Bob Ross’ The Joy of Painting Is Now Free Online: Watch Season 1

in Art, How to Learn for Free, Television | October 23rd, 2015

Aspiring painters, take note. As of today, you can watch Season 1 of The Joy of Painting, the PBS show hosted by painter Bob Ross. The educational show first hit the airwaves in January, 1983, and ran through May, 1994. In each 30-minute episode, Bob would complete a painting, while explaining in a soothing, hushed voice various techniques for creating landscape oil paintings.

You can watch Episode 1 of Season 1 above. Here Bob “introduces us to his ‘Almighty’ assortment of tools and colors, tells us that anyone can paint, and creates a landscape of a forest path just after a rain shower.”

Below, you can watch a playlist of 13 episodes. For some reason, the playlist starts with Episode 2, then flips back to Episode 1, and, from there, things unfold sequentially, straight through to Episode 13. #Free Art Education. Enjoy.

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  1. Joyce Goodsell says . . .
    October 24, 2015 / 6:32 am


  2. Patrick Matriscino says . . .
    October 24, 2015 / 12:37 pm

    Never missed one of Bob’s..shows !♡

  3. Richard says . . .
    October 24, 2015 / 4:28 pm

    I can’t paint at all but I used to watch this show just because it was so relaxing. It was a very simple and a very brilliant show!

  4. Oğuzhan says . . .
    October 24, 2015 / 6:08 pm

    This show was broadcasted in 90s in Turkey too. I remember having breakfast when watching Bob Ross creating a new world in canvas. Nobody was into painting in the family but the show was so relaxing, it served us a good times! R.I.P Bob Ross.

  5. Drewy says . . .
    October 25, 2015 / 10:55 am

    There is a parallel world made up of Bob Ross landscape paintings. I hope to visit there one day. Maybe that son of a gun will be there too.?

  6. Jackie Lenihan says . . .
    October 25, 2015 / 6:50 pm

    I can’t tell you how excited I am after watching this. I’ve been learning to paint now for just over a year and been surprised at what I can turn out – but this is so exciting to do something so quickly. Thank you Ross 😊

  7. Lee says . . .
    October 26, 2015 / 1:48 pm

    I started watching Bob in 2005 shortly after having a breakdown and I still watch his videos every night to help me relax

  8. Reginald Dickson says . . .
    October 29, 2015 / 8:28 am

    I love his shows,they are educational enlightening,and calming.

  9. Charles cote says . . .
    October 31, 2015 / 6:36 pm

    Super.. Need to see seascapes & ships

  10. Bianca says . . .
    November 3, 2015 / 1:16 am

    Hi! can you pick up the exact names of the colors he’s using? thanks

  11. Lois milligan says . . .
    April 22, 2016 / 6:21 pm

    When will Bob Ross painting series be back on PBS? Thanx!

  12. Rick Wilkinson says . . .
    June 17, 2016 / 5:35 pm

    I loved watching Bob for many many years. He was a inspiration to me. I’ve been painting all my life and he has tought me techniques I would never imagine. It’s is great to see his shows

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