Between the Lions

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 7 : Ep 13

    Stop That Pickle!

    Aired 11/9/09

  • S 7 : Ep 12

    Chicks and Salsa

    Aired 11/9/09

  • S 7 : Ep 11

    Ruby Sings the Blues

    Aired 11/9/09

  • S 7 : Ep 10

    Making Bread & Cheesybreadville

    Aired 11/19/07

  • S 7 : Ep 9

    Charlie's Dinosaur & Here Come the Aliens

    Aired 11/12/07

  • Cast & Crew
  • Matt Vogel

    Various Animated Characters

  • Pam Arciero

    Leona (seasons 3-5)

  • Peter Linz

    Theo / Gawain

  • Kathryn Mullen

    Leona (seasons 1-2)

  • Fred Newman

    Himself / Golf Announcer

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  • show Description
  • Five years in the making, Between the Lions has set out to get kids "wild about reading". Between the Lions is written by many of the major greats of Sesame Street, such as Christopher Cerf. Many former Arthur staff are involved as well, including Joe "Toolbox" Fallon and Ken Scarborough. New episodes are now airing! In every episode, there can be found countless sight gags, puns, parodies, songs, and more, all of which are designed to help kids better understand the pronunciation of everyday words.The setting for the show is, fittingly, a library, where husband-and-wife team Theo and Cleo are the Librarians. Their inquisitive cubs, younger sister Leona and older brother Lionel, often help them out, while another character - the Information Hen - dispenses information to perplexed Library patrons. Among the other colorful characters likely to be encountered, is a statue of the library's founder, Barnaby B. ("Don't Call Me Buster!") Busterfield III, who makes sarcastic comments about the silliness he often witnesses going on in the library. There are also two dim-witted pigeons, Clay and Walter (get it?) who hang around the statue, keeping him company - but he just wishes they'd go away!Additional characters include Click the Computer Mouse, who has the amazing ability to extract characters from books and bring them to life, and can even place real people in books! Arty Smartypants is an oily entertainer usually seen "reading words without any assistance whatsoever!" And, believe it or not, Dr. Ruth Westheimer can sometimes be seen dispensing advice, also. (About words, of course!) And likeable, white-haired Fred Newman provides a vast repertoire of hilarious "mouth sounds."Between the Lions was cancelled, but then brought back thanks to the help of Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB), working together with WGBH.Yes, it's quite a library.Between the Lions is funded in part by a Ready To Learn Television Cooperative Agreement from the U.S. Department of Education through the Public Broadcasting Service. National corporate sponsorship is provided by Chick-fil-A. Additional funding is provided by the Krueger Charitable Foundation.Between the Lions can be found online at ( The Between the Lions team is committed to making quality television available to all children. Each episode is accessible to blind and visually impaired viewers through WGBH Boston's innovative, Emmy Award-winning Descriptive Video Service (DVS). The series also is closed captioned by the Media Access Group at WGBH for viewers who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Between the Lions is seen on PBS, which means that it's broadcast time varies from station to station (10:30 on one station, 3:30 on another, etc). Check your local listings, for time and channel (the time and day listed below is for the New Jersey Network, or NJN).Between the Lions Main Theme [Female Vocalist]Hey now Hey wow Here's how Come and read Between the Lions[Female and Male Vocalists Harmonizing]Come on Come in Begin The world awaits[Female Vocalist]Between the Lions Betweeen the covers of a book It's time to look Between the LionsBehold the tales beyond the tails[Female Vocalists Harmonizing]Behind the door Become, exploreCome on Between the Lions Begin Between the Lions Be here Between the Lions!moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (182)

    • Leona: (singing) Click clicked with her trickiest, slickest click / And dragged and dropped that twister quick.

    • Buster: I am not a cowboy. I am Barnaby B. "Don't Call Me Buster" Busterfield III, founder of this library. Get this hat off my head this instant!

    • Pecos Bill: Story's not true. Never happened. Never could happen. It's a tall tale. I'm just a paper hero.

    • Cleo: Stay calm. We're having a technical problem. A slight tornado. Perfectly harmless.

    • Theo: Bill said to Tess, "I must confess. If there's one thing I detest, it's a mess."

    • Theo: Pecos Bill was the best. The best in the west.

    • Cleo: Oh. Sweet Nursery Rhymes for Sleepy Cubs. Sounds nice, doesn't it, Leona?

    • Lionel: (singing) Gonna read a story before bed.

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    Notes (51)

    • This is the first episode that does not involve a storybook being read.

