PBS Kids

PBS Kids is the brand for most of the children's programming aired by the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in the United States. Some public television children's programs are not produced by PBS member stations or transmitted by PBS which is produced by independent public television distributors such as American Public Television are not labeled as "PBS Kids" programming, and it is mainly a programming block branding.

PBS Kids is also the name of a separate network which has had two iterations in the age of digital television; one which existed between 1999 and 2005, and the current version which was launched in January 2017.

PBS Kids
PBS Kids Logo
CountryUnited States
IntroducedJuly 11, 1994


PTV block

The framework for PBS Kids was established as part of PBS's "Ready to Learn" initiative, a project intended to facilitate access of early childhood educational programming to underprivileged children.[1] On July 11, 1994, PBS repackaged their existing children's educational programming as a new block called "PTV".[2][3] In addition to scheduled educational programming, PTV also incorporated interstitial content such as "The P-Pals", which featured animated characters shaped like PBS logos delivering educational content from their fictional world, "PTV Park". These interstitial shorts were aimed at younger children.[2] Older children were targeted with live action and music video interstitials.[2]

Several of the interstitial shorts, along with some of the station identification sequences that were shown during the block, continued to be used by some PBS member stations after PTV aired for the last time on September 5, 1999.

PBS Kids

On September 6, 1999, PBS launched the PBS Kids brand in several areas including its daytime Ready to Learn Service, PBS Online web pages for kids, and a home video label. Children's programming on the PBS network was then given unified branding. Along with the block of programming on PBS, PBS Kids lent its name to a separate television network, which launched on the same date[4] and was targeted to children from 4 to 7 years old. The PBS Kids Channel ran for six years.[5]

On September 30, 2000, the Bookworm Bunch programming block was introduced as PBS Kids' Saturday morning block.[6] PBS Kids Go!, a programming block targeting older children, was launched in October 2004.[7]

Block and local channels

The network was shut down on September 26, 2005, in favor of a new commercial cable and satellite joint venture channel, PBS Kids Sprout, which was developed in partnership with two producers and Comcast[8] (who later bought full control of the network via NBCUniversal).[9] PBS gave licensees an option to sign on Sprout promoters while most of the other half programmed their own children's channel.[8] PBS offered a replacement early school-aged kids network based on the block PBS Kids Go! by April 2006 to be launched in October 2006,[7] but was cancelled before launch.[8]

On May 8, 2013, PBS Kids programming was added to the Roku streaming player.[10] As of October 7, 2013, to coincide with the debut of Peg + Cat, PBS Kids received another graphic redesign and the PBS Kids Go! block and branding dissolved.[11]

PBS Kids network was relaunched on January 16, 2017 with a live stream of the channel on the PBS Kids website and video app; no changes were made to the main PBS Kids block. The block is counter programmed from the network, thus the same show would not be shown at the same time on the network and block.[12][13][14]

Programming blocks

For list of all PBS Kids Programs, see List of programs broadcast by PBS.

  • The Game (1996 – September 6, 1999) – afternoon programming block aimed at children aged 6 to 8. (Aired on PTV)
  • PBS Kids Bookworm Bunch (September 30, 2000 – October 11, 2004) – a Saturday morning block consisting of six animated series produced by Nelvana Limited.[6]
  • PBS Kids Go! (October 11, 2004 – October 7, 2013) – an afternoon programming block aimed at children aged 6 to 8.[7][11]
  • PBS Kids Preschool Block (September 4, 2006 – October 7, 2013) – programming block aimed at preschoolers.


PBS Kids
TypeDigital broadcast TV network (children's programming)
United States
AvailabilityNational (via OTA digital television)
FoundedFebruary 23, 2016
HeadquartersArlington County, Virginia
Broadcast area
United States
OwnerPublic Broadcasting Service
Launch date
January 16, 2017
Picture format
480i (SDTV)
(some affiliates transmit PBS Kids programming in 1080i 16:9 and 720p 16:9)
AffiliatesList of affiliates
Official website

PBS Kids is an American digital broadcast and online television network operated by the Public Broadcasting Service. The network features a broad mix of live action and animated children's programs distributed to PBS by independent companies and select member stations, which are designed for improving the early literacy, math, and social-emotional skills of young children ages 2 to 11.[15] Some PBS member stations, such as WETA-TV in Washington, D.C. maintain their own locally programmed PBS Kids feed, that is independent from the nationally sourced feed.

