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1. The Race (2009)

84 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

6.1
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The story of an 11-year-old girl from a poor rural community who dreams of becoming a racing driver.

Director: André F. Nebe | Stars: Niamh McGirr, Susan Lynch, Colm Meaney, Jonathan Mason

Votes: 218

2. The Race Begins (2006)

PG | 90 min | Animation, Adventure

3.9
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The great Buddha gave the eminent Jade Emperor the task of ruling the celestial and mortal worlds. Although the Emperor has made the mortal world a peaceful and tranquil place, which was ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Fu | Stars: Fann Wong, Dennis Chong Kheng Chew, Jamie Yeo, Vernetta Lopez

Votes: 69

3. Race to Space (2001)

PG | 104 min | Drama, Family

5.5
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In the 1960s a young woman works at NASA as an animal trainer responsible for the chimpanzee who will go into space.

Director: Sean McNamara | Stars: Alex D. Linz, William Atherton, James Woods, Annabeth Gish

Votes: 794

4. Race to Witch Mountain (2009)

PG | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Family

5.7
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52 Metascore

A Las Vegas cabbie enlists the help of a UFO expert to protect two siblings with paranormal powers from the clutches of an organization that wants to use the kids for their nefarious plans.

Director: Andy Fickman | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, AnnaSophia Robb, Alexander Ludwig

Votes: 47,204 | Gross: $67.17M

5. Racing Stripes (2005)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

5.2
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43 Metascore

An abandoned zebra grows up believing he is a racehorse, and, with the help of his barnyard friends and a teenage girl, sets out to achieve his dream of racing with thoroughbreds.

Director: Frederik Du Chau | Stars: Frankie Muniz, David Spade, Snoop Dogg, Bruce Greenwood

Votes: 13,657 | Gross: $49.77M

6. Radio Rebel (2012 TV Movie)

TV-G | 85 min | Drama, Family

6.2
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Tara, a painfully shy high-schooler, has a secret: she is also a confident DJ known as Radio Rebel, who lends her voice to others.

Director: Peter Howitt | Stars: Debby Ryan, Sarena Parmar, Adam DiMarco, Atticus Mitchell

Votes: 6,027

7. The Railway Children (1970)

G | 109 min | Family, Drama

7.4
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After the enforced absence of their father, three children move with their mother to Yorkshire, where during their adventures they attempt to discover the reason for his disappearance.

Director: Lionel Jeffries | Stars: Dinah Sheridan, Bernard Cribbins, William Mervyn, Iain Cuthbertson

Votes: 3,177

8. The Rainbow Tribe (2008)

90 min | Comedy, Family

6.2
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A rag-tag group of children at a sleep away camp help their counselor overcome a personal crisis.

Director: Christopher R. Watson | Stars: David James Elliott, Grayson Russell, Ed Quinn, Julie Ann Emery

Votes: 521

9. Ramona and Beezus (2010)

G | 103 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.6
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56 Metascore

An adventurous young girl uses her imagination to escape her reality, that is quickly spinning out of reach.

Director: Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum | Stars: Joey King, Selena Gomez, Bridget Moynahan, John Corbett

Votes: 14,937 | Gross: $26.16M

10. Rango (2011)

PG | 107 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.2
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75 Metascore

Rango is an ordinary chameleon who accidentally winds up in the town of Dirt, a lawless outpost in the Wild West in desperate need of a new sheriff.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Timothy Olyphant, Abigail Breslin

Votes: 200,404 | Gross: $123.48M

11. Rascal (1969)

G | 85 min | Drama, Family

6.6
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A comedy filled with tenderness as a baby raccoon snuggles his way into the life of a lonely boy. He becomes the boy's only companion during his father's frequent absences. Because of ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Tokar | Stars: Steve Forrest, Bill Mumy, Pamela Toll, Elsa Lanchester

Votes: 324

12. Ratatouille (2007)

G | 111 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

8.0
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96 Metascore

A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant.

