Created byMarc Weiss
Developed byMarc Weiss
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons34
No. of episodes400+ (list of episodes)
Running time60–90 minutes
Production companiesAmerican Documentary, Inc.
Original release
ReleaseJuly 5, 1988 (1988-07-05) –

POV (also written P.O.V.) is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) public television series which features independent nonfiction films. POV is an initialism for point of view.

POV is the longest-running showcase on television for independent documentary films.[1] PBS presents 14–16 POV programs each year, and the series has premiered over 400 films to U.S. television audiences since 1988.[2] POV's films have a strong first-person, social-issue focus. Many established directors, including Michael Moore, Jonathan Demme, Terry Zwigoff, Errol Morris, Albert and David Maysles, Michael Apted, Frederick Wiseman, Marlon Riggs, Ross McElwee, Liu Bing, and Laura Poitras have had work screened as part of the POV series.

The series has garnered both critical and industry acclaim over its 30+ years on television. POV films have won every major film and broadcasting award including[3] 45 Emmys, 26 George Foster Peabody Awards,[4] 15 duPont-Columbia Awards, three Academy Awards, three George Polk Documentary Film Awards and the Prix Italia. POV and America ReFramed are projects of the independent non-profit, American Documentary, Inc.[2]


Main article: List of POV (TV series) episodes


Richard Roeper of Chicago Sun-Times wrote for the episode, 'And She Could Be Next', "Powerful and absolutely vital."[5]

See also


  1. ^ "About POV At a Glance". PBS. Retrieved August 12, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "American Documentary, Inc. About Us". Retrieved January 20, 2008.
  3. ^ "POV Awards". PBS. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  4. ^ Peabody Awards for POV, accessed October 17, 2018.
  5. ^ Roeper, Richard (June 28, 2020). "'And She Could Be Next' review: Vital PBS doc profiles heroines of politics". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved June 12, 2022.