The BEST episodes of BBS: The Documentary

Every episode of BBS: The Documentary ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of BBS: The Documentary!

Long before the Internet escaped from the lab, connecting the planet and redefining what it meant to meant to be a computer user... ...there was a brave and pioneering band of hobbyists who spent their time, money and sanity setting up their home computers and phone lines to welcome anyone who called. By using a modem, anyone who knew the phone number of these machines could connect to them, leave messages, play games, send and receive files in a virtual community... and millions did. They called these places "Bulletin Board Systems", or BBSes. Their collections of messages, rants thoughts and dreams became the way that an entire generation learned about being online.

Last Updated: 3/10/2024Network: SBSStatus: Ended
64 votes

#1 - Baud

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 5/21/2005

Baud introduces the story of the beginning of the BBS, including interviews with Ward Christensen and Randy Suess, who used a snowstorm as an inspiration to change the world.

30 votes

#2 - Compression

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 7/9/2005

Compression tells the story of the PKWARE/SEA legal battle of the late 1980s and how a fight that broke out over something as simple as data compression resulted in waylaid lives and lost opportunity.

SysOps and Users
63 votes

#3 - SysOps and Users

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 5/28/2005

Sysops and Users introduces the stories of the people who used BBSes, and lets them tell their own stories of living in this new world.

60 votes

#4 - FidoNet

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 6/11/2005

Fidonet covers the largest volunteer-run computer network in history, and the people who made it a joy and a political nightmare.

No Carrier
59 votes

#5 - No Carrier

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 7/2/2005

No Carrier wishes a fond farewell to the dial-up BBS and its integration into the Internet.

Make It Pay
33 votes

#6 - Make It Pay

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 6/4/2005

Make it Pay covers the BBS industry that rose in the 1980's and grew to fantastic heights before disappearing almost overnight.

HPAC (Hacking Phreaking Anarchy Cracking)
32 votes

#7 - HPAC (Hacking Phreaking Anarchy Cracking)

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 6/25/2005

HPAC (Hacking Phreaking Anarchy Cracking) hears from some of the users of "underground" BBSes and their unique view of the world of information and computers.

62 votes

#8 - Artscene

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 6/18/2005

Artscene tells the rarely-heard history of the ANSI Art Scene that thrived in the BBS world, where art was currency and battles waged over nothing more than pure talent.