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Reading Rainbow

(1983 - 2006)
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Animation Drama Rated: All (TV-G)1983 - 200621 Seasons

Levar Burton introduces young viewers to illustrated readings of children's literature and explores their related subjects. Reading Rainbow featuring LeVar Burton has one or more episodes streaming with subscription on Prime Video, streaming with subscription on PBS KIDS (Via Prime Video), available for purchase on iTunes, and 3 others. It's an animation and drama show with 181 episodes over 21 seasons. Reading Rainbow is no longer running and has no plans to air new episodes or seasons. It has a high IMDb audience rating of 8.4 (5,072 votes).

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EPISODE GUIDE

Reading Rainbow Season 21 Overview

Nov 6, 2006 - Nov 10, 2006

Season 21 of Reading Rainbow has 5 episodes that are available to stream on PBS Kids.

Reading Rainbow Season 21 Episodes

Season 21, Episode 05 Show Way
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S21 E05Show Way
Nov 10, 2006

As LeVar helps his wife and daughter construct his family tree, Diahann Carroll narrates Show Way, in which the author...

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Season 21, Episode 04 Game Day
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Season 21, Episode 03 Boxes for Katje
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Reading Rainbow Season 20 Overview

Dec 15, 2004 - Jan 21, 2005

Season 20 of Reading Rainbow has 5 episodes that are available to stream on Prime Video, PBS Kids and for Rent or Purchase on 4 Services.

Reading Rainbow Season 20 Episodes

Season 20, Episode 05 Two Old Potatoes and Me
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S20 E05 Two Old Potatoes and Me
Jan 21, 2005

Jordan Puryear reads "Two Old Potatoes and Me," about a girl who works with her father to recycle two rotted...

S20 E05 of Reading Rainbow is available to stream on Prime Video, PBS Kids and for Rent or Purchase on 3 Services.

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Season 20, Episode 04 Beegu
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S20 E04 Beegu
Jan 20, 2005

As LeVar investigates types of communication, Freddie Prinze Jr. reads Beegu, the story of an alien who visits Earth while...

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Season 20, Episode 03 Mr. George Baker
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S20 E03 Mr. George Baker
Dec 17, 2004

Eliza Dushku reads a story about a girl attending private school who attempts to create her own unique style without...

S20 E03 of Reading Rainbow is available to stream on Prime Video, PBS Kids and for Rent or Purchase on 3 Services.

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Reading Rainbow Season 19 Overview

Sep 2, 2002 - Sep 6, 2002

Season 19 of Reading Rainbow has 4 episodes that are available to stream on PBS Kids and for Rent or Purchase on 4 Services.

Reading Rainbow Season 19 Episodes

Season 19, Episode 04 Our Big Home: An Earth Poem
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S19 E04 Our Big Home: An Earth Poem
Sep 6, 2002

LeVar visits the United Nations building to learn more about how different countries of the world try to work together....

S19 E04 of Reading Rainbow is available to stream on PBS Kids and for Rent or Purchase on 1 Service.

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Season 19, Episode 03 Enemy Pie
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S19 E03 Enemy Pie
Sep 5, 2002

LeVar observes activity in a playground to see how people do and don't get along with each other. Ed Harris...

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Season 19, Episode 02 Max
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S19 E02 Max
Sep 3, 2002

LeVar profiles people who are considered "Everyday Heroes" for doing important jobs to provide services, like firefighters, doctors, police officers,...

S19 E02 of Reading Rainbow is available to stream on PBS Kids and for Rent or Purchase on 1 Service.

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Reading Rainbow Season 18 Overview

Oct 23, 2000 - Apr 20, 2001

Season 18 of Reading Rainbow has 6 episodes that are available to stream on PBS Kids and for Rent or Purchase on 4 Services.

Reading Rainbow Season 18 Episodes

Season 18, Episode 06 Badger's Parting Gifts
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S18 E06 Badger's Parting Gifts
Apr 20, 2001

LeVar discusses cathartic ways to adjust to losing a loved one in this episode. He and fellow viewers talk about...

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Season 18, Episode 05 My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States
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S18 E05 My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States
Mar 16, 2001

Levar takes us on a literary tour of the United States. From Hawaii to Maine and Montana to New York,...

S18 E05 of Reading Rainbow is available to stream on PBS Kids and for Rent or Purchase on 1 Service.

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Season 18, Episode 04 The Secret Shortcut
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S18 E04 The Secret Shortcut
Feb 16, 2001

In the first of two map shows, LeVar Burton wants to show how to use maps. But he is not...

