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If you were a kid in the 90s or 2000s, you probably have seen several of the best PBS kids TV shows. Many of those PBS kids shows are actually still around and more popular than ever. But out of all those programs, which was the most popular one to ever air on PBS? Was it Sesame Street or Berenstain Bears? Fellow fans rank their favorite PBS kids TV shows below. Don't agree with the rankings below? Feel free to vote shows up or down. Better yet, you can rerank the list yourself.

This list of the top current and canceled PBS Kids TV series includes the date when each show first aired, as well as which actors starred in the show. The best PBS Kids TV programs of all time include the most viewed shows on PBS Kids, as this list covers the entire history of the network. Old PBS Kids shows were truly the best, as '90s PBS shows brought tons of color and adventure to old little kids shows. PBS Kids shows from the '90s especially stood out on TV to many generation Y and Z kids. But you'll be glad to know that PBS Kids is still home to some of the best childrens' television shows today.

Although the network is primarily dominated with cartoons, you can find a couple of live action shows mixed in there as well. Classic cartoons, like Arthur and Curious George, are featured on PBS Kids, and newer shows, like Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood have a place there as well. Live action shows like Zoom and Zoboomafoo are also available.

Television fans in different locations may have grown up with PBS Kids shows on different channels, but the top TV shows on PBS Kids should be pretty familiar to everyone. The list of top PBS Kids television shows below includes cast, creator, and premiere date when available. This list contains only TV series on the PBS Kids network, even cancelled PBS Kids shows. Vote up the best shows on PBS Kids below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section.
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Sesame Street is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
wiabux added Sesame Street Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney 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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Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
wiabux added Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Keith David, Fred Rogers, Don Francks 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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Cyberchase is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Cyberchase Novie Edwards, Annick Obonsawin, Jacqueline Pillon 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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Arthur is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Arthur J.T. Turner, Melissa Altro, Daniel Brochu 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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Reading Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
wiabux added Reading Rainbow LeVar Burton, Jennifer Betit Yen, Arnold Stang Reading Rainbow is an American children's television series that aired on PBS Kids and PBS Kids Go! from June 6, 1983, until November 10, 2006, that encouraged children to read. In 2012 an iPad ...more

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Dragon Tales is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Dragon Tales Andrea Libman, Danny McKinnon, Ty Olsson Dragon Tales is an American animated pre-school children's television series created by Jim Coane and Ron Rodecker and developed by Coane, Wesley Eure, Jeffrey Scott, Cliff Ruby and Elana ...more

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Zoboomafoo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Zoboomafoo Chris Kratt, Martin Kratt, Gord Robertson 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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The Berenstain Bears is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
The Berenstain Bears Michael Cera, Brian Cummings, Mark Rendall The Berenstain Bears is an Gemini Award-nominated animated television series based on the children's book series of the same name by Stan and Jan Berenstain. The series follows the lives of a ...more

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Clifford's Puppy Days is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Clifford's Puppy Days Lara Jill Miller, Henry Winkler, Masiela Lusha 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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Bill Nye the Science Guy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
wiabux added Bill Nye the Science Guy Ed Begley Jr., Rachelle Carson, Bill Nye Bill Nye the Science Guy is a live action educational television program that originally aired from September 10, 1993 to June 20, 1998 and was hosted by Bill Nye. The show aired on PBS Kids and ...more

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Curious George is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Curious George Jeff Bennett, Frank Welker, Rino Romano Curious George is an animated television series based on the Curious George children's book series, which features Jeff Bennett as the voice of The Man with the Yellow Hat. Frank Welker, who ...more

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The Magic School Bus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
The Magic School Bus Lily Tomlin, Daniel DeSanto, Erica Luttrell The Magic School Bus is a Canadian–American Saturday morning animated children's television series, based on the book series of the same name by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen. It is notable for ...more

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Clifford the Big Red Dog is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
CosmicCastaway added Clifford the Big Red Dog John Ritter, Grey DeLisle, Cree Summer 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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Sagwa The Chinese Siamese Cat is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Sagwa The Chinese Siamese Cat Khaira Ledeyo, Holly G. Frankel, Carrie Finlay Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat was a PBS animated program aired in 2001, adapted from Sagwa the Chinese Siamese Cat books by Amy Tan.

