All That Awaits on PBS This June 2024

Parminder Nagra in D.I. Ray.

When it pertains to fresh programming on PBS, June is set to commence at a leisurely pace. However, as the month progresses, three British series — D.I. Ray, Grantchester, and Professor T — will make their return with new seasons. Additionally, for those seeking light-hearted competition, the third season of The Great American Recipe will debut just in time for the summer season.

PBS’ mission is to provide programming that caters to the public interest. This month, PBS fulfills this mission with a Frontline investigation into the ongoing campus demonstrations concerning the conflict in Gaza, as well as nature documentaries, specials, and a Great Performances’ rendition of Carmen. All this content is freely accessible for viewers, thanks to your support.

If you missed out on the top PBS shows from May, you can still stream them online. However, you’ll need to mark your calendars for the premiere dates below to catch all the exciting content coming to PBS in June.

Frontline — Crisis on Campus

Two opposing protests featured in a promotional image for Frontline: Crisis on Campus.

Debuts: Tuesday, June 11

An in-depth look at the protests dividing college campuses over Israel and the Gaza conflict. Through Retro Report, the program delves into the contentious discussions surrounding free speech, antisemitism, Israel, Palestine, and the political influences driving the crisis.

Great Performances at the Met — Carmen

Debuts: Friday, June 14

Renowned English director Carrie Cracknell makes her Metropolitan Opera debut with a contemporary retelling of this classic tale. Addressing modern-day issues like gender violence, exploitative labor practices, and the quest to break societal barriers, mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina leads the cast in the titular role, supported by tenor Piotr Beczała as Carmen’s troubled lover, Don José. Daniele Rustioni conducts Bizet’s score, with Matthew Polenzani as the host.

Professor T

New Season Premieres: Sunday, June 16

The critically acclaimed crime drama Professor T, featuring Ben Miller, Frances de la Tour, and Juliet Stevenson, returns for its third season. The professor finds himself in a predicament, incarcerated and striving to reclaim his former life and position. The police seek his expertise to solve complex and captivating criminal cases.

Grantchester on Masterpiece

The ensemble cast of Grantchester.

New Season Premieres: Sunday, June 16

In the evolving landscape of 1961 Grantchester, change is in the air. Will embarks on new endeavors elsewhere, while Geordie and Cathy navigate the challenges of an independent Esme in a perilous world. The arrival of Reverend Alphy Kottaram as the new vicar brings intrigue to the village. Will the locals embrace him as one of their own?

D.I. Ray

New Season Premieres: Sunday, June 16

Following her suspension from the force due to her fiancé’s ties to organized crime, D.I. Rachita Ray returns to the homicide division to investigate a sensitive and high-profile case involving the murder of Frank Chapman, the head of a notorious crime syndicate, and a local nurse caught in the crossfire. Their deaths spark tensions across the city, propelling D.I. Ray into a race against time to uncover the truth before the Chapman family seeks retribution, potentially igniting a full-scale gang war.

All signs point to the rival Mochani crime family as the culprits behind the murders, but as D.I. Ray delves deeper into the case, a more sinister mystery begins to unravel.

The Great American Recipe

New Season Premieres: Monday, June 17

The third season of PBS’ popular culinary competition series, The Great American Recipe, returns with eight new home cooks, two fresh judges, and a different location. Award-winning chef and Los Angeles restaurateur Tim Hollingsworth and Francis Lam, host of public radio’s The Splendid Table, join returning host Alejandra Ramos and judge Tiffany Derry at a new filming site in Nashville, Tennessee. This vibrant cooking contest showcases the diverse flavors and traditions of American cuisine.

Each week, the judges will select the winning dish from the contestants, culminating in a final showdown where the top three vie for this year’s championship.

Disco: Soundtrack of a Revolution

Debuts: Tuesday, June 18

Disco: Soundtrack of a Revolution is a new three-part series featuring iconic figures like Victor Willis of The Village People, Nona Hendryx of Labelle, and Earl Young of The Trammps, among others. The series uncovers the intriguing and often overlooked history of disco, from its origins and triumphs to its enduring legacy. Narrated by original musicians, promoters, and innovators, as well as contemporary musical luminaries, the series chronicles disco’s rise from the early 1970s to its global dominance in the late ’70s, culminating in its tumultuous end in the summer of 1979. Through iconic disco tracks and captivating archival footage, the series presents a compelling, reimagined narrative of the disco era.

Dynamic Planet

Debuts: Wednesday, June 19

Dynamic Planet is a sweeping new series filmed over three years that journeys to the far reaches of all seven continents to meet a remarkable array of individuals and animals confronting climate change head-on. These encounters shed light on how science, nature, and tradition can equip us for the challenges of tomorrow.

Hope in the Water

Debuts: Wednesday, June 19

This groundbreaking three-part docuseries from four-time James Beard Award and Emmy Award winner Chef Andrew Zimmern and his production company Intuitive Content explores innovative solutions and breakthrough technologies in the realm of sustainable aquatic food production. Traveling worldwide, the series showcases the stories of visionary innovators, aquafarmers, and fishermen dedicated to securing a sustainable future for our planet.

Esteemed environmental advocates Shailene Woodley, Martha Stewart, Baratunde Thurston, and José Andrés uncover hidden underwater worlds threatened by climate change, overfishing, exploitation, and habitat destruction. Each individual is deeply connected to a specific narrative, seeking intelligent solutions for a planet in jeopardy.

Roots of Comedy with Jesus Trejo

Jesus Trejo in a promotional image for Roots of Comedy with Jesus Trejo.

Debuts: Friday, June 21

A blend of comedy, social commentary, and travelogue, the series follows Mexican-American comedian Jesus Trejo as he embarks on an emotional journey, delving into the stories behind the humor and revealing how comedy often reflects the essence of a community. Throughout his travels, Trejo visits six regions in the U.S. — Denver, Portland, Minneapolis, Austin, Los Angeles, and Chinle, Arizona — where he meets with six emerging comedians exploring the diverse mosaic of our nation through the lens of stand-up comedy.

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