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The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked

Updated December 16, 2020 121.5k votes 10.7k voters 375.5k 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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  • Arthur1
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    Arthur

    J.T. Turner, Melissa Altro

    Premiered1996

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  • Dragon Tales2
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    Dragon Tales

    Andrea Libman, Danny McKinnon

    Premiered1999

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  • The Berenstain Bears3
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    The Berenstain Bears

    Michael Cera, Brian Cummings

    Premiered2003

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  • Curious George4
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    Curious George

    Jeff Bennett, Frank Welker

    Premiered2006

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  • The Magic School Bus5
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    The Magic School Bus

    Lily Tomlin, Daniel DeSanto

    Premiered1994

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  • Mister Rogers' Neighborhood6
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    Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

    Keith David, Fred Rogers

    Premiered1968

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  • Zoboomafoo7
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    Zoboomafoo

    Chris Kratt, Martin Kratt

    Premiered1999

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  • Clifford the Big Red Dog8
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    Clifford the Big Red Dog

    John Ritter, Grey DeLisle

    Premiered2000

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  • Sesame Street9
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    Sesame Street

    Jim Henson, Frank Oz

    Premiered1969

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  • Clifford's Puppy Days10
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    Clifford's Puppy Days

    Lara Jill Miller, Henry Winkler

    Premiered2003

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  • Cyberchase11
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    Cyberchase

    Novie Edwards, Annick Obonsawin

    Premiered2002

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  • Between the Lions12
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    Between the Lions

    Ruth Westheimer, Fred Newman

    Premiered2000

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  • Bill Nye the Science Guy13
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    Bill Nye the Science Guy

    Ed Begley Jr., Rachelle Carson

    Premiered1993

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  • Martha Speaks14
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    Martha Speaks

    Tabitha St. Germain, Kathleen Barr

    Premiered2008

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  • Wild Kratts15
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    Wild Kratts

    Chris Kratt, Martin Kratt

    Premiered2011

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    #431 of 687 The Best Cartoons of All Time#182 of 344 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time

  • Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman16
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    Premiered2006

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  • WordGirl17
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    WordGirl

    Dannah Feinglass Phirman, Ryan Raddatz

    Premiered2007

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  • Reading Rainbow18
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    Reading Rainbow

    LeVar Burton, Jennifer Betit Yen

    Premiered1983

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  • Wishbone19
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    Amy Acker, Melissa Archer

    Premiered1995

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  • Liberty's Kids20
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    Liberty's Kids

    Whoopi Goldberg, Liam Neeson

    Premiered2002

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  • WordWorld21
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    WordWorld

    Marc Thompson

    Premiered2007

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  • Sagwa The Chinese Siamese Cat22
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    Sagwa The Chinese Siamese Cat

    Khaira Ledeyo, Holly G. Frankel

    Premiered2001

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  • The Electric Company23
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    The Electric Company

    Morgan Freeman, Joan Rivers

    Premiered1971

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  • Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends24
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    Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends

    Alec Baldwin, Ringo Starr

    Premiered1984

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  • Dinosaur Train25
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    Dinosaur Train

    Tabitha St. Germain, Kathleen Barr

    Premiered2009

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