Thread: PBS (Public Television) Kids the way we remember it

    • 10 years 12 days ago
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    If you where like me your family didn't have cable and you had to rely on PBS and local channels for your entertainment. In the late 70's, and on into the early to middle 90's PBS was where it was at for education and entertaining childerns programing. Now I'm not knocking those other channels like Fox but if you wanted to get away from cartoons then PBS was your answer. Parents loved it because it tought their kids everything from how to speak in spanish to how to cope with devorce (Mr. Rogers had an epsode about this) and kids loved it because the shows where so entertaining they didn't notice they where learning. So if you where lucky enough to have watch PBS in its hay-day you certinallyu would have watch one or more of the following

    Reading Rainbow

    Sesame Street

    Shinning Time Station (the pre cursor to the show Thomas and friends) (Strangly enough this show stared Ringo Star from the ledgendary group the Beatles)

    Long ago and Far away (oddly enough hoseted by James Early Jones)

    Mr. Rogers

    3-2-1 Contact

    The Electric Company (This is where Morgan Freeman got his start)

    Zooble Zoo

    Strawbarry Lane

    Where in the World is Carm Sandago (based on a computer game of the same name)

    Wonder Works (the show which produced such classic mini series as Remona, The Cronicals on Narnia, and Ann of Green Gables)

    Square 1

    Owl TV

    There may be more I'm forgitting but as far as I can think those where the shows that most of us remember as being PBS's best.
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      • 10 years 12 days ago
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      Square One TV Rocks!
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        • 10 years 12 days ago
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        PBS ruled back then. I grew up watching it in the early and mid '90s. Shining Time Station also had the woman from the show "Benson".
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          • 9 years 9 months ago
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          I watched PBS in the late 70s and early 80s. 3-2-1 Contact, The Electric Company, Mr Roger's Neighbourhood, Zooblee Zoo, Fins Feathers and Fur, Readit with John Robbins, Books from Cover To Cover with John Robbins, Sesame Street, pre-death of Jim Henson.

          It was a great time to be a young child. What the hell happened to PBS?
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            • 9 years 9 months ago
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            Quote by Celeste
            I watched PBS in the late 70s and early 80s. 3-2-1 Contact, The Electric Company, Mr Roger's Neighbourhood, Zooblee Zoo, Fins Feathers and Fur, Readit with John Robbins, Books from Cover To Cover with John Robbins, Sesame Street, pre-death of Jim Henson.

            It was a great time to be a young child. What the hell happened to PBS?


            A bunch of boring shows. I also miss the late 70s/early 80s PBS.
              • 9 years 9 months ago
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              watched them all except station one and reading rainbow(which stared jordy from star trek) but i loved shinning time station. ever notice how the two guys that played the train conductor went on to be huge druggies?. the other guy was george carlin or something like that. and don't forget it was the precurser to theadore tugboat whichh was created by another 70s musician. ____? mack from fleetwood mack.
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                • 9 years 9 months ago
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                What about "The Letter People"? (90's version)
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                  • 9 years 9 months ago
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                  Never heard of it.
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                    • 9 years 9 months ago
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                    I'm diggin' the fact that you mentioned "Wonder Works"!! I loved watching some of the mini series they had.. ESPECIALLY... "Anne of Green Gables" "Anne of Avonlea" and "The Chronicles of Narnia"!

                    I also enjoyed 321 Contact and Reading Rainbow.
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                      • 9 years 9 months ago
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                      Quote by kimbaltak
                      watched them all except station one and reading rainbow(which stared jordy from star trek) but i loved shinning time station. ever notice how the two guys that played the train conductor went on to be huge druggies?. the other guy was george carlin or something like that. and don't forget it was the precurser to theadore tugboat whichh was created by another 70s musician. ____? mack from fleetwood mack.


                      Wasn't the other conducter Ringo Starr? I remember seeing a few episodes with him in there.
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                        • 5 years 11 months ago
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                        Arthur? probably one of the greatest PBS shows ever
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                          • 5 years 11 months ago
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                          I used too watched pbs kids as a kid.shining time station was one of my favorites back then
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                            • 5 years 11 months ago
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                            I loved Mark Kistler's Secret City. It was a show that taught kids how to draw. Anyone else remember Newton's Apple, Square One, 3-2-1 Contact, or The Joy Of Painting ?
                              • 5 years 11 months ago
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                              I didn't know people watched it.
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                                • 5 years 11 months ago
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                                Quote by marvel
                                I didn't know people watched it.




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                                  • 5 years 11 months ago
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                                  Quote by vkimo
                                  Quote by marvel
                                  I didn't know people watched it.




                                  Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.



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                                    • 5 years 11 months ago
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                                    It was a great time to be a young child.
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                                      • 5 years 11 months ago
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                                      My favorite shows that I remember watching on PBS since I was a kid are "The Puzzle Place", "Storytime", "Shining Time Station", "Reading Rainbow", "Square One Television", "The Magic School Bus", "Ghostwriter", "Sesame Street" (My favorite character is "Grover", "3-2-1 Contact", "The Electric Company, "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?", "Wishbone" and "Bill Nye, The Science Guy". I also remember "PTV Park" with the PBS "P-head" characters and "Wonderworks".
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                                        • 5 years 11 months ago
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                                        How could I have forgotten Reading Rainbow. Even though I haven't seen an episode in almost 20 years, (well, except for the one where LeVar does a tour of the Star Trek set. That's my favorite), I can still sing the theme song !
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                                          • 5 years 2 months ago
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                                          The PBS Kids I Remember:
                                          Wishbone
                                          Sawga the Chinese Cat
                                          Clifford the Big Red Dog
                                          Zooboomafoo
                                          Caliou
                                          Arthur
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