Inspired by the pages of Our State magazine, UNC-TV’s half-hour monthly series, “Our State,” takes you down-home in North Carolina for an in-depth look at the people and places that make our state great! Since it’s inception, “Our State” has won ten Emmy® Awards for outstanding series and production. The new season begins October 3, 2013.

Since the series began in 2004, many segments have become fan favorites. Below is our countdown of the 5 most-watched episodes from Our State‘s YouTube channel! Weigh in below with your comments and your favorite segments from the series.

#5: Linville Caverns

In our third season, we wandered below ground and discovered a unique geological kaleidoscope.


#4: N.C. Lighthouses

From our first season, this segment captures the beauty of all seven of our state’s brightest beacons.

#3: Tar Heel Towns Davidson

Davidson was our featured Tar Heel Town during our third seasons. D.G. Martin takes you along to this quintessential college town.

#2: Etta Baker

From our very first season, this video of blues guitarist Etta Baker captures a true musical treasure at work. Though Baker died in 2006, her legacy continues to shape North Carolina music and musicians today.

#1: Thomas Built Buses

If you rode the school bus in North Carolina since 1936, there’s a good chance it was a Thomas Built bus. Go behind the scenes of the company that has been making the ubiquitous yellow buses for several generations.

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Since 1933, Our State has shared stories about North Carolina with readers both in state and around the world. We celebrate the people and places that make this state great. From the mountains to the coast, we feature North Carolina travel, history, food, and beautiful scenic photography.