List of Reading Rainbow episodes

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This is the following episode list of Reading Rainbow hosted by longtime executive producer LeVar Burton.

DVD releases[edit]

DVD Name # of Episodes Release Date No. of Discs
Reading Rainbow Favorites 8 July 18, 2006 4
Reading Rainbow: Family Matters 2 July 18, 2006 1
Reading Rainbow: Man's Best Friend 2 July 18, 2006 1
Reading Rainbow: Ocean Life 2 July 18, 2006 1
Reading Rainbow: Music, Music Everywhere 2 July 18, 2006 1
Reading Rainbow: Let's Go! 2 September 12, 2006 1
Reading Rainbow: How's That Made? 2 September 12, 2006 1
Reading Rainbow: Birds of a Feather 2 September 12, 2006 1
Reading Rainbow: Desert Life 2 September 12, 2006 1
Reading Rainbow: Sea To Shining Sea – Stories of America 2 November 7, 2006 1
Reading Rainbow: Farm Life 2 November 7, 2006 1
Reading Rainbow: Math Is Everywhere 2 November 7, 2006 1
Reading Rainbow: Buried Treasures 2 November 7, 2006 1

Episode list[edit]

155 half-hour episodes produced.

Season 1: 1983 (15 episodes)[edit]

Episode # Series # Prod. Code Title Original Airdate(s)
1 1 101 "Tight Times" (narrated by Patrick McCaffrey) June 6, 1983
2 2 102 "Miss Nelson Is Back" (narrated by Ruth Buzzi) June 7, 1983
3 3 103 "Bea and Mr. Jones" (narrated by Madeline Kahn) June 8, 1983
4 4 104 "Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain" (narrated by James Earl Jones) June 9, 1983
5 5 105 "Louis the Fish" (narrated by Vincent Gardenia) June 10, 1983
6 6 106 "Digging Up Dinosaurs" (narrated by Linda Gelman) June 13, 1983
7 7 107 "Liang and the Magic Paintbrush" (narrated by Lauren Tom) June 14, 1983
8 8 108 "Gila Monsters Meet You at the Airport" (Pilot) (narrated by Douglas Parvin) June 15, 1983
9 9 109 "Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe" (narrated by Carolyn McHanon) June 16, 1983
10 10 110 "The Gift of the Sacred Dog" (narrated by Michael Ansara) June 17, 1983
11 11 111 "Gregory the Terrible Eater" (narrated by Marilyn Michaels) June 20, 1983
12 12 112 "Three by the Sea" (narrated by Chicago City Limits) June 21, 1983
13 13 113 "Arthur's Eyes" (narrated by Bill Cosby) June 22, 1983
14 14 114 "The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash" (narrated by Kaleena Kiff and Laura Hicks) June 23, 1983
15 15 115 "Ty's One-Man Band" (narrated by Lou Rawls) June 24, 1983

Season 2: 1984 (5 episodes)[edit]

Episode # Series # Prod. Code Title Original Airdate(s)
16 1 201 "Hot-Air Henry" (narrated by William Windom) September 3, 1984
17 2 202 "Simon's Book" (narrated by Ruby Dee) September 4, 1984
18 3 203 "Ox-Cart-Man" (narrated by Lorne Greene) September 5, 1984
19 4 204 "Mystery on the Docks" (narrated by Raul Julia) September 6, 1984
20 5 205 "A Chair for My Mother" (narrated by Amy Linker) September 7, 1984

Note: A Chair for My Mother is the first Reading Rainbow episode to be broadcast in stereo.

