Between the Lions

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PBS Premiered Apr 03, 2000 In Season

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Between the Lions

Show Summary

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 (pbskids.org/lions. 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 Lions

Behold the tales beyond the tails

[Female Vocalists Harmonizing]

Behind the door Become, explore

Come on Between the Lions Begin Between the Lions Be here Between the Lions!moreless

Previously Aired Episode

AIRED ON 11/9/2009

Season 7 : Episode 13

Anthony Asbury

Anthony Asbury

Lionel / Arty Smarty-Pants

Heather Asch

Heather Asch

Click the Mouse / Clay Pigeon

Jennifer Barnhart

Jennifer Barnhart

Cleopatra "Cleo" Lion

Kathryn Mullen

Kathryn Mullen

Leona (seasons 1-2)

Matt Vogel

Matt Vogel

Various Animated Characters

Chris Phillips

Chris Phillips

Cliff Hanger

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Educational but unoriginal.

    6.0
    This is not a bad show. It is just an average show that is very educational and is a bit of a rip-off of other shows like Sesame Street and Reading Rainbow. The comedy was okay for kids, but it gets old after a period of time and becomes stale. The things that I like are fact that it teaches kids words and how to read. One thing that it does very well is make reading interesting. At the same time, the show didn't expand itself to help kids go beyond really small words. Overall, it was an okay show with some educational value. Thank you.moreless
  • Click has a computer virus, today! Today! Lionel opened the free bee mail! Oy vay! Oy vay!

    10
    This was one of the creepiest episodes of this show that I've ever seen! Theo thought that Lionel was responsible enough to run the returns desk in the library. Lionel took the job and was doing great when he was returning the Monkey pop-up Theater books. Then he started singing to himself about how he's gonna be a librarian in the library someday. But then he gets a "Free-Bee" email. Click explains that Free-bee means when something is free, she also says that he shouldn't open the email because it may have a computer virus. Lionel doesn't listen and puts click to manual and opens the email. Then a queen-bee appears on the screen, congrats them from opening the mail and stings Click giving her a virus! Once Click is stung, she and all the computers in the library get sick. The bee's laugh fills the air, "hee! hee! hee! hee! hee! hee!" and the library goes haywire: Screens for other segments flying all over the room, lighting flashes and, for some reason, a pair of Swedish dancers dance around in the background. Meanwhile up in the garden, Cleo reads "The Empty Pot" to Leona. A Chinese book about a boy who couldn't make a seed grow, no matter what pot he planted it in. Back at the library, while Theo was taking a nap, the library is still under the virus' control! Lionel panics as he runs around screaming, and Click starts shaking all over the desk and tells Lionel to load the anti-virus software. He dose this, it scans for the virus, finds it, deletes it and loads all the files and programs that were lost when the virus came. Later, Theo wakes up from his nap and asks Lionel is there were any problems. At first, he didn't want to tell him, but he admit about the virus and said that it all started with the email. Theo understands, and says that it would explain why he suddenly had the words " hee! hee!" printed on his glasses. Theo also says that since Lionel had the courage to tell him the truth, he would still be a great librarian.moreless
  • Between the Lions- Great Show!!

    10
    Very educational. I'd recommend it!! I have a two year old Cousin that just loves it. He can sit there and watch the whole show without moving. Just seeing how much he loves it make me so happy. You know your child really understands it. And learning from it too.Just today he came running to me saying "Between the Lions", he was looking to watch it. We had missed the show.moreless
  • Leona, Lionel, Leo and Cleo live (it seems) and work in the library. They read fantastic stories with fantastic songs and make it fun!

    10
    This show is great! I wish all kids programming took education this seriously, and yet had so much fun! I've watched a handful of episodes while on break from work, and I think it's funny! The use of puppets and all different types of animation is wonderful! They stories they read are delightful and I love how clever the musical numbers are! I hope this show is around when I have kids, if not I hope it goes onto DVD. Not many shows are funny, educational, and not painful to watch as an adult. These people definitely got it right!moreless
  • A terrific childrens TV show, which is as educational as entertaining, focusing on the development of reading skills.

    10
    My son has watched this show from ages 3 to present (6 today) and has highly advanced reading skills. I\'d recommend this show to any parent, as BTL is as good as the Electric Company was in my day. Along with Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, these two shows should be in every child\'s watch list.
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