List of American public access television programs

This is a list of American public-access television programs.


Series Location
(Home station)
Duration No. of episodes Host(s) Ref.
Alternative Views Austin, TX
1978–1998 563 Douglas Kellner
Frank Morrow
AMOSTV Brooklyn, NY
2005–2015 Christian Capello-Colon
Ryan Hellman
John Tarsitano
Anthony Macca
Rich Greco
Michael Douglas Polsky
Tim McCormack
The Atheist Experience Austin, TX
1997– 908+ Matt Dillahunty
Russell Glasser
Don Baker
Jeff Dee
Tracie Harris
John Iacoletti
Jen Peeples
Martin Wagner
The Average Guys TV Show Duluth, MN
1998–2013 576 Kenny Kalligher
Jon Donahue
The Basement Sublet of Horror Lawrence, Kansas
2006– 230 Joel Sanderson [4]
Bob's Big Adventures Providence, RI
1993– Bob Venturini [5]
Boston Latino TV Boston, MA
2003– Evelyn Reyes
Gil Matos
Clairemese Montero
Cast Iron TV Manhattan, NY
(Channel D)
1979–1992 [7]
Caught in the Act Charlottesville, VA
1999–2004 100 David Dillehunt [8]
Chic-a-Go-Go Chicago, IL
1996– 1,000+ Jake Austen
Mia Park
The Chris Gethard Show Manhattan, NY
2011–2015[note 1] 155 Chris Gethard [11][12][13]
Concrete TV Manhattan, NY
1994– [14]
Cool Clown Ground Chicago, IL
1994– 469+ Shelley Mobil
Thymme Jones
Cool In Your Code New York City, NY
(NYC Media)
2004– Christopher Kromer
R. Brandon Johnson
Shirley Rumierk
Disco Step-by-Step Buffalo, NY 1975–1980 Marty Angelo [17]
The Dr. Susan Block Show Berkeley, CA
1990– Susan Block [18]
Fantasy Bedtime Hour San Francisco, CA
(Access SF)
2001–2009 40 Heatherly Stankey
Julie Breithaupt
The Folklorist Newton, MA
2012– 13 John Horrigan [20]
The Forum Chicago, IL
(Frequency TV)
2008–2009 7 Frankie Jupiter
Gay USA Manhattan, NY
1985– Andy Humm
Ann Northrop
Hardcover Feedback Lansing, IL
2007–2016 30
JBTV Chicago, IL
(Tuff TV)
1984– Jerry Bryant
Greg Corner
Lauren O'Neill
Jerkbeast Show Seattle, WA


2001-2002 50 Brady Hall

Calvin Lee Reeder

Brian Wendorf

Junktape Manhattan, NY
1998 7 Sean S. Baker
Spencer Chinoy
Dan Milano
INN World Report Tribeca, NY
(Free Speech TV)
2004– Mizan Kirby Nunes [24]
The Kid America Club Manhattan, NY
2002– [25]
Lavender Lounge San Francisco, CA 1991–1995 60 Mark Kliem [26]
Let's Paint TV Los Angeles, CA
(Eagle Rock Public Access)
2002–2008 600+ John Kilduff [27]
Live from Midtown Bronx, NY
(Colours TV)
2007–2009 Hashim "Trends" Smith [28]
Live from the Artists Den Garden City, NY
2009– [29]
Local 850 Okaloosa County, FL Chris Davis
The Lone Shark Bridgeport, CT
1991–2001 Jim Sharky
Sean Haffner
Masterminds Albany, NY
2003– David Guistina
Methuen Now Methuen, MA (MCTV) 2003- Michelle Houle
Midnight Blue Manhattan, NY
(Channel J)
1975–2003 Al Goldstein [31]
The Mr. Science Show Melbourne, FL 1993–1995 Tim Perkins [32]
Music Video Comp Reel Los Angeles, CA 2005–2007 Alli Bivins
New York Noise New York City, NY
(NYC Media)
2003–2009 89 [33]
The News And Opinion Hour with Steve Connors Des Moines and Suburbs, IA
(Mediacom Cable)
Pancake Mountain Washington, D.C.
Quiz Kids San Francisco, CA
1999 Brad Friedman [35]
Rox Bloomington, IN
1992– 99 Joe Nickell
Bart Everson
The Show with No Name Austin, TX
1995–2005 Charlie Sotelo [37]
The Spud Goodman Show Seattle, WA 1985–1992 Spud Goodman
Chick Hunter
Squirt TV Manhattan, NY 1994–1996 Jake Fogelnest [39]
Stairway to Stardom Staten Island, NY 1979–1992 Frank Masi [40]
State of the State Providence, RI
1992– John Carlevale [41]
Static Television New Orleans, LA
(Cox 10)
2006– Pami P [42]
Stateside Footy North Andover, MA


