Native American Heritage Month 2014 Program Lineup


KCET is honoring Native American Heritage Month in November with several documentaries that celebrate how Native Americans have shaped the nation. From stories of hardship and triumph (Navajo veterans of Canyon de Chelly) to influential leaders (Sitting Bull) and historical events (pow wows), KCET pays tribute to the vast contributions American Indians have made in enriching our country's identity and cultural heritage. With the exception of "Sitting Bull: A Stone in My Heart," this marks the KCET debut for all the films.

Here's this month's slate of programming. Click here for more Native American Heritage Month content.

Everything You Need to Know About 'Hotel Secrets'


If (hotel) walls could talk, they would speak with a charming British accent that sounds an awful like Richard E. Grant. The "Withnail & I" actor charts unscripted territory to explore the world's most remarkable hotels on his travel show -- fittingly titled "Hotel Secrets with Richard E. Grant" -- which makes its U.S. debut on Sept. 30 at 9 p.m. on KCET. Here's what you need to know about the new series.

What 'Spy' Does Better Than Other Shows


If you haven't seen Simeon Goulden's Brit-com "Spy," that's because up until now, it was only available online on Hulu and in the U.K. on Sky1.

"Spy" is just one of a handful of shows that pioneered the movement from television to online-only international distribution. Originally broadcast on Sky1 in 2011, "Spy" has finally made its rounds from TV to tablet to TV again. The sitcom will make its U.S. television premiere on KCET on September 30 at 8:30 p.m.

"Spy" is your run-of-the-mill family sitcom about a single dad, Tim Elliot (Darren Boyd), who accidentally becomes an MI5 agent (that ol' chestnut) in an attempt to impress his demanding son, Marcus. This show manages to take standard sitcom storylines and infuse some originality in them.

4 Things About 'Moone Boy' Anyone Can Relate To


Previously only available in the U.S. on Hulu, Chris O'Dowd's "Moone Boy" makes its U.S. TV debut on KCET on September 30 at 8 p.m. as part of our new Tuesday night comedy block.

Created, co-written by, and co-starring O'Dowd, the coming-of-age story has been hailed as "one of the most charming series on television" by The Hollywood Reporter and dubbed "a finely crafted little jewel of a show" by the Los Angeles Times.

There was "Roseanne" in the 1990s and "Malcolm in the Middle" in the 2000s, and now "Moone Boy," with all the heart of any family comedy of the past, with a few important twists. The show is set in Ireland in the late 80s, early 90s and told from the perspective of a 12-year-old boy, David Rawle's Martin Paul Kenny Dalglish Moone (who The Guardian called the most life-affirming delight to have hit our screens in a long time"), who often consults his imaginary friend, O'Dowd's Sean Murphy for advice.

KCET Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month 2014


In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, KCET will air special programming from September 15 to October 15 celebrating Hispanic culture. These shows, which cover topics ranging from identity and history to politics and law, highlight the histories and legacies of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Here's this month's slate of programming:

Huell Howser's 'California Missions,' 'Prime Suspect' Marathons Begin Sunday


Nothing says quintessential KCET programming quite like a Huell Howser show and a British police procedural. So it's only fitting that we're cerebrating our 50th anniversary with marathons of Huell's "California Missions" and the critically-acclaimed (on both sides of the Atlantic) Helen Mirren drama "Prime Suspect," among other programs.

KCET begins its semicentennial commemoration on Sunday at 7 p.m. with 10 episodes of "Missions." The eps will re-air Monday, September 15 through Friday, September 26 in the regular Huell weeknight timeslot at 7:30 p.m.

KCET Launches Wednesday Night Documentary Block


The Wednesday hump just got easier to climb.

KCET is launching a new Wednesday night documentary block, beginning September 3 at 9:30 p.m. PT, that will jump-start your mid-week grind. The fall slate includes groundbreaking films that explore human rights, the environment, politics, and other global issues.

The series debuts with "The Hungry Tide," which profiles NGO worker Maria Tiimon's fight to help pass a treaty that would mitigate the negative impact of climate change in the Pacific.

Select films (including the three below) will be streamed online after their airdates. You can view all upcoming KCET shows on our schedule page.

Here's the schedule for September:

Where's Huell -- Fosselman's Ice Cream and Ferndale Road Trip

Find out what classic episodes of "Visiting" and "California's Gold with Huell Howser" are airing on KCET this week! Read more about KCET's Huell-centric programming here and share your memories of Huell with other fans here.

Monday @ 7:30PM -- "Movie Beach"

Huell meets up with Harry Medved, author of "Hollywood Escapes" -- a book about popular movie locations in California. Harry tells Huell all about the long history of Leo Carrillo State Beach and why it's probably the most filmed beach in the world.

Legendary filmmaker Roger Corman then joins Huell to discuss some of the films he's shot at this location, including one of his earliest "Attack of the Crab Monsters."

Where's Huell -- Hearst Castle and the Upside Down House

Find out what classic episodes of "Visiting" and "California's Gold with Huell Howser" are airing on KCET this week! Read more about KCET's Huell-centric programming here and share your memories of Huell with other fans here.

Monday @ 7:30PM -- "Pear Fair"

Huell travels to the Sacramento Delta to learn about California pears. We start our adventure with a family who has been farming in the Delta for five generations. The soil and climate have made the area a perfect place to grow agriculture since the Gold Rush. Huell ends up at the 26th annual Pear Fair in Courtland, where he eats everything from pear ice cream to pear vinegar.

Tuesday @ 7:30PM -- "Wooden Boats"

They come in all shapes and sizes and many date back to the early part of this century. All have been lovingly restored by their owners and are meticulously maintained. In short, they're some of the most beautiful wooden boats ever made.

Host Huell Howser gets a close look at these boats as he attends the 24th annual Concours d' Elegance dedicated to the preservation and celebration of the wooden vessels that have graced Lake Tahoe since the 1920s. He not only talks with the owners about the rich history of their boats, but joins them for a ride on the historic lake.

Where's Huell -- Koi and Big Fish

Find out what classic episodes of "Visiting" and "California's Gold with Huell Howser" are airing on KCET this week! Read more about KCET's Huell-centric programming here and share your memories of Huell with other fans here.

Monday @ 7:30PM -- "Green Chiles"

Huell meets up with green chile aficionados at an annual event where hundreds line up for fresh roasted New Mexico green chiles.

Tuesday @ 7:30PM -- "Trinity County Fair"

Huell visits the Quilt Show, the Homestead Exhibit, and the Hayfork Mule Show.