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Postcards from Buster

PBS (ended 2012)



User Score: 400

Episode Guide

    • 10/18/04
      All this traveling has Buster frazzled, and in Seattle, he's developed a bad case of insomnia. Luckily, Buster meets Russ and Rebecca, who teach him Tai Chi to soothe his mind and body. Buster's newfound state of mind comes in handy as he catches flying fish with fishmongers at Pike Place fish market.moreless
    • The Lowriders (East Los Angeles, California)
      Buster visits Los Angeles where he has his heart set on purchasing a brand-new Schwibbermeier 5000 bike that he's been saving up for. Disappointed that the store is closed when he gets there, he meets up with some kids at a local Boys & Girls Club. They quickly get him interested in their hobby of building and riding low-rider bikes. Before long, he's fantasizing about what it would be like to have his very own low-rider.moreless
    • Buster's Lucky Year (San Francisco, California)
      Buster is exhausted and hungry after a long trip to San Francisco. He then has a streak of bad luck that puts him in low spirits. After a visit to Chinatown, he hooks with Hayley Cu and Carrie, two girls from Chinese families. They introduce him to the Chinese New Year Celebration and show him how to turn his luck around. He learns all about the traditional Chinese New Year's meal and the big parade held in San Francisco.moreless
    • A City View (Manhattan, New York)
      A City View (Manhattan, New York)
      Season 1 - Episode 28
      When a magazine quiz helps Francine discover that her lifestyle is perfect for the hustle and bustle of New York, she asks Buster to get her as much information as he can when he pays a visit there. Buster meets up with a Jewish family who he hopes can be a big help, since Francine is Jewish. He learns about high-rising apartments and rising taxis, but also learns that aside from prayer services, the school that his new friends attend is a lot like his own. As a girl named Mattie helps him to learn about Hebrew and Jewish traditions, he urges her to go slow, worried that Francine might be way behind. Francine is a bit embarrassed when she finds out about this because she knows plenty of Hebrew and is largely up-to-date on her Jewish traditions. She also sets Buster straight on why she eats things like cheeseburgers, explaining that the family Buster is visiting practices strict Orthodox Judaism, while her family practices a more relaxed form. Still, she's curious about how that family celebrates the Jewish holiday Shabbas and is surprised to learn that they completely abstain from using any electricity for an entire day. Overall, it's a great learning experience for both Francine and Buster.moreless
    • Spring Break (Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada)
      Arthur and Buster are taking part in the Ultimate Spring Break Video Contest in the hopes of winning the Ultimate Bionic Bunny video game. Arthur is having fun with his family at the beach, while Buster is up in snowy, cold Canada. Although at first he doesn't know how he's going to do a spring break video in these conditions, he soon finds that Iqaluit, Canada has its own special spring traditions. After gearing up properly for the cold and convincing Arthur that these Canadian traditions are as much a part of spring break as the beach, Arthur and Buster have the perfect set-up for their video.moreless
    • Sugartime! (Hinesburg, Vermont)
      Sugartime! (Hinesburg, Vermont)
      Season 1 - Episode 34
      In the "infamous banned" episode of Postcards from Buster, Buster pays a visit to Sidell, Vermont during the season called "sugartime." He learns that this a season of maple syrup and mud. He spends some time at the home of a photographer his Mom once worked with and her partner (a lesbian couple) and learned that they're both Moms to their kids. Later, he goes out shopping for a bonfire. He samples Vermont maple syrup and learns about the milking of cows. He also tries his hardest to come up with the perfect Mother's Day gift for his Mom.moreless
    • The Music Mystery (New Orleans, Louisiana)
      Buster visits New Orleans and learns about some traditional African celebrations and rituals. He attends a funeral parade and meets the director of a choir. He also learns about messaging through drumming and dancing on stilts. All of this serves as useful material for mystery novel that Fern is writing.
    • Hoops and Drums (Lander, Wyoming)
      Season 1 - Episode 13
      On the Wind River Reservation, Buster meets kids from the Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes who teach him Native American traditions including drumming and pow wow dancing. He also learns about another important tradition in this community- basketball-when he gets to participate in a clinic with his new friend, Stephan.
