Between the Lions (1999– )

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Live-action and animation blend together in this educational fantasy about a family of lions running a library filled with adventurous and musical books.


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Lions Theo and Cleo and their cubs Lionel and Leona have many adventures at their library. Usually surrounding the many books within. Whether a daring story about Cliff Hanger, a vocabulary lesson from Chicken Jane, a song from the Monkey Pop-Up Theater and the Vowelles, as well as the lion family in a few zany skits of their own, such as Theo and Cleo as French chefs or Theo and Cleo as pop singers. There's no telling what can happen when you read...Between the Lions! Written by Dylan Self <>

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Did You Know?


Lionel: So, do you still like meatsicles?
Lenny Lizard: You bet! Um, do you still like making dinosaurs out of cheese wax?
Lionel: Every day!
Lenny Lizard: Lionel!!
Lionel: Lenny!!
[They hug]
Leona: ...And they both still like boring books.
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning of every show before the opening sequence, Announcer Bunny pops up and shows us a small preview of what we'll see in the upcoming episode. Then, Cleo and Theo are heard reading off the sponsors and occasionally slipping in a few comments. See more »


References The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy (1981) See more »

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Best Educational Show Since Sesame Street
6 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This show is the about the best 30 minute reading lesson you can give your kids short of having a reading teacher give them a one-on-one lesson. It presents a sound or word in multiple ways to get children thinking about how our reading works.

It also uses contemporary children's books so if one show really works with your kids, you can take them to the library and see the same book they saw on the show. (Although they won't see talking lions)

The show focuses on teaching reading, not math or manners or anything else, which is where it differs from Sesame Street. It also doesn't try to make jokes for the parents who might be watching the show with their kids. So, if you're not a small child or the parent of one, you probably won't see much point in the show. There is a quite negative review of this show on this site and it's probably from someone for whom this show was not intended. Some kid's shows really are just for kids.

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