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The Best PBS KIDS Sprout TV Shows 

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List of popular PBS Kids Sprout shows, ranked from best to worst. This list of the top current and cancelled PBS Kids Sprout TV series includes the date when each show first aired, as well as which actors starred in the show. The best PBS Kids Sprout TV programs of all time include the most viewed shows on PBS Kids Sprout, as this list covers the entire history of the network. This list is sorted by popularity, so the shows with the most votes are at the top of the list.

List is made up of many different shows, including Sesame Street and Clifford the Big Red Dog.

Although television fans in different locations grew up with PBS Kids Sprout on different channels, most of us got the same shows, so don't let your favorite PBS Kids Sprout TV shows sink to the bottom of the list! The list of top PBS Kids Sprout television shown below includes cast, creator, and premiere date when available. This list contains only TV series on the PBS Kids Sprout network, even ones that are no longer on the air.

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LazyTown is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best PBS KIDS Sprout TV Shows
Magnús Scheving, Stefán Karl Stefánsson, Julianna Rose Mauriello

Premiered: 2004

Genres (Tv): Family, Adventure film, Comedy, Family Film

LazyTown is an educational musical children's television program with a cast and crew from Iceland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It was created by Magnús Scheving, a ...more

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Little Bear is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best PBS KIDS Sprout TV Shows
Lissette Ramirez added Kristin Fairlie, Andrew Sabiston, Jennifer Martini

Premiered: 1995

Genres (Tv): Children's television series

Little Bear is an educational Canadian children's animated series based on the Little Bear series of books written by Else Holmelund Minarik, and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Originally ...more

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#124 of 375 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #183 of 482 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #165 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time

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Clifford the Big Red Dog... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best PBS KIDS Sprout TV Shows
NichelleAlexandria added John Ritter, Grey DeLisle, Cree Summer

Premiered: 2000

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Educational television, Animated series

Clifford the Big Red Dog is an American-British animated children's television series, based upon Norman Bridwell's famous children's book series of the same name. Produced by Scholastic ...more

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#138 of 482 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #122 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time #131 of 146 The Most Annoying Kids Shows of All Time

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Arthur is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best PBS KIDS Sprout TV Shows
NichelleAlexandria added J.T. Turner, Melissa Altro, Daniel Brochu

Premiered: 1996

Genres (Tv): Animation, Humour, Sitcom, Children's television series, Comedy, + more

Arthur is a Canadian/American animated educational television series for children, created by Cookie Jar Group and WGBH for the Public Broadcasting Service. The show is set in the fictional ...more

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Sesame Street is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best PBS KIDS Sprout TV Shows
Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney

Premiered: 1969

Genres (Tv): Sketch comedy, Education, Animation, Children's television series, Live action, + more

Sesame Street is a long-running American children's television series created by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett. The program is known for its educational content, and images communicated ...more

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Olivia is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best PBS KIDS Sprout TV Shows
Lissette Ramirez added Yvonne Craig, Katie Leigh, Brianna McCracken

Premiered: 2009

Genres (Tv): Animation, Children's television series

Olivia is a British-American children's animated television series produced by media company Chorion and based on Ian Falconer's books. It is seen on Nick Jr. in the US, Milkshake!, Nick Jr. in ...more

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Caillou is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best PBS KIDS Sprout TV Shows
Ashley66345MSP added Evan Smirnow, Ellen David, Jennifer Seguin

Premiered: 1997

Genres (Tv): Animation, Children's television series

Caillou is a Canadian educational children's television series that was first shown on Télétoon and Teletoon, with its first episode airing on the former channel on September 15, ...more

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Zoboomafoo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best PBS KIDS Sprout TV Shows
Chris Kratt, Martin Kratt, Gord Robertson

Premiered: 1999

Genres (Tv): Nature, Children's television series, Comedy

Zoboomafoo is an American / Canadian children's television series that aired from January 25, 1999 to November 21, 2001 and is still currently shown in syndication and it is regularly shown on ...more

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Super Why! is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best PBS KIDS Sprout TV Shows
Super Why! Siera Florindo, Tajja Isen, Zachary Bloch

Premiered: 2007

Genres (Tv): Computer Animation, Education, Animation, Children's television series, Educational television

Super Why or The Reading Adventures of Super Why is an American children's CGI animated show developed by Angela C. Santomero and Samantha Freeman Alpert. The series is produced by New York ...more

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#208 of 375 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #530 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time #58 of 146 The Most Annoying Kids Shows of All Time

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The Fresh Beat Band is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best PBS KIDS Sprout TV Shows
Erin Sanders, Hadley Fraser, Thomas Hobson

Premiered: 2009

Genres (Tv): Educational entertainment, Children's television series

The Fresh Beat Band is an American preschool television series created by Scott Kraft and Nadine van der Velde for Nickelodeon. The Fresh Beats are Shout, Twist, Marina, and Kiki, described as ...more

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#23 of 146 The Most Annoying Kids Shows of All Time #16 of 54 The Best Musical Kids TV Shows Ever Made #10 of 13 The Best Edutainment TV Shows

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Thomas the Tank Engine &... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best PBS KIDS Sprout TV Shows
Alec Baldwin, Ringo Starr, George Carlin