    • Family Reunion (Nashville, Tennessee)
      Buster meets Arthur at their family reunion, while DW takes Buster's camera to film a Kurdish Family Reunion, to be send to an Iraqi family member serving at war.
    • Homes Sweet Homes (Miami, Florida)
      Homes Sweet Homes (Miami, Florida)
      Season 1 - Episode 29
      While traveling in Miami, Buster misses his Mom. He decides to give her a call and is disappointed when she rushes him off the phone at first. Later, they make up and Buster decides to help her with a food column she has to do for the newspaper. He researches both Cuban and Greek food and becomes an amateur reporter. Along the way, he meets a new friend and learns about bilingual schools and other interesting topics.moreless
    • 11/12/04
      Buster joins Carlos and Mora on a road trip through the Sonora Desert. En route, they load up on snacks at a Latin American grocery store, meet Ariana who plays in a local Mariachi band, and cope with flat tires and car break downs with help from expert desert dwellers.
    • 11/19/04
      While in Salt Lake City, Buster is invited to spend the day with of the Hirschis, a Mormon family and old friends of Bo. Buster learns firsthand what it takes to run a family of seven children, and he gains some perspective on the advantages and disadvantages of being an only child.moreless
    • Buster experiences the traditions, history, and adventure of South Dakota. Chris, a direct descendant of a Lakota soldier, takes Buster behind the scenes at the Crazy Horse Memorial. Buster also gets a close-up look at a South Dakota tradition with the Lantis family on a buffalo roundup full of cowboy adventures.moreless
    • 10/14/04
      Near Mt. Hood, Buster meets some regular-sized kids who grow giant pumpkins for competition. He also goes mountain biking, extreme, Oregon-style with siblings Jordan and Ashley.
    • 10/11/04
      Feed the cows, take out the garbage, clean the house, all before breakfast?! That's part of life on the farm for sister and brother Lauren and Nathan. But as they show Buster, there's more to living on a farm than chores-like riding horses, driving tractors, and showing off their pigs at the County Fair!moreless
    • A Bridge Back Home (Brooklyn, New York)
      While visiting New York, Buster travels with Carlos as the searches for his Great Uncle's oud. This was an instrument of his Great Uncle's legendary for its power to bring people together. Along the way, he meets a lot of new friends and spends time with a boy named James, who is an altar boy at an Antiochian church. Later, he takes part in a celebration with several traditional dances.moreless
    • Rock and Roll (Boulder, Colorado)
      Season 1 - Episode 12
      Amidst the splendor of El Dorado Canyon in Boulder, Buster climbs mountains-literally-and faces his insecurities. A group of enthusiastic young rock climbers show Buster how to overcome a challenge, one step at a time.
    • 10/15/04
      At a Southeast Asian festival, Buster meets Diana, Caitlin, and Rosie, who share the same last name and Hmong heritage-AND they all live on the same street! Buster cheers on the girls in a traditional dance competition and joins in on a family barbecue that includes Hmong foods and one of Buster's favorites, hot dogs.moreless
    • Lost and Found (Guanajuato, Mexico)
      Buster travels into Guanajuato, Mexico with Los Viajeros and his Dad and soon finds himself suffering a bit of culture shock. He's interesting in all the new traditions he's learning about, but is embarrassed at not being able to understand what people are saying in Spanish. He discovers that taking a little time to do some learning can help him to fit in better.moreless
    • 10/19/04
      Following in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, Buster takes a canoe trip with the Stenslie family. Along the way they introduce him to Norwegian music, language, and dance that make up their family traditions. The adventures continue with the Miller family who share their favorite pastime: motocross racing.
    • Rodeo Cowgirl (Houston, Texas)
      Season 1 - Episode 9
      When Buster arrives in Houston, he is disappointed to learn that Texas isn't all cowboys and open country. Then he meets 12-year-old Tayler, a self-described "rodeo rat" and grand-daughter of retired African American rodeo star Cornelius Cleveland. Buster goes on an adventure into the heart-and history-of cowboy country.
    • 11/15/04
      Inspired by the bayou, Buster sets off to capture the "Swamp Monster" on film. With help from 12-year-old bayou expert Dylan and other friends, Buster chases after the mysterious creature while enjoying the perks of bayou life, like crab dinners and catfishing with hotdogs!
    • 10/22/04
