Reading Rainbow (1983– )

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

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Levar Burton introduces an appropriate subject for each episode to go with the featured children's book that is read in its entirity. This is followed by suggestions of other books for further reading. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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6 June 1983 (USA)  »

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Host LeVar Burton continued hosting the series while also co-starring in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). In 1988, the most popular "Reading Rainbow" episode of all time (Reading Rainbow: The Bionic Bunny Show (1988)) featured a behind-the-scenes look at the making of TNG. Most notably, the episode included a set of TNG bloopers - the only legal release of such material. See more »


[Closing phrase]
LeVar Burton: I'll see you next time.
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Referenced in Brows Held High: Vase De Noces (2012) See more »

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Fascinating, informative, entertaining...
3 October 2003 | by (Atlanta, Ga) – See all my reviews

This show, at least in it's current state, is better than 99% of the crap one will find on network tv. I've seen up close pottery making by Indians in the mid-west, examined the inner workings of the largest galactic telescope in the world in Puerto Rico, and otherwise been very entertained and informed from the times I've caught this show just before Charlie Rose came on.

Levar does a nice job of imparting important virtues to kids - RESPECT for creativity and craft, your elders, the environment... what more could you ask for, in an age when parents take NO responsibility for raising kids and kids have no respect even for human life??

As far as the books reviewed, I can't vouch for this, but I've always left with a good, warm feeling about people every time I watch this show, (and I usually feel like heaving when I see the other crap on tv).


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