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Reading Rainbow Goes off the Air :(

Reading Rainbow comes to the end of its 26-year run on Friday; it has won more than two-dozen Emmys, and is the third longest-running children's show in PBS history — outlasted only by Sesame Street and Mister Rogers.

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Here's the best episode (I can remember)... And Stand back! I take large steps.
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Part 2


Did anyone else notice that LeVar Burton really doesn't age?

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hippyland24 years ago
im still a kid so i remember watching those episodes at schjool sometimes when the teachers didn't have anything planned. we would always make fun of the people ate the end recomending books. and the host really creeped me out
Man, reading these comments makes me feel old, even though I can remember only the tail end of all those awesome shows. Also I didnt know that reading rainbow was still running up till when I saw this. Its kind of sad that this ended, it was a good show.
A good name4 years ago
Personally I didn't really ever like it... I only remember him from the commercials about reading.
"Reading rainbow is off the air, but don't take my word for it, read the article!"
This star trek episode is great! 7 minutes in, he's got a killer mullet.
NOOOOO!

:-(

Sesame Street is next...they already dumbed it down and took out all the good bits...
Here here! Somebody needs to do a cover of "somebody Come and Play", awesome song...
I heard that at a free concert recently, audience went wild. :D
Yeah, like by Ok Go or maybe blues stylin'...
Like cookie monster not eating only cookies only more. >I would say something here, but it would most like get some one mad<
Bigev4 years ago
I know I'm going to regret this, but: Meh. It wasn't one of my favorite shows. It was wholesome, but I just don't feel for it. That being said, I did have a childhood. And I almost cried when I found out about the passing of Mr. Rogers.
trebuchet03 (author)  Bigev4 years ago
I know I'm going to regret this, but:

Nah.. I wasn't watching it every day... But I recognize the staple he was on PBS (along with Mr. Rogers, of course :p)
I didn't really think about what a PBS child I was until now...Reading Rainbow was another fav! I wasn't quite as crazy about Mr. Rogers (the goody two-shoes! :P), but I watched him a lot anyway.

Of course, when I tell tall tales of only having like 5 *analog* channels, little kids don't believe me. :D
My fav PBS show was ZOOM, it was where we could pick up the Boston accent and it was the first DIY show for kids. And PBS is where I learned some cooking skillz from the great Julia Child.
:D I used to love ZOOM, too! :D
ZOOM FTW.
KentsOkay Bigev4 years ago
ZOOM was real cool until the most recent cast... it all went downhill when Caroline and Kenny grew up...
That used to be one of my favorite shows ever!!
Yep! I loved ZOOM.. And I was a big fan of The Electric Company. Sesame Street was useless (except some of the unbelievable guest musicians) after Mr. Hooper died.
Now that you are older, you might be interested to read about Mr. Roger's training and philosphy. He wasn't about being a "goody two shoes." He understood that many children have basic needs that haven't been addressed in a sensitive and respectful way. For many of us, (both young children and adult children,) he was our only example of good parenting.)
:-) I know...actually, in my old age (:P) I'm actually rather fond of Mr. Rogers - "goody two shoes" is just how I perceived him at the time. :P
"There's only one person in the whole world exactly like you...and people can like you exactly as you are." Fred Rogers
KentsOkay Bigev4 years ago
Same :(
I did cry when Mr. Rogers passed away, and I still do cry when i think of him. I have a very treasured letter he wrote me when I was a young and frightened mother.
KentsOkay4 years ago
I shall miss reading rainbow... one year I was the runner up for my state in the young writers and illustrators contest... Star Trek episode definitely the most epic :D Also convinced me that I wanted to make movies.
Thank you so much for sharing this video! It was fun and interesting.
I think that's the only episode I've ever seen, used to watch Wishbone, that was a good show, that and Hammy Hamster.
Yah! Really liked those too! :0)
Wishbone! I remember wishbone! :D
Wishbone FTW!! Filmed in texas :D
Goodhart4 years ago
*sigh*
lemonie4 years ago
I realise this may skew the topic a bit, does this in any way form part of the basis for South Park's "Book-tastic Bus"? (rainbows) L
I don't think so. There was another series of educational videos that were big in US schools in the 1990s. I can't remember the name, though. I know we had to watch them in the library a lot. Ahhhhhh, it's going to drive me crazy that I can't remember the name.
I was totally wrong. I got the vibe all wrong. I was thinking of this show:


Tomes and Talismans, one of the most bizarre things ever.
lemonie4 years ago
As far as TV and books go I remember this (late on, great reading by Rik Mayall, of Roald Dahl).

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I heard about this on NPR the other day. :( Very sad! It was one of my favorites when I was little. I love LeVar! He's so cute!
trebuchet03 (author) 4 years ago
I found a new reason to love Reading Rainbow....

Without it, I would have never seen this related post:

Rainbow Cake

And for some reason, the thought of a Rainbow Cake with "Lemony Swiss Meringue Buttercream" frosting makes me happy. And now I've gotta see if I have the ingredients to remake!
caitlinsdad4 years ago
Are you telling us that Star Trek is....a scam? I would be very careful the next time you step into a transporter, Mister.