the shows of PBS Kids from the past and present.

by sandlot1992 | created - 02 May 2017 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

these are one of the shows that many of us have grew up watching on PBS Kids as well as PBS along with Adults and Parents alike from the late 1960s and to the 21st Century of today.

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1. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968–2001)

TV-Y | 30 min | Family, Fantasy, Music

Fred Rogers explores various topics for young viewers through presentations and music, both in his world and in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

Stars: Fred Rogers, Betty Aberlin, David Newell, Joe Negri

Votes: 4,524


Classic that I grew up on.

2. Sesame Street (1969– )

TV-Y | 55 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

On a special inner city street, the inhabitants, human and muppet, teach preschool subjects with comedy, cartoons, games, and songs.

Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 10,118

(since 1969, second run since 2016)

this one was the one that I grew up on as well.

3. The Electric Company (1971–1977)

TV-G | 28 min | Family, Comedy

A comedy variety show that teaches basic phonetic and grammar concepts using live-action sketches, cartoons, songs, and Spider-Man episodes.

Stars: Jim Boyd, Morgan Freeman, Judy Graubart, Skip Hinnant

Votes: 1,490


4. Zoom (1972–1978)

TV-G | Family

Middle School students teach kids how to do cool tricks.

Stars: Tracy Tannebring, John Covey, Nina Lillie, Kenny Pires

Votes: 264


5. 3-2-1 Contact (1980–1992)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Family

A children's show explaining various principles of science and their applications.

Stars: David Quinn, Debra Shapiro, Todd A. Rolle, Ginny Ortiz

Votes: 394


6. Powerhouse (1982– )

28 min | Adventure, Family, Mystery

The crime-fighting adventures of five members of an inner-city community center.

Stars: Michael Mack, Domenica Galati, Michael Wikes, Jason Kravits

Votes: 28


The series was later rerun by Nickelodeon in the mid-1980s.

7. Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends (1984– )

TV-Y | 11 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

This popular series follows the adventures of Thomas the Tank Engine and all of his engine friends on the Island of Sodor.

Stars: Michael Angelis, Michael Brandon, Keith Wickham, Kerry Shale

Votes: 2,782

PTV (US; 1989–96 [only as a segment on Shining Time Station])

Fox Family (US; 1999–2000)

PBS KIDS (US; 2004–present)

PBS KIDS Sprout/Sprout (US; 2005–15)

8. Reading Rainbow (1983– )

TV-Y | 30 min | Family

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: 2,949


this was the show that I also grew up on and taught me how to read.

9. Newton's Apple (1983–1998)

30 min

Viewer questions about science are answered.

Stars: David Heil, Peggy Knapp, Nancy Gibson, Ira Flatow

Votes: 40


10. Kidsongs (1987– )


THE KIDSONGS TV SHOW follows the exploits of twelve energetic and charismatic youngsters (ages 7 through 12) as they produce their own music based, kid's television show. The cast members ... See full summary »

Stars: Frat Fuller, Megan Miyahira, Julene Renee, Hassan Nicholas

Votes: 116

The Kidsongs Television Show debuted on September 19, 1987, with 26 half-hour episodes distributed by Orbis Entertainment. The half-hour, live action episodes featured the Kidsongs Kids running their own TV show in a top 8 countdown-style show, featuring music videos from the Kidsongs home video series. The syndicated show ran on network affiliates, primarily on Saturday mornings. It garnered excellent ratings and ran for 2 years, before moving to the Disney Channel for another four years. The show won the prestigious Excellence in Children's Programming Award from ACT. In 1987–88, in season 1, this show was called The Kidsongs TV Show. In 1994, a new version of the television series was developed by Rosenstein and produced in conjunction with Chicago public television station WTTW, and distributed by American Public Television to PBS stations nationally. Airing as part of the PBS Kids "Ready to Learn" block, The Kidsongs Television Show aired throughout the country and, by 1998, reached 89 percent of households. Many of the original Kidsongs videos were used in the public television series, along with new educational content and in-studio guests. The kids are joined by the adorable fantasy characters Billy and Ruby Biggle, and their magical friends from Biggleland. The Biggles help the children resolve their problems and concerns in a comforting, kind way. They address age-appropriate issues, such as not wanting to share, jealousy, friendship, telling the truth and patience. Seasons two through five of The Kidsongs Television Show totalled 80 episodes. The series ran on Public Television for six years, winning critical acclaim. Currently, fifteen episodes of The Kidsongs Television Show are available on DVD, and the series is also available in its entirety on digital download through iTunes and Amazon Video.