Network history

On September 6, 1999, PBS launched the PBS Kids Channel in several markets, in conjunction with the introduction of the PBS Kids brand to provide a unified branding for the service's children's programming offerings. The channel was launched on 33 PBS member stations: 19 of which offered PBS Kids Channel as a cable-only service, 9 which carried the channel on their digital broadcast signals in standard-definition, and 3 which carried simulcasts of the channel on their analog signals. Of the initial 27 affiliates, 16 of them planned to begin carrying PBS Kids Channel during the fall of 1999, with 11 additional stations choosing to debut it that winter.[4]

FCC requirements mandated satellite providers to set aside 4% of their available channel space for noncommercial educational and informational programming. With these providers limited to offering one such service per programmer, PBS had put forth PBS Kids as a prospective channel to fulfill this mandate. However, El Segundo, California-based satellite provider DirecTV, which became the primary funding source for the channel, indicated that it would begin carrying the PBS Kids Channel outside of that mandate in early November 1999.[16]

In the aftermath of DirecTV's decision not to renew its funding agreement with the channel, which ended in the third quarter of 2005,[5] PBS decided to shut down the network on September 26 of that year. PBS Kids Channel was effectively supplanted on that date by PBS Kids Sprout, an advertiser-supported cable and satellite channel that PBS developed in a joint venture with HIT Entertainment, Sesame Workshop, and Comcast. PBS gave licensees an option to sign on Sprout promoters, giving them cross-promotional and monetary benefits in exchange for giving up the ability to carry a competing preschool-targeted channel. 80 stations, making up about half of the member stations participants, signed up to be promoters; most of the remaining stations opted to develop independent children's programming services featuring programs distributed by PBS and through outside distributors such as American Public Television to fill space on digital subchannels that formerly served as PBS Kids Channel members. Many of the member stations that launched children's-focused subchannel or cable-only services reduced the amount of sourced programming from PBS Kids carried on their primary channel to a few hours of their weekday daytime schedules, in order to program more adult-targeted fare during the afternoon.[8]

PBS relaunched children's network, PBS Kids, on January 16, 2017.[14] Structured as a multi-platform service, it was made available for distribution to digital subchannels of participating PBS member stations, initially launching on 73 member stations (counting those operated as subregional PBS member networks), with an additional 34 agreeing to begin carrying the network at a later date. A live stream of the channel was also added to the PBS Kids website and video app upon the channel's debut, which will eventually allow viewers to toggle from the program being aired to a related educational game extending the interactivity introduced by Sesame Street. The network is counterprogrammed from the PBS Kids block, so that the same program would not be shown on either simultaneously. PBS Kids 24/7 mainly features double-runs of existing series on PBS Kids' schedule (including some not carried on the primary channels of certain member stations); as such, no additional programs had to be acquired to help fill the channel's schedule.[12] On April 21, 2017, the network launched "PBS Kids Family Night," a weekly block on Friday evenings (with encore airings on Saturday and Sunday evenings) that showcase themed programming, premieres or special "movie-length" episodes of new and existing PBS Kids children's programs.[15][14][12][17]


City of license/
Station Channel Operator Affiliation tenure
(original network)
Local channel[18] Affiliation date
(revived network)[19]


Birmingham WBIQ 10.2 Alabama Public Television January 16, 2017
Demopolis WIIQ 41.2
Dozier WDIQ 2.2
Florence WFIQ 36.2
Huntsville WHIQ 25.2
Louisville WGIQ 43.2
Mobile WEIQ 42.2
Montgomery WAIQ 26.2
Mount Cheaha WCIQ 7.2


Anchorage KAKM 7.4 Alaska Public Telecommunications TBD
Fairbanks KUAC-TV 9.8 University of Alaska Fairbanks


Arkadelphia KETG 9.3 Arkansas Educational Television Network January 16, 2017
El Dorado KETZ 12.3
Fayetteville KAFT 13.3
Jonesboro KTEJ 19.3
Little Rock KETS 2.3
Mountain View KEMV 6.3


Phoenix KAET 8.4 Arizona State University January 16, 2017
Tucson KUAT-TV 6.2 Arizona Public Media 2003–2005 2005–2017


Eureka KEET 13.5 Redwood Empire Public Television, Inc. January 16, 2017
Fresno KVPT 18.2 Valley Public Television, Inc.
Huntington Beach
(serves Los Angeles)
KOCE-TV[20] 50.5 KOCE Foundation January 16, 2017
Los Angeles KLCS 58.2 Los Angeles Unified School District 2004–present
Sacramento KVIE 6.4 KVIE, Inc. January 16, 2017
San Diego KPBS 15.4 San Diego State University
San Jose
(San Francisco)
KQEH and KQED 54.4 and 9.4 Northern California Public Broadcasting[8][21] August 1, 2003 – January 15, 2017 January 16, 2017
(serves the Monterey Bay area)
KQET 25.4


Denver KRMA-TV 6.2 Rocky Mountain PBS TBD
Durango KRMU 20.2
Grand Junction KRMJ 18.2
Pueblo KTSC 8.2
Steamboat Springs KRMZ 24.2


