Some old PBS shows include "The Electric Company," "Square One" and various Julia Child cooking shows, such as "The French Chef." Some of these shows have been revived, such as "The Electric Company," or are available for viewing online, as with Julia Child's shows.
"The Electric Company" was an educational children's show that aired on PBS in the 1970s. It was produced by the Children's Television Workshop for PBS and had a variety-show format, featuring comedians and actors such as Bill Cosby and Morgan Freeman. In 2009, the show was revived with an all-new format and cast.
"Square One" was another educational show for children that aired on PBS. It ran from 1987 until 1992. Like "The Electric Company," it was also a variety show. While "The Electric Company" used comedy sketches to boost reading skills, "Square One" focused on math. The sketch comedy approach used by "Square One" included music videos and a mock video game called "Mathman."
Julia Child's first cooking show, "The French Chef," originally broadcast on WGHB, a public television channel in Boston. During the 1970s, the show aired in syndication by PBS. The station eventually acquired the rights to this show and to others featuring Julia Child. Some of her other shows that aired on PBS include "Baking With Julia," and "Cooking With Master Chefs." These were among the first cooking shows on American television.