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Reading Rainbow 

TV-Y | | Family | TV Series (1983– )
Levar Burton introduces young viewers to illustrated readings of children's literature and explores their related subjects.
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 37 wins & 90 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
LeVar Burton ...  Himself - Host 152 episodes, 1983-2015
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Storyline

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

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English

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6 June 1983 (USA) See more »

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Reading Rainbow See more »

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USA

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

After the TV series was cancelled, LeVar Burton received the copyright and developed an iOS educational app. In 2014, Burton decided to do a Kickstarter fundraising campaign to establish Reading Rainbow as an Android app and a class reading supplement resource for underfunded schools. The 30-day campaign's initial goal, $1 million, was raised within 11 hours. At the end of the full campaign, over $6 million had been raised. Seth MacFarlane contributed $1 million when the campaign hit $5 million. See more »

Quotes

LeVar Burton: [about to have kids introduce more recommended books] Of course, you don't have to take *my* word for it.
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Alternate Versions

Recent airings (2000) have re-edited older episodes to include new footage of Levar Burton running around with kids to a new Reading Rainbow theme song at the beginning and end. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Godzilla vs. Megalon (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Reading Rainbow Theme Song
Written by Stephen Horelick and Dennis Neil Kleinman and Janet Weir
Performed by Tina Fabrique
[Her version of the theme song ran from 1983 until 1999]
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I loved this show
25 August 2003 | by strid333See all my reviews

This was such a great show. I especially loved the story book time. I also really liked the showing how things are done.

I think my favorite of all the episodes would be visiting LeVar's other workplace - the set of Star Trek TNG in its first season. It was one of the first times that they actually showed how they did all the special effects (I only wish that they waited a couple more seasons to make this episode because they might've had some Borg makeup). Now, with DVDs, this episode is pointless, but I still don't care.

On a personal note, one of my friends briefly appeared in an episode. He was 6 (like me) at the time. It was the episode of the Library of Congress and he and his mom are seen running up the stairs. He told me that if he knew better, he would've gone over to LeVar because he would've met Geordi LaForge (but this was a year before TNG even started and there are still ST conventions). Yeah, we are both geeks at heart.


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