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Between the Lions is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
CosmicCastaway added Between the Lions Ruth Westheimer, Fred Newman, Kathryn Mullen Between the Lions was a PBS Kids puppet television series designed to promote reading. The show was a co-production between WGBH in Boston and Sirius Thinking, Ltd., in New York City, in ...more

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Zoom is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Zoom Jared Nathan Zoom is an American television program for ages eight and up, created almost entirely by children. It originally aired on PBS from January 4, 1999 to June 24, 2005. It was a remake of a 1972 TV ...more

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Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman Jim Conroy 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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Liberty's Kids is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
CosmicCastaway added Liberty's Kids Whoopi Goldberg, Liam Neeson, Billy Crystal Liberty's Kids is an animated educational historical fiction television series produced by DIC Entertainment, originally broadcast on PBS Kids from September 2, 2002 to April 4, 2003, although ...more

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Peep and the Big Wide World is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Peep and the Big Wide World Joan Cusack, Megan Mullally, Jayne Eastwood Peep and the Big Wide World is an American/Canadian produced Flash-animated television series created by Canadian Animator Kaj Pindal and based on the 1988 short film Peep and the Big Wide World ...more

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Wishbone is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
CosmicCastaway added Wishbone Amy Acker, Melissa Archer, Shelley Duvall Wishbone is a half-hour children's television show that aired from 1995 to 1998 in the United States on PBS. The show's title character is a Jack Russell Terrier. Wishbone lives with his owner ...more

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Martha Speaks is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Martha Speaks Tabitha St. Germain, Kathleen Barr, Brian Drummond Martha Speaks is a American-Canadian animated children's television series based on the 1992 children's book of the same name by Susan Meddaugh, about a talking dog named Martha, who is owned by ...more

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Wild Kratts is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
hydu7 added Wild Kratts Chris Kratt, Martin Kratt, Athena Karkanis Wild Kratts is an American/Canadian educational children's animated series created by Chris and Martin Kratt. The Kratt Brothers Company and 9 Story Media Group produce the show, which is ...more

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WordGirl is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Zinnate added WordGirl Dannah Feinglass Phirman, Ryan Raddatz, Maria Bamford WordGirl is an American children’s animated television series produced by the Soup2Nuts animation unit of Scholastic Entertainment for PBS Kids. The show began as a series of shorts entitled The ...more

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Barney & Friends is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
VincentOsekwe added Barney & Friends Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Tory Green 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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George Shrinks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
hydu7 added George Shrinks Tracey Moore, Bryn McAuley, Kathleen Laskey George Shrinks is a French-Canadian/American/Chinese animated television series. It is based on the children's book by William Joyce, produced in China by Jade Animation and in Canada by ...more

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Thomas the Tank Engine & Frien... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Alec Baldwin, Ringo Starr, George Carlin 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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It's a Big Big World is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
It's a Big Big World Peter Linz, Tyler Bunch, Tim Lagasse It's a Big Big World is an American children's television show on PBS Kids, that debuted January 2, 2006. It was originally part of Miss Lori and Hooper's schedule block, but it was replaced and ...more

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The Electric Company is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Evan Worrell added The Electric Company Morgan Freeman, Joan Rivers, Bill Cosby 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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Rolie Polie Olie is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Rolie Polie Olie Michael Cera, Michael Angelis 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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Adventures from the Book of Vi... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Adventures from the Book of Virtues Tim Curry, Mark Hamill, Elijah Wood Adventures from the Book of Virtues is an animated television series which originally aired on PTV and PBS Kids in the United States for three seasons, beginning in 1996 and ending in 2000. ...more

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Where in the World Is Carmen S... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
CosmicCastaway added Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? Greg Lee, Lynne Thigpen, Rockapella Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? is an American half-hour children's television game show based on the Carmen Sandiego computer game series created by Brøderbund Software. The ...more

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Sid the Science Kid is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Sid the Science Kid Drew Massey, Alice Dinnean, Victor Yerrid Sid the Science Kid is an American CGI animated series that premiered on PBS Kids on September 1, 2008. The computer generated show is produced by The Jim Henson Company and then-PBS member KCET ...more