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Reading Rainbow Season 17 Overview

Oct 5, 1998 - Oct 9, 1998

Season 17 of Reading Rainbow has 5 episodes that are available to stream on PBS Kids and for Rent or Purchase on 1 Service.

Reading Rainbow Season 17 Episodes

Season 17, Episode 05 Work Song
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S17 E05 Work Song
Oct 9, 1998

This week's episode is about performance. In "When Aunt Lena Did The Rumba" a little girl puts on her own...

S17 E05 of Reading Rainbow is available to stream on PBS Kids and for Rent or Purchase on 1 Service.

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Season 17, Episode 04 When Aunt Lena Did the Rhumba
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S17 E04 When Aunt Lena Did the Rhumba
Oct 8, 1998

LeVar explores Broadway as he looks at live entertainment options. Lucie Arnaz reads the feature story, about a young girl...

S17 E04 of Reading Rainbow is available to stream on PBS Kids and for Rent or Purchase on 1 Service.

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Season 17, Episode 03 Saturday Sancocho
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S17 E03 Saturday Sancocho
Oct 7, 1998

LeVar attends a rummage sale to observe how people sometimes barter for items when they don't have money to buy...

S17 E03 of Reading Rainbow is available to stream on PBS Kids and for Rent or Purchase on 1 Service.

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Reading Rainbow Season 16 Overview

Apr 7, 1997 - Apr 11, 1997

Season 16 of Reading Rainbow has 6 episodes that are available to stream on PBS Kids and for Rent or Purchase on 4 Services.

Reading Rainbow Season 16 Episodes

Season 16, Episode 05 Hanna Hippo's Horrible Hiccups
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Season 16, Episode 04 Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message
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Season 16, Episode 03 Regina's Big Mistake
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S16 E03 Regina's Big Mistake
Apr 9, 1997

In this episode of the "Reading Rainbow," Levar Burton visits with The Bill Saxton Quartet and Saxophonist Joshua Redman. We...

S16 E03 of Reading Rainbow is available to stream on PBS Kids and for Rent or Purchase on 1 Service.

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Reading Rainbow Season 15 Overview

Dec 15, 2004 - Apr 29, 2005

Season 15 of Reading Rainbow has 5 episodes that are available to stream on PBS Kids and for Rent or Purchase on 5 Services.

Reading Rainbow Season 15 Episodes

Season 15, Episode 05 Two Old Potatoes and Me
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S15 E05 Two Old Potatoes and Me
Apr 29, 2005

Jordan Puryear reads "Two Old Potatoes and Me," about a girl who works with her father to recycle two rotted...

S15 E05 of Reading Rainbow is available to stream on PBS Kids and for Rent or Purchase on 4 Services.

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Season 15, Episode 04 Beegu
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Season 15, Episode 03 Mr. George Baker
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S15 E03 Mr. George Baker
Jan 19, 2005

Wayne Brady narrates the story of an elderly man who decides to go back to school to learn to read,...

S15 E03 of Reading Rainbow is available to stream on PBS Kids and for Rent or Purchase on 1 Service.

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Reading Rainbow Season 14 Overview

Oct 23, 2000 - Sep 5, 2002

Season 14 of Reading Rainbow has 8 episodes that are available to stream on Prime Video, PBS Kids and for Rent or Purchase on 4 Services.

Reading Rainbow Season 14 Episodes

Season 14, Episode 09 Enemy Pie
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S14 E09 Enemy Pie
Sep 5, 2002

LeVar observes activity in a playground to see how people do and don't get along with each other. Ed Harris...

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Season 14, Episode 07 The Tin Forest
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S14 E07 The Tin Forest

LeVar visits a school in New York City to ask the class how they have coped since the past year...

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Season 14, Episode 06 Badger's Parting Gifts
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S14 E06 Badger's Parting Gifts
Apr 20, 2001

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Reading Rainbow Season 13 Overview

Oct 5, 1998 - Oct 9, 1998

Season 13 of Reading Rainbow has 5 episodes that are available to stream on PBS Kids and for Rent or Purchase on 3 Services.

Reading Rainbow Season 13 Episodes

Season 13, Episode 05 Work Song
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Season 13, Episode 04 When Aunt Lena Did the Rhumba
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Season 13, Episode 03 Saturday Sancocho
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Reading Rainbow Season 12 Overview

Oct 3, 1994 - Apr 11, 1997

Season 12 of Reading Rainbow has 11 episodes that are available to stream on PBS Kids and for Rent or Purchase on 4 Services.