Directors: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava | Stars: Brad Garrett, Lou Romano, Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm

Votes: 522,760 | Gross: $206.45M

13. Read It and Weep (2006 TV Movie)

TV-G | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

5.7
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A shy and retiring high school student develops a peculiar alter ego that changes her life forever.

Director: Paul Hoen | Stars: Kay Panabaker, Danielle Panabaker, Alexandra Krosney, Marquise C. Brown

Votes: 4,369

14. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Abiyoyo (1986)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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In one of the rare times Reading Rainbow uses a studio set, LeVar tells about storytelling through music. The then-new art of music videos is first up, with clips of "Who's Johnny" (among ... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, Darryl McDaniels, Jason Mizell, Pete Seeger

15. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Alejandro's Gift (1995)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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LeVar visits Indian Canyons to learn how Native American Indians lived near a desert oasis, and why water is such a precious thing for our planet. Francisco Rivela reads Alejandro's Gift, a... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, Francisco Rivela, Jesse Spielman

16. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Alistair in Outer Space (1986)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Family

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LeVar checks out the Library of Congress. Among the activities shown: how a book is delivered to the front desk, the vast film library, and how damaged books are repaired. Arnold Stang ... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, Eric Bogosian, Arnold Stang

17. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Alistair's Time Machine (1991)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Family

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LeVar goes to a totally-fictitious spot to find inventors from all eras. True to form, these inventors come from the distant past, Reading Rainbow's near-present, and the future. Arnold ... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, Erma Campbell, Arnold Stang

18. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Always My Dad (1996)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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This episode of "Reading Rainbow" teaches a lesson about family. Levar Burton reminences about his childhood with his mother and two sisters. His parents were divorced when he was eight ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Mannucci | Stars: LeVar Burton, B.J. Crosby

19. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Amazing Grace (1993)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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LeVar visits a theater to discuss acting and how pretending to be someone else sometimes helps people express themselves in different ways. He also visits with his friend, Whoopi Goldberg, ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Mannucci | Stars: LeVar Burton, Tyne Daly, Whoopi Goldberg

20. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Appelemondo's Dreams (1994)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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Creativity is the theme as LeVar spends the day painting a mural and other artwork. Michael Learned tells the story of Appelemondo, a boy whose daydreams were so vivid that they could be ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Mannucci | Stars: LeVar Burton, Michael Learned

21. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Archibald Frisby (1995)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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LeVar gets in his share of scientific method while at an amusement park. He answers questions by observing and using trial and error. Along the way, we learn how different kinds of ... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, Arnold Stang

22. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Badger's Parting Gifts (2001)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Family

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LeVar discusses cathartic ways to adjust to losing a loved one in this episode. He and fellow viewers talk about family members that are now gone that they miss, and how they try to ... See full summary »

Star: LeVar Burton

23. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Barn Dance! (1989)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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LeVar is in Tennessee where he is going to a barn dance. Along the way, he meets the band who will be playing their Bluegrass music and meets a man who makes his own fiddles. At the barn, ... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, Roy Clark

24. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Bea and Mr. Jones (1983)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Family

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LeVar is already worn out after working on several scenes all day long on the production of the series. He feels he needs to take on another identity, segueing into introducing the featured... See full summary »

Director: Larry Lancit | Stars: LeVar Burton, Madeline Kahn, Stephanie Mills

25. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Berlioz the Bear (1992)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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LeVar cruises the musical realms of New York in a program featuring the Boys Choir of Harlem. James Avery narrates the tale of Berlioz the Bear, a story about a bass-playing bear who gets ... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, James Avery, Walter J. Turnbull

26. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Best Friends (1987)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Family

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The best of friends are those whose friendships endure everything. And it extends to all walks of life, particularly to dogs. Liza Siegler reads the story of two girls who are best friends,... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, Liza Siegler

27. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: The Bionic Bunny Show (1988)

TV-Y | 28 min | Family

8.8
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In both the featured story and on the set of the show "Star Trek: the Next Generation" (which LaVar also stars on) we learn how TV shows are made and how actors in costumes and special effects can make imaginary things seem real.

