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Audio Described Shows on TV (Video Description)

Audio Described Shows by Network

LAST TITLE UPDATE:  May 24, 2018; newest shows in bold text, some updates are deletions.  If a reasonably accessible schedule of described programs is available, we provide a link labeled Schedule below; alternatively we try to provide a network's Reference to a list of described shows.  If there is a phone number available for listings of described shows or questions for a particular network, we list it.  Remember, some of these are for NEW SEASON only, so reruns might not have description.  Reruns may or may not occur, and perhaps on a different network.  "Not mandated" means the station is not required by the FCC to provide description.  See how this list changes July 1, 2018!  When we hear that a show has been renewed or canceled for the NEXT season, we mark it (for your reference as well as ours).  Please report errors and omissions to the Webmaster!

ABC  CBS  Fox  NBC  PBS  The CW  Cartoon  Discovery  Disney  E!  HGTV  History  Nick  Oxygen  SyFy  TBS  TCM  Telemundo  TNT  UnivHD  USA

See our Daily Listing of Described TV Programs
or a List of Previously Described TV Programs
Ren18 = Known to be renewed for 2018-19 season
Can18 = Known to be canceled for 2018-19 season
Summer = starts late spring or early summer
Network,
Schedule Link, Contact#
Series - Current
(new ones highlighted)
BROADCAST NETWORKS
(Received Over-the-Air or via Cable/Satellite)

ABC logo

Schedule (the main schedule marks AD shows with the AD icon)

Reference (not a Schedule, not 100% accurate)

America's Funniest Home Videos, American Housewife (Ren18), black-ish (Ren18), Celebrity Family Feud (summer, Ren18), Fresh Off the Boat (Ren18), Modern Family (Ren18), Quantico (Can18, ending soon), Roseanne (Ren18), Shark Tank (Ren18), Speechless (Ren18), Splitting Up Together (Ren18), Steve Harvey's Funderdome, The Bachelorette, The Goldbergs (Ren18).  Description by VITAC and Audio Eyes.

SATURDAY MORNINGS:  Litton Weekend Adventure, consisting of:  Jack Hanna's Wild Countdown, Ocean Treks With Jeff Corwin, Rock the Park, Sea Rescue, The Wildlife Docs, Vacation Creation. 
NOTE:  You can also download the WATCH ABC APP on various devices.  ABC is offering Description on most of the shows listed above.

CBS logo

Schedule
(212) 975-7917
Blue Bloods (Ren18), Criminal Minds (Ren18), NCIS (Ren18), NCIS: Los Angeles (Ren18), NCIS: New Orleans (Ren18), The Big Bang Theory (Ren18).  Description by WGBH Media Access Group.

SATURDAY MORNINGS:   CBS Dream Team (Ren18), consisting of:  Lucky Dog, Dr. Chris: Pet Vet, The Henry Ford Innovation Nation, The Inspectors, The Open Road With Dr. Chris.  Note, some CBS stations reportedly carry a different block of LItton's programs.

Fox logo

Reference (not a schedule, missing some new shows and contains some canceled shows too)

American Grit (summer, Ren18), Beat Shazam (summer, Ren18), Bob's Burgers (Ren18), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Can18, Ending May 20, but moving to NBC in the fall!), Empire (Ren18), Family Guy (Ren18), Ghosted, Gotham (Ren18, final season), Hell's Kitchen (Ren18), Hotel Hell (pending Ren18; airs every 2 years), Hypnotize Me (no start date yet), LA to Vegas, Lethal Weapon (Ren18), Love Connection (summer, Ren18), Lucifer (Ren18), MasterChef (summer; Ren18), MasterChef Junior (Ren18), My Kitchen Rules, Showtime at the Apollo (Ren18), So You Think You Can Dance (summer; partially described; Ren18), Star (Ren18), Terrence Howard's Fright Club, The Gifted, The Orville (Ren18), The Resident (Ren18), The Simpsons (Ren18), 9-1-1 (Ren18).  Description by various providers.

NBC logo

Schedule
(Must look for Description logo)
818-777-7030
American Ninja Warrior (summer, Ren18), A.P. Bio (Ren18), Better Late than Never (summer), Champions, Chicago Fire (Ren18), Chicago Med (Ren18), Chicago PD (Ren18), Good Girls (Ren18), Law & Order: SVU (Ren18), Marlon (summer, Ren18), Midnight Texas (Ren18), Superstore (Ren18), The Good Place (Ren18), Will & Grace (Ren18).  Most description by Caption Max.

SATURDAY MORNINGS:  The More You Know, consisting of:  Give, Journey With Dylan Dreyer, Naturally Danny Seo, The Champion Within, The Voyager With Josh Garcia, Wilderness Vet.

PBS logo PBS

[not mandated]
Offers description of many children's shows (like NatureCat, WordGirl, 1001 Nights, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood (Ren18), Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Peg + Cat, Pinkalicious & Peterrific, Ready Jet Go!, and Super Why) and some adult programming (like American Experience, American Masters, Animals With Cameras: A Nature Miniseries, Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise, Independent Lens, Joseph Rosendo's Travelscope, Prohibition, most Masterpiece Mystery, The Himalaya Connection, The Perfect Crime, and Travel Detective).  Description by various providers.  No known list on the PBS website exists.  Arrow See our Partial list of PBS described shows.

The CW logo The CW

[not mandated]
At this time no prime time shows are known to be described on The CW.

