PBS Digital Studios

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PBS Digital Studios is a YouTube channel and network through which PBS distributes original educational web video content. It comprises both original series and partnerships with existing YouTube channels. Most of the series are about science, pop culture, art, food, news, and music, though the channel originally launched with a series of video remixes based on PBS icons such as Mr. Rogers.


PBS Digital Studios was founded by Jason Seiken in June 2012.[1] They had their first viral hit with a "remix" of autotuned vocals from Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood titled "Garden of Your Mind'.[2]

The PBS Digital Studios network has received more than 500 million views and has over 7 million subscribers. Popular series found on their channels include Crash Course, Blank on Blank, It’s Okay To Be Smart, and the multiple Webby Award-winning PBS Idea Channel.[3] Each month, the shows average more than 5 million streams.[4]

Its first scripted series, Frankenstein, MD, launched on August 19, 2014 and ran until October 31, 2014.[5][6]

In 2015, PBS Digital Studios partnered with the Green brothers' series Crash Course, commissioning three courses in astronomy, U.S. government, and philosophy.[7] Crash Course Astronomy launched January 15, 2015, Crash Course U.S. Government & Politics launched January 23, 2015, and Crash Course Philosophy launched February 8, 2016.

In addition to commissioning series, PBS Digital Studios have partnered with existing YouTube channels. They partnered with BrainCraft in June, 2014[8] and Physics Girl in August, 2015.[9]

In 2017, the network cancelled a slew of its shows, including popular channels like PBS Game/Show & the PBS Idea Channel.[10]

Current series[edit]

  • CrashCourse
  • Hot Mess
  • America From Scratch
  • PBS ReInventors
  • Origin Of Everything
  • First Person
  • PBS Space Time
  • It's Okay To Be Smart
  • Above The Noise
  • The Art Assignment
  • Physics Girl
  • Deep Look
  • PBS Eons
  • Indie Lens Storycast
  • Global Weirding with Katharine Hayhoe
  • Reactions
  • Indie Alaska
  • Two Cents
  • Monstrum
  • Sound Field
  • It's Lit!

Past series[edit]

As of November 2018, PBS Digital Studios lists the following as "past" series (in column order from most subscribed to least subscribed):

  • PBS Idea Channel
  • Blank on Blank
  • Gross Science
  • BBQwithFranklin
  • PBS Infinite Series
  • The Good Stuff
  • PBS Game/Show
  • PBSoffbook
  • FullTimeKid
  • Shanks FX
  • Mike Likes Science
  • ModernComedian
  • You're Doing it Wrong
  • InventorSeries
  • Beat Making Lab
  • Everything But the News
  • I Contain Multitudes
  • AMomentofSciencePBS
  • Bon Appétempt
  • Are You MN Enough?
  • The Intergalactic Nemesis
  • Only in El Paso
  • 24 Frames
  • Makin' Friends with Ryan Miller
  • Central Standard
  • opbmusicStagepass
  • Pancake Mountain
  • PBS Diorama

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Looking Back On A Year Of PBS Digital Studios, July 18, 2013.
  2. ^ First scripted series from PBS Digital Studios updates Frankenstein for modern age, July 25, 2014.
  3. ^ PBS Digital Studios to Premiere First Scripted Series 'Frankenstein, M.D.' on Tuesday, August 19 Archived 2014-08-26 at the Wayback Machine, July 23, 2014.
  4. ^ PBS Launching 4 New Digital Original Series, May 5, 2014.
  5. ^ "Newcomer Anna Lore cast as title role in new Pemberley Digital series 'Frankenstein, M.D.'". The Daily Dot. 2014-07-23. Retrieved 2018-09-24.
  6. ^ Frankenstein, MD (TV Series 2014– ), retrieved 2018-09-24
  7. ^ Staff, Wrap PRO (6 November 2014). "Vlogbrothers to Bring 'Crash Course' to PBS Digital Studios and Classrooms Nationwide".
  8. ^ "Big news! BrainCraft joins PBS Digital Studios". braincraft.tv. Retrieved 2015-11-18.
  9. ^ "Dianna Cowern's 'Physics Girl' Joins PBS Digital Studios". Tubefilter. Retrieved 2015-11-18.
  10. ^ PBS Idea Channel (30 June 2017), Idea Channel is Ending, retrieved 2019-05-29