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PBS Programming Guide – Summer 2024

JULY 2024

VOCES “From Here / From There (De Aquí / De Allá)”

Premieres: Tuesday, July 9, 10 p.m. ET on PBS, & PBS app

Meet Luis Cortes Romero, the first undocumented attorney to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. An immigration attorney as well as a DACA recipient, Luis joins a powerful and highly visible legal team, including unlikely conservative ally Ted Olson, to fight the rescinding of DACA. Although the Supreme Court ruled in their favor in 2020, the future of DACA recipients is still in doubt.


Premieres: Monday-Thursday, July 15 – 18, 8 p.m. ET on PBS, & PBS app

Live special coverage of the Republican National Convention will air on PBS stations and stream on PBS NewsHour’s digital and social platforms, beginning on Monday, July 15 through Thursday, July 18. Co-anchored by Amna Nawaz and Geoff Bennett in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, coverage will include reporting from NewsHour Capitol Hill correspondent Lisa Desjardins and senior correspondent Judy Woodruff, and analysis from Washington Post opinion writer Jonathan Capehart, New York Times op-ed columnist David Brooks, and editor-in-chief of the Cook Political Report Amy Walter, among others.


Premieres: Tuesday, July 23, 9 p.m. ET on PBS, and PBS app

This fascinating series revisits a golden age of tennis during the 1970s and 1980s that changed the sport forever. Framed through the world-famous Wimbledon tournament, it features memorable archive from some of the most famous moments in tennis, as well as revealing interviews from the greatest players to have ever graced center court: John McEnroe, Billie Jean King, Arthur Ash, Bjorn Borg, Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. These were heroes who not only produced some of the best matches in the history of sport, but who broke boundaries and drove significant change away from the tennis courts.

FRONTLINE “Two American Families: 1991-2024”

Premieres: Tuesday, July 23, 10 p.m. ET

Filmed over 34 years, two families struggle to survive in a changing American economy. Through hard times, falling wages, and loss of manufacturing jobs, the continuation of Bill Moyers’ chronicle of perseverance as the American dream slips away.


Premieres: Wednesday, July 24, 10 p.m. ET on PBS, & PBS app

This series is about a body of water that is warming 99 percent faster than the global ocean. What happens in this body of water – for the animals, the jobs dependent upon it, and the millions of people along its shores – is likely to happen worldwide. NOVA SPECIAL “Sea Change,” a three-part special presentation of NOVA, is an epic story blending science, exploration, stunning natural history, and stories of human experience past and future, providing a fascinating tale about a regional location with profound global implications. Encounter the spectacular wilderness and wildlife that still teem in these waters filled with jeopardy, wonder, and promise. Track the stories of the scientists, Native Americans, fishers, and entrepreneurs – all working to reveal its complex history in understanding what role the ocean plays in our lives.

COBRA (Season 3)

New Season Premieres: Thursday, July 25, 9 p.m. ET

(Early streaming begins Wednesday, May 15 on PBS, & PBS app)

Prime Minister Robert Sutherland is plunged into chaos when an environmental demonstration meets with grave consequences, just as his popularity is plummeting in light of a controversial police-protest bill. As an investigation gets underway, the PM is forced to reckon with the possibility that the most dangerous rebellion has come from within.


New Season Premieres: Friday, July 26, 10 p.m. ET on PBS, & PBS app

America’s favorite treasure hunt ANTIQUES ROADSHOW presents a bite-sized way to enjoy the show. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW RECUT features a new season of thirty-minute episodes, packed full of favorite finds and paced for maximum entertainment. Season 4 features episodes recut from the show’s 2022 visits to Filoli in Woodside, CA and Idaho Botanical Garden in Boise, ID.


New Season Premieres: Sunday, July 28, 8 p.m. ET on PBS, & PBS app

Starring Natascha McElhone and Mark Umbers, HOTEL PORTOFINO Season 3 is an exhilarating period drama about a British family who runs a hotel for upper class travelers on the magical Italian Riviera during the glamourous ‘Roaring 20s’ but also under the dark cloud of Fascist Italy. Bella is preparing for her father and sister’s arrival but is thrown when Cecil appears requesting divorce. Over the weeks, Bella must decide her future as well as avoiding fascist leader Danioni. But with the Wall Street Crash, things get worse as Bella and Cecil lose everything. Dark secrets are exposed during another adventure on this sun-soaked 1920s Italian drama.

