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The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked

Updated September 28, 2020 125.7k votes 10.3k voters 366.5k views88 items

List RulesVote up the best original TV shows that have ever debuted on PBS Kids.

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 show 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, with series such as Molly of Denali, Esme & Roy, and Let's Go Luna!

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 more recent 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.

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  • 1
    Arthur is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
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    Arthur

    J.T. Turner, Melissa Altro

    Premiered1996

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  • 2
    Dragon Tales is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
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    Dragon Tales

    Andrea Libman, Danny McKinnon
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  • 3
    The Berenstain Bears is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
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    The Berenstain Bears

    Michael Cera, Brian Cummings

    Premiered2003

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  • 4
    Curious George is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
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    Curious George

    Jeff Bennett, Frank Welker

    Premiered2006

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  • 5
    The Magic School Bus is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
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    The Magic School Bus

    Lily Tomlin, Daniel DeSanto

    Premiered1994

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  • 6
    Clifford the Big Red Dog is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
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    Clifford the Big Red Dog

    John Ritter, Grey DeLisle

    Premiered2000

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  • 7
    Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
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    Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

    Keith David, Fred Rogers

    Premiered1968

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  • 8
    Zoboomafoo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
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    Zoboomafoo

    Chris Kratt, Martin Kratt

    Premiered1999

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  • 9
    Clifford's Puppy Days is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
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    Clifford's Puppy Days

    Lara Jill Miller, Henry Winkler

    Premiered2003

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  • 10
    Cyberchase is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
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    Cyberchase

    Novie Edwards, Annick Obonsawin

    Premiered2002

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  • 11
    Sesame Street is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
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    Sesame Street

    Jim Henson, Frank Oz

    Premiered1969

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  • 12
    Between the Lions is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
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    Between the Lions

    Ruth Westheimer, Fred Newman

    Premiered2000

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  • 13
    Bill Nye the Science Guy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
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    Bill Nye the Science Guy

    Ed Begley Jr., Rachelle Carson

    Premiered1993

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  • 14
    Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
    2,305
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    Premiered2006

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  • 15
    Wild Kratts is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
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    Wild Kratts

    Chris Kratt, Martin Kratt

    Premiered2011

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    #195 of 360 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time#434 of 674 The Best Cartoons of All Time

  • 16
    Martha Speaks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
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    Martha Speaks

    Tabitha St. Germain, Kathleen Barr

    Premiered2008

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  • 17
    WordGirl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
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    WordGirl

    Dannah Feinglass Phirman, Ryan Raddatz

    Premiered2007

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  • 18
    Reading Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
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    Reading Rainbow

    LeVar Burton, Jennifer Betit Yen

    Premiered1983

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  • 19
    Wishbone is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
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    Wishbone

    Amy Acker, Melissa Archer

    Premiered1995

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  • 20
    Liberty's Kids is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
    1,436
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    Liberty's Kids

    Whoopi Goldberg, Liam Neeson

    Premiered2002

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  • 21
    Sagwa The Chinese Siamese Cat is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
    1,864
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    Sagwa The Chinese Siamese Cat

    Khaira Ledeyo, Holly G. Frankel

    Premiered2001

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  • 22
    The Electric Company is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
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    The Electric Company

    Morgan Freeman, Joan Rivers

    Premiered1971

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  • 23
    The Joy of Painting is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
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    The Joy of Painting

    Bob Ross, Ben Stahl

    Premiered1983

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  • 24
    Thomas the Tank Engine & Frien is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
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    Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends

    Alec Baldwin, Ringo Starr

    Premiered1984

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  • 25
    Zoom is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
    1,674
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    Zoom

    Jared Nathan

    Premiered1999

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