2010- 75 Bill Robert [43]
Talkin' Funny Chicago, IL
2005– 53 Steve Gadlin
Paul Luikart
Tech Throwback North Andover, MA


2015- 9 Bill Robert [45]
Thee Mr. Duran Show La Verne, CA
2000– 93 Richard Duran [46]
Tyrants in Therapy Los Angeles, CA 2001–2008 25 Michael J
YRU-Up Bloomington, MN


  1. ^ Following its departure from MNN in January 2015, The Chris Gethard Show moved to Fusion in May 2015, before moving on to truTV in July 2017.[10]



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  3. ^ Lubbers, Rick (August 2, 2013). "'Average Guy' shares exceptional story of recovery". Duluth News Tribune.
  4. ^ Niccum, Jon (September 1, 2006). "Corn on the macabre". Lawrence Journal-World.
  5. ^ Underwood, Meg (January 18, 2001). "BIG adventure never far away for Bob". Cranston Herald.
  6. ^ Diaz, Johnny (June 30, 2008). "Covering all the bases". Boston Globe.
  7. ^ Schneider, Steve (April 14, 1985). "CABLE TV NOTES; EXPERIMENTATION SHAPES 'CAST IRON TV'". New York Times.
  8. ^ Provence, Lisa (February 7, 2008). "Cued up: Local show goes viral". The Hook.
  9. ^ Borrelli, Christopher (January 19, 2015). "'Chic-a-Go-Go' keeps the party going for 1,000th episode". Chicago Tribune.
  10. ^ Petski, Denise (May 4, 2017). "'The Chris Gethard Show' Lands At TruTV; Will Be Broadcast Live". Deadline.
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  12. ^ Holloway, Daniel (May 4, 2017). "'The Chris Gethard Show' Moves to TruTV". Variety.
  13. ^ McClear, Sheila. "'Chris Gethard Show' making comedy waves". New York Daily News.
  14. ^ Pearis, Bill (January 24, 2013). "cable access show 'Concrete TV' is 20 years old, celebrating with screening tonight in NYC". BrooklynVegan.
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  18. ^ Luck, Jamie (April 30, 2002). "Cable TV sex expert comes to Berkeley to champion frank exploration of sexuality". Berkeley Daily Planet.
  19. ^ Chonin, Neva (June 23, 2005). "What's on TV? Oh, the usual sci-fi fantasy, read by women in bed". San Francisco Chronicle.
  20. ^ Ishkanian, Ellen (September 14, 2014). "Newton cable show wins Emmy Award". The Boston Globe.
  21. ^ Johnson, Steve (January 25, 2012). "'JBTV' rocks on". Chicago Tribune.
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  29. ^ Brandle, Lars (December 16, 2013). "Phoenix Go Back to School For 'Live From the Artists Den' (Exclusive)". Billboard.
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  32. ^ Sonnenberg, Maria (January 18, 2005). "Mr. Science makes learning a no-brainer". Florida Today.
  33. ^ Winnie, Hu (May 22, 2006). "Hour After Hour, One Station Is Devoted to Pulse of New York". New York Times.
  34. ^ Lloyd, Robert (June 24, 2014). "Talking with Scott Stuckey, the man behind 'Pancake Mountain'". Los Angeles Times.
  35. ^ Knight, Heather (June 11, 1999). "Peninsula TV Gives Talent New Channel". San Francisco Chronicle.
  36. ^ Quittner, Joshua (June 24, 2001). "RADIO FREE CYBERSPACE". Time.
  37. ^ "Best of Austin, 1999". September 24, 1999. Retrieved April 5, 2007. The show is about the sublime and the ridiculous, an hour-long package of nifty treats and oddball amazements
  38. ^ "Spud's World -- Half-Baked? Hot Potatoes? Spud Goodman Has A Show With A Peculiar Sense Of Humor". Seattle Times. February 11, 1990.
  39. ^ Strauss, Neil (September 9, 1997). "At 18, the 'Squirt TV' Guy Resumes His Pop-Scene Assault". New York Times.
  40. ^ "Stairway To Stardom". The A.V. Club. September 21, 2010.
  41. ^ Heyden, Rhys (May 29, 2012). "Alliance with pubTV boosts Rhode Island PEG". Current.
  42. ^ Pais, Noah Bonaparte (October 14, 2008). "Must-See TV; Two local, independent arts programs are reinventing prime-time television in New Orleans". Gambit Weekly.
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  46. ^ Hernandez, Daniel (February 19, 2006). "He Keeps the Eastside Rock Scene Rolling". Los Angeles Times.