Stars: LeVar Burton, Denise Crosby, Michael Dorn, Jonathan Frakes

Votes: 10

28. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Borreguita and the Coyote (1994)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Family

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LeVar spends the day in a barrio in East Los Angeles studying Mexican culture as he visits friends who make their own guitars, eats some traditional food, and discusses the cultural ... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, Olga Merediz

29. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain (1983)

TV-Y | 28 min | Family

9.1
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How do you envision the rain, or any kind of weather? Some of the things to ask about in this show of weather legends. When LeVar's plans of attending a picnic and softball game are ... See full summary »

Directors: Larry Lancit, Herk Harvey | Stars: LeVar Burton, Herk Harvey, James Earl Jones

Votes: 10

30. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Brush (1988)

TV-Y | 28 min | Family

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Can inanimate things come to life, as the feature book suggests? LeVar finds out for himself in a factory where all the goods for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade are stored.

Stars: LeVar Burton, Kevin Clash, Hector Elizondo, Robert Niosi

31. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Bugs (1988)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Family

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With microorganisms under his belt, LeVar now goes on the lookout for insects.

Stars: LeVar Burton, Edward Moldonado Jr.

32. Reading Rainbow (1983– )

TV-Y | 30 min | Family

8.4
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Levar Burton introduces young viewers to illustrated readings of children's literature and explores their related subjects.

Stars: LeVar Burton, Jennifer Betit Yen, Arnold Stang, Fred Newman

Votes: 2,633

READING Rainbow: Buried Treasures

33. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: The Carousel (1997)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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This episode of "Reading Rainbow," teaches a lesson about legacies. The book "Carousel", narrated by Sarah Hubbard, shows that a legacy is a special gift passed down from generation to ... See full summary »

Star: LeVar Burton

34. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: A Chair for My Mother (1984)

TV-Y | 28 min | Family

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LeVar and eight other actors are rehearsing for a musical number called "Teamwork." Amy Linker("Square Pegs")reads A Chair for My Mother, about a family that has to save up money to replace... See full summary »

Director: Larry Lancit | Stars: LeVar Burton, Byron Easley, Esther Elise, Amy Linker

35. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Chickens Aren't the Only Ones (1987)

TV-Y | 24 min | Family

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LeVar wants to find the answer to the old question, "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?" Posing as field reporter for E.G.G.-TV , he uncovers other discoveries instead, such as ... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, Georgia Engel

36. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Come a Tide (1992)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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LeVar discusses the weather: how it is traced, tracked, and covered in the media. Kids our shown how they can make a "soda bottle tornado", how a barometer works, and read the book, "Come a... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, Dixie Carter

37. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash (1983)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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LeVar visits a pet store to discuss the featured book, and imagines that one of the pets from the store followed him home. It's a field day for the farm animals, and not a place for the ... See full summary »

Director: Larry Lancit | Stars: LeVar Burton, Kaleena Kiff

38. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Digging Up Dinosaurs (1983)

TV-Y7 | 31 min | Family

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Technically not the first science-related show in its history, LeVar seeks a place where archaeologists retrieve dinosaur bones. At the end of the program, LeVar buries a time capsule, ... See full summary »

Director: Larry Lancit | Stars: LeVar Burton, Jerry Stiller

39. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Duncan and Dolores (1989)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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There's more to the cat than meets the eye. It culminates with one of the stars of what was then believed to be Broadway's permanence: CATS. Jane Curtain narrates the featured book about a ... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, Jane Curtin

40. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Enemy Pie (2002)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Family

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LeVar observes activity in a playground to see how people do and don't get along with each other. Ed Harris reads Enemy Pie, a story about a boy who dislikes one of his new classmates, and ... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, Ed Harris

41. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Feelings (1986)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Family