SATURDAY MORNINGS:  One Magnificent Morning, consisting of:  Dog Whisperer With Cesar Millan: Family Edition; Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Hidden Heroes; and This Old House: Trade School.  [Note:  This series was renewed for FIVE YEARS in January 2016, though year-to-year content may vary.]
NONBROADCAST NETWORKS
(Available via Cable or Satellite Only)

Cartoon Network logo Cartoon Network

[not mandated]
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race, Supernoobs (Ren18).

We believe there are more shows but they haven't told us.  If you can supply us with additional confirmed names, we will list them here!

Discovery Channel

[mandate begins July 1]
COMING July 1!

Disney logo
Disney Channel
& Junior & XD
[mandate ends July 1]

Schedule
Andi Mack (Ren18), Bizaardvark, Bunk'd (Can18, presumably after summer), Doc McStuffins (Canceled after the current season #5 ends, probably sometime in 2019), DuckTales*, Elena of Avalor, Gravity Falls*, JESSIE*, Liv and Maddie*, Mickey and the Roadster Racers, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse*, Mission Force One (formerly Miles From Tomorrowland; Ren18), Puppy Dog Pals, Raven's Home, Sofia The First, Stuck In The Middle (Ren18), Tangled, The Lion Guard, Vampirina (Ren18).  * = Reruns.  Note:  Shows come and go in rerun status, so this list may not be completely accurate.

E! Network
E! Network

[not mandated]
A viewer has reported receiving audio description on a movie on this network; if you can confirm this, please email the webmaster.

HGTV

[mandate begins July 1]
COMING July 1!

History Channel logo The History Channel

Schedule
Alone, Ancient Aliens, American Pickers, American Restoration, Billion Dollar Wreck, Counting Cars, Detroit Steel, Forged in Fire, Forged in Fire: Knife or Death, Hunting Hitler, Knightfall, Mountain Men, Road Hauks, SIX, Swamp People, The Selection: Special Operations Experiment, Pawn Stars, Vikings.  Some of the shows may be in rerun status.

Nickelodeon logo Nickelodeon
and Nick Jr

[no longer mandated]
[We do not know if shows marked with a '?' are still current] Blaze and the Monster Machines, Dino Dan/Trek's Adventures (?), Dora the Explorer (?), iCarly (?), Max and Ruby (?), Mike the Knight (? on Nick Jr), PAW Patrol, Peppa Pig (?), Peter Rabbit (?), Shimmer and Shine, SpongeBob SquarePants, Team Umizoomi (?), Tickety Tock (?), Wallykazam.  We believe that description will continue even though not mandated any more.  Please give us updates!

Oxygen Network

[not mandated]

A viewer has reported receiving audio description on shows on this network (many of which we know were originally aired with description elsewhere), but the network does not list any described shows and has not responded to us. 

Syfy channel logo

[not mandated]
Some movies are shown with AD (confirmed by viewer in March 2018), but this may vary by area, and whether or not the AD signal is passed through locally.

TBS logo

Schedule (look for DVS, not SAP, in the listings)
2 Broke Girls* (some episodes), American Dad (Ren18), Angie Tribeca, Bob's Burgers (inconsistent AD), Brooklyn Nine-Nine*, Family Guy*, Final Space, Search Party, The Big Bang Theory*, The Guest Book*, The Last O.G. (Ren18), Wrecked (Ren18).  * = Reruns.  Many movies are also described.

Turner Classic Movies logo

[not mandated]
Offers description of numerous old movies, those released prior to the advent of regular description.  It is difficult to find a list of these movies, but the best way may be via the NFB Newsline, which you can receive via email or other means.

Telemundo

[not mandated]
At this time no prime time shows are known to be described on Telemundo, which is a Spanish Language network.

SATURDAY MORNINGS:  Mi Telemundo, consisting of:  El Viajero Con Josh Garcia, Salvando Animales, Aventuras Con Dylan Dreyer, Vivir Al Natural, Danny Seo, Una Mano Amiga, and El Campeón En Ti.

TNT logo
[mandate ends July 1]

Schedule (look for DVS, not SAP, in the listings)
Animal Kingdom, Bones*, Castle*, Claws, Good Behavior, Hawaii Five-O*, Law & Order*, The Alienist.  * = Reruns.  Many movies are also described.

Universal HD logo UNIVHD

[not mandated]
Universal HD has reportedly offered some movies with description; if you can confirm this, please email the webmaster.

USA Network logo

Schedule
212-664-7010
Chicago PD*, Chrisley Knows Best (Ren18), Colony (summer; Ren18), CSI*, Falling Water (Can18), Law & Order: SVU*, Mr. Robot (Ren18), Modern Family*, NCIS*, NCIS: Los Angeles*, NFL Football Fanatic, Ninja vs. Ninja, Playing House (summer), Queen of the South (summer Ren18), Shooter (summer Ren18), Suits (summer; Ren18), The Sinner (summer; Ren18; reportedly also on the E! network).  * = Reruns.
 LISTINGS of Described Television Shows
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View the ACB/ADP Daily Listing of Described TV Programs! Pointer
You may also use AFB's Described TV Listings service,
or you can be informed of described shows via NFB's Newsline service.
STREAMING SERVICES
(Available only via the Internet, including mobile devices, usually for a monthly fee)
This information is available on our Streaming page and our Described Titles links

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