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TV Shows With Audio Description (Formerly Video Description) by Network

SAP FeatureLAST TITLE UPDATE:  Aug 1, 2021; 292 TV series.  Added indicates recent additions.  "Not mandated" means the station is not required by the FCC to provide description.  Boldface listings with an asterisk (*) after the title indicates the title is ACTIVE (currently showing up in our TV by Days listing); otherwise the last date we saw it in the daily schedule is shown for networks that we are able to track reliably.  "In Limbo" means a show has neither been canceled nor renewed for the next season as far as we know, so we leave it listed.  When we hear that a show has been renewed for the next season or the current season is the last, we mark it (for your reference as well as ours).  You can check the TV Scorecard yourself.  We list network AD Schedule or Reference pages or phone numbers when available.  Reruns may or may not occur, and perhaps on a different network.  One-time specials and movies are not included.  Notes at the bottom of this page address general information, other networks, and history.  Please report errors and omissions to the Webmaster!

See our Daily Listing of Described TV Programs
or NFB's Newsline service.
See also the FCC page concerning AD on TV
or ACB's Resolution to the FCC re AD Listings.

As of July 1, 2021, the five non-broadcast networks required to provide audio description are:  Hallmark, HGTV, History, TBS, and TLC.  Hallmark and TLC are new; Discovery and USA were dropped, although the ACB has urged USA to continue, and they have agreed.  We don't know about Discovery.



INDEX
ABC  CBS  Discovery  Fox  Hallmark  HGTV  History  NBC  Oxygen  TBS  Telemundo  The CW  TLC  TNT  USA
(For DisneyGo Time, Nickelodeon, PBSTCM, and more, see Notes below)


ABC (Broadcast, Mandated, 36 Series)

Schedule.  "(Saturdays)" after a title indicates it is part of Litton Weekend Adventure on Saturday mornings.  Most description is by VITAC and Audio Eyes.  You can also download the free WATCH ABC APP on various devices, where ABC is offering description on most of the prime time shows listed below.

CBS (Broadcast, Mandated, 16 Series)

Schedule.  "(Saturdays)" after a title indicates it is part of The CBS Dream Team...It's Epic! on Saturday mornings.  You can also subscribe to Paramount+, where most of the CBS prime time shows are offered with description (see Paramount+ AD Titles).  NOTE: Many shows like "Bob Hearts Abishola" and "S.W.A.T." are described on Paramount+ or the CBS App but not (yet) on local CBS stations.  Description by WGBH Media Access Group.

DISCOVERY (Non-Broadcast, Not Mandated, 39 Series)

Schedule.  Some of the shows may be in rerun status, and not all reruns have description.  Please note that we are not able to track "active" status well for shows for this network, so some may no longer be available and some active ones may not be marked.  Please send us updates!

FOX (Broadcast, Mandated, 30 Series)

Reference (incomplete).  Description by various providers.

HALLMARK (Non-Broadcast, Mandated, 1 Series)

The Hallmark Channel became mandated for AD on July 1, 2021.  It is only available to cable subscribers or through fee streaming services such as Sling TV, fubuTV, Philo, or frndly (the cheapest option).  In addition to the series listed here, Hallmark audio describes many movies.  If you are unable to receive AD on this network, contact your cable provider.

HGTV (Non-Broadcast, Mandated, 50 Series)

Schedule (though not particularly accurate).  Some of the shows may be in rerun status, and not all reruns have description.

HISTORY (Non-Broadcast, Mandated, 17 Series)

Schedule.  Some of the shows may be in rerun status, and not all reruns have description.

NBC (Broadcast, Mandated, 25 Series)

Schedule (must look for Description logo); but the recorded phone message at 818-777-7030 is generally more accurate.  "(Saturdays)" after a title indicates it is part of The More You Know on Saturday mornings.  Description by Caption Max.

OXYGEN (Non-Broadcast, Not Mandated, 3 Series)

TBS (Non-Broadcast, Mandated, 22 Series)

Schedule (look for DVS, not SAP, in the listings).  Many series are reruns with not all episodes described.  Many movies are also described.

TELEMUNDO (Broadcast, Not Mandated, 5 Series)

"(Saturdays)" after a title indicates it is part of Mi Telemundo shown on Saturday mornings.  Since Telemundo is not a mandated station for AD, your local station may or may not pass through the SAP AD audio.

The CW (Broadcast, Not Mandated, 5 Series)

"(Saturdays)" after a title indicates it is part of One Magnificent Morning shown on Saturday mornings.  NOTICE:  There may be additional shows with AD on The CW, but we are unable to verify this with either The CW or users.  Please advise us of any additional shows you find.  Also note that many local CW stations do not pass through description.  We are unable to track "active" status for some shows.

TLC (Non-Broadcast, Mandated, 6 Series)

Schedule.  TLC, owned by Discovery, became mandated for AD on July 1, 2021.  It is only available to cable subscribers or through fee streaming services such as Sling TV, fuboTV, Philo, Hulu with Live TV, or YouTube TV.  It is not available via frndly.  If you are unable to receive AD on this network, contact your cable provider.

TNT (Non-Broadcast, Not Mandated, 15 Series)

Schedule (look for DVS, not SAP, in the listings).  Many series are reruns (often the same as TBS) with not all episodes described and not necessarily all listed here.  Many movies are also described.

USA (Non-Broadcast, Not Mandated, 22 Series)

Call 212-664-7010 for the Schedule.  Many series are reruns with not all episodes described.  Some movies are also described.  USA Network is owned by NBCUniversal/Comcast, so expect NBC reruns here.

SUMMARY:  292 series titles for networks.


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