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LeVar seems to have a lot of things going wrong for him as he spends a day in the park, causing lots of different emotions. In an animated feature, a group of school children read poems ... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, Laura Haymann, Jessica Mercado, Timothy Oakes

42. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Fly Away Home (1996)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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Homelessness is discussed as families have lost jobs and homes through tragic circumstances. One family, who lost their home in a fire and now reside in a shelter, is profiled. Daniel ... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, Daniel Saltzman

43. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Follow the Drinking Gourd (1993)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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LeVar reflects on a time when Africans were brought to America as slaves. He talks about how African-Americans risked their lives for freedom, and discusses how the music from slavery times... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, Keith David, Robert M. Watson

44. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Fox on the Job (1991)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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There's a wide job market out there, but just what kind of job does a person want? In this program are both conventional and unconventional occupations to straddle the flow of the feature book.

Stars: LeVar Burton, Fred Newman

45. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Galimoto (1991)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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Viewers learn the many uses for wire: from creating objects of wire art and transporting people on the longest tramway in the world, to playing an integral part in a circus act.

Director: Larry Lancit | Stars: LeVar Burton, Hattie Winston

46. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Germs Make Me Sick! (1986)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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LeVar goes on a search for microorganisms, distinguishing the good ones from the bad. An animated satire of Hill Street Blues (which ran 1981-1987) shows white blood cells ready to fight ... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, Jerry Orbach

47. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: The Gift of the Sacred Dog (1983)

TV-Y | 28 min | Family

6.8
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The first of many programs favoring Native Americans. In this instance, a Midwestern legend suggests how horses arrived to the tribe. Later in this episode is the song "Ancient Places, ... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, Michael Ansara, Robert Tree Cody, Jane Lind

Votes: 5

48. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Gila Monsters Meet You at the Airport (1983)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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In the featured book, a young boy and his family move from New York City to the Southwest and he has many misconceptions about what his new home is like.

Director: Larry Lancit | Stars: LeVar Burton, Doug Parvin

49. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message (1997)

TV-Y | 28 min | Family

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LeVar discusses how people show gratitude for kind acts and how we can repay each other in acts of kindness to spread good will in the world. Nicholson Earl Billey reads the featured story,... See full summary »

Star: LeVar Burton

50. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Gregory, the Terrible Eater (1983)

TV-Y | 28 min | Family

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Today's subject is goats and what they eat.

Director: Larry Lancit | Stars: LeVar Burton, Marilyn Michaels

51. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Hail to Mail (1994)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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LaVar explains the postal service and shows how important mail as a form of communication.

Stars: LeVar Burton, Al Roker

52. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Hill of Fire (1985)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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LeVar visits Hawaii to get a closer look at active volcanoes. He studies lava and the way the earth changes after an eruption. Fernando Escandon reads Hill of Fire, a true story of how a ... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, Fernando Escandon

53. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Hip Cat (1997)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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In this episode of the "Reading Rainbow," Levar Burton visits with The Bill Saxton Quartet and Saxophonist Joshua Redman. We learn about jazz and the concept of improvisation. Books ... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, Ann Duquesnay, Joshua Redman

54. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Hot-Air Henry (1984)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Family

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LeVar goes to South Carolina to ride a hot-air balloon. In another study of how air travel has advanced, schoolchildren visit the Space Camp for Aspiring Young Astronauts. William Windom ... See full summary »

Director: Larry Lancit | Stars: LeVar Burton, William Windom

55. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Hotel Animal (1996)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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Levar dreams he is miniature size and everything around him is "so very big." When he Awakes, everything is back to normal. He learns that size can influence your perception. Things look ... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, John Cunningham

56. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Humphrey the Lost Whale: A True Story (1989)

TV-Y | 28 min | Family

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LeVar is sailing on the Atlantic coast whale watching. He and a team of scientists learn about how whales eat and how they live in their habitats in the ocean. Jane Pauley narrates the true... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, Jane Pauley

57. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (1993)

TV-Y | 28 min | Family

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One thing leads to another in this episode, with LeVar in a bowling alley, showing how certain actions lead to consequences. Included is a piece on an expert at domino displays and domino ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Mannucci | Stars: LeVar Burton, Beth Howland, Candice Nichole Hughes, Ron Eric Hughes

58. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Imogene's Antlers (1986)

TV-Y | 28 min | Family

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LaVar visits the zoo, to learn about animals with horns and antlers. In the featured story, a young girl wakes up one morning to discover she's grown her own pair of antlers.

