TV Series

Austin City Limits

Austin City Limits is the iconic television series on PBS that records and broadcasts original musical performances from exciting new talent and legendary artists of all genres.


Austin City Limits is the longest-running music series in American television history and remains the only TV series to ever be awarded the National Medal of Arts.  This year marks the 40th anniversary of the pilot episode taped in 1974 with Willie Nelson. 

Since its inception, the groundbreaking music series has become an institution that's helped secure Austin's reputation as the Live Music Capital of the World.  Austin City Limits has been designated an official Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Landmark.  In 2012, Austin City Limits received a rare institutional Peabody Award for excellence and outstanding achievement.   In 2011, Austin City Limits moved to the new venue ACL Live at The Moody Theater in downtown Austin.


Austin City Limits was created and is produced by KLRU-TV and funding is provided in part by Budweiser, the Austin Convention Center Department, Dell and HomeAway.  Additional funding is provided by the Friends of Austin City Limits.  Learn more about Austin City Limits, programming and history at acltv.com.