Season 3: 1985 (5 episodes)[edit]

Episode # Series # Prod. Code Title Original Airdate(s)
21 1 301 "Paul Bunyan" (narrated by Buddy Ebsen) July 1, 1985
22 2 302 "The Patchwork Quilt" (narrated by Isabel Sanford) July 2, 1985
23 3 303 "Hill of Fire" (narrated by Fernando Escandon) July 3, 1985
24 4 304 "The Tortoise and the Hare" (narrated by Gilda Radner) July 4, 1985
25 5 305 "Perfect the Pig" (narrated by James Coco) July 5, 1985

Season 4: 1986 (10 episodes)[edit]

Episode # Series # Prod. Code Title Original Airdate(s)
26 1 401 "Animal Café" (narrated by Martin Short) (Season 3 leftover)[1] June 23, 1986
27 2 402 "Alistair in Outer Space" (narrated by Arnold Stang) June 24, 1986
28 3 403 "Feelings" (narrated by Raima Evans, Jessica, Laura Haymann, Paul Sidoriak, Jonathan Rose, Timothy Oakes, Jerry David and Pamela Stogner) June 25, 1986
29 4 404 "Watch the Stars Come Out" (narrated by Laura Haymann) (Season 3 leftover)[2] June 26, 1986
30 5 405 "Mama Don't Allow" (narrated by Fred Newman) June 27, 1986
31 6 406 "Space Case" (narrated by Michael Winslow) June 30, 1986
32 7 407 "The Milk Makers" (narrated by Alaina Reed) July 1, 1986
33 8 408 "Imogene's Antlers" (narrated by Imogene Coca) July 2, 1986
34 9 409 "Germs Make Me Sick!" (narrated by Molly Mandlin) July 3, 1986
35 10 410 "Abiyoyo" (narrated and sung by Pete Seeger) July 4, 1986

Season 5: 1987 (10 episodes)[edit]

Episode # Series # Prod. Code Title Original Airdate(s)
36 1 501 "The Life Cycle of the Honeybee" (narrated by Barbara Feldon) June 22, 1987
37 2 502 "Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie" (narrated by Sada Thompson) June 23, 1987
38 3 503 "Chickens Aren't the Only Ones" (narrated by Georgia Engel) June 24, 1987
39 4 504 "The Paper Crane" (narrated by Keye Luke) June 25, 1987
40 5 505 "The Runaway Duck" (narrated by Orson Bean) June 26, 1987
41 6 506 "A Three Hat Day" (narrated by Zelda Rubinstein) June 29, 1987
42 7 507 "Rumpelstiltskin" (narrated by Ralph Waite) June 30, 1987
43 8 508 "Best Friends" (narrated by Liza Siegler) July 1, 1987
44 9 509 "Meanwhile Back at the Ranch" (narrated by Hoyt Axton) July 2, 1987
45 10 510 "My Little Island" (narrated by Ron Foster) July 3, 1987

Season 6: 1988–89 (10 episodes)[edit]

Episode # Series # Prod. Code Title Original Airdate(s)
46 1 601 "The Bionic Bunny Show" August 15, 1988
47 2 602 "Bugs" (narrated by Lori Delgado & Edwin Maldonado, Jr.) August 16, 1988
48 3 603 "The Robbery at the Diamond Dog Diner" (narrated by Peter Falk) August 17, 1988
49 4 604 "Brush" August 18, 1988
50 5 605 "The Purple Coat" August 19, 1988
51 6 606 "Barn Dance!" (narrated by Roy Clark) March 27, 1989
52 7 607 "Duncan and Dolores" March 28, 1989
53 8 608 "Knots on a Counting Rope" (narrated by J. Ruben Silverbird & Kenneth Blank) March 29, 1989
54 9 609 "Mummies Made in Egypt" (narrated by Corinne Orr) March 30, 1989
55 10 610 "Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters" (narrated by Phylicia Rashad) March 31, 1989

Season 7: 1989–90 (10 episodes)[edit]

Episode # Series # Prod. Code Title Original Airdate(s)
56 1 701 "Humphrey the Lost Whale: A True Story" July 3, 1989
57 2 702 "Stay Away from the Junkyard!" July 4, 1989
58 3 703 "Little Nino's Pizzeria" July 5, 1989
59 4 704 "Ludlow Laughs" (narrated by Phyllis Diller) July 6, 1989
60 5 705 "Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo" July 7, 1989
61 6 706 "Dive to the Coral Reefs" March 26, 1990
62 7 707 "Desert Giant: The World of the Saguaro Cactus" March 27, 1990
63 8 708 "Tooth-Gnasher Superflash" (narrated by Victoria Jackson) March 28, 1990
64 9 709 "Bored—Nothing to Do!" March 29, 1990
65 10 710 "Sports Pages" March 30, 1990