POV “Against the Tide

Premieres: Monday, July 29, 10 p.m. ET on PBS, & PBS app

Bombay fishermen Rakesh and Ganesh are inheritors of the great Koli knowledge system – a way to harvest the sea by following the moon and the tides. Rakesh has kept faith in traditional methods while Ganesh has embraced technology. “Against the Tide” is a tale of deep friendship and rising resentment between two men against the backdrop of an adoring sea, now turning hostile through climate change.

FRONTLINE “Germany’s Enemy Within”

Premieres: Tuesday, July 30, 10 p.m. ET

Inside the rise of far-right extremism in Germany. Tracing the increasing threat to democracy from the far right, its connections to extremist ideas and plots, with accounts from intelligence officials, politicians and the far right itself.



POV “Fauna

Premieres: Monday, August 5, 10 p.m. ET on PBS, & PBS app

An old shepherd and his flock live alongside a high-tech laboratory for animal experimentation. Two worlds that are two sides of the same coin. While the shepherd, afflicted with a bone disease, witnesses his profession disappearing, scientists are busier than ever researching the COVID vaccine. “Fauna” explores the relationship between humans, animals and science in post-pandemic times.


Premieres: Tuesday, August 13, 10 p.m. ET on PBS, & PBS app

Executive produced by Emmy-winning Bostonian Uzo Aduba and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Sam Pollard, and directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Daphne McWilliams, the feature documentary A BOSTON (R)EVOLUTION examines one of America’s most racially complicated cities as it confronts not only its past but also its future. When Kim Janey, a black woman who was bussed as a child to hostile neighborhoods, is catapulted to Acting Mayor, she breaks a 200-year history of white men in the city’s top seat. Boston’s traditional old school politics are further challenged when the top candidates in the historic 2021 mayoral race are four non-white women.


Premieres: Monday-Thursday, August 19 – 22, 8 p.m. ET on PBS, & PBS app

Live special coverage of the Democratic National Convention will air on PBS stations and stream on PBS NewsHour’s digital and social platforms, beginning on Monday, August 19 through Thursday, August 22. Co-anchored by Amna Nawaz and Geoff Bennett in Chicago, Illinois, coverage will include reporting from NewsHour White House correspondent Laura Barrón-López and senior correspondent Judy Woodruff, and analysis from Washington Post opinion writer Jonathan Capehart, New York Times op-ed columnist David Brooks, and editor-in-chief of the Cook Political Report Amy Walter, among others.

GREAT PERFORMANCES “Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2024”

Premieres: Friday, August 23, 9 p.m. ET on PBS, & PBS app

Enjoy the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic’s annual open-air concert from the gardens of Austria’s Imperial Schönbrunn Palace, featuring Andris Nelsons as guest conductor joined by soprano Lise Davidsen as guest soloist.

VOCES “Almost American”

Premieres: Monday, August 26, 10 p.m. ET on PBS, & PBS app

The lives of the Ayala Flores family, who have lived and worked in the nation’s capital for 20 years, are shattered when their teenage daughter – who came to the United States from El Salvador at age one and grew up sheltered by Temporary Protected Status (TPS) – gets caught in the middle of the fight over immigration policy. The Trump administration moves to terminate TPS status, only to have the Biden administration act in the eleventh-hour to delay the debate for another year. More than 400,000 TPS holders remain at risk, impacting the lives of almost 200,000 U.S.-born children.

AMERICAN MASTERS “Blake Edwards: A Love Story in 24 Frames”

Premieres: Tuesday, August 27, 8:00-9:30 PM ET on PBS, & PBS app

Blake Edwards redefined slapstick comedy through a lens that still resonates with today’s directors and actors, with a body of work spanning over a four-decades, and often in collaboration with his wife, actress and singer Julie Andrews.


Premieres: Tuesday, August 27, 9:30 p.m. ET on PBS, & PBS app

Margaret Hoover explores voting systems across the U.S. She examines which states are most efficient and inclusive, as well as those that face challenges. Personal stories and expert voices shed new light on the most powerful tool in our democracy.


Premieres: Wednesday, August 28, 9 p.m. ET on PBS, & PBS app

Amateur historian Makis Metaxas claims he found the bones of Odysseus, the hero of Homer’s epic poem, the Odyssey. But the discovery is soon embroiled in controversy, and Makis embarks on his own odyssey to convince the world he is right.