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1. A major noncommercial television network in the United States.
2. What you watch when nothing else is on.
"I watched this show about spiders on PBS last night."
by star8706 February 02, 2003
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One who has a mania for music.
I am a melomaniac.
by Larstait November 14, 2003
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A public television station bashed by people when they realize the children's programs on there are more intelligent than they are. Also bashed by dumbasses who complain about pledge breaks who don't realize that the other 75% of the time they don't have to sit through commercials. The same people complain about commercials.

Has been the subject of political conflict whenever special advertising interests lobby elected officials into trying to hand the radio/television wave space to commercial television.

Oh yeah, Barney is broadcast for a half hour on weekday afternoons so die public television die.
Dittohead: They need to shut pbs down because I don't like it and I'm too stupid to work the fucking remote control.
by The Thing That Should Not Be December 11, 2007
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1. Public Broadcasting Service; a non-profit television network home of Sesame Street, Barney, Arthur, etc.

2. Acronym for "Pure Bull Shit"
1. Is Nova on PBS yet?

2. Justin Bieber is PBS!!!
by LeTomTornados November 07, 2011
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Pussy Bitch Syndrome: when one is being a complete pussy or bitch and complaining about a fake or minor illness or injury.
peter: i cant go to practice today cause i just got a flu shot and my arm really hurts.

matt: oh yeah i heard that causes P.b.s. so suck it up fag
by look away November 15, 2010
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As in the Public Broadcasting System. Americans owe a debt of gratitude for PBS for the quality television they have delivered over the decades.

PBS today DOES have commercials. Don't let them tell you different. Every program is now sponsored by several companies or "made possible by" and then there is a "commercial" for said companies, or organizations.

This did not used to be the case. Also, the pledge drives tend to go on "all year" now, or a lot more now than they did years ago. Every time a pledge drive starts, our local PBS breaks out the "cooler" shows or special shows to "lure" newbies in making us; the ones' who donate our money like clockwork, even more angry and annoyed.

Aside from some politics, and the misnomer that PBS is commercial free; it is a station that is a part of all of us, and sadly isn't watched by more of us.
"Ughh....just trying to watch PBS Newshour, there is about four minutes of "commercials" before the program starts...I thought PBS was supposed to be commercial free???"

"What? WHY are they interrupting Nova for a 'break' to remind us and ask us for more money? Didn't they just have a pledge drive two months ago?"

"Awesome 'Grateful Dead' concert from 1975 was on PBS last night, too bad they ruined it with three "station breaks" to ask for more money, and they only show programs like this when it's time to ask for more money."
by blutowski December 06, 2012
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