11. Square One Television (1987–1992)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

A kids anthology show that humorously illustrates various elements of mathematics.

Stars: Joe Howard, Larry Cedar, Cynthia Darlow, Beverly Mickins

Votes: 469


12. Gerbert (1989–1991)

30 min | Family

A friendly, loveable puppet named Gerbert teaches children about making right choices and learn different lessons about life.

Stars: Andy Holmes, Greta Muller, John Cadenhead, George Latchford

Votes: 38


13. Shining Time Station (1989–1993)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

An American version of the popular British children's program. Every episode, the kids (and sometimes the adults, too) at Shining Time Station learn some special lessons about life and ... See full summary »

Stars: Didi Conn, Brian Edward O'Connor, Alan Semok, Olga Felgemacher

Votes: 534


another show that I grew up on as a little kid along with my sister and my parents!

14. Long Ago and Far Away (1989–1993)

Animation, Drama, Family

hosted by James Earl Jones, this Anthology Series features fairy tales and short stories. Throughout the series, many guest narrators take turns telling a tradition fairy tale in their own words.

Stars: James Earl Jones, Mia Farrow, Tim Curry, Tammy Grimes

Votes: 69


15. Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? (1991–1996)

TV-G | 30 min | Family, Game-Show, Music

Contestants pursue the international thief as junior detectives who must answer questions about geography.

Stars: Greg Lee, Lynne Thigpen, Rockapella, Sean Altman

Votes: 1,708


16. Lamb Chop's Play-Along (1992–1997)

TV-Y | 30 min | Family

An enthusiastic singing lady and her puppet animal friends go on a variety of adventures.

Stars: Amy Castle, Brian Ito, Shari Lewis, Amanda McAdam

Votes: 1,331


another show that I had memories watching this as a young kid!

17. Barney & Friends (1992–2009)

TV-Y | 30 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

From pretending to be a pilot on a make-believe airplane to pretending to be a pirate in search of buried treasure, Barney's friends discover that creativity lets them soar in the wings of imagination!

Stars: Bob West, Julie Johnson, Dean Wendt, David Joyner

Votes: 3,729


a good but still okay show that parents find that annoying!

18. The Big Comfy Couch (1992–2007)

TV-Y | 25 min | Family

Loonette the clown and her dolly Molly solve everyday problems while residing in the comfort of a large couch.

Stars: Fred Stinson, Grindl Kuchirka, Bob Stutt, Alyson Court

Votes: 1,128


I had fond memories of this show all the way from Canada and still clowns aren't that scary in my opinion!

19. Ghostwriter (1992–1995)

TV-Y7 | Family, Fantasy, Mystery

A group of teenagers solves local crimes, capers, and mysteries in their neighborhood, with the help of a ghost who can only communicate through writing and words.

Stars: David López, Blaze Berdahl, Todd Alexander, Marcella Lowery

Votes: 2,025


20. Storytime (1992–1997)

TV-Y | 30 min | Family

hosted by a puppet named Kino, and co-hosted by two women named Lucy and Mara. This educational series also featured celebrity guest stars that would read to children in the audience and to viewers at home.

Stars: Marabina Jaimes, Mark Ritts, Sarah Miranda, Patricia Richardson

Votes: 15


I remember watching this a while back!

21. Bill Nye, the Science Guy (1993–1998)

TV-Y | 30 min | Documentary, Comedy, Family

Scientist/comedian Bill Nye explores various aspects of science for young viewers.

Stars: Bill Nye, Pat Cashman, Michaela Leslie-Rule, Jaffar Smith

Votes: 5,862


I enjoyed watching this back as well and still it's on Netflix!

22. Theodore Tugboat (1993–2000)

TV-Y | 15 min | Animation, Family

The adventures of a young tugboat and his friends in the Big Harbour, with the Dispatcher and the Harbourmaster keeping ever-watchful eyes.

Star: Denny Doherty

Votes: 142


I remember watching this in my youth back then!

23. Tots TV (1993– )


Three rag doll puppets live together in a countryside cottage: Tilly, a French girl, with red hair, who speaks in basic French; Tom, a blue haired boy with glasses; and Tiny, the green-haired youngest Tot.

