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.
Shining Time Station
Created as an off-shoot of the successful Thomas & Friends, this train station-themed PBS Kids show centered around the station's workers and visiting travelers. For a brief period in Shining Time Station's history, Ringo Starr played the role of Mr. Conductor, who told tales about Thomas & Friends, but was later replaced by George Carlin.
3-2-1 Contact's PBS run was full of science, physics, and history, but it wasn't just restricted to your basic subjects. It took its young viewers around the world, teaching them about animals, art, social issues, and world structure. It even went so far as to preserve history with a segment that took its young viewers through the Statue of Liberty during her restoration for the 1986 centennial.
It also contained a sleuth segment that followed The Bloodhound Gang. The young and smart gang of detectives used their intellect to bust crimes and solve mysteries.
The whole point of Square One Television was to teach kids math and as abstract mathematical concepts. Brought to you in the form of an awkward-yet-awesome variety show made up of sketch performances, game shows, and even music videos like this uncomfortable beach montage about tessellations, Square One TV's PBS run was certainly a weird experience. Nineties kids might not totally remember this one because it didn't run well into the next generation, but if you were around in the '80s, this is one you would have caught.
Hosted by James Earl Jones, this show guided viewers through a window into another world. The episodes would start in a room set up to look like space where James Earl Jones narrated stories based on traditional fairy tales. Stories came to life through stop-motion claymation, cel-animation and live-action shorts. While Jones told most of the stories himself, guest voice actors like Regis Philbin would sometimes stop by and make an appearance.