBS is well known for its abundance of quality programming. Whether you're in the mood for knee slapping laughter, puzzling mysteries, or just a simple quiet afternoon of learning how to paint, your local PBS station has a show that is just right for you.
This series, which was produced in Canada but found wide distribution in the United States, is a perfect way to spend a Saturday evening. With its blend of comedy and satire on the lives of the residents of Possum Lake and the members of Possum Lodge, the lovable cast of characters has definitely made an impression in the United States. If you haven't yet treated yourself to this Canadian gem, you should do so as soon as possible.
If you're more in the mood for a mind-stimulating murder mystery, then be sure to tune in to this series, starring the inimitable David Suchet as the unflappable and extraordinarily clever Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. With its splendid cast of supporting characters-many of whom are stars of the British stage and screen-as well as the compelling mysteries based on the enormously popular books by famous author Agatha Christie, you'll find yourself spending many hours delving into the mysteries of the human mind.
Taken from the same author's works, this British mystery series follows the adventures of the intrepid yet elderly detective Miss Jane Marple, who manages to combine her knowledge of human nature (gleaned from her own small town life) and indomitable spirit to solve even the most heinous of crimes. With a bit of dry wit and comedy thrown into the mix, these mysteries make suitable watching for all generations.
Nothing is funnier than a British comedy. From the hilarious antics of the always-thwarted social climber Hyacinth Bucket (of "Keeping Up Appearances"), to the humorous interactions of the employees of Grace Brothers (in "Are You Being Served?") the British have been delivering some of the best comedy around since the 1970s. Fortunately for American audiences, these classic gems of British television are frequently available on PBS stations, just one more reason why there is always something on PBS to watch.
The Joy of Painting
Sometimes, you just want to sit back and enjoy the sight of someone creating an absolutely precious work of art, and this is exactly what you will get with this PBS show that continues to run (though it is no longer produced, due to the death of show creator and star Bob Ross). Ross creates some truly beautiful paintings in this half hour show and while it's fun to watch, it can also teach you a lot about the art of painting.
Even if you have cable or satellite, there's always a reason to tune in to your local PBS station. There, you'll find some of the best quality programming, and you'll have the added benefit of not having to watch too many commercials. So take a Saturday or weekday afternoon and dive into the pleasures of PBS.
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