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Between the Lions: My Once (Now Second) Favorite PBS Show

Do you watch kid’s educational shows on PBS? I sure do that a lot. (For non-US readers, PBS stands for Public Broadcasting Service. It’s the American non-profit public broadcasting television service, and the home of shows like Sesame Street, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and Clifford the Big Red Dog.)

Contrary to what many people might think, Sesame Street is not my favorite show on PBS. My favorite is Between the Lions. It’s a show about a family of library lions that love adventures in books. The format is similar to that of Sesame Street with repeating characters and skits, but Between the Lions has a bigger emphasis on reading. While Sesame Street focus on letter and number of the day, Between the Lions would focus on a vowel or a consonant, what words are spelled out and how they are used. I love all the tongue-twister-ish writing and silly puns. And it’s a also a plus that they used many types of puppetry.

There are many recurring segments. For example, there’s Cliff Hanger that can never seem to get off the cliff:

There’s Monkey Pop-up Theater:

There’s the very mindless Dot and Scot, and Chicken Jane who always winds up in some kind of disaster:

Aw… poor Chicken Jane. And here’s my favorite song of all time from this show, When Two Vowels Go Walking:

Ah, this show puts a smile on my face. Up till about two weeks ago, this was my favorite show on PBS. But over winter break, a relatively new show became my new favorite and she sure stole my heart. Do you watch PBS Kids? Can you guess which show it is? I’ll reveal the answer in a later post. (Unfortunately, this show is relatively new so it hasn’t been picked up by that many PBS stations yet.)


  1. January 13th, 2009 | 6:02 pm

    My favorite is Jane and the Dragon. While it isn’t specifically “educational” in the way Sesame Street and Between the Lions are, like most good children’s stories it teaches values in an entertaining way.

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  2. January 13th, 2009 | 10:31 pm

    Yeah, and that actually doesn’t make it any less educational than the ones that teach languages and science. Same with school systems. Sometimes schools are criticized for focusing on just teaching knowledge and neglecting the moral and value stuff. They are both important.

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  3. January 14th, 2009 | 3:21 pm

    I don’t really watch PBS… I used to watch PBS Kids with my kids when they were younger, but now they’ve moved on to Disney Channel.

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  4. January 14th, 2009 | 6:39 pm

    And I’m 25 and STILL watch PBS Kids, hehe… Was never into Disney Channel though…

  5. January 14th, 2009 | 11:12 pm

    Oh, wait, I am 26, not 25. Crap, I’m old.

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