      Amidst the beauty of Jackson Hole, Buster is determined to track down a moose to show his friends back home. With help from some knowledgeable nature lovers, Buster discovers all that Wyoming offers: fly fishing, bird watching, and maybe even the elusive moose.
    • 11/10/04
      In Phoenix, Buster checks out the Brophy Sports Campus, an elite training facility for swimmers that Francine has dreams of attending. There he meets Deni, an accomplished swimmer. Deni shows Buster the ins and outs of serious training and also shares his dream of becoming an astronaut.
    • Buster Gets on Board (Los Angeles, California)
      Buster is excited about a visit to Hollywood where he hopes to get a big star for a film and get it "greenlighted" by a major Hollywood studio. He's been reading some books about film-making and has taken the advice of one to heart --- that all he needs is a big star and the money will follow. Soon, however, he finds that the ideas about heroism from another book may come in handy when meets some of Sue Ellen's friends who are majorly into skateboarding. He decides to make them the stars of his film and even has a go at skateboarding himself.moreless
    • 11/11/04
      Just because Buster's traveling doesn't mean that he gets out of Mr. Ratburn's assignments. He and Binky must complete a history report, but Buster is in rural Kentucky where Los Viajeros are performing, and there isn't a museum or historical statue in sight. Luckily, Carlos and Mora introduce him to fiddlers Randy and Rossi, and clogger Catherine, and the report on fiddling, square dancing and traditional Old Timey music gets an "A."moreless
    • Step By Step (Hartford, Connecticut)
      Buster visits a hearing impaired dancer of "Bomba Y Plena", a Puerto Rican dance, while showing Francine and Sue Ellen how to dance the Puerto Rican way.
    • Treasure Island (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
      Buster visits Puerto Rico. While Carlos does not remember his childhood, he tells Buster that a mystery box is the key to his memories and his cousin is the one holding it.
    • Buster's League of Champions (Virginia Beach, Virginia)
      Unhappy with the newest movie featuring his favorite character, Bionic Bunny, Buster decides to come up with some suggestions of his own for the next one. He decides to do this in the form of a trailer, with the help of some kids in Virginia Beach who live in Trailer City. He assembles them into his very own League of Champions and gets a local church leader to help out with a puppet villain. Along the way, he makes a surprising discovery as to who exactly was responsible for one of the cheesy songs in the awful Bionic Bunny film.moreless
    • Beats by the Bay (San Francisco, California)
      Buster visits San Francisco, where he learns all about hip-hop dance and culture. Carlos and Mora are trying to make a music video, so he helps them out with video footage. As things move along, Buster gets some great footage, but things aren't going very well on a song. Fortunately, inspiration strikes in the form of a theme.moreless
    • The Case of the Coin Purloined (Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri)
      Los Viajeros are invited to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri to perform for the troops there. They meet up with General Castro, who provides them with a Coin of Excellence. Carlos gives the coin to Buster to hold on to, and Buster is shocked when it goes missing. Worried about what Carlos will think, Buster at first blames the loss on his own negligence until he discovers a mysterious note in his pocket that leads him to believe the coin has been stolen. Buster enlists the help of a girl named Erin and her little sister, Hannah. Buster learns that Erin's father is serving in the military in Iraq and the two discuss what that's like for her. Buster agrees that they can send the postcard about the case to her father. The two get to work cracking the mystery and find themselves headed into the desert. They then take part in an obstacle course, hoping to track down clues. In the end, they make a surprising discovery as to what actually happened to the coin and Buster earns a reward of his own for his work.moreless
    • Postcards From Buster
      Postcards From Buster
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      Arthur's family has set up a trip to the big apple (New York City) they are taking Buster along so Buster can spend time with his dad. So when they get there (NYC) Busters dad is waiting there for Buster. So the next day Arthur ,Busters Dad & Buster aer planing to go to the Point to meet a band that Busters dad is planning on flying but on there way the Point they get lost all over New York. They visited many shops and they walk all over China Town and the Bronx. But later they find there way.