Stars: LeVar Burton, Imogene Coca

59. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Is This a House for Hermit Crab? (1993)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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LeVar sets out to build a bird house, prompting an examination of animal habitats. Eartha Kitt reads the story of a growing hermit crab, who is now too large for his current shell, and all ... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, Eartha Kitt, Robin Leach

60. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: June 29, 1999 (1993)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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What's fact and what's fiction? What's the truth and what's absurd? LeVar looks into unusual stories and tries to distinguish the actual news from fabrications. Charles Kimbrough reads a ... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, Charles Kimbrough

61. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express (1991)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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LeVar takes a train ride from California to Washington state. Along the way, we learn about trains and how the transcontinental railroad came to be. Brian Dennehy narrates the true story of... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, Shaddi Albawab, Brian Dennehy, Mike Kinney

62. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie (1987)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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Sada Thompson reads the story of Abbie, the eldest daughter of a family that tends a lighthouse, and how she had to keep the lamps working during a storm while her father was in the city ... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, Sada Thompson

63. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Knots on a Counting Rope (1989)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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What's a handicap to a determined individual? With LeVar camping out by himself, the show banks itself on a news anchor who had been born with deformed hands and feet. The featured story, ... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, Bree Walker

64. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: The Lady with the Ship on Her Head (1991)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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Turning even crazier, the show plays with our heads in more ways than one. LeVar is the "Head reporter" of a mock-news program called "HEADline News Report" and "reports" on a truly ... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, Kevin Chamberlin, Fred Newman, Marilyn Pasekoff

65. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush (1991)

TV-Y | 28 min | Family

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LeVar's featured story is about a young Native American tribesman who finds his spiritual calling in life as a natural painter. His assignment is a special task that will influence him and his work have its memory last forever.

Star: LeVar Burton

66. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Lemonade for Sale (2001)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Family

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LeVar explores way that young people can earn money before they're old enough for official jobs in this show. Andrea McArdle reads the feature story of a group of kids who decide to run a ... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, Andrea McArdle

67. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Liang and the Magic Paintbrush (1983)

TV-Y | 28 min | Family

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LeVar goes to Chinatown for a look at Chinese culture. In something completely different, a New York technology institute draws a traditional Chinese dragon boat.

Director: Larry Lancit | Stars: LeVar Burton, Harrod Blank, Lauren Tom

68. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: The Lotus Seed (1994)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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Young people who emigrated to the United States from Asian countries are interviewed and discuss having to learn a new language and fitting in with other children their age while dealing ... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, Gamil al-Kutiny, Rona Figueroa

69. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Louis the Fish (1983)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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Starting at the New England Aquarium, LeVar gets into a lengthy observation of aquatic life. Vincent Gardenia reads the story of Louis the Fish, a fanciful tale of a man, forced to take ... See full summary »

Directors: Larry Lancit, Michael Sporn | Stars: LeVar Burton, Vincent Gardenia

70. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Ludlow Laughs (1989)

TV-Y | 29 min | Family

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LeVar is assigned a comedy makeover to learn more about comedy. Phillis Diller narrates "Ludlow Laughs," a tale about a man who never smiled at all until one strange night when he started to laugh out loud.

