11 Binge-Worthy Shows For Your Free Time
- Written by Belinda Elliott
- Category: Kids & Family
- Published: 10 April 2020
With so many families spending extended amounts of time at home, now is the perfect time to catch up on your favorite shows through WHRO Passport. WHRO Passport is the member benefit that provides you with access to an extended, on-demand library of PBS and award-winning local programming. Stream episodes of your favorite shows, including full seasons of many current and past series from any computer, smart device or tablet.
Here are our recommendations for programs that are worthy of binging in your free time. Plus, we have some shows and activities the kids will enjoy also.
New on Passport:
World on Fire
World on Fire, an adrenalized, emotionally gripping and resonant World War II drama, follows the intertwining fates of ordinary people in five countries as they grapple with the effects of the war on their everyday lives. Starring Helen Hunt, Sean Bean, Jonah Hauer-King and more. Watch now >
Call the Midwife | Season 9
Call the Midwife follows the nurses, midwives and nuns from Nonnatus House, who visit the expectant mothers of Poplar, providing the poorest women with the best possible care. In Season 9, Nonnatus House encounters new challenges in 1965, including an existential threat.
Watch now >
Baptiste on Masterpiece
In Tcheky Karyo revives his role as French detective Julien Baptiste in this spinoff of The Missing. While visiting his daughter in Amsterdam, Baptiste becomes drawn into a missing persons case that may be connected to a human trafficking gang. Watch now >
The Windermere Children: In Their Own Words
Child survivors of the Holocaust are brought to Windermere to recuperate with the help of volunteer therapists. Without their families, they must find kinship in each other. "The Windermere Children" is the stark, moving and ultimately redemptive story of the bonds they make with one another, and of how the friendships forged at Windermere become a lifeline to a fruitful future.
Watch now >
Blood Sugar Rising: Portraits of An Epidemic
This new documentary premieres on April 15, but you can watch the companion, eight-episode digital series now. The series dives into the lives of individuals who have been affected by diabetes: people living with or caring for someone with the disease, or working on the frontlines of research into managing and eventually curing diabetes. Each episode is an intimate portrait of one person, and their story points to important themes and lessons from the PBS project. Watch the digital series now >
The Best of the Joy of Painting with Bob Ross
Bob Ross relaxes viewers and encourages the painting hobbyist in The Best of the Joy of Painting. Using his "wet-on-wet" technique, Bob paints natural scenes with bold strokes across the canvas, from cascading waterfalls to snow-covered forests. Bob Ross’ calm disposition and easy-to-follow instruction remind viewers that “there are no mistakes, only happy accidents.” Watch now >
If you missed this popular documentary series by Ken Burns, it's not too late! Explore the history of country music - from its roots in ballads, hymns and the blues to its mainstream popularity - and meet the unforgettable characters and storytellers who made it "America's Music." Watch now >
The emotionally-charged finale of the critically-acclaimed, bilingual crime thriller, "The Tunnel," reunites Stephen Dillane, in his International Emmy award-winning role as Karl Roebuck, with Clmence Posy, as Elise Wassermann, for the last outing of this beloved - and unlikely - Anglo-French partnership. Watch now >
The world's only consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch), teams up with his long-suffering, faithful friend, Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman), to solve a dizzying array of crimes and battle diabolical villains with his signature deductive reasoning and his stunning lack of social grace. Watch now >
Nature brings the beauty and wonder of the natural world into your home, becoming in the process the benchmark for natural history programs. Watch now >
While we wait for word on a new date for their visit to Williamsburg, we can revisit some of the most exciting moments from past episodes. Antiques Roadshow is part adventure, part history lesson, and part treasure hunt! Watch as specialists from the country's leading auction houses and independent dealers offer free appraisals of antiques and collectibles, revealing fascinating truths about family treasures and flea market finds. Watch now >
For the Kids (No Passport Needed)
Arts & Crafts
We have a collection of easy DIY crafts for kids. Search through our two seasons of episodes and find one that interests you.
No art supplies? No problem! Kids 4 - 7 can have an adventure and enjoy using virtual paint, brush, crayon and pencil with this interactive experience "Scribbles & Ink" on PBSKids.org.
GreenBeats - This series of animated shorts focuses on critical environmental issues and themes and is targeted toward children grades 3 through 5. Children learn the importance of recycling, enjoying the outdoors and encouraging others to be good stewards of the environment. Plus, they are filled with fun, catchy songs!
HealthBeats - This collection of animated videos is designed to inform K-5 children about making choices to develop healthy habits. Engaging characters use memorable songs to address topics such as allergies, stress, sleep, exercise and nutrition.
Crash Course Videos - These clever, educational videos are produced by PBS Digital Studios, and they make learning fun.
- Crash Course Physics - Explore the world of physics, motion, and energy with Dr. Shini Somara.
- Crash Course Government and Politics - Welcome to school without the classroom! Host Craig Benzine takes you through a tour of US government and politics.
- Crash Course Astronomy - Join host Phil Plait in a Crash Course about the cosmos.
Looking for educational activities to keep your children engaged? We've developed lists for K-12 divided by topic and grade level.
Here's how Passport works:
WHRO Passport is a member benefit that gives you access to an extensive, on-demand library of television programming. Anyone who is a current member (or who becomes one) at the giving level of $5 or more per month, is eligible. Once your WHRO Passport account is activated, you will be able to sign in on our media player and watch television shows.