      Meanwhile DW is so excited about a broadway show and she wants to save money because she got the feeling that the show cost alot. So she starts to save money and other things but she got to the play just fine. But before they went to the show they had tea in a nice hotel and DW imagined of living at the hotel.moreless
    • Riding the Wave (Cocoa Beach, Florida)
    • The Mitten of Mackinac Island (Michigan)
      When Los Viajeros perform in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Buster gets to visit his Dad's favorite vacation spot --- Mackinac Island. Bo is pleased at the idea of being able revisit some old favorites, such as the Grand Hotel and the island's several fudge shops, but the place seems more like a ghost-town then a bustling city. It turns out that since its' not tourist season, most of the major attractions have closed up for the winter. Buster is initially disappointed, but he and Bo are soon taken in by the family of a boy named Lou Clark. It turns out that Lou and his friends are amateur film-makers. Buster learns that they school they attend is very small --- it serves grades K-12, but only has 67 students, with a combined 2nd and 3rd grade class that has only eight kids. Together with one of Lou's friends, Scott, the group puts together a movie that recalls the War of 1812. Buster is bummed about being assigned the position of second camera, but doesn't know that they have a surprise for him. Buster also worries that his friends at home are getting tired of his video postcards when a dropped cell-phone connection causes him to misunderstand something said by Arthur.moreless
    • La Belle Poutine (Montreal, Canada)
      Los Viajeros are on tour in Quebec and Carlos is at a loss as to what to get Mora for their anniversary. Every year, he always seems to choose a bad gift, so this time he assigns Buster the task of creating a video postcard. Since the two fell in love in Quebec, Carlos wants Buster to recreate the magic by filming scenes of some of the places they went on their honeymoon. Though Buster agrees to the task, he dreads the idea of it being sappy and romantic. He's surprised when he instead finds himself visiting a hockey rink and trying new food. While putting together the video, Buster finds himself pressed into another task --- to get help for Binky from famous tap-dancer Ethel Bruneau. He needs to come up with a new dance routine. Buster learns that tap-dancing is "rhythm from the soul."moreless
    • 10/12/04
      At the Sears Tower, Buster meets Farah, a 10-year-old Muslim girl who tells Buster about wearing hijabs, praying towards Mecca, and shopping at her favorite neighborhood Pakistani shops. Buster is intrigued with how Farah's Muslim parochial school is both different and the same as his own.
    • Buster's Sweet Song (Leiper's Fork, Tennessee)
      Buster is looking for the perfect song for Muffy's dad car commercial. Carlos tells him that the band "Los Viajeros" cannot make a car commercial, so he tries to find inspiration in a young musician.
    • This Just In! (Alabama)
      This Just In! (Alabama)
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      When a local TV station sponsors a contest for a news story, Mr. Ratburn turns it into an opportunity for his students to get some extra-credit. Mighty Mountain is also entering, so the competition seems to be fierce. The kids have few good ideas about what to do for the contest, which requires a "human interest story," so they turn to Buster in Alabama for help. The idea for a story about auto-racing quickly fizzles when Buster discovers that that it's the off-season and so there's nobody racing at the Talladega Superspeedway. The kids remember a suggestion by Marina and send Buster to the Alabama School for the Blind. There, Buster searches desperately for an exciting story with high-stakes, but discovers that sometimes a journalist doesn't need to manufacture news, he just needs to keep his senses open.moreless
    • Winter Gold (Park City, Utah)
      Season 1 - Episode 19
      At the Utah Olympic Park, home of the 2002 Winter Olympics, Buster finds out what it really takes to be an Olympic athlete. He meets Squirt, a talented and dedicated ski jumper who introduces Buster to the world of speed skaters, luge racers, and ski jumpers.