Directors: Larry Lancit, Dean Parisot | Stars: LeVar Burton, Phyllis Diller, Peter Pitofsky

71. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Mama Don't Allow (1986)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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LeVar shows how music can help interpret a situation, from meeting alligators in a Louisiana swamp to joining a party on a Mississippi riverboat. Fred Newman narrates the story of Mama ... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, Fred Newman

72. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Martha Speaks (1995)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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Luke, LeVarâ€ôs favorite pooch, steps to the forefront and takes over the show. As a result, viewers get a dogâ€ôs eye view of life, and get to meet some incredible canine ... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, Jo Haden

73. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Math Curse (1998)

TV-Y | Family

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Add a Plot

Stars: LeVar Burton, Michelle Trachtenberg

74. Reading Rainbow (1983– )

TV-Y | 30 min | Family

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Levar Burton introduces young viewers to illustrated readings of children's literature and explores their related subjects.

Stars: LeVar Burton, Jennifer Betit Yen, Arnold Stang, Fred Newman

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75. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Max (2002)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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LeVar profiles people who are considered "Everyday Heroes" for doing important jobs to provide services, like firefighters, doctors, police officers, nurses, and even jobs like lawyers, ... See full summary »

Star: LeVar Burton

76. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Meanwhile Back at the Ranch (1987)

TV-Y | 26 min | Family

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LeVar travels to an old west town made to look like life in the 1880's to see how times have changed in the last 100 years. He explores how cowboys lived and traveled, and he also shows how... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, Hoyt Axton

77. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Miss Nelson Is Back (1983)

TV-Y | 28 min | Family

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As part of his birthday celebration, LeVar gets made-up like a movie monster, and then gets involved in Harry Blackstone's magic act. Ruth Buzzi reads Miss Nelson Is Back, all about a group... See full summary »

Director: Larry Lancit | Stars: LeVar Burton, Harry Blackstone Jr., Ruth Buzzi

78. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Mrs. Katz and Tush (1993)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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LeVar pays a visit to a family friend, who is Jewish, to learn how to prepare special foods served during a Seder dinner, like Challah bread and potato latkes. Reizyl Bozyk and Rick English... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, Reizl Bozyk, Jamie Duneier

79. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters (1989)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Family

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LeVar celebrates the culture of Africa in New York City's Central Park where he learns how African drums are made. Phylicia Rashid narrates Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters, an African tale ... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, Phylicia Rashad

80. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States (2001)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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Levar takes us on a literary tour of the United States. From Hawaii to Maine and Montana to New York, each state is different in its own way.

Star: LeVar Burton

81. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: My Life with the Wave (1998)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Family

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Scott Irby Ranier tells a tale of a boy who is followed home by a wave of water after a vacation at the beach, and how he and his family must convince the wave it is better off living in the ocean than in his bathtub.

Stars: LeVar Burton, Scott Irby-Ranniar

82. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: My Little Island (1987)

TV-Y | 26 min | Family

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LeVar spends a day on the Caribbean island of Montserrat. With the featured book as his guide, LeVar drives around the coastline, visits an open market, and gets a glimpse of a mountain ... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, Ron Foster

83. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Nosey Mrs. Rat (1994)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Family

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Observing people is the theme of the day, as LeVar finds himself with time to kill before a business meeting and chooses to watch children at a playground while he waits.

Stars: LeVar Burton, Jane Goodall, Faith Prince

84. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: On the Day You Were Born (1997)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Family

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How babies are born is explored, in great detail, in this episode, as a family welcoming their fourth child is profiled during the last few weeks before delivery. Patrick Stewart reads a ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Mannucci | Star: LeVar Burton

85. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Once There Was a Tree (1994)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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There is still use to a tree stump, as the feature book entails. Eli Wallach reads the story about the lifetime of a tree, and how different animals and people made use of the tree during ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Mannucci | Stars: LeVar Burton, Eli Wallach

86. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Opt: An Illusionary Tale (1991)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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In this episode, all is not what it seems as LeVar demonstrates optical illusions from the book by Arline and Joseph Baum. He also shows how special effects are created for television; ... See full summary »