Reading Rainbow Season 12 Episodes

Season 12, Episode 11 The Carousel
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S12 E11 The Carousel
Apr 11, 1997

A lesson about legacies is presented. The book "Carousel", narrated by Sarah Hubbard, shows that a legacy is a special...

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Season 12, Episode 10 Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message
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Season 12, Episode 09 Regina's Big Mistake
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S12 E09 Regina's Big Mistake
Oct 13, 1994

In this episode of the "Reading Rainbow," Levar Burton visits with The Bill Saxton Quartet and Saxophonist Joshua Redman. We...

S12 E09 of Reading Rainbow is available to stream on PBS Kids and for Rent or Purchase on 3 Services.

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Reading Rainbow Season 11 Overview

Oct 10, 1994 - Apr 20, 2001

Season 11 of Reading Rainbow has 16 episodes that are available to stream on Prime Video, PBS Kids and for Rent or Purchase on 5 Services.

Reading Rainbow Season 11 Episodes

Season 11, Episode 19 Badger's Parting Gift
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S11 E19 Badger's Parting Gift
Apr 20, 2001

Levar takes us on a literary tour of the United States. From Hawaii to Maine and Montana to New York,...

S11 E19 of Reading Rainbow is available to stream on PBS Kids and for Rent or Purchase on 1 Service.

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Season 11, Episode 15 The Shaman's Apprentice
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S11 E15 The Shaman's Apprentice
Oct 7, 1998

Levar visits the town of Quamala in the Amazon rain forest and spends some time with the Tirio Indinas, the...

S11 E15 of Reading Rainbow is available to stream on PBS Kids and for Rent or Purchase on 1 Service.

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Season 11, Episode 14 Owen
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S11 E14 Owen
Apr 11, 1996

It's easy to get flashbacks while watching Reading Rainbow. Now it's LeVar's turn, as he gets in touch with visions...

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Reading Rainbow Season 10 Overview

Oct 18, 1993 - Oct 7, 1994

Season 10 of Reading Rainbow has 10 episodes that are available to stream on PBS Kids and for Rent or Purchase on 4 Services.

Reading Rainbow Season 10 Episodes

Season 10, Episode 10 Appelemondo's Dreams
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Season 10, Episode 09 Once There Was a Tree
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Season 10, Episode 08 Summer
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S10 E08 Summer
Oct 5, 1994

In this episode of Reading Rainbow, LeVar shows the kids the different sights and sounds of summer. The different wildlife...

S10 E08 of Reading Rainbow is available to stream on PBS Kids and for Rent or Purchase on 3 Services.

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Reading Rainbow Season 9 Overview

Oct 12, 1992 - Oct 15, 1993

Season 9 of Reading Rainbow has 10 episodes that are available to stream on PBS Kids and for Rent or Purchase on 3 Services.

Reading Rainbow Season 9 Episodes

Season 09, Episode 10 Silent Lotus
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Season 09, Episode 09 The Salamander Room
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Season 09, Episode 08 Mrs. Katz and Tush
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Reading Rainbow Season 8 Overview

Sep 23, 1991 - Oct 9, 1992

Season 8 of Reading Rainbow has 10 episodes that are available to stream on PBS Kids and for Rent or Purchase on 3 Services.

Reading Rainbow Season 8 Episodes

Season 08, Episode 10 Sophie and Lou
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S08 E10 Sophie and Lou
Oct 9, 1992

LeVar takes a spirited leap into the world of dance. He gets a mambo lesson from Latin dancer Jackie Rios,...

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Season 08, Episode 09 Rechenka's Eggs
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S08 E09 Rechenka's Eggs
Oct 8, 1992

LeVar takes up decorating eggs and shows us that they're one of nature's extraordinary wonders. The author of the featured...

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Season 08, Episode 08 Sam the Sea Cow
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S08 E08 Sam the Sea Cow
Oct 7, 1992

LeVar goes to Florida to help take care of manatee with a crew of marine biology experts. He gets to...

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Reading Rainbow Season 7 Overview

Sep 10, 1990 - Sep 20, 1991

Season 7 of Reading Rainbow has 10 episodes that are available to stream on PBS Kids and for Rent or Purchase on 4 Services.

Reading Rainbow Season 7 Episodes

Season 07, Episode 10 Fox on the Job
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S07 E10 Fox on the Job
Sep 20, 1991

There's a wide job market out there, but just what kind of job does a person want? In this program...

S07 E10 of Reading Rainbow is available to stream on PBS Kids and for Rent or Purchase on 3 Services.