    • Buster's Big Goal (East Boston, Massachusetts)
      Buster visits the Boston Piers and meets a Brazilian kid that will teach him to hit soccer's goal at his home game in Elwood City.
    • 11/18/04
      When Buster meets Justin, a talented 10-year-old actor, musician, and athlete, he decides to produce a documentary for Before They Were Stars. With his camera in tow, Buster meets Justin's extended family and explores Charleston and St. Helena Island, where Justin's family traces back its Gullah ancestry.
    • Arthur and Buster Thanksgiving Spectacular
      Aired on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2005, this two-hour special featured several Arthur stories and two complete episodes of Postcards from Buster. This special featured interstitial postcard segments from Buster, segments with kids from the show Zoom and a small additional factoid regarding Arthur and Buster. At the end of the special, a secret password for a new game at the official PBSKids Arthur website was revealed. The Arthur stories shown were: "Buster's Green Thumb""Dad's Dessert Dilemma"Thanks a Lot, Binky""The Ballad of Buster Baxter" The Postcards from Buster episodes shown were: "Best Friends""Among the Hmong"moreless
    • Coming Together (Seattle, Washington)
      Buster learns how to help a friend at Church. He makes a movie about lending a hand at a Summer Camp.
    • Buster's Baseball Merengue (Dominican Republic)
      When Buster learns that Damon and Bateria, two of his favorite players on the Elwood City Grebes, have been traded, he's shocked. Having learned a hard lesson that sometimes players that were thought to be loyal will go elsewhere for more money, he scouts the Dominican Republic at Harry's urging for new talent. Los Viajeros happened to be going on a trip there. He stays at the house of Patrizia and her daughter Patty, who he learns is a concert pianist and also talented at soccer. With her assistance, Buster helps Los Viajeros to develop an album of merengue music (a style native to the Dominican Republic) while also meeting up with a new friend to watch baseball. He discovers some amazing local talent and also finds someone he never expected --- a player from the Elwood City Grebes!moreless
    • Back to the Bayou (Louisiana)
      Back to the Bayou (Louisiana)
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      After hearing about the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Los Viajeros organizes a relief concert to aid those affected. Together with friends and family from Elwood City, Buster gathers food and clothing to help out. He then joins in on the trip, paying visits to some old friends along the way. Afterwards, the Baxters and the Reads sit down together to watch Buster's video postcard. They witness Buster's visits with three friends he made during his previous trip to the area --- Brittany, Dylan and Niya. They learn about what happened to them during the hurricane, and how their lives have changed since. They learn that while some things have changed, the kids have found hope, and thankfully all still have love and support of their friends and family.moreless
    • A Capital Egg Hunt (Washington, DC)
      On the day before Easter, Buster finds himself in Washington D.C. Los Viajeros is having a concert at the National Zoo, but Muffy is insisting Buster come to her Easter party. Each year, Buster finds the chocolate egg Big Bertha and is the reigning champion. Buster can't come, but tags along with Alyssa on a tour of Washington D.C., meeting some new friends in the process. He learns about the D.C. library's "extreme-mobile" and manages to schedule fun activities with no less than three new friends. Buster worries that he's overbooked, but manages to juggle his schedule, for the most part. When he misses out on the D.C. egg-hunt, he decides to create his very own egg-hunt, featuring riddles.moreless
    • The Mykala Pono Buster Big Hawaii Show (Hawaii)
