We’re living in the age of the reboot and a lot of that has to do with the fact that we have access to almost everything ever written or recorded, thanks to the internet and streaming services. Remember the days in the 1990s when you or your kids sat around waiting for your favorite shows to come on? Now, if you’re a parent and raising kids of your own, you can stream your 1990s favorites all day every day for your little munchkins. And when it came to high-quality television, what better station has there ever been in the history of TV than PBS and PBS Kids?
Let’s check out a few wonderful old PBS shows that need to seriously make a comeback someday. Meanwhile, you can find places to stream most of them.
1. “Reading Rainbow”
This show inspired and celebrated reading and it also taught us that every single book is basically an adventure just waiting to happen.
Thanks to “Wishbone” (an adorable little dog who loved re-enacting big moments in history) and the simple question of “What’s the story, Wishbone,” an entire generation of kids learned a lot about history.
3. “The Magic School Bus”
When kids watched this epic TV show, they were largely unaware of how much they were actually learning about things like the different systems inside the human body and outer space. And it was voiced by the iconic Lily Tomlin, may she rest in power. And guess what? We have a Netflix reboot. Here’s the awesome intro.
4. “The Big Comfy Couch”
This show was legit my daughter’s favorite show and the intro song runs through my head All. The. Time. We even had a little Molly doll, just like Loonette had (and it’s secretly in a box in the attic, all safe and sound for my daughter).
5. “The Joy of Painting”
OMG what would you give for a remake of this show by the late great Bob Ross? The great thing is you can find these old episodes on YouTube.
6. “Barney and Friends”
My kids learned so much from Barney and I learned quite a bit, too. He was everyone’s favorite purple dinosaur. Watch Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez singing on Barney below. The stuff of greatness, it is!
7. “Bill Nye the Science Guy”
Although he’s still very relevant and popular, his show ran from 1993 to 1998. What are they waiting for? Get this guy back on TV already!
8. “Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?”
Running from 1991 to 1995, Carmen Sandiego is actually being rebooted thanks to Netflix.