Bridgeport WEDW 49.4 LocusPoint Networks TBD
New Haven WEDY 65.4
Hartford WEDH 24.4 Connecticut Public Television
(serves eastern Connecticut, including New London)
WEDN 53.4

District of Columbia

Washington WETA-TV 26.3 Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association 2007–[8] present
WHUT-TV 32.2 Howard University January 16, 2017


Fort Myers WGCU 30.5 Florida Gulf Coast University January 16, 2017
Jacksonville WJCT 7.5 WJCT, Inc.
Miami WPBT 2.4 South Florida PBS
West Palm Beach WXEL-TV 42.3
Orlando WUCF-TV 24.3 University of Central Florida
Panama City WFSG 56.4 Florida State University
Tallahassee WFSU-TV 11.4
Pensacola WSRE 23.4 Pensacola Junior College TBD
Tampa-St. Petersburg WEDU 3.2 Florida West Coast Public Broadcasting, Inc. TBD
WEDQ 16.2 University of South Florida Currently


Atlanta APS
Atlanta Public Schools September 6, 1999 – 2005
WGTV 8.4 Georgia Public Broadcasting January 16, 2017
Chatsworth WNGH-TV 18.4
Cochran WMUM-TV 29.4
Columbus WJSP-TV 28.4
Dawson WACS-TV 25.4
Pelham WABW-TV 14.4
Savannah WVAN-TV 9.4
(serves Valdosta and Brunswick)
Wrens WCES-TV 20.4


Honolulu KHET 11.2 Hawaii Public Television Current
Wailuku (serves Maui) KMEB 10.2


Boise KAID 4.5 Idaho State Department of Education February 1, 2018
Coeur D'Alene
(part of the Spokane, Washington market)
KCDT 26.5
Moscow KUID-TV 12.5
Pocatello KISU-TV 10.5
Twin Falls KIPT 13.5


Carbondale WSIU-TV 8.5 Southern Illinois University TBD
Olney WUSI-TV 19.5
Chicago WTTW 11.4 Window to the World Communications January 16, 2017
Peoria[23] WTVP 47.2 Illinois Valley Public Telecommunications Corporation
WILL-TV 12.2 University of Illinois January 16, 2017


Bloomington WTIU 30.4 Indiana University .3
(12:00–6:00 p.m.)
TIU Family (ended January 30, 2017)
January 30, 2017
Fort Wayne WFWA 39.2 Fort Wayne Public Television January 16, 2017
Indianapolis WFYI 20.2 Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting TBD
South Bend WNIT 34.3 Michiana Public Broadcasting
(serves Southwestern Indiana including Evansville and Terre Haute)
WVUT 22.3 Vincennes University January 16, 2017


Council Bluffs KBIN-TV 32.4 Iowa Public Television current (all .2)
IPTV Learn (10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)
Davenport KQIN 36.4
Des Moines KDIN-TV 11.4
Fort Dodge KTIN 21.4
Iowa City KIIN 12.4
Mason City KYIN 24.4
Red Oak KHIN 36.4
Sioux City KSIN-TV 27.4
Waterloo KRIN 32.4


Colby KWKS 19.2 Smoky Hills Public Television January 16, 2017
Dodge City KDCK 21.2
Hays KOOD 9.2
Lakin KSWK 3.2
Topeka KTWU 11.2 Washburn University Current


Ashland WKAS 25.4 Kentucky Authority for Educational Television January 16, 2017
Bowling Green WKGB-TV 53.4
Covington WCVN-TV 54.4
Elizabethtown WKZT-TV 23.4
Hazard WKHA 35.4
Lexington WKLE 46.4
Louisville WKPC-TV 15.4
Madisonville WKMA-TV 35.4
Morehead WKMR 38.4
Murray WKMU 21.4
Owensboro WKOH 31.4
Owenton WKON 52.4
Paducah WKPD 29.4
Pikeville WKPI-TV 22.4
Somerset WKSO-TV 29.4


Alexandria KLPA-TV 25.2 Louisiana Educational Television Authority January 16, 2017
Baton Rouge WLPB-TV 27.2
Lafayette KLPB-TV 24.2
Lake Charles KLTL-TV 24.2
Monroe KLTM-TV 13.2
New Orleans WYES-TV 12.4 Greater New Orleans Educational Television Foundation TBD
Shreveport KLTS-TV 24.2 Louisiana Educational Television Authority January 16, 2017


Boston WGBX-TV[25] 44.4 WGBH Educational Foundation January 16, 2017
Springfield WGBY-TV[26] 57.3


Annapolis WMPT 22.3 Maryland Public Television MPT Select
(daytime hours only)[8]
January 16, 2017
Baltimore WMPB 67.3
Frederick WFPT 62.3
Hagerstown WWPB 31.3
Oakland WGPT 36.3
Salisbury WCPB 28.3


