THE GREAT AMERICAN READ is an eight-part series on PBS that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.
The television series features entertaining and informative documentary segments, with compelling testimonials from celebrities, authors, notable Americans and book lovers across the country.
"Launch Special" (Premiered Tuesday, May 22, 2018) Watch Now
"Fall Kick Off" (Premieres Tuesday, September 11, 2018 8/7c)
"Who Am I?" (Premieres Tuesday, September 18, 2018 8/7c)
"Heroes" (Premieres Tuesday, September 25, 2018 8/7c)
"Villains and Monsters" (Premieres Tuesday, October 2, 2018 8/7c)
“What We Do For Love” (Premieres Tuesday, October 9, 2018 8/7c)
“Other Worlds” (Premieres Tuesday, October 16, 2018 8/7c)
"Grand Finale" (Premieres Tuesday, October 23, 2018 8/7c)
Browse our in-store display of the featured 100 titles, or select a genre below to view titles. You can also print a checklist of the books.