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14 Shows That Prove PBS Ruled Children's Television

Because not everyone had cable. Nor did they need it.

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1. The Magic School Bus (1994-1997)

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It was Ms. Frizzle's world, we were all just living in it. Tell me you weren't disappointed by your school field trips after watching The Magic School Bus.

2. The Big Comfy Couch (1992-2002)

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Okay sure I may have been terrified of Loonette's doll, Molly, but each episode had a moral important to young viewers. If you learned nothing else, I hope you learned the importance of stretching.

3. Cyberchase (2002-2014)

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Cyberchase was cool because it taught viewers problem-solving and math skills in a fun and interesting manner. It proved that kids can be smart AND have fun.

4. Liberty's Kids (2002-2003)

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For some reason, I thought this was on a lot longer. It was a cool take on Colonial America through a teenage lens.

Also Aaron Carter sang the theme song. *2002 swoon*

5. Between the Lions (2000-2010)

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I think children's shows that encourage reading are amazing. With the increased presence of technology, it was so cool to grow up watching a show about a busy library because it made reading seem fun! Read a book today!

6. Bill Nye the Science Guy (1993-1998)

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Let's all take a second to remember how we felt when the substitute teacher told us we were watching some Bill Nye in class. You simply knew you were going to learn something cool and something you ~probably~ shouldn't try on your siblings at home.

7. Zoom (1999-2005)

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Don't pretend you didn't want to be a Zoom kid. It was written by children, for children.

8. Dragon Tales (1999-2005)

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Following Max and Emmy on their adventures proved that with a little imagination, any problem could be solved.

9. Reading Rainbow (1983-2006)

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LeVar Burton knew the importance of an education. In educating his audience by introducing them to different cultures and experiences, as well as different books, viewers had the opportunity to continue to learn outside of school (which was way more fun than it sounds).

LeVar Burton is still incredibly cool. He launched a Kickstarter to continue giving kids access to Reading Rainbow.

10. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968-2001)

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Mister Rogers was the ultimate neighbor. He encouraged viewers to be themselves and have an imagination. That's really all you need.

11. Arthur (1996-Present)

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The world of Arthur portrays authentic views of what it's like to be a young person in society, learning about serious topics for the first time. Face it, we all know a Buster, Arthur, D.W., Francine, Muffy, and Binky Barnes.

12. Zoboomafoo (1999-2001)

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As an amateur adventurer, I though the Kratt brothers were Gods. They knew everything about nature and wildlife and Zoboo was the perfect companion. (RIP Jovian)

13. Barney & Friends (1992-2010)

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Love it or hate it, you watched it. Barney was one of those shows that you look back on fondly, whether because it made you laugh, it sparked a series of "vulgar" (for 10 year olds) spin-off songs of I Love you, or launched the careers of Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato. You decide.

14. Sesame Street (1969-Present)

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Sesame Street is iconic. It doesn't shy away from any topic and can literally teach a child anything. The characters are vivid and fun and it doesn't even need an explanation as to why it's incredible.

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