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Season 07, Episode 09 Galimoto
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Season 07, Episode 08 The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush
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Reading Rainbow Season 6 Overview

Aug 15, 1988 - Aug 31, 1989

Season 6 of Reading Rainbow has 10 episodes that are available to stream on PBS Kids and for Rent or Purchase on 4 Services.

Reading Rainbow Season 6 Episodes

Season 06, Episode 10 Sports Pages
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S06 E10 Sports Pages
Aug 31, 1989

Levar Burton works out in a gym and talks about the determination it takes to succeed in sports. Burton narrates...

S06 E10 of Reading Rainbow is available to stream on PBS Kids and for Rent or Purchase on 3 Services.

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Season 06, Episode 09 Bored- Nothing to Do!
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Season 06, Episode 08 Tooth-Gnasher Superflash
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Reading Rainbow Season 5 Overview

Aug 15, 1988 - Mar 31, 1989

Season 5 of Reading Rainbow has 10 episodes that are available to stream on PBS Kids and for Rent or Purchase on 4 Services.

Reading Rainbow Season 5 Episodes

Season 05, Episode 10 Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters
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Season 05, Episode 09 Mummies Made in Egypt
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S05 E09 Mummies Made in Egypt
Mar 30, 1989

A camel is out of place in Boston, but LeVar rides one in preparation for a show that takes a...

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Season 05, Episode 08 Knots on a Counting Rope
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Reading Rainbow Season 4 Overview

Jun 30, 1986 - Jul 3, 1987

Season 4 of Reading Rainbow has 15 episodes that are available to stream on PBS Kids and for Rent or Purchase on 5 Services.

Reading Rainbow Season 4 Episodes

Season 04, Episode 15 My Little Island
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S04 E15 My Little Island
Jul 3, 1987

LeVar spends a day on the Caribbean island of Montserrat. With the featured book as his guide, LeVar drives around...

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Season 04, Episode 14 Meanwhile Back at the Ranch
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S04 E14 Meanwhile Back at the Ranch
May 1, 1987

LeVar travels to an old west town made to look like life in the 1880's to see how times have...

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Season 04, Episode 13 Best Friends
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Jul 1, 1987

The best of friends are those whose friendships endure everything. And it extends to all walks of life, particularly to...

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Reading Rainbow Season 3 Overview

Jul 1, 1985 - Jun 27, 1986

Season 3 of Reading Rainbow has 10 episodes that are available to stream on PBS Kids and for Rent or Purchase on 4 Services.

Reading Rainbow Season 3 Episodes

Season 03, Episode 10 Mama Don't Allow
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S03 E10 Mama Don't Allow
Jun 27, 1986

LeVar shows how music can help interpret a situation, from meeting alligators in a Louisiana swamp to joining a party...

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Season 03, Episode 09 Watch the Stars Come Out
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Season 03, Episode 08 Feelings
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S03 E08 Feelings
Jun 25, 1986

LeVar seems to have a lot of things going wrong for him as he spends a day in the park,...

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Reading Rainbow Season 2 Overview

Sep 3, 1984 - Sep 7, 1984

Season 2 of Reading Rainbow has 5 episodes that are available to stream on PBS Kids.

Reading Rainbow Season 2 Episodes

Season 02, Episode 05 A Chair for My Mother
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Season 02, Episode 04 Mystery on the Docks
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Season 02, Episode 03 Ox-Cart Man
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Reading Rainbow Season 1 Overview

Jun 6, 1983 - Jun 24, 1983

Season 1 of Reading Rainbow has 15 episodes that are available to stream on PBS Kids and for Rent or Purchase on 5 Services.

Reading Rainbow Season 1 Episodes

Season 01, Episode 15 Ty's One Man Band
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Season 01, Episode 14 The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash
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S01 E14 The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash
Jun 23, 1983

LeVar visits a pet store to discuss the featured book, and imagines that one of the pets from the store...

S01 E14 of Reading Rainbow is available to stream on PBS Kids and for Rent or Purchase on 1 Service.

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Season 01, Episode 13 Arthur's Eyes
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Jun 22, 1983

LaVar explores seeing and our other senses, as Bill Cosby tells the story of how the young aardvark, Arthur Read...

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About Reading Rainbow

Reading Rainbow Overview

Levar Burton introduces young viewers to illustrated readings of children's literature and explores their related subjects.

Age rating: All (TV-G)
Number of seasons: 21 Seasons
Number of episodes: 181 Episodes

Extra Information

Related Genres: AnimationDrama
Country of origin: America
Available to watch on: Prime Video
Original Release Date: Jun 6, 1983
Show Status: Ended
Next episode release: N/A