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Breaking Barriers (#403) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)

This episode traces the story of people of color on American television - including the mid-1960s breakthroughs of African Americans Diahann Carroll ("Julia") and Bill Cosby ("I Spy"). Latino landmarks range from "I Love Lucy" with Desi Arnaz to "Miami Vice" with Edward James Olmos. Also featured are Asian-Americans like George Takei ("Star Trek"), who details his youth spent in a Japanese internment camp.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Wed, Sep 9, 2015 -- 2:00am Remind me
  • KQED World: Wed, Sep 9, 2015 -- 8:00am Remind me
  • KQED World: Sat, Sep 26, 2015 -- 5:00am Remind me

Acting Funny (#404) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)

This episode peeks behind the curtain to reveal the backstage techniques of America's favorite comedic actors. The program features the manic improvisational style of Robin Williams, along with his comic predecessor Jonathan Winters. They're a fascinating contrast to Tina Fey, who explains her measured, highly prepared approach. The episode also highlights the all-time #1 Emmy winner for comedy acting: Cloris Leachman.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Thu, Sep 10, 2015 -- 2:00am Remind me
  • KQED World: Thu, Sep 10, 2015 -- 8:00am Remind me

Funny Ladies (#301) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)

This episode features the first standup comediennes to appear on television - legends such as Phyllis Diller and Joan Rivers. It also looks at Lucille Ball's breakthrough on "I Love Lucy" and the sitcom stars who followed, including Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White and Marla Gibbs. The episode covers television's most enduring variety star, Carol Burnett, and features interviews with contemporary actresses including Tina Fey and Margaret Cho.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Wed, Sep 16, 2015 -- 2:00am Remind me
  • KQED World: Wed, Sep 16, 2015 -- 8:00am Remind me

Local Kids' TV (#204H) Duration: 56:16 STEREO TVG

In the early years of television, local kids' programs shaped the childhoods of millions of American children. Performers such as Willard Scott, Ernest Borgnine and William Shatner all honed their skills performing on live TV with small budgets and little support. With the flimsiest of second-hand store costumes and their own imaginations, they learned how to make their audience laugh, smile and think. One early talent, Stan Freberg, got off the bus in the middle of Hollywood, became a cartoon voice talent and created "Time for Beany" - a show that captured seven out of 10 viewers, including Albert Einstein, during its run in Los Angeles. Freberg's story is told along with the story of legendary Muppets creator Jim Henson (who started at age 16), animator Bob Clampett (co-creator with Freberg of L.A.'s "Time for Beany"), actor Chuck McCann (originator of New York's famous "Puppet Hotel"), performer Pat McMahon (a star of Phoenix's "Wallace and Lamdo" - the most popular kids' show ever) and Nancy Claster, who developed the Baltimore kids' series "Romper Room" - the first franchised show in television history.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Wed, Sep 16, 2015 -- 9:00pm Remind me
  • KQED Life: Thu, Sep 17, 2015 -- 3:00am Remind me

Sitcoms (#101) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)

This episode focuses on five key sitcoms: "I Love Lucy," "The Honeymooners," "Make Room for Daddy," "The Andy Griffith Show" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show." The last remaining Honeymooner, Joyce Randolph, offers surprising insights into the mind of Jackie Gleason. Similarly, Marlo Thomas speaks candidly about her father, Danny. Andy Griffith offers forceful opinions about the people and techniques that made his show work. In a rare occurrence, both Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke recount their years on "The Dick Van Dyke Show." Hundreds of episodes were culled for the most entertaining clips - including one particularly side-splitting bit by Don Knotts.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Thu, Sep 17, 2015 -- 2:00am Remind me
  • KQED World: Thu, Sep 17, 2015 -- 8:00am Remind me

Miniseries (#304) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)

Miniseries still rank among the top-rated programs in television history; they were major events that captured the nation's imagination. "Roots" was the biggest - interviewed about that groundbreaking series are stars LeVar Burton, Louis Gossett Jr., Leslie Uggams, Ben Vereen, John Amos, Georg Stanford Brown and Ed Asner. This episode also considers the very first miniseries, "Rich Man, Poor Man," as stars Peter Strauss and Susan Blakely offer fresh insights. All of the key players from the landmark miniseries "The Thorn Birds" appear, providing surprising commentary about the romance seen by more viewers than any other in TV history. New interviews with Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown mark the 30th anniversary of one of television's biggest events.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Wed, Sep 30, 2015 -- 2:00am Remind me
  • KQED World: Wed, Sep 30, 2015 -- 8:00am Remind me
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TV Technical Issues

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    TV Technical Issues
    • Comcast/Xfinity Ch10 audio, Monday 7/20 evening

      UPDATE: Comcast was able to resolve their technical glitch apx 10:45pm * * * * * We are aware that at least during the early part of the evening of Monday 7/20, the audio is out of sync on Comcast/Xfinity channel 10, their basic cable service. This problem still exists as of 8:10pm. We have […]

    • KQED DT9s OTA: very brief outages Thurs 6/11/15

      (DT9.1, 9.2 and 9.3) There will be 3 very brief outages (apx. 10 seconds each) of KQED’s Over The Air (OTA) DT9 signal Thurs 6/15, between 10am and 3pm. This is to accommodate preventative maintenance and inspections at Sutro Tower. Most TVs will recover easily each time the signal is restored, but a few viewers […]

    • KQET planned overnight outage, early Friday 3/13

      (DT25-1 through 25-3) Another station on Fremont Tower needs to perform more maintenance work overnight, requiring other TV stations to shut down their signals for the safety of the workers. KQET’s signal will turn off late Thurs/early Friday between midnight and 12:30am, and should return by 6am Friday morning. Many receivers will be able to […]

To view previous issues and how they were resolved, go to our TV Technical Issues page.

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KQED 9 / KQET

Channels 9.1, 54.2, 25.1
XFINITY 9 and HD 709
Wave 9 and HD 164
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Channels 54.1, 9.2, 25.2
XFINITY 10 and HD 710
Wave 10
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KQED Life

KQED Life

Channel 54.3
XFINITY 189
Wave 157

Arts, food, how-to, gardening, travel

KQED World

KQED World

Channel 9.3
XFINITY 190
Wave 156

History, world events, news, science, nature

v-me

V-Me

Channel 54.5 & 25.3
XFINITY 191 & 621
Wave 154

24-hour national Spanish-language network

KQED Kids

KQED Kids

Channel 54.4
XFINITY 192
Wave 155

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