Season 8: 1990 (5 episodes)[edit]

Episode # Series # Prod. Code Title Original Airdate(s)
66 1 801 "The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth" September 10, 1990
67 2 802 "Jack, the Seal and the Sea" September 11, 1990
68 3 803 "The Bicycle Man" (narrated by Tom Matsusaka) September 12, 1990
69 4 804 "Florence and Eric Take the Cake" (narrated by Julia Child) September 13, 1990
70 5 805 "Sunken Treasure" September 14, 1990

Season 9: 1991 (10 episodes)[edit]

Episode # Series # Prod. Code Title Original Airdate(s)
71 1 901 "Alistair's Time Machine" September 16, 1991
72 2 902 "The Adventures of Taxi Dog" September 17, 1991
73 3 903 "The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush" (narrated by Harold Littlebird) September 18, 1991
74 4 904 "Galimoto" September 19, 1991
75 5 905 "Fox on the Job" September 20, 1991
76 6 906 "Opt: An Illusionary Tale" September 23, 1991
77 7 907 "Raccoons and Ripe Corn" September 24, 1991
78 8 908 "The Lady with the Ship on Her Head" September 25, 1991
79 9 909 "Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express" (narrated by Brian Dennehy) September 26, 1991
80 10 910 "Snowy Day: Stories and Poems" September 27, 1991

Season 10: 1992 (10 episodes)[edit]

Episode # Series # Prod. Code Title Original Airdate(s)
81 1 1001 "Tar Beach" October 5, 1992
82 2 1002 "The Wall" (narrated by Jason Ruggiero) October 6, 1992
83 3 1003 "Sam the Sea Cow" October 7, 1992
84 4 1004 "Rechenka's Eggs" (narrated by Viveca Lindfors) October 8, 1992
85 5 1005 "Sophie and Lou" October 9, 1992
86 6 1006 "Come a Tide" October 12, 1992
87 7 1007 "The Piggy in the Puddle" (narrated by Tovah Feldshuh) October 13, 1992
88 8 1008 "Seashore Surprises" October 14, 1992
89 9 1009 "Through Moon and Stars and Night Skies" October 15, 1992
90 10 1010 "Berlioz the Bear" October 16, 1992

Season 11: 1993 (10 episodes)[edit]

Episode # Series # Prod. Code Title Original Airdate(s)
91 1 1101 "Amazing Grace" (narrated by Tyne Daly) October 11, 1993
92 2 1102 "The Furry News" (narrated by the cast of Forbidden Broadway & Lee Murphy) October 12, 1993
93 3 1103 "Mrs. Katz and Tush" (narrated by Reizl Bozyk & Rick English) October 13, 1993
94 4 1104 "The Salamander Room" October 14, 1993
95 5 1105 "Silent Lotus" October 15, 1993
96 6 1106 "Follow the Drinking Gourd" (narrated by Keith David) October 18, 1993
97 7 1107 "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" October 19, 1993
98 8 1108 "Is This a House for Hermit Crab?" October 20, 1993
99 9 1109 "And Still the Turtle Watched" (narrated by Michael Ansara) October 21, 1993
100 10 1110 "June 29, 1999" (narrated by Charles Kimbrough) October 22, 1993

Season 12: 1994 (10 episodes)[edit]

Episode # Series # Prod. Code Title Original Airdate(s)
101 1 1201 "Nosey Mrs. Rat" October 3, 1994
102 2 1202 "Borreguita and the Coyote" October 4, 1994
103 3 1203 "Summer" October 5, 1994
104 4 1204 "Once There Was a Tree" October 6, 1994
105 5 1205 "Appelemando's Dreams" October 7, 1994
106 6 1206 "The Lotus Seed" October 10, 1994
107 7 1207 "Hail to Mail" (narrated by Al Roker) October 11, 1994
108 8 1208 "Stellaluna" (narrated by Anne Jackson) October 12, 1994
109 9 1209 "My Shadow" October 13, 1994
110 10 1210 "Ruth Law Thrills a Nation" October 14, 1994

