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The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked

Updated December 16, 2020 121.2k votes 11.3k voters 389.3k views69 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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    Arthur

    J.T. Turner, Melissa Altro

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    Dragon Tales

    Andrea Libman, Danny McKinnon

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    The Berenstain Bears

    Michael Cera, Brian Cummings
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    Curious George

    Jeff Bennett, Frank Welker

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    Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

    Keith David, Fred Rogers

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    The Magic School Bus

    Lily Tomlin, Daniel DeSanto

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    Zoboomafoo

    Chris Kratt, Martin Kratt

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    Sesame Street

    Jim Henson, Frank Oz

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    Clifford the Big Red Dog

    John Ritter, Grey DeLisle

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    Cyberchase

    Novie Edwards, Annick Obonsawin
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    Clifford's Puppy Days

    Lara Jill Miller, Henry Winkler
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    Bill Nye the Science Guy

    Ed Begley Jr., Rachelle Carson

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  • 13
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    Wild Kratts

    Chris Kratt, Martin Kratt

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    Martha Speaks

    Tabitha St. Germain, Kathleen Barr

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    Between the Lions

    Ruth Westheimer, Fred Newman

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    WordGirl

    Dannah Feinglass Phirman, Ryan Raddatz
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    Reading Rainbow

    LeVar Burton, Jennifer Betit Yen

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    Wishbone

    Amy Acker, Melissa Archer

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    Liberty's Kids

    Whoopi Goldberg, Liam Neeson
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    Sagwa The Chinese Siamese Cat

    Khaira Ledeyo, Holly G. Frankel

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    WordWorld

    Marc Thompson
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    Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends

    Alec Baldwin, Ringo Starr

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    The Electric Company

    Morgan Freeman, Joan Rivers

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    Dinosaur Train

    Tabitha St. Germain, Kathleen Barr

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