Augusta WCBB 10.4 Maine Public Broadcasting January 16, 2017
WMEA-TV 26.4
Calais WMED-TV 13.4
WMEB-TV 12.4
Presque Isle WMEM-TV 10.4


Alpena WCML 6.2 Central Michigan University January 16, 2017
Cadillac WCMV 27.2
Mount Pleasant
(part of the Bay City/Saginaw/Midland market)
WCMU-TV 26.2
Flint WCMZ-TV 28.2 January 16, 2017 – April 23, 2018[27]
Bad Axe
(serves Saginaw and Bay City)
WDCQ-TV 19.4 Delta College Current
Detroit WTVS 56.2 Detroit Educational Television Foundation January 16, 2017
East Lansing WKAR-TV 23.4 Michigan State University January 16, 2017
Grand Rapids WGVU-TV 35.5 Grand Valley State University TBD
Kalamazoo WGVK 52.5
Marquette WNMU 13.2 Northern Michigan University January 16, 2017


Appleton KWCM-TV 10.5 West Central Minnesota Educational Television TBD
Bemidji KAWE 9.3 Northern Minnesota Public Television January 16, 2017
Brainerd KAWB 22.3
Crookston KCGE-DT 16.4 Prairie Public Television
St. Paul KTCA-TV 2.4 Twin Cities PBS
Worthington KSMN 20.5 West Central Minnesota Educational Television TBD


Biloxi WMAH-TV 19.2 Mississippi Public Broadcasting January 16, 2017
Booneville WMAE-TV 12.2
Bude WMAU-TV 17.2
Greenwood WMAO-TV 23.2
Jackson WMPN-TV 29.2
Meridian WMAW-TV 14.2
Mississippi State WMAB-TV 2.2
Oxford WMAV-TV 18.2


Joplin KOZJ 26.2 Missouri State University January 16, 2017
Springfield KOZK 21.2
Kansas City KCPT 19.4 Public TV 19, Inc.
Sedalia KMOS-TV 6.4 University of Central Missouri
St. Louis KETC 9.2 St. Louis Regional Public Media, Inc.


Billings KBGS-TV 16.2 Montana State University January 16, 2017
Bozeman KUSM-TV 9.2
Helena KUHM-TV 10.2
Kalispell KUKL-TV 46.2
Missoula KUFM-TV 11.2


Alliance KTNE-TV 13.4 Nebraska Educational Telecommunications March 1, 2017
Bassett KMNE-TV 7.4
Hastings KHNE-TV 29.4
Lexington KLNE-TV 3.4
Lincoln KUON-TV 12.4
Merriman KRNE-TV 12.4
Norfolk KXNE-TV 19.4
North Platte KPNE-TV 9.4
Omaha KYNE-TV 26.4


Las Vegas KLVX 10.3 Clark County School District January 16, 2017
Reno KNPB 5.3 Channel 5 Public Broadcasting

New Jersey

(New York City)
WNET 13.2 Educational Broadcasting Corporation January 16, 2017

New Mexico

Albuquerque KNME-TV 5.2 University of New Mexico January 16, 2017
Las Cruces KRWG-TV 22.3 University of New Mexico TBD

New York

Binghamton WSKG-TV 46.6 WSKG Public Telecommunications Council[28] February 1, 2017
Corning WSKA 30.6 February 1, 2017
Buffalo WNED-TV 17.3 Western New York Public Broadcasting Association TBD
Norwood WNPI-DT 18.4 St. Lawrence Valley Educational TV Council, Inc. January 16, 2017
Watertown WPBS-DT 16.4
Plattsburgh WCFE-TV 57.3 Mountain Lake Public Telecommunications Council
Rochester WXXI-TV 21.4 WXXI Public Broadcasting Council February 2017
WMHT 17.4 WMHT Educational Telecommunications January 16, 2017
Syracuse WCNY-TV 24.4 Public Broadcasting Council of Central New York

North Carolina

Asheville WUNF-TV 33.2 University of North Carolina January 16, 2017
Canton WUNW 27.3
Chapel Hill WUNC-TV 4.2
Concord WUNG-TV 58.2
Edenton WUND-TV 2.2
Greenville WUNK-TV 25.2
Jacksonville WUNM-TV 19.3
Linville WUNE-TV 17.3
Lumberton WUNU 31.2
Roanoke Rapids WUNP-TV 36.3
Wilmington WUNJ-TV 39.2
Winston-Salem WUNL-TV 26.2

North Dakota

Bismarck KBME-TV 3.4 Prairie Public Television January 16, 2017
Devils Lake KMDE 25.4
Dickinson KDSE 9.4
Ellendale KJRE 19.4
Fargo KFME 13.4
Minot KSRE 6.4
Williston KWSE 4.4