Season 13: 1995 (5 episodes)[edit]

Episode # Series # Prod. Code Title Original Airdate(s)
111 1 1301 "The Wonderful Tower of Watts" (narrated by Angela Bassett) October 2, 1995
112 2 1302 "Martha Speaks" October 3, 1995
113 3 1303 "Alejandro's Gift" October 4, 1995
114 4 1304 "The Sign Painter's Dream" October 5, 1995
115 5 1305 "Archibald Frisby" October 6, 1995

Season 14: 1996 (5 episodes)[edit]

Episode # Series # Prod. Code Title Original Airdate(s)
116 1 1401 "Fly Away Home" April 8, 1996
117 2 1402 "Uncle Jed's Barbershop" April 9, 1996
118 3 1403 "How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World" (narrated by Helen Mirren) April 10, 1996
119 4 1404 "Owen" April 11, 1996
120 5 1405 "How Much Is a Million?" April 12, 1996

Season 15: 1996 (5 episodes)[edit]

Episode # Series # Prod. Code Title Original Airdate(s)
121 1 1501 "Always My Dad" October 7, 1996
122 2 1502 "Bread Is for Eating" (narrated by Cecilia Arana) October 8, 1996
123 3 1503 "Hotel Animal" October 9, 1996
124 4 1504 "Someplace Else" October 10, 1996
125 5 1505 "Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin" October 11, 1996

Season 16: 1997 (5 episodes)[edit]

Episode # Series # Prod. Code Title Original Airdate(s)
126 1 1601 "On the Day You Were Born" April 7, 1997
127 2 1602 "Hip Cat" April 8, 1997
128 3 1603 "Regina's Big Mistake" April 9, 1997
129 4 1604 "Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message" April 10, 1997
130 5 1605 "The Carousel" April 11, 1997

Season 17: 1998 (5 episodes)[edit]

Episode # Series # Prod. Code Title Original Airdate(s)
131 1 1701 "Math Curse" October 5, 1998
132 2 1702 "My Life with the Wave" October 6, 1998
133 3 1703 "Saturday Sancocho" October 7, 1998
134 4 1704 "When Aunt Lena Did the Rhumba" October 8, 1998
135 5 1705 "Worksong" October 9, 1998

Season 18: 2000–2001 (6 episodes)[edit]

Episode # Series # Prod. Code Title Original Airdate(s)
136 1 1801 "The Shaman's Apprentice: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest" October 23, 2000
137 2 1802 "Pet Stories You Don't Have to Walk" November 20, 2000
138 3 1803 "Lemonade for Sale" January 19, 2001
139 4 1804 "The Secret Shortcut" February 16, 2001
140 5 1805 "My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States" March 16, 2001
141 6 1806 "Badger's Parting Gifts" (narrated by Ruby Dee) April 20, 2001

Season 19: 2002 (4 episodes)[edit]

Episode # Series # Prod. Code Title Original Airdate(s)
142 1 1901 "The Tin Forest" September 2, 2002
143 2 1902 "Max" September 3, 2002
144 3 1903 "Enemy Pie" September 5, 2002
145 4 1904 "Our Big Home: An Earth Poem" September 6, 2002

Season 20: 2004–2005 (5 episodes)[edit]

Episode # Series # Prod. Code Title Original Airdate(s)
146 1 2001 "Visiting Day" (narrated by Alfre Woodard) December 15, 2004
147 2 2002 "Unique Monique" December 16, 2004
148 3 2003 "Mr. George Baker" December 17, 2004
149 4 2004 "Beegu" January 20, 2005
150 5 2005 "Two Old Potatoes and Me" January 21, 2005

Season 21: 2006 (5 episodes)[edit]

Episode # Series # Prod. Code Title Original Airdate(s)
151 1 2101 "The Biggest Test in the Universe" November 6, 2006
152 2 2102 "I Lost My Tooth in Africa" November 7, 2006
153 3 2103 "Boxes for Katje" November 8, 2006
154 4 2104 "Game Day" November 9, 2006
155 5 2105 "Show Way" November 10, 2006

References[edit]