Since its founding in 1970, PBS has been a staple of public broadcasting on American television. Throughout the long history of the non-profit broadcasting organization, many shows have come and gone. As a kid, you probably watched your fair share of TV shows on the station, but after a few cycles of shows (and as you grew older) both your interest and memories faded and your brain cleared some space. Well, on this list you'll find those old PBS Kids shows you forgot about. Relive these '80s and '90s TV series from PBS Kids and prepare some serious nostalgic flashbacks. Vote up all the shows you're glad to remember and vote down the ones that didn't really make that much of an impact.
Over its decades of service, the independently operated organization has cycled through hundreds of shows. Buried within those shows are some gems that really stuck with the viewer in one way or another, making an educational, moral, or emotional impact. Read on to see which shows really stuck with viewers, even though they're a bit obscure.
This peppy and adventurous Jack Russell Terrier dove snout-first into classic literature adventures, bringing them to life through the eyes of the young pup. Whenever Wishbone embarked on a new journey, he inevitably wound up as the main hero of whatever tale he was daydreaming about. He could talk, but only the viewers and the characters in his imagination can hear his voice. The series ran from 1995-'98.
Wishbone wasn't always going to be called that. According to producer Betty Buckley:
[A]t one point, we were going to have a bulldog that lived in New Orleans. Very different story. At another point Wishbone was going to be named Knuckles. And Tim Cissell (who later cowrote the theme song) made this big appeal, like, “You cannot call the dog Knuckles.”
The dog cast for Wishbone was named Soccer, and he wowed the producers with his ability to do a back flip. Said trainer Jackie Kaptan:
Not every dog is made for Hollywood. It takes a special kind of dog that enjoys it. Soccer wasn’t the smartest dog I’ve ever trained, but he had that willingness to please. And he had a great heart. I mean, he’d walk on water for me.
This game show, based off of the video game of the same name, threw three contestants together to answer a series of geography questions. These questions helped the young gumshoes (as they called them) find the elusive criminal Carmen Sandiego, you know, wherever in the entire freakin' world she may be. The '90s game show was hosted in rounds, and featured a sensational a capella group called Rockapella that played live music between the geographical trivia showdowns.
Kratts' Creatures was aimed at teaching kids about the world of animals. Brothers Chris and Martin Kratt hosted the series, which also featured Allison Baldwin and a blue dino-like creature named Ttark who was always mixing up his facts. Crazy Ttark.
In Ghostwriter, a group of teens investigated mishaps with the help of their friend, Ghostwriter, who was an enigmatic spirit/ball of light. Ghostwriter was invisible to everyone other than the teenage super-sleuths, but was able to help them solve crimes and mysteries by highlighting keywords in literature that lead them to the next clue.