"KCET: 50 Years at the Forefront" also airs on KCET-HD:

Thursday, Oct. 23 at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24 at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at 11 p.m.
Monday Oct 27 at 8 p.m. Wednesday Oct 29 at 10 p.m. Thursday Oct 30 at 11 a.m.
Saturday Nov 1 at 11 p.m.

Times have changed, and the world has changed since we first went on the air on September 28, 1964. But our commitment to providing high quality educational and cultural programming on-air, online, and in the community is unwavering. Through the years, we have played an important role in the lives of many generations of Californians, as a source of information, learning, enlightenment, and inspiration. Join us as we reflect on our past milestones and accomplishments, while we usher in the future, inspiring a better state for all Californians.

Follow this page for regularly-updated content throughout our year-long 50th Anniversary celebration!

By Nathan Masters |
The sleek, mid-century modern production facility at 1313 North Vine Street in Hollywood had already acquired the patina of television history by the time KCET launched in 1964.
By D. J. Waldie |
Huell Howser was a smart businessman. He made money and he raised money for public TV. He was famous. He was satirized on "The Simpsons." He was driven by his work.
By Elson Trinidad |
I've never really considered myself a historian. I've always been interested in history, though. When KCET tapped me to manage this 50th Anniversary website, it was both an honor and a huge responsibility.
KCET through the decades
Understand the impact of local and regional events shaping Southern California
In a turbulent decade, a group of concerned community members established an educational television station with the intent to enlighten and inspire the people of Southern California.
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From the archives
There is so much to be said about Huell Howser. He had a way of looking at California that was simple, genuine, and full of wonder.
Famed producer and director Taylor Hackford reflects on what makes KCET important.
Flashback to 1972 and have a glass of wine with the hosts of Citywatchers.
Huell Howser takes a helicopter ride over KCET's former studio lot in Hollywood in 2007.
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KCET's devotion to educational and cultural programming has made it the nation's largest independent public television station.

A special thanks to Bison Archives and its principal officer Marc Wanamaker for helping preserve KCET's archival information and contributing to this site.