    • This is the first episode to have the main focus be about a computer game, instead of a book.

    • This is the only episode where Click the Mouse doesn't appear in.

    • This is the first episode to contain a poem, instead of a book or computer game.

    • This is the second episode that does not have a particular book involved.

    • This is the second episode that has the word hen as the main word.

    • The Cliffhanger segment "Cliff and the Fuzzy Wuzzy Bear and the Big Wig" airs on this episode and the next one. Adventure 1465, this installment finds Cliff Hanger asking a bear to let down his hair, only to find out it isn't exactly what he expected.

    • This is the first episode where a character writes a story.

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    Trivia (133)

    • Cleo serves as the designated reader for this episode.

    • The Word Doctor with Dr. Ruth Wordheimer: Dr. Ruth Wordheimer's services are once again called up to handle a "long word freakout." A monkey was reading a book, when he came to a word that he felt was just too long to read -- "impressive." Dr. Ruth helps him to take a deep breath and see that the word is possible to read if he sounds it out.

    • Cliff Hanger: Cliff Hanger spots two movers carrying a large "ed" in Adventure 2,345: Cliff Hanger and the Bed. He consults his Trusty Survival Manual for advice on how this situation might help him get off of his cliff. It tells him that when he sees an "ed," he should find the letter "b" and drop it. He does so, and turns the "b" into "bed." He then drops onto the bed, but simply bounces, and ends up having to grab back on to the cliff to save his life.

    • Gawain's Word: "W" and "et" blend together at high speed to make the word "wet." They then dump water on each other.

    • The word "west" is the key word in this episode.

    • The vowel/sound that is taken out of the book in this episode is the short "e" sound.

    • The key word in this episode is "west."

    • Cleo serves as the designated reader for this episode.

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    Allusions (12)

    • Female Monkey Singer: (singing) Let's start with our favorite vowel, a pretty good place to start.

      The line is similar to "Do-Re-Mi" from the 1965 movie: The Sound of Music.

    • Leona: (regarding Lionel's antlers) They're gonna go away, Lionel. Just like Imogene's. Cleo: Right. In the meantime, enjoy them. Lionel: Enjoy them? That's easy for you to say. You're not the one who's turning into Bullwinkle. Bullwinkle was a moose who was featured in a series of cartoons, generally alongside a squirrel named Rocky.

    • Cleo and Theo: Wanting to use Lionel as a coat rack
      Another place where somebody gets used as a coat rack is in the book, "The Principal From The Black Lagoon" by Mike Thaler and Jared Lee.

    • Leona: (sings) I am eagle, see me fly…
      The song "I Am Eagle" is tied to Helen Reddy's "I Am Woman" and its original take-off, Mimi Kennedy's "I Am Dog."

    • The Big Bad Duck is an allusion to "The Big Bad Wolf" from "The Three Little Pigs".

    • Heath: (the words unfurl on a sheet behind him) She must be extremely upset, agitated, perturbed, distressed, blue.
      CULTURAL REFERENCE: Heath: (the words unfurl on a sheet behind him) She must be extremely upset, agitated, perturbed, distressed, blue. The sheets of synonyms in this program are a direct reminder to the "What the Stars Foretell" sketch in Monty Python's Flying Circus Episode 37. That sketch satirizes Pythons John Cleese and Graham Chapman's habit of scanning the Thesaurus for inspiration (as does the Heath character himself).

    • Narrator: We find Justin Time where we saw him last, resting…
      The boringness of the book character Justin Time, plus the fact that he's on a hammock most of the day, links back to the regular "Love of Chair" sequence on the Lions' direct predecessor, The Electric Company. In that sequence, sentences were superimposed over a boy (Skip Hinnant) sitting idlely.

    • Cleo: (sings) Even the blues would be blue without an S.
      Rita Moreno and Bill Cosby had performed a song about language without an S thirty years earlier on The Electric Company.

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  • Fan Reviews (9)
  • Educational but unoriginal.

    By cactusjack39, Feb 25, 2009

  • Click has a computer virus, today! Today! Lionel opened the free bee mail! Oy vay! Oy vay!

    By Tvbird326, May 16, 2010

  • Between the Lions- Great Show!!

    By Karen197488, Mar 16, 2007

  • Leona, Lionel, Leo and Cleo live (it seems) and work in the library. They read fantastic stories with fantastic songs and make it fun!

    By SlatorAud, Sep 15, 2006

  • A terrific childrens TV show, which is as educational as entertaining, focusing on the development of reading skills.

    By ToonGal1021, Apr 17, 2006

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