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List of popular Public Broadcasting Service shows, ranked from best to worst. This list of the top current and cancelled Public Broadcasting Service TV series includes the date when each show first aired, as well as which actors starred in the show. The best Public Broadcasting Service TV programs of all time include the most viewed shows on Public Broadcasting Service, as this list covers the entire history of the network. This list is sorted by popularity, so the shows with the most votes are at the top of the list.

Shows include everything from Sesame Street to Arthur.

Although television fans in different locations grew up with Public Broadcasting Service on different channels, most of us got the same shows, so don't let your favorite Public Broadcasting Service TV shows sink to the bottom of the list! The list of top Public Broadcasting Service television shown below includes cast, creator, and premiere date when available. This list contains only TV series on the Public Broadcasting Service network, even ones that are no longer on the air.

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Sesame Street is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
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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Arthur is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
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) 3 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
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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Curious George is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
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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Zoboomafoo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
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 Magic School Bus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
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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Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
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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Thomas the Tank Engine & Frien... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
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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WordGirl is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
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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Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
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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Ghostwriter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
David López, Blaze Berdahl, Todd Alexander Ghostwriter is an American children's mystery television series created by Liz Nealon and produced by the Children's Television Workshop and BBC One. It began airing on PBS on October 4, 1992, ...more

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Wishbone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
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) 13 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
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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Liberty's Kids is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
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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Kidsongs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
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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Zoom is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
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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The Joy of Painting is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
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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Where in the World Is Carmen S... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
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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Clifford's Puppy Days is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
CosmicCastaway added 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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The Berenstain Bears is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
CosmicCastaway added 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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Between the Lions is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
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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Sid the Science Kid is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
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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Dinosaur Train is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
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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Clifford the Big Red Dog is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
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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Dragon Tales is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
CosmicCastaway added 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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George Shrinks is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
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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Postcards from Buster is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Audrey Tautou, Colleen Villard, Arthur Holden Postcards from Buster is a children's television series for children containing both animation and live-action that originally aired on Public Broadcasting Service. It is a spin-off of the ...more

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Bill Nye the Science Guy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
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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Where in Time Is Carmen Sandie... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
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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Anne of Green Gables: The Anim... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
CosmicCastaway added 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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Kratts' Creatures is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Kratts' Creatures Ron Rubin, Chris Kratt, Martin Kratt Kratts' Creatures is a half-hour children's television program on PBS Kids. The show was hosted by the Kratt Brothers, Chris and Martin. It also featured Shannon Duff as Allison Baldwin and Ron ...more

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Shining Time Station is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
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 Big Comfy Couch is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Alyson Court, Fred Stinson, Grindl Kuchirka The Big Comfy Couch is a Canadian preschool television series about Loonette the Clown and her doll Molly, who solve everyday problems on their "Big Comfy Couch". It aired from 1992 ...more

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Square One Television is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
John Sayles, Yeardley Smith, Larry Cedar Square One Television is an American children's television program produced by the Children's Television Workshop to teach mathematics and abstract mathematical concepts to young viewers. ...more

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Monsterpiece Theater is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Monsterpiece Theater "Monsterpiece Theater" is a recurring segment on the American version of the popular children's television series Sesame Street, a parody of Masterpiece Theatre.

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Nova is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Jay O. Sanders, Lance Lewman, Craig Sechler Nova is a United States popular science television series produced by WGBH Boston. It is broadcast on Public Broadcasting Service in the U.S., and in more than 100 other countries. The series ...more

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Spidey Super Stories is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
"Spidey Super Stories" is a live-action, recurring skit on the PBS children's television series The Electric Company. Episodes featured the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, provided ...more

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Cyberchase is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
CosmicCastaway added 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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Wild Kratts is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
CosmicCastaway 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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Timothy Goes to School is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
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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3-2-1 Contact is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
David Quinn, Debra Shapiro, Todd A. Rolle 3-2-1 Contact is an American science educational television show that aired on PBS from 1980 to 1988, and an adjoining children's magazine. The show, a production of the Children's Television ...more

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The Puzzle Place is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Alice Dinnean, Peter Linz, Noel MacNeal The Puzzle Place is an American children's television series produced by KCET in Los Angeles, California and Lancit Media in New York City, New York. It premiered on the Public Broadcasting ...more

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Archibald the Koala is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Richard Griffiths, Keith Wickham Archibald the Koala is a animated children's television series produced by Millimages in association with HiT Entertainment. The show began in 1998. It was based on the books written by Paul ...more

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An American Family is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Patricia Loud, Bill Loud, Lance Loud An American Family is an American television documentary filmed from May 30 through December 31, 1971 and first aired in the United States on the Public Broadcasting Service from January 11, ...more

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A Little Princess is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Miriam Margolyes, Meera Syal, Maureen Lipman A Little Princess is a mini-series based upon the novel, A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It was directed by Carol Wiseman and stars Amelia Shankley as Sara Crewe, Jessica Simpson ...more

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Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
George Carlin Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales was an American spin-off series of Shining Time Station. The series aired on PBS from October 7, 1996 to November 11, 1996. The plotlines, secondary to the five ...more

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Nature is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Lyudmila Shiryaeva, Ryan Harper Gray, Jeff Pickett Nature is a wildlife television program produced by Thirteen/WNET New York. It has been distributed to United States public television stations by the PBS television service since its debut on ...more

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Antiques Roadshow is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
TopCat8 added Bruce Parker, Angela Rippon, Arthur Negus Antiques Roadshow is a British television show in which antiques appraisers travel to various regions of the United Kingdom to appraise antiques brought in by local people. It has been running ...more

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The Elegant Universe is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
The Elegant Universe is a three-hour documentary by Brian Greene. It explores science’s most elaborate and ambitious theory, the string theory. It won a Peabody award in 2003. Eleven dimensions, ...more

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Cosmos: A Personal Voyage is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Public Broadcasting Service TV Shows
Jaromír Hanzlík Cosmos: A Personal Voyage is a thirteen-part television series written by Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan, and Steven Soter, with Sagan as presenter. It was executive-produced by Adrian Malone, produced ...more