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The American Forces Network (known as AFN or AFARTS for short) is a service of the US Department of Defense. It is based at March Air Reserve Base near Riverside, California. AFN is a broadcaster that provides radio & TV programming to service people and their families stationed outside the continental US, usually far away from the signals of the US radio & TV networks. AFN is a a Reader's Digest of the airwaves, presenting the best programming from PBS, all commercial networks, leading syndicators, popular cable channels and streaming services like Netflix and Amazon, along with some original programming. The network is split into six channels as of November 2018:

  • Prime: Mostly programming from the Big Four broadcast networks and syndicated programming like talk shows and game shows.
  • AFN Spectrum: Similar to Prime, but with an emphasis on programming from cable networks.
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  • AFN News: News programming, mainly sourced from CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.
  • AFN Sports: Sports programming.
  • AFN Family: Comprised of children's programming from Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, Discovery Family, PBS Kids, Netflix, Amazon and qubo. This network is notable for airing several shows that are no longer seen on mainland US television, such as Play With Me Sesame and Jimmy Two-Shoes. During the evening hours, it becomes Pulse, a channel showcasing programs aimed at teens and young adults.
  • AFN Movies: Shows movies.

An interesting thing about the network is that it does not run any commercials at all. Instead, it runs public service announcements. Some of them are made by the network and discuss military life. Two famous examples of this include this PSA about attorneys that spoofs Hercules Unchained and this PSA about recycling which has No Budget. Some of the other PSAs seen on the channel are ones made by the Ad Council that have also aired in the mainland (which is most noticeable on children's programming). Sometimes, ones made for specific channels in the mainland also air on the network, like the Fox Kids "Check Yourself" PSAs from the late 90s, but they don't always air around programs supplied to them by said network.

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The following shows currently air on AFN Prime:

The following shows currently air on AFN Spectrum:

The following shows currently air on AFN Family/Pulse:

The following programs air on AFN Movies:

The following programs no longer air on any AFN channels, but have aired in the past:


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