Connecticut Public Television
A member of PBS, Connecticut Public Television has earned the distinction of being a leading producer and presenter of national public television shows. Recent examples of original programming include At Wonder’s Peak: Discovering Science On Talcott Mountain, Made Possible: The Business Of Junior Achievement, and Power Over Parkinson’s. A number of CPTV programs originally produced for the local Connecticut market have reached far wider audiences. This has been accomplished through program distribution to other public television stations, as well as to institutions and organizations that find CPTV productions invaluable as educational tools.
Connecticut Public Television has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, and provides a unique safe haven for kids with non-commercial, educational television entertainment. The station offers 11.5 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday. These television programs engage children and fulfill their natural curiosity, imagination and love of learning. CPTV Kids is committed to making a positive impact on the lives of children, building knowledge, critical thinking, imagination and curiosity through curriculum-based entertainment. A free, 24-hour live-stream of CPTV Kids programming is also available online.
Connecticut Public Television also continues to bring intriguing new series and specials to PBS stations across the nation that cover a wide range of subjects, from public affairs to music (The Kate, which presents bold performers with something to say, whose charisma and irresistible charm akin to the feisty spirit of our muse, Katharine Hepburn) to self-help and health (3 Seconds Behind the Wheel, Living With Parkinson’s). View current CPTV programs »
Our original, local documentaries and series have garnered numerous awards over the years and are well known for capturing fascinating views of the state’s history, culture, and legendary characters. Programming includes Sharing Connecticut, which highlights and celebrates the unique people that contribute to the pulse and spirit of our state, and The Island Next Door, which documents the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and its impact on people with ties to Connecticut. Additional local programming includes Making the Future, which highlights young, up-and-coming manufacturing talent in the state, and View current CPTV programs »
Launched in August 2017, CPTV Spirit was created to help people explore their passions. CPTV Spirit is available statewide and is for the “doers,” “makers.” and “adventurers” who crave more action, edgier journalism and documentaries, and more active ways to feed their curiosity. CPTV Spirit maintains CPTV’s trademark PBS values of curiosity, community, and the celebration of all aspects of individuality. CPTV Spirit follows the mantra that “Life’s an Adventure,” while embracing the weirder, wilder, edgier, sometimes nerdier, action-oriented programming available today.
Create treats culinary enthusiasts, armchair travelers, home-improvement buffs, and budding artists alike to public TV’s best cooking, travel, home improvement, gardening, and arts & crafts shows. Educational and entertaining series and specials — from America’s Test Kitchen to Rick Steves’ Europe to This Old House — reflect Connecticut Public Television’s mission of promoting life-long learning and providing viewers with ideas and inspiration to enrich their lives.