Star: LeVar Burton

87. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Our Big Home: An Earth Poem (2002)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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LeVar visits the United Nations building to learn more about how different countries of the world try to work together. Naomi Judd reads Our Big Home, a poem about how everything in the ... See full summary »

Star: LeVar Burton

88. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Owen (1996)

TV-Y | 28 min | Family

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It's easy to get flashbacks while watching Reading Rainbow. Now it's LeVar's turn, as he gets in touch with visions of "his boyhood." Matthew Broderick reads "Owen," about a little mouse ... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, Matthew Broderick, Kristian Damian, Patricia Icia

89. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Ox-Cart Man (1984)

TV-Y | 28 min | Family

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LeVar visits Old Sturbridge Village in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to experience reenactments of life in Colonial America. Lorne Greene reads the story of Ox-Cart Man, all about a man... See full summary »

Director: Larry Lancit | Stars: LeVar Burton, Lorne Greene

90. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: The Paper Crane (1987)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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LeVar provides insight on Japanese culture. Keye Luke reads the story of a kind restaurant owner who is thanked by a customer with a magical crane made from a napkin, whose dancing ... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, Keye Luke, Kenn Michael

91. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: The Patchwork Quilt (1985)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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LeVar visits the Boston Children's Museum to participate with other children to design a patchwork quilt with everyone having their own individual square. Isabel Sanford reads The Patchwork... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, Isabel Sanford, John Sebastian

92. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Paul Bunyan (1985)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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Lavar visits a lumberjack camp in the forest. Today's featured book is based on the legend of Paul Bunyan, the giant woodsman.

Stars: LeVar Burton, Buddy Ebsen

93. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Perfect the Pig (1985)

TV-Y | 30 min | Family

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LeVar visits a pig farm in Hawaii to find out why pigs are so popular. He also interviews Kermit the Frog to ask him about his famous girlfriend, Miss Piggy.James Coco reads the story of ... See full summary »

Director: Larry Lancit | Stars: LeVar Burton, James Coco, Jim Henson

94. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Pet Stories You Don't Have to Walk (2000)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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"Pet Stories You Don't Have to Walk", read by Jason Alexander, features stories about pets. LeVar Burton throws a birthday party for his golden retriever, Roy, and treats the dog to a bath at a pet spa for his special day.

Stars: LeVar Burton, Jason Alexander

95. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: The Piggy in the Puddle (1992)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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This episode of READING RAINBOW, "Piggy in the Puddle," features a look at the art of claymation and the joys of mud. Claymation artists Becky and Cody introduce host LeVar Burton to the ... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, Tovah Feldshuh

96. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: The Purple Coat (1988)

TV-Y | 28 min | Family

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In New York again, LeVar goes to get a tailor-made jacket. In between comes a visit to the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Stars: LeVar Burton, Jack Gilford

97. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Racoons and Ripe Corn (1991)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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LeVar spends the day following around wildlife artist and children's book author Jim Arnofsky, who shows LeVar how he is inspired to create the stories by the signs of animals around the ... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, Julia Barr

98. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Rechenka's Eggs (1992)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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LeVar takes up decorating eggs and shows us that they're one of nature's extraordinary wonders. The author of the featured book shows us how she got the idea for the story. We also see how animals in nature hatch their eggs.

Stars: LeVar Burton, Viveca Lindfors

99. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: The Robbery at the Diamond Dog Diner (1988)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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LeVar tries to have lunch at a diner, but soon finds himself thrust into work. For some reason, he just doesn't understand luncheonette lingo.

Stars: LeVar Burton, Peter Falk, Jami Simon

100. Reading Rainbow (1983– )
Episode: Regina's Big Mistake (1997)

TV-Y | 27 min | Family

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In this episode of the "Reading Rainbow," Levar Burton visits with The Bill Saxton Quartet and Saxophonist Joshua Redman. We learn about jazz and the concept of improvisation. Books ... See full summary »

Stars: LeVar Burton, Anna Holbrook