Athens OU Telecomm. Center cable-only Ohio University[22] September 6, 1999–present
(mornings and weekends)
Bowling Green WBGU-TV 27.2 Bowling Green State University Current
Cleveland WVIZ 25.5 Ideastream January 16, 2017
Columbus WOSU-TV 34.4 WOSU Public Media TBD
Portsmouth WPBO-TV 42.4
Dayton WPTD 16.5 Public Media Connect January 16, 2017
Oxford WPTO 14.3 January 16, 2017
Toledo WGTE-TV 30.2 Public Broadcasting Foundation of Northwest Ohio January 16, 2017


Cheyenne KWET 12.4 Oklahoma Educational Television Authority[8]
  • .4 (2006–2009)
  • OETA OKLA .2
  • (daytime: 2009–2013)
  • .4 (2013–2017)
January 16, 2017
Eufaula KOET 3.4
Oklahoma City KETA-TV 13.4
Tulsa KOED-TV 11.4
Oklahoma City and Tulsa OETA Kids cable 2009–2013


Bend KOAB-TV 11.3 Oregon Public Broadcasting January 16, 2017
Corvallis KOAC-TV 7.3
Eugene KEPB-TV 29.3
La Grande KTVR 13.3
Portland KOPB-TV 10.3


Clearfield WPSU-TV 3.4 Penn State Public Media January 16, 2017
Philadelphia WHYY 12.3 WHYY Inc.
Pittsburgh WQED 13.5 WQED Multimedia
Scranton WVIA-TV 44.2 Northeast Pennsylvania Educational Television Association

Puerto Rico

Fajardo WMTJ 40.2 Ana G. Méndez University Current January 16, 2017
Ponce WQTO 26.2

South Carolina

Allendale WEBA-TV 14.4 South Carolina Educational Television TBD
Beaufort WJWJ-TV 16.4
Charleston WITV 7.4
Columbia WRLK-TV 35.4
Conway WHMC 23.4
Florence WJPM-TV 33.4
Greenville WNTV 29.4
Greenwood WNEH 38.4
Rock Hill WNSC-TV 30.4
Spartanburg WRET-TV 49.4
Sumter WRJA-TV 27.4

South Dakota

Aberdeen KDSD-TV 16.4 South Dakota Public Broadcasting January 16, 2017
Brookings KESD-TV 8.4
Eagle Butte KPSD-TV 13.4
Lowry KQSD-TV 11.4
Martin KZSD-TV 8.4
Pierre KTSD-TV 10.4
Rapid City KBHE-TV 9.4
Sioux Falls KCSD-TV 23.4
Vermillion KUSD-TV 2.4


Chattanooga WTCI 45.3 Greater Chattanooga Public Television January 2017
Cookeville WCTE 22.4 Upper Cumberland Broadcast Council TBD
Knoxville WKOP-TV 15.2 East Tennessee PBS January 16, 2017
WLJT-DT 11.2 West Tennessee Public Television Council, Inc.
Memphis WKNO 10.3 Mid-South Public Communications Foundation
Nashville WNPT-TV 8.3 Nashville Public Television, Inc. 2017–present June 30, 2017
Sneedville WETP-TV 2.2 East Tennessee PBS January 16, 2017


Amarillo KACV-TV 2.2 Amarillo College TBD
Austin KLRU 18.4 Capital of Texas Public Telecommunications Council January 16, 2017
KNCT 46.2 Central Texas College
College Station KAMU-TV 12.3 Texas A&M University
Dallas KERA-TV 13.2 North Texas Public Broadcasting
Houston KUHT 8.3 University of Houston
Lubbock KTTZ-TV 5.3 Texas Tech University
San Antonio KLRN 9.3 Alamo Public Telecommunications Council April 1, 2017[29]


Salt Lake City KUED 7.3 University of Utah March 7, 2017
St. George KUEW 18.3


Hampton-Norfolk WHRO-TV 15.3 Hampton Roads Educational Telecommunications Association January 16, 2017
Roanoke WBRA-TV 15.3 Blue Ridge PBS

Virgin Islands

Charlotte Amalie WTJX-TV 12.2 Virgin Islands Public Broadcasting System January 16, 2017


Burlington WETK 33.4 Vermont PBS January 16, 2017
Rutland WVER 28.4
St. Johnsbury WVTB 20.4
Windsor WVTA 41.4


Seattle KCTS-TV 9.2 Cascade Public Media TBD
Yakima KYVE 47.2
Spokane KSPS-TV 7.4 KSPS Public Television September 2017
(April 1, 2017 on cable)


Green Bay WPNE-TV 38.4 Wisconsin Public Television January 16, 2017
La Crosse WHLA-TV 31.4
Madison WHA-TV 21.4
Menomonie WHWC-TV 28.4
Park Falls WLEF-TV 36.4
Wausau WHRM-TV 20.4
Milwaukee WMVS 10.3 Milwaukee PBS
Milwaukee Area Technical College

