Top 5 Classic PBS Shows You Grew Up Watching
Since the early days of television, one name that became a part of our lives is PBS or Public Broadcasting. Thanks to their emphasis on how important children’s programming is to a growing mind, generations grew up with PBS programming on their TVs. Here is a look back at the Top 5 classic PBS shows we all grew up watching.
Classic PBS Shows – Today’s Special
Today’s Special was originally produced for TVOntario in Canada and was aired on PBS and Nickelodeon in the United States between 1981 through 1987. The show took place during the night hours at a department store and featured the real-life display manager Jodie, the puppet security guard Sam, the store’s resident mouse Muffy, and a store mannequin brought to life during the night with the help of a hat he wears, Jeff. The show centered around a lesson, most often taught by Jeff as he only recently came to life as a human and is curious about many things.
Classic PBS Shows – The Electric Company
The Electric Company was a sketch comedy show that ran from 1971 to 1977 and featured many names that would become famous like Morgan Freeman, Bill Cosby, Irene Cara, Rita Mareno, and many others. Although the show was popular, it was canceled in April of 1977, many say because it lacked the merchandising that Sesame Street had. The show aired in repeats on Public Broadcast from 1977 all the way until 1985 and even launched a print magazine for kids at the time. Episodes were reaired in 1999 on the Noggin’ network until 2005 when the parent company of the show, the famed Sesame Workshop, was partly sold to Viacom.
Classic PBS Shows – Wishbone
A live-action show that ran from 1995 until 1997 and starred a small Jack Russell Terrier as the title Wishbone. The show typically featured Wishbone and the family that owned him. Wishbone would often see himself as the main character in books and stories like Robin Hood or Tom Sawyer with the little dog dressed up in the role he was playing. Although the show only lasted a few years, it aired in repeats well into the 2000s and also inspired a book series featuring Wishbone himself.
A news magazine show that ran from 1980 until 1988. It primarily taught science and related topics. Originally the show centered around 3 college friends that would discuss scientific theory in a place they called The Workshop. This concept was changed after the first season to a group of kids meeting in a basement of a suburban house. This setting was eliminated and the show was made to look more a the news magazine type show. The show would usually run a week of episodes based around a certain topic like Space, The Topics, Antartica, The Oceans, and many others during its time on the air.
Reading Rainbow was a show that ran originally from 1983 until 2006 and has been revived in both 2010 and again in 2014. Hosted and produced by Levar Burton, the show would typically feature some kind of event happening to Levar before a story was read by a celebrity. This was followed by recommendations from kids for books to check out, often while at their local library.