      Buster, Bo and Los Viajeros pay a visit to Hawaii's Big Island, where Buster finds himself immersed in Hawaiian culture. He learns about volcanoes, fishing, hula-dancing and even gets to swim with dolphins. Upon arriving, he meets up with Mykala, a girl who has her own TV show titled Fishing Tip Today. She and Buster decide to get together with her friend Pono and create a program called the Mykala Pono Buster Hawaii TV Show. Along the way, Buster finds that he is more comfortable behind the camera than he is trying to do reporting in front of it. When he pays a visit to Volcanoes National Park, Buster thoughtlessly removes a rock as a present for Brain. He doesn't realize that removing such items are strictly forbidden, but when he finally does, he worries about having attracted the wrath of the Hawaiian Goddess of Fire, Pele. He decides he's willing to make a sacrifice if it will help to set things right. He also learns, however, that Pele is considered to be a creator, not a destructive force.moreless
    • Your Friend, My Friend (Encitas, CA and Tiajuana, Mexico)
      Buster pays a visit to Encitas, CA, where Mr. Ratburn assigned the class to write to pen pals there. Buster heads to Capri Elementary School where he meets up with his own pen pal, Kyle. He soon finds himself facing requests from Arthur, Francine and Fern to find out everything he can about their pen pals. While Buster creates his video postcard, he learns a lot about his new friends and also eases the worries of his friends and classmates in Elwood City. He participates in a beach cleanup and joins the Capri kids on a trip to Tijuana, Mexico. There, they all meet another set of pen pals.moreless
    • Philadelphia Masala (Pennsylvania)
      Buster pays a visit to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but on the way there, both he and everyone on the plane are disgusted by the quality of the airplane food. Meanwhile, Buster is also struggling with an assignment given to him by Coach Biltwell. Biltwell wants Buster, Arthur and the others to get into shape by trying some new exercise, or doubling whatever it is they're currently doing. Since Buster is currently doing pretty much nothing for exercise, he turns to yoga as an easy solution to both get him into shape and help him concentrate. He learns, however, that yoga, like any other discipline, requires some hard work and practice in order to master. In Philadelphia, Buster meets up with children of various Indian religions, such as the Sikhs. He learns about Indian foods and a possible solution to the airplane food problem. He also visits a gurd mara --- a Sikh place of worship and learns about their religious ceremonies.moreless
    • 11/16/04
      Buster is absolutely positive that the latest Bionic Bunny comic book is his. But when Arthur insists it's his, the two best friends end up in a terrible argument. Luckily, during a stopover in Winchester, Buster meets two best friends, both named Katie, who remind Buster that friendship isn't just about the things you own, but how you care for each other and what you do together.moreless
    • 10/13/04
      Buster meets 12-year-old Robert who has been playing Conjunto music on his accordion since he was five with grown ups who share this traditional Mexican-American musical form. In between jam sessions, Buster gets a lesson in real Mexican cooking and learns what makes a perfect taco.
    • Alien Adventure (Roswell, New Mexico)
      Buster visits an alien museum while trying to find an UFO, instead he gets to find former "Arthur's" school friend Mr. Morris.
    • Finding Family in Chennai (India)
      Finding Family in Chennai (India)
      Season 3 - Episode 4

      Buster is ready to hit the beach in Chennai, India but his teacher, Mr. Ratburn, has other plans.

    • Buster's Egyptian Adventure (Cairo, Giza, & Aswan, Egypt)

      Much to his surprise, Buster discovers there's more to modern Egypt than just mummies and mythology.

    • Buster in Beijing (Beijing, China)

      On the heels of the 2008 summer Olympics, Buster travels to Beijing, but it's not athletics that's on his mind.

    • Ciao Buster (Venice, Italy)
      Ciao Buster (Venice, Italy)
      Season 3 - Episode 1

      Buster and Bo go on a rare father-son vacation to the ancient, magical city, Venice, Italy!

    • Vamos, Buster (Chile)
      Vamos, Buster (Chile)
      Season 3 - Episode 5

      After watching Daredevil Dario zip line though the Andes Mountains on TV, Buster is stoked to be heading to Chile.

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