West Virginia

Grandview WSWP-TV 9.3 West Virginia Public Broadcasting January 16, 2017
Huntington WVPB-TV 33.3
Morgantown WNPB-TV 24.3


Casper KPTW 6.3 Central Wyoming College TBD
Lander KCWC-DT 4.3
Laramie KWYP-DT 8.3


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Clifford the Big Red Dog (TV series)

Clifford the Big Red Dog is an American-British educational animated children's television series, based upon Norman Bridwell's children's book series of the same name. Produced by Scholastic Productions, it originally aired on PBS Kids from September 4, 2000 to February 25, 2003. The UK version (where it was dubbed with British voice actors replacing the original American soundtrack) originally aired on BBC 2 on April 1, 2002.The show was close captioned by the National Captioning Institute when it was seen on PBS Kids in the United States of America and it kept the same close captioning by the National Captioning Institute when it was seen in Canada on CBC.

John Ritter voiced Clifford in all episodes. This was originally done by Brent Titcomb in the 1988 direct-to-video series. Ritter's schedule dictated the production of Clifford the Big Red Dog. By the time the last of the 68 half-hour episodes and the subsequent film Clifford's Really Big Movie were completed, Ritter was back on ABC's prime time schedule, starring in 8 Simple Rules. Ritter's death from a heart attack on September 11, 2003 came less than a week before PBS debuted Clifford's Puppy Days.

While no new Clifford episodes have been released since Ritter's death, voice actors for the main characters have reprised some of their roles for the Ready to Learn PBS Kids PSAs. Clifford's Really Big Movie serves as the series finale due to Ritter's death, as no new episodes were made to continue from where it left off. However, Clifford's Puppy Days still continued to air until its cancellation in 2006.

On May 16, 2018, Scholastic announced a reboot of the series, which is scheduled for a December 2019 premiere on both PBS Kids and Amazon Prime Video.

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood (known as Daniel Tiger's Neighbourhood in Canada, either abbreviated to DTN) is an American-Canadian animated children's television series produced by Fred Rogers Productions, 9 Story Media Group and Out of the Blue Enterprises. It debuted on September 3, 2012 on PBS Kids. The program, which is targeted at preschool-aged children, is based on the Neighborhood of Make-Believe from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, the long-running family-oriented television series created and hosted by Fred Rogers.

Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman

Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman (sometimes shortened as Fetch!) is an American animated television series that was on PBS Kids. It is a reality-game show that is hosted by an animated anthropomorphic dog named Ruff Ruffman who dispenses challenges to the show's real-life contestants. The series ran for five seasons and 100 episodes from May 29, 2006, to November 4, 2010, on PBS, with 30 contestants in that time. On June 14, 2010, WGBH announced that the series would end due to lack of funding (although a 6th season was planned). In June 2008, the series received its first Emmy for Best Original Song for its theme. It previously aired reruns on the 24 hour PBS Kids Channel.

List of programs broadcast by PBS

The following is a list of programs currently or formerly distributed through the American PBS stations and other public television entities.

List of programs broadcast by Universal Kids

This is a list of programs that currently air and formerly aired on Universal Kids and under its former branding as Sprout.

List of television stations in North Carolina

This is a list of broadcast television stations serving cities in the U.S. state of North Carolina.

Molly of Denali

Molly of Denali is an upcoming American-Canadian animated television series created and produced by Atomic Cartoons and WGBH Kids for PBS Kids and CBC Television. Premiering on July 15, 2019, the series will be the first ever nationally distributed children's show to feature an Alaska Native as the main character and protagonist. 38 half-hours have been ordered.


The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is an American public broadcaster and television program distributor. It is a nonprofit organization and the most prominent provider of educational television programming to public television stations in the United States, distributing series such as American Experience, America's Test Kitchen, Antiques Roadshow, Arthur, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Downton Abbey, Finding Your Roots, Frontline, The Magic School Bus, Masterpiece, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Nature, Nova, the PBS NewsHour, Sesame Street, Barney and Friends, Teletubbies, and This Old House.PBS is funded by member station dues, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, corporate contributions, National Datacast, pledge drives, private foundations, and individual citizens. All proposed funding for programming is subject to a set of standards to ensure the program is free of influence from the funding source.Since the mid-2000s, Roper Opinion Research polls commissioned by PBS have consistently placed the service as the most-trusted national institution in the United States. A 2016–2017 study by Nielsen Media Research found 80% of all US television households view the network's programs. However, PBS is not responsible for all programming carried on public television stations, a large proportion of which may come from affiliates, including such member stations as WGBH, WETA, WNET, WTTW, WHYY, American Public Television, and independent producers. This distinction regarding the origin of different programs is a frequent source of viewer confusion.The Public Broadcasting Service has more than 350 member television stations, many owned by educational institutions, nonprofit groups affiliated with one particular local public school district or collegiate educational institution, or entities owned by or related to state government.