Stars: Robin Stevens, Andrew Davenport, Véronique Déroulède, Jane Pardoe

Votes: 177


okay show that I had fond memories of!

24. The Adventures of Dudley the Dragon (1994– )

30 min | Family, Fantasy

The story focuses on Dudley, a dragon who recently woke up from centuries of hibernation and his new ten-year-old friends Matt and Sally as well as other kids down the line. The many kids ... See full summary »

Stars: Alex Galatis, James Rankin, Kirk Dunn, Asia Vieira

Votes: 84


a really good but okay show!

25. Katie and Orbie (1994– )

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Family, Sci-Fi

A young girl, Katie, discovers an alien, Orbie, in her backyard and her family adopts him. They have adventures and learn valuable life lessons in the process.

Stars: Chris Wightman, Amanda Tripp, Leslie Nielsen

Votes: 86


first premiered on PBS stations from 1994 until later now aired on Playhouse Disney (later Disney Junior) from 1997 thru 2002.

26. The Magic School Bus (1994–1997)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

An eccentric school-teacher takes her class on wondrous educational field trips with the help of a magical school bus.

Stars: Lily Tomlin, Daniel DeSanto, Erica Luttrell, Tara Meyer

Votes: 6,703


I had terrific fond memories of this educational and entertaining animated series!

27. The Huggabug Club (1995– )

TV-Y | 30 min

Season Two of "The Huggabug Club" which includes 21 episodes, is a musical, educational TV series for kids ages 2-8. The Huggabug Club is powered by children's imaginations, and guided by ... See full summary »

Stars: Alexie Agdeppa, Audrey Landers, Daniel Landers, Briahnna Odom

Votes: 20


I remember growing watching this strange but weird show!

Repeats of the show are currently seen on Trinity Broadcasting Network's Smile of a Child TV network.

28. The Puzzle Place (1994–1998)

TV-Y | 30 min | Family

A group of kids (puppets) from diverse backgrounds and cultures come together at "The Puzzle Place" to hang-out, tell stories, sing songs and hold celebrations. Along the way they learn ... See full summary »

Stars: Alice Dinnean, Peter Linz, Noel MacNeal, Jim Martin

Votes: 205


this show totally rocked my childhood and it was spectacular!

29. Wishbone (1995–1998)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

An intelligent and witty dog imagines himself in the role of characters from classic books and gets involved in similar real-life adventures.

Stars: Larry Brantley, Jordan Wall, Christie Abbott, Adam Springfield

Votes: 2,888


a great show I grew up on!

30. Wimzie's House (1995–2002)

TV-Y | 30 min | Family

A five year old dragon bird hybrid spends time with her friends at her grandmother's daycare learning new things each day.

Stars: Thor Bishopric, Tyrone Benskin, Jane Woods, Sonja Ball

Votes: 73


a good decent show I remember watching!

31. Groundling Marsh (1997– )

Adventure, Comedy, Family

set in a magical swamp. Most of the mutant-like characters are "Groundlings", but look very different from each other. They can be described as any combination of animal, human, elf, and ... See full summary »

Stars: Jani Lauzon, Dan Redican, Marque, Stephen Brathwaite

Votes: 34


this was Canadian show to my major discovery! go figure!

32. Kratts' Creatures (1996– )

TV-Y | 30 min | Family

Chris and Martin Kratt explore a variety of different animals' habitats and lifestyles each week, with help from Allison and her computer, and Ttark, an animated dinosaur.

Stars: Chris Kratt, Martin Kratt, Shannon Duff, Ron Rubin

Votes: 195

(1996) still a good show that I watch back then.

33. Arthur (1996– )

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Based on the books by Marc Brown, these are the adventures of Arthur, an 8-year-old aardvark, and his family and friends as they grow up and learn how to be good neighbors to one another.

Stars: J.T. Turner, Melissa Altro, Daniel Brochu, Jodie Resther

Votes: 10,235

(since 1996)

still is by far the best show from my childhood and was the most longest running animated shows along with the Simpsons!

34. Adventures from the Book of Virtues (1996– )

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

Two schoolchildren learn valuable life lessons from a buffalo, a red-tailed hawk, a bobcat, and a prairie dog.

Stars: Kevin Michael Richardson, Kath Soucie, Frank Welker, Jim Cummings

Votes: 246


I remember watching this back then as well!

35. Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego? (1996–1998)

TV-Y | 30 min | Family, Game-Show

Contestants pursue the thief and her cohorts through time by answering questions about history.

Stars: Alaine Kashian, Paula Leggett Chase, Lynne Thigpen, Kevin Shinick

Votes: 105


I think I remember seeing this a while back

37. Teletubbies (1997–2001)

TV-Y | 28 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical

In this television show for babies, the four colourful Teletubbies coo and play in idyllic Teletubbyland. They repeat fun, infant-pleasing activities such as rolling on the ground, laughing... See full summary »

Stars: Rolf Saxon, Jessica Smith, John Simmit, Nikky Smedley

Votes: 5,828

Original Series


38. Caillou (1997–2010)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Family

Entertaining misadventures of a four year old boy named Caillou, where each day he discovers something new and interesting with his mommy, daddy, and Rosie. Between Caillou segments are ... See full summary »

Stars: Evan Smirnow, Ellen David, Jennifer Seguin, Merlee Shapiro

Votes: 2,003


the worst from my opinion since parents find it annoying!

39. The Charlie Horse Music Pizza (1998– )


Shari Lewis, Charlie Horse, and their friends run a musical pizza parlor.

Stars: Chancz Perry, Gordon Robertson, Shari Lewis, Dom DeLuise

Votes: 24


great show and of course the series was put on hiatus after the May 18 episode aired due to Lewis' treatment in a local hospital. It was then cancelled when she died on August 2.

40. Noddy (1998– )

TV-Y | 30 min | Family, Animation

Three children spend their time after school at Notions, Oddities, Doodads and Delights of Yesterday, an antique toy store where the toys and the shopkeeper's pet crawfish come to life.

Stars: Goldy Notay, Gina Sorell, Denise Bryer, Stephen Joffe

Votes: 1,346


another show I remember watching before me and my sister always get ready for school every morning along with TLC's Ready Set Learn!

41. Jay Jay the Jet Plane (2001–2005)

TV-Y | 11 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

Children's series about the aventures of a blue jet plane and his friends.

Stars: Michael Donovan, Brian Cant, Eve Whittle, Vanessa Stacey

Votes: 431

Television Series: (1998-2005)

42. Bob the Builder (1998– )

TV-Y | 10 min | Animation, Family

Bob the Builder and his machine team are ready to tackle any project. Bob and the Can-Do Crew demonstrate the power of positive thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and follow-through. The ... See full summary »

Stars: Rob Rackstraw, Kate Harbour, Neil Morrissey, Lorelei King

Votes: 3,036

originally aired on Nick Jr. (2001-2005)

PBS Kids (2005-Present)

43. Elmo's World (1998–2009)

TV-Y | 20 min | Family

The lovable red monster explores different topics in his imaginary world.

Votes: 50


In 2009, "Elmo's World" temporarily ceased production and was replaced by Elmo the Musical in 2012.

44. Zoom (1997– )

TV-Y | 30 min | Family

A group of older children do arts and crafts, cooking, science and technology, and games sent in by viewers.

Stars: Caroline Botelho, Kenny Yates, Alisa Besher, Zoe Costello

Votes: 1,029


this one I grew up on even though I've never had seen the original one since it was from the seventies!

45. Zoboomafoo (1999–2001)

TV-Y | 29 min | Comedy, Family

Chris and Martin Kratt bring their enthusiasm for animals to the pre-school set.

Stars: Martin Kratt, Chris Kratt, Gord Robertson, Samantha Tolkacz

Votes: 1,920

I grew up on this one back then!

46. Redwall (1999– )

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

To save his besieged Abbey, a young mouse novice must learn of his destiny to be the successor to a great warrior.

Stars: Chris Wiggins, Janet Wright, Tyrone Savage, John Stocker

Votes: 671


47. Dragon Tales (1999–2005)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Two children find a dragonscale, and have fun socializing with dragons.

Stars: Andrea Libman, Danny McKinnon, Ty Olsson, Chantal Strand

Votes: 2,530


this one I had fond memories of it as well!

48. Between the Lions (1999– )

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

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

Stars: Anthony Asbury, Stephen Scott Scarpulla, Makeeba Mooncycle, Tim Lagasse

Votes: 806


another show that I grew up on and sometimes maybe I can be a designated reader!

(2000-2003) strange how a Christian Children's show airing on our local PBS Stations!