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Teletubbies is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Teletubbies Toyah Willcox, Eric Sykes, Penelope Keith Teletubbies is a British BBC children's television series targeted at pre-school viewers and produced from 31 March 1997 to 16 February 2001 by Ragdoll Productions. It was created by Ragdoll's ...more

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Play with Me Sesame is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Play with Me Sesame Jim Henson, Frank Oz, John Tartaglia 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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Anne of Green Gables: The Anim... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
CosmicCastaway added Anne of Green Gables: The Animated Series Emily Hampshire, Wayne Robson, Al Mukadam Anne of Green Gables: The Animated Series is a half-hour animated television show produced by Sullivan Entertainment and created by writer/director/producer Kevin Sullivan. The series was ...more

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Timothy Goes to School is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Gerlina added Timothy Goes to School Alyson Court, Linda Kash, Fiona Reid Timothy Goes to School is a cartoon series based on the series of Yoko and the other individual books by Rosemary Wells such as "Shy Charles", "Fritz and the Mess Fairy" and ...more

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Dinosaur Train is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Dinosaur Train Tabitha St. Germain, Kathleen Barr, Ian James Corlett Dinosaur Train is an American/Canadian/Singaporean animated series created by Craig Bartlett. The series features a curious young Tyrannosaurus Rex named Buddy who, together with his adopted ...more

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The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! Martin Short, Alexa Torrington, Jacob Ewaniuk The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! is a Canada–UK co-produced animated television series that premiered August 7, 2010 on Treehouse TV in Canada, on September 6, 2010 on PBS Kids in the ...more

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Where in Time Is Carmen Sandie... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
CosmicCastaway added Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego? Lynne Thigpen, Kevin Shinick, Alaine Kashian Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego? Is an American half-hour children's television game show loosely based on the computer game of the same name created by Brøderbund Software. The program ...more

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Strawberry Shortcake's Berry B... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Gerlina added Strawberry Shortcake's Berry Bitty Adventures Andrea Libman, Britt McKillip, Ashleigh Ball Strawberry Shortcake's Berry Bitty Adventures is the 2009 CGI animated television series based on the Strawberry Shortcake Franchise. The series, produced by MoonScoop Group and American ...more

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Super Why is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
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Olivia is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Olivia Yvonne Craig, Katie Leigh, Brianna McCracken 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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Peg + Cat is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
sydneymadisonnetwork added Peg + Cat Dwayne Hill, Hayley Faith Negrin 2013 Peg + Cat is an American-Canadian animated children's television series based on the children's book "The Chicken Problem", which was published in 2012. The series is created by Billy ...more

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Shining Time Station is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
AJ2445 added Shining Time Station Ringo Starr, George Carlin, Didi Conn Shining Time Station is an American children's television series jointly created by Britt Allcroft and Rick Siggelkow. The series was produced by The Britt Allcroft Company and Quality Family ...more

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The Joy of Painting is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Mike Campbell added The Joy of Painting Bob Ross, Ben Stahl, Steve Ross The Joy of Painting is an American half-hour instructional television show hosted by painter Bob Ross which ran from January 11, 1983, until May 17, 1994. In each episode, Ross taught techniques ...more

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Kidsongs is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Kidsongs Lynsey Bartilson, Mark Humphrey, Alexandra Picatto Kidsongs is an American children's media franchise which includes Kidsongs Music Video Stories on DVD and video, The Kidsongs TV Show, CDs of favorite children’s songs, song books, sheet music, ...more

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The Legend of Tarzan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
The Legend of Tarzan Michael T. Weiss, Olivia d'Abo, Jim Cummings The Legend of Tarzan is an American animated television series created by The Walt Disney Company in 2001, based on the Tarzan character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The series aired on ABC ...more

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Strawberry Shortcake and the B... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Gerlina added Strawberry Shortcake and the Baby Without a Name Strawberry Shortcake and the Baby Without a Name is an animated television special from 1984, produced by Nelvana. This is the fifth to feature American Greetings character Strawberry