PBS Kids Bookworm Bunch

PBS Kids Bookworm Bunch was a Canadian/American children's animated television block produced by Toronto-based entertainment company Nelvana that aired on PBS from September 30, 2000 to September 5, 2004. It typically aired on either Saturday or Sunday mornings, depending on station preference and scheduling. The shows that formed the Bookworm Bunch were based on then-popular children's books. The initial shows were Corduroy, Elliot Moose, Timothy Goes to School, Seven Little Monsters, George Shrinks, and Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse.

PBS Kids Go!

PBS Kids Go! is a defunct educational television brand used by PBS for programs intended for older children (6 to 8 year olds), in comparison to the younger-skewing PBS Kids. It was primarily broadcast on PBS stations during the afternoon hours on weekdays. It debuted on October 11, 2004, and was discontinued on October 7, 2013.

PBS Kids Preschool Block

The PBS Kids Preschool Block was a programming block of television shows aimed at preschool aged children which aired on PBS Kids. The block premiered with Curious George on Monday, September 4, 2006 (Labor Day 2006). The block was aired weekdays at 8:00 AM local time on most PBS member stations. The block was discontinued in 2013 with the introduction of the updated PBS Kids brand.

Peep and the Big Wide World

Peep and the Big Wide World is an American-Canadian animated children's television series created by Canadian animator Kaj Pindal. It revolves around the lives of Peep, Chirp, and Quack, as viewers discover, investigate, and explore the world around them. It was based on the 1988 short film Peep and the Big Wide World (of the same name) produced by the National Film Board of Canada, which itself is based on the 1962 short film The Peep Show, also produced by the National Film Board of Canada. The series premiered on April 12, 2004, on Discovery Kids and on TLC as part of their Ready Set Learn children's block, and on the same day on TVOKids and PBS Kids. It was produced by WGBH Boston (through its kids division WGBH Kids) and 9 Story Media Group (formerly 9 Story Entertainment), in association with TVOntario and Discovery Kids and is distributed by Alliance Atlantis (through AAC Kids).

Carriage on the Discovery children's networks ended on October 10, 2010 with the discontinuation of Ready Set Learn and the replacement of Discovery Kids with The Hub, and now, Discovery Family. It continues to be offered to public television stations via independent public television distributor American Public Television to the present day. Since January 1, 2018, the series is distributed by both PBS Kids and APT. Throughout its run, it has been underwritten by the National Science Foundation, with Northrop Grumman underwriting season four in 2010.

Each episode consists of two 9-minute stories, which are animated segments, and two 2-minute live action segments, in which children explore and demonstrate the same topic presented in the animated segment.

Postcards from Buster

Postcards from Buster is a children's television series containing both animation and live-action that originally aired on PBS. It is a spin-off of the Arthur cartoon series. The show stars Arthur's best friend, 8-year-old rabbit Buster Baxter. Inspired by a 2003 episode of Arthur entitled "Postcards from Buster", the television series was created by Cookie Jar Group (now known as DHX Media), WGBH Boston and Marc Brown Studios.

It aired from October 11, 2004 to February 24, 2012, on PBS Kids and PBS Kids Go!. Buster's interests include eating anything, reading comic books, and playing video games. Buster's personality is that of a fairly intelligent and curious child. He also believes that extraterrestrials are real. Buster's parents are divorced; in this series, Buster is seen with his father, Bo Baxter.

Arthur Read and many other characters from the PBS Kids animated television series Arthur make cameo appearances in this series, and most episodes have an Arthur character playing a minor role. The series went on hiatus between November 2008 and February 2012.

Sid the Science Kid

Sid the Science Kid (also known as Jim Henson's Sid the Science Kid) is an American half-hour CGI animated series that aired on PBS Kids from September 1, 2008 to March 25, 2013, with a total of 68 half-hour episodes produced over two seasons. The computer generated show is produced by The Jim Henson Company and then-PBS member KCET in Los Angeles, California using the Henson Digital Puppetry Studio. The show is produced by motion capture which allows puppeteers to voice digitally animated characters in real time.

Production began in the fall of 2008 with 42 half-hour episodes of Sid the Science Kid having been ordered. The series debuted on PBS Kids along with Martha Speaks on September 1, 2008, with a two-year on-air commitment. The original working title for the series was "What's the Big Idea?" and the central character, Sid, was originally named Josh. The series is the second CGI animated show to use the motion capture technique after Donkey Kong Country.KOCE, the current primary PBS member for the Los Angeles area, began co-producing the show after KCET disaffiliated with PBS on December 31, 2010.