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Public, educational, and government access

Public, educational, and government access television (also PEG-TV, PEG channel, PEGA, local-access television) refers to three different cable television narrowcasting and specialty channels. Public-access television was created in the United States between 1969 and 1971 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and has since been mandated under the Cable Communications Act of 1984, which is codified under 47 USC § 531. PEG channels consist of:

Public-access television – Generally quite free of editorial control, a form of non-commercial mass media where ordinary people can create television programming content which is transmitted through cable TV The channels are reserved free or at a minimal cost. The local origination television content revolves primarily around community interest, developed by individuals and nonprofit organizations.

Educational-access television – Is distance education, a curated form of educational television, it is a synchronous learning educational technology unique to cable television systems and transmit instructional television, on Time Warner Cable channel 21, programming within city limits. Educational-access channels are generally reserved for educational purposes and are not for government-access or public-access television. Many schools have adapted educational access channels to enhance school curriculum. Some schools have done this better than others. Although the use of television in schools can be traced to those schools serving the bedroom communities of Manhattan in the 1960s, where executives and technicians of early television lived, the creation of PEG channels expanded the value of television as a school or community resource. Students produced and aired community stories in part to serve community stakeholders and in part to engage in active learning. These schools developed school-based community television as a storytelling laboratory.

Government-access television – Cable channel capacity for the local government bodies and other legislative entities to access the cable systems to televise public affairs and other civic meetings. Government channels are generally reserved for government purposes and not for education-access or public-access television.

Leased access – Cable television channels that are similar to commercial television where a fee is paid-for-services of reserved channel time.

Municipal-access television – or "Community Access television" are ambiguous terms that usually refer to a channel space assigned on a Cable TV System intended to provide the content to all or some of the above listed access channels, and may contain other "access" programming such as "religious access" or the TV programming of a local institution, such as a college or a library. These channels are usually created as cost saving measures for the Cable TV company if their franchises or governing authorities allow it.

Hybrid – Often, one channel will take on the role of another channel type on a regular basis. An example of this would be a college with a strong television production curriculum assumes the roles of educational access and public access. Beyond the typical curated educational access programming, a public access television element would be added where public access television producers would make shows using college owned ( or shared) equipment and college students as crew. This can be very beneficial to both entities, as the students earn credits for the work while contributing to the public access channel. However, difficulties can arise when the programming made for public access is of a type that does not reflect the values or tastes of the supporting college, and in such situations, colleges often make the decision to downplay or abandon the public access element of the channel, depending on how much funding is earned by assuming the public access television duties.The channel numbering, signal quality, and tier location of these channels are usually negotiated with a local authority, but often, these choices are made with the intention of one or more of the parties involved to marginalize one channel and emphasize another, such as placing Government access on channel 3 or 10, Educational access on a channel numerically near a PBS station, and Public Access in the high 90's or higher on a digital-only service tier. Various Cable TV companies have marginalized PEG programming in other ways, such as moving some or all of them to a sub-menu on the cable box, giving subscribers limited bandwidth access (and limited picture quality) to the channel, while also separating the PEG channels from the commercial channel lineup in an effort to fulfill their franchise obligations while discouraging the channels use, and hopefully eliminate the PEG channels that have the least political power.

Television show

A television show (often simply TV show) is any content produced for broadcast via over-the-air, satellite, cable, or internet and typically viewed on a television set, excluding breaking news, advertisements, or trailers that are typically placed between shows. Television shows are most often scheduled well ahead of time and appear on electronic guides or other TV listings.

A television show might also be called a television program (British English: programme), especially if it lacks a narrative structure. A television series is usually released in episodes that follow a narrative, and are usually divided into seasons (US and Canada) or series (UK) – yearly or semiannual sets of new episodes. A show with a limited number of episodes may be called a miniseries, serial, or limited series. A one-time show may be called a "special". A television film ("made-for-TV movie" or "television movie") is a film that is initially broadcast on television rather than released in theaters or direct-to-video.

Television shows can be viewed as they are broadcast in real time (live), be recorded on home video or a digital video recorder for later viewing, or be viewed on demand via a set-top box or streamed over the internet.

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