Premiered: 1984

Genres (Tv): Animation, Children's television series, Stop motion, Short Film, Family Film, + more

Thomas & Friends is a British-American children's television series, which had its first broadcast on the ITV network in 1984 and airs on PBS Kids in the US. It is based on The Railway ...more

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The History Behind 'Thomas The Tank Engine' Is Actually Really Dark #151 of 375 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #342 of 482 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

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Clifford's Puppy Days is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best PBS KIDS Sprout TV Shows
NichelleAlexandria added Clifford's Puppy Days Lara Jill Miller, Henry Winkler, Masiela Lusha

Premiered: 2003

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Animated series

Clifford's Puppy Days is a short-lived animated children's television series that originally aired on Both PBS and PBS Kids from 15 September 2003 to 13 October 2004. A prequel to the original ...more

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Barney & Friends is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best PBS KIDS Sprout TV Shows
NichelleAlexandria added Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Tory Green

Premiered: 1992

Genres (Tv): Children's television series, Adventure film, Comedy, Family Film

Barney & Friends is an American children's television series aimed at children from ages 1 to 8. The series, which first aired on April 6, 1992, features the title character Barney, a purple ...more

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Rolie Polie Olie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best PBS KIDS Sprout TV Shows
Michael Cera, Michael Angelis

Premiered: 1998

Genres (Tv): Comic science fiction, Cartoon, Animation, Children's television series

Rolie Polie Olie is a Canadian/French/American children's television series produced by Nelvana, and Sparx* distributed by Disney, and created by William Joyce, Maggie Swanson, and Anne Wood. ...more

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Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best PBS KIDS Sprout TV Shows
NichelleAlexandria added Jim Conroy

Premiered: 2006

Genres (Tv): Animation, Children's television series, Game show, Reality television

Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman, sometimes shortened as Fetch!, is a children's television series on PBS during the PBS Kids Go! block of educational programming. It is a reality-game show that is ...more

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Hero Elementary is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best PBS KIDS Sprout TV Shows
Lisa Michelle Cornelius, Chris River

Premiered: 2020

Genres (Tv): Kids, Animation, Adventure

Hero Elementary (PBS Kids, 2020) is an American-Canadian children's animated television series created by Carol-Lynn Parente. Hero Elementary centers around a team of super students called ...more

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Mister Rogers' Neighborh... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best PBS KIDS Sprout TV Shows
NichelleAlexandria added Keith David, Fred Rogers, Don Francks

Premiered: 1968

Genres (Tv): Children's television series, Educational television

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is an American half-hour children's television series that was created and hosted by namesake Fred Rogers. The series originated in 1963 as Mister Rogers on CBC ...more

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WordWorld is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best PBS KIDS Sprout TV Shows
Marc Thompson, Veronica Taylor

Premiered: 2007

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Educational television, Comedy

WordWorld is an American CGI animated television series that debuted on PBS Kids. It was created by Don Moody, Jacqueline Moody, Peter Schneider and Gary Friedman. WordWorld was produced by The ...more
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Cyberchase is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best PBS KIDS Sprout TV Shows
NichelleAlexandria added Novie Edwards, Annick Obonsawin, Jacqueline Pillon

Premiered: 2002

Genres (Tv): Education, Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Mystery, + more

Cyberchase is an American animated television series that premiered on January 21, 2002, on PBS Kids. The series focuses around three earth kids, Jackie, Matt, and Inez, who are brought into ...more

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Pingu is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best PBS KIDS Sprout TV Shows
Carlo Bonomi, David Sant, Marcello Magni

Premiered: 1986

Genres (Tv): Animation, Children's television series, Comedy, Stop motion

Pingu is a British-Swiss stop-motion animated children's comedy television series created by Otmar Gutmann and produced from 1986 to 2000 for Swiss television by Trickfilmstudio and The Pygos ...more

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#181 of 375 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #229 of 728 The Best Cartoons of All Time #330 of 1,316 The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows

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Play with Me Sesame is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best PBS KIDS Sprout TV Shows
Jim Henson, Frank Oz, John Tartaglia

Premiered: 2002

Genres (Tv): Children's television series, Puppet

Play with Me Sesame is a children's television series spun off from Sesame Street, featuring Sesame Street characters such as Bert, Ernie, Grover, and Prairie Dawn. From April 1, 2002 until ...more
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Clifford's Doghouse Adve... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best PBS KIDS Sprout TV Shows
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The Electric Company is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best PBS KIDS Sprout TV Shows
NichelleAlexandria added The Electric Company Morgan Freeman, Joan Rivers, Bill Cosby

Premiered: 1971

Genres (Tv): Children's television series, Sketch, Educational television, Comedy

The Electric Company is an educational American children's television series that was directed by Bob Schwartz, Henry Behar and John Tracy, written by Christopher Cerf, Jeremy Steven and John ...more

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Nina's Little Fables is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best PBS KIDS Sprout TV Shows
Nina's Little Fables

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Children's television series

Nina's Little Fables is a 10-minute TV show aired during The Good Night Show on PBS Kids Sprout, starring Michele Lepe as Nina and Star, reading fables. The show premiered on June 28, 2010 and ...more
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Floogals is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best PBS KIDS Sprout TV Shows
Floogals

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Animation