Tickle-U is a defunct weekday morning preschool programming block on Cartoon Network that featured preschool series that were a mix of acquired series from different studios, and is a successor to Big Bag and Small World. The block was created as competition for the preschool blocks Nick Jr., Noggin's Up, Noggin, Nick Play Date, and Nick: The Smart Place to Play on Nickelodeon, Disney Channel Preschool Block, Playhouse Disney Channel, Playhouse Disney, and Disney Junior on Disney Channel, PTV, PBS Kids, and PBS Kids Preschool Block on PBS, and PBS Kids Sprout, Sprout, and Universal Kids Preschool on Universal Kids; however, unlike those blocks, Tickle-U failed to make much of an impact and suffered from low ratings. The block premiered on August 22, 2005, and was last seen on January 5, 2007. The block originally aired for two hours, before extending to four hours, and back to two hours before the block's dissolution.

Universal Kids

Universal Kids (formerly PBS Kids Sprout and Sprout) is an American pay television channel owned by the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group, a division of NBCUniversal, all owned by Comcast. The channel was launched on September 26, 2005.

The network was first launched as a joint venture between PBS, Comcast, Sesame Workshop, and HiT Entertainment devoted to children's television programming aimed at a preschool audience. Following Comcast's purchase of NBCUniversal, the company gradually bought out the remaining owners' shares in the channel, reaching full ownership in 2013. The network's operations were subsequently relocated from Philadelphia to New York City and the "PBS Kids" name was dropped from its branding. The network rebranded under its current name on September 9, 2017 to take the branding of sister company Universal Pictures, expanding its primetime programming to focus on a wider youth audience aimed at older children, while continuing to broadcast preschool-oriented programming during the daytime hours.

Universal Kids is available to approximately 56 million American pay television households (48.2% of households with television) in the United States as of January 2016 (when it was still primarily known as Sprout) which used to be arranged for kid's ages 9–16. While the Sprout preschool programming is arranged for children's ages' 3–7.

Wishbone (TV series)

Wishbone is a half-hour live-action children's television show that was produced from 1995 to 1997 and broadcast on PBS Kids. The show's title character is a Jack Russell Terrier. Wishbone lives with his owner Joe Talbot in the fictional town of Oakdale, Texas. He daydreams about being the lead character of stories from classic literature. He was known as "the little dog with a big imagination". Only the viewers and the characters in his daydreams can hear Wishbone speak. The characters from his daydreams see Wishbone as whichever famous character he is currently portraying and not as a dog. The show won four Daytime Emmys, a Peabody Award, and honors from the Television Critics Association. Wishbone's exterior shots were filmed on the backlot of Lyrick Studios's teen division Big Feats! Entertainment in Allen, Texas, and its interior shots were filmed on a sound stage in a 50,000 square foot warehouse in Plano, Texas. Additional scenes were filmed in Grapevine, Texas.

This show garnered particular praise for refusing to bowdlerize many of the sadder or more unpleasant aspects of the source works, which usually enjoyed a fairly faithful retelling in the fantasy sequences.

The show also inspired several book series. Altogether, there are more than fifty books featuring Wishbone, which were published even after the TV series ended production. Reruns of the show continued to air on some PBS affiliates until early 2008. In 2006, when a PBS Kids Go! digital channel was announced, PBS planned to air Wishbone on the channel. However, when the digital channel was canceled, Wishbone returned in reruns on the PBS national program service. Wishbone clips came to the PBS Kids Go! website. The return to PBS lasted a short time, though some PBS affiliates continued to air Wishbone until their license to do so ran out. The show continued to air in reruns until August 31, 2001. The show was replaced on the PBS Kids schedule on September 3, 2001 by Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat.


WordGirl is an American children's educational 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 Amazing Colossal Adventures of WordGirl that premiered on PBS Kids Go! on November 10, 2006, usually shown at the end of Maya & Miguel; the segment was then spun off into a new thirty-minute episodic series that premiered on September 3, 2007 on most PBS member stations. All four full-episode seasons each have twenty-six episodes, while the preceding series of shorts had thirty.

By late 2014, most PBS stations from coast to coast had stopped airing WordGirl. New episodes appeared only on the PBS Kids website or PBS Kids video app. The series ended with the two-part episode "Rhyme and Reason", which was released online on August 7, 2015.The show was created for children ages 4 to 9, even though it has a TV-Y7 rating in the U.S.

Zoom (1972 TV series)

Zoom (stylized as ZOOM) is a half-hour educational television program, created almost entirely by children, which aired on PBS originally from January 9, 1972 to February 10, 1978. It was based on Play School and produced by WGBH-TV in Boston. Unlike other children's fare at the time, it was, for the most part, unscripted. Far from seeking to make stars of the child performers, their contracts prohibited them from making any television appearances or doing commercials for three years after they left the show.

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