A member of PBS, CPTV has earned the distinction of being a leading producer and presenter of national public television shows. 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. Recent examples of such programs include the Emmy Award-winning documentaries Empowering Connecticut, Education vs. Incarceration, and Infinity Hall Live.
CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™, Angelina Ballerina and The Saddle Club to public television. CPTV Kids continues that tradition by providing 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, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. 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.
CPTV National Programming
CPTV also continues to bring intriguing new series and specials to PBS stations across the nation. In 2008, CPTV co-produced the Emmy Award-winning PBS instructional painting and art history series Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop. Since that time, the show earned two national Daytime Emmy Awards. CPTV has also continued to produce national programs that cover a wide range of subjects, from public affairs (Scully: The World Show) to song and dance (Infinity Hall Live, Matthew Morrison: Where It All Began Live from the Bushnell) to self-help and health (Living With Parkinson’s). View current CPTV programs »
CPTV Local Programming
CPTV’s original, local documentaries have garnered numerous awards over the years and are well known for capturing fascinating views of the state’s history, culture, and legendary characters. The Flood of ‘55, Remember When, The Circus Fire, When Disaster Struck Connecticut, Heroes: Connecticut During World War II and The ‘60s in Connecticut, just to name a few, have provided viewers with a unique perspective on the hallmark events that have shaped the state – and the nation. In addition, CPTV often acquires local shows with significant importance to its audiences, such as The Hartford Hospital Fire: Inferno on the 9th Floor, a documentary on the 1961 event that was one of the worst hospital fires in American history and changed fire codes and building regulations for hospitals nationwide. CPTV also explores Connecticut’s heritage through compelling documentaries in The Connecticut Experience series, produced in collaboration with the Connecticut Humanities Council. The series includes such films as Colt: Legend and Legacy and African Americans in Connecticut. In recent years, CPTV has built upon its reputation for producing award-winning local content with new documentaries about Connecticut people, places, and events. These new additions include Prohibition: Connecticut Goes Dry, which chronicles the state’s role during America’s greatest social experiment, and All Things Connecticut, the sixth season of which began airing in 2014 and Made in Connecticut — celebrating Connecticut’s manufacturing future from high-tech to handmade. 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.
Sprout, a cable service of PBS Kids, is home to trusted television programming favorites like Sesame Street and Barney & Friends, plus innovative Sprout originals such as Ruff-Ruff Tweet and Dave. From morning to night, CPTV Sprout provides parents and kids with educational entertainment, from singing and dancing to birthday wishes and bedtime stories.