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The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time 

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Updated June 15, 2020 44k votes 2.8k voters 35.6k views 55 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite animated series that have aired on PBS.

This list contains information about the best PBS cartoons, ranked by your votes. Over the years, PBS has aired a variety of cartoons that have educated us and pulled at our heart strings. Because of our nostalgic love for PBS animations, this list contains funny PBS cartoons that you can vote on! Side note: some of these cartoons are currently broadcast on PBS while others aired in the past.

Obviously, Arthur made the cut for this best PBS cartoons list. That furry little aardvark Arthur just might be one of the best PBS shows of all time. It was created by Marc Brown and first aired in 1996 and get this... it's still running today! Thomas & Friends, The Magic School Bus, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Martha SpeaksDinosaur Train... there are so many classic shows found in this list that were a huge part of American youth.

So where does your favorite PBS show fall on this list? Be sure to vote it to the top and share your thoughts in the comments section!
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The Magic School Bus is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time
Starring Lily Tomlin, Daniel DeSanto & Erica Luttrell (Public Broadcasting Service)
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Arthur is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time
Starring J.T. Turner, Melissa Altro & Daniel Brochu (PBS Kids Go!)
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Clifford the Big Red Dog... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time
amna-kidd-majors added Starring John Ritter, Grey DeLisle & Cree Summer (Tiny Pop)
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Dragon Tales is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time
Starring Andrea Libman, Danny McKinnon & Ty Olsson (PBS Kids)
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Sesame Street is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time
RachelMacDonald added Starring Jim Henson, Frank Oz & Caroll Spinney (Public Broadcasting Service)
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Mister Rogers' Neighborh... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time
RachelMacDonald added Starring Keith David, Fred Rogers & Don Francks (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)
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The Berenstain Bears is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time
Starring Michael Cera, Brian Cummings & Mark Rendall (Nick Jr.)
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Curious George is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time
RachelMacDonald added Starring Jeff Bennett, Frank Welker & Rino Romano (Public Broadcasting Service)
Curious George is about a money who likes to explore and get into trouble.
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Bill Nye the Science Guy... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time
RachelMacDonald added Starring Ed Begley Jr., Rachelle Carson & Bill Nye (Public Broadcasting Service)
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Reading Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time
RachelMacDonald added Starring LeVar Burton, Jennifer Betit Yen & Arnold Stang (Public Broadcasting Service)
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Zoboomafoo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time
RachelMacDonald added Starring Chris Kratt, Martin Kratt & Gord Robertson (PBS Kids Go!)
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Bob the Builder is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time
Starring Chris Evans, Richard Briers & Greg Proops (CBeebies)
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Cyberchase is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time
armedandpsycho added Starring Novie Edwards, Annick Obonsawin & Jacqueline Pillon (PBS Kids Go!)
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Clifford's Puppy Days is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time
Clifford's Puppy Days Starring Lara Jill Miller, Henry Winkler & Masiela Lusha (CBeebies)
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Between the Lions is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time
Starring Ruth Westheimer, Fred Newman & Kathryn Mullen (Public Broadcasting Service)
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Martha Speaks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time
Starring Tabitha St. Germain, Kathleen Barr & Brian Drummond (Public Broadcasting Service)
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Rolie Polie Olie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time
RachelMacDonald added Starring Michael Cera and Michael Angelis (YTV)
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Wild Kratts is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time
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Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time
armedandpsycho added Starring Jim Conroy (Public Broadcasting Service)
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Maya & Miguel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time
Starring Beth Payne, Lucy Liu & Elisa Bocanegra (Public Broadcasting Service)
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Thomas the Tank Engine &... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time
Starring Alec Baldwin, Ringo Starr & George Carlin (Noggin)
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Barney & Friends is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time
RachelMacDonald added Starring Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato & Tory Green (Public Broadcasting Service)
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WordGirl is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time
Starring Dannah Feinglass Phirman, Ryan Raddatz & Maria Bamford (PBS Kids Go!)
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Super Why! is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time
RachelMacDonald added Super Why! Starring Siera Florindo, Tajja Isen & Zachary Bloch (Viacom International Media Networks)
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Liberty's Kids is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time
amna-kidd-majors added Liberty's Kids Starring Whoopi Goldberg, Liam Neeson & Billy Crystal (Public Broadcasting Service)