"Masterpiece Theater" is PBS's longest-running and critically acclaimed series that offers dramatic presentations of British and American literary classics and original work. The series has won nine Peabodys, 30 prime-time Emmys and a slew of other awards.
The first presentation of "Masterpiece Theater" was "The First Churchills." From then on, the series has included such memorable series as "I, Cladius," "Upstairs, Downstairs," "Dr. Zhivago" and "The Forsyte Saga." The program continues its success with acclaimed hits with American audiences such as "Downtown Abbey" and "Wolf Hall." Since 2000, there has been an effort to include more U.S.-produced shows on "Masterpiece Theater," but most of the productions remain British imports.