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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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Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
wiabux added 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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2,322 554
Sesame Street is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
wiabux added 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
3
2,473 568
Cyberchase is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
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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3,254 338
Arthur is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
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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1,826 601
Reading Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
wiabux added 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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2,267 430
Zoboomafoo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
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
7
1,676 439
Bill Nye the Science Guy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
wiabux added 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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2,454 359
The Berenstain Bears is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
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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2,090 322
Curious George is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
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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3,021 326
Dragon Tales is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
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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1,900 341
Clifford's Puppy Days is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
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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2,424 261
The Magic School Bus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
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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1,934 96
Clifford the Big Red Dog is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
CosmicCastaway added 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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1,391 293
Between the Lions is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
CosmicCastaway added 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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1,413 480
Sagwa The Chinese Siamese Cat is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
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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1,132 376
Wild Kratts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
hydu7 added 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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1,004 425
Peep and the Big Wide World is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
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
18
1,598 382
Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
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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981 296
Wishbone is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
CosmicCastaway added 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
20
1,405 498
Barney & Friends is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
VincentOsekwe added 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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1,252 435
Zoom is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
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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919 291
Liberty's Kids is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
CosmicCastaway added 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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1,409 384
Martha Speaks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
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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1,298 400
WordGirl is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Zinnate added 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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678 225
The Electric Company is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked
Evan Worrell added 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