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Austin City Limits

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Austin City Limits
Austin City Limits
Premiere 1975
Finale
Airs Saturdays
Creator Bill Arhos
Network PBS
Style 60-minute musical performance
Company KLRU
Seasons 40
Episodes 400+
Status Currently airing season 40
Origin USA

Austin City Limits is a weekly concert series broadcast on PBS and is also television's longest running concert music program. Although the series is known for showcasing country music, Willie Nelson was the first guest, it has become an outlet for popular jazz, folk, blues, alternative and indie rock artists.

Austin City Limits is filmed live in Austin, Texas by KLRU, the local Austin PBS station, on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. Each episode typically devotes time to two separate concerts but occasionally gives the full hour to a single act. For example, The Pixies' episode was an hour long during their reunion in 2005.

In 2009, the series moved from the University of Texas communications building into a specially built theater that allows for more audience members and higher quality production facilities.

Contents

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
PBS
Season One 1975 1976 14
Season Two 1977 1977 10
Season Three 1978 1978 13
Season Four 1979 1979 13
Season Five 1980 1980 13
Season Six 1981 1981 13
Season Seven 1982 1982 13
Season Eight 1983 1983 13
Season Nine 1984 1984 13
Season Ten 1985 1985 13
Season Eleven 1986 1986 13
Season Twelve 1987 1987 13
Season Thirteen 1988 1988 14
Season Fourteen 1989 1989 14
Season Fifteen 1990 1990 13
Season Sixteen 1991 1991 13
Season Seventeen 1992 1992 13
Season Eighteen 1993 1993 12 + 1
Season Nineteen 1994 1994 13
Season Twenty 1995 1995 13
Season Twenty-One 1996 1996 12 + 2
Season Twenty-Two 1997 1997 12 + 1
Season Twenty-Three January 31, 1998 April 25, 1998 13
Season Twenty-Four January 23, 1999 May 1, 1999 13
Season Twenty-Five January 6, 2000 June 10, 2000 20 + 3
Season Twenty-Six October 7, 2000 May 5, 2001 16 + 4
Season Twenty-Seven October 13, 2001 January 26, 2002 13
Season Twenty-Eight October 5, 2002 January 25, 2003 13
Season Twenty-Nine October 11, 2003 January 24, 2004 13
Season Thirty October 2, 2004 January 29, 2005 13
Season Thirty-One October 8, 2005 February 11, 2006 13
Season Thirty-Two October 7, 2006 January 20, 2007 13
Season Thirty-Three October 6, 2007 January 19, 2008 13 + 1
Season Thirty-Four May 24, 2008 February 14, 2009 13
Season Thirty-Five October 3, 2009 February 13, 2010 13
Season Thirty-Six October 2, 2010 January 29, 2011 13
Season Thirty-Seven October 1, 2011 March 24, 2012 13
Season Thirty-Eight October 6, 2012 February 23, 2013 13
Season Thirty-Nine October 5, 2013 February 8, 2014 13
Season Forty October 4, 2014 13

In-Depth

  • Artist Listing: A master listing of all musicians who have appeared on the series.

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Individual Episodes
Steve Goodman: Live from Austin City Limits and More February 18, 2003 1
Roy Orbison: Live at Austin City Limits March 18, 2003 1

External Sites