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Not to be confused with PBS Kids or Sprout (TV network).
PBS Kids Go!
Country United States
Availability National
Owner PBS
Key people
Natasha Wing
Launch date
October 11, 2004 (2004-10-11)
Dissolved October 7, 2013 (2013-10-07)

PBS Kids Go! was an educational television brand used by PBS for programs intended for older children, in comparison to the younger-skewing PBS Kids. It is primarily broadcast on PBS stations during the afternoon hours on weekdays. It debuted on October 11, 2004, and discontinued on October 7, 2013.

On August 7, 2013, PBS announced that the PBS Kids Go! brand would be discontinued and replaced with new and revamped PBS Kids branding. The new branding began on October 7, 2013 with the launch of Peg + Cat.[1]

Digital channel[edit]

In 2005, PBS announced that, in October 2006, a 24-hour digital multicast network called PBS Kids Go! Channel would be launched with additional content, including an evening "Go! Family" block targeted at both children and their families and a Spanish language-programming block.

The channel would initially be made available to PBS stations that have digital multicast capability. PBS planned to make agreements with local digital broadcast stations (such as WGBH) and cable operators (such as Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Cox Communications, and Cablevision) for channel placement. Plans were also to have similar arrangements worked out with satellite providers (such as DirecTV and Dish Network) and video-on-demand services. PBS and Verizon reached an agreement to distribute PBS Kids Go! Channel (along with other digital PBS channels) over its Verizon FiOS services.[citation needed]

However, on June 6, 2006, PBS announced that the PBS Kids Go! Channel would not launch in October 2006 due to financial issues, as reported by Broadcasting & Cable's website. Instead, the channel was delayed for several months, and eventually shelved for unknown reasons.

List of PBS Kids Go! programs[edit]

Final programming[edit]

Show title Original run PBS Kids Go! run
Arthur September 2, 1996 – present October 11, 2004 – October 7, 2013
Cyberchase January 21, 2002 – April 22, 2014 October 11, 2004 – October 7, 2013
It's My Life April 8, 2002 - present October 11, 2004 - October 7, 2013
Martha Speaks September 1, 2008 – present September 1, 2008 – October 7, 2013
Wild Kratts December 31, 2010 – present December 31, 2010 – October 7, 2013
WordGirl September 3, 2007 – present September 3, 2007 – October 7, 2013

Former programming[edit]

Show title Original run PBS Kids Go! run
The Amazing Colossal Adventures of WordGirl November 10, 2006 – October 10, 2007 November 10, 2006 – January 15, 2010
American Experience Wayback November 16, 1998-October 28, 2004 October 11, 2004-September 9, 2005
Animalia December 7, 2007 – January 29, 2010
Anne of Green Gables: The Animated Series September 2, 2001 – March 24, 2002 October 11, 2004 – November 11, 2005
Backyard Jungle April 8, 2002 – April 24, 2009 October 11, 2004 – August 24, 2009
Between the Lions April 3, 2000– November 22, 2010 October 11, 2004 – August 31, 2011
Biz Kid$ November 2, 2007 – March 23, 2012
Design Squad February 28, 2007 – January 2010
Don't Buy It April 8, 2002-January 30, 2009 October 11, 2004-January 30, 2009
DragonflyTV January 19, 2002 – January 30, 2010 October 11, 2004 – January 30, 2010
The Electric Company (2009 TV series) January 19, 2009 – April 4, 2011 January 19, 2009 - October 7, 2013
Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman May 29, 2006 – November 4, 2010 May 29, 2006 – August 31, 2011
KidsWorld Sports October 27, 2006 - May 4, 2007
Kratt's Creatures June 3, 1996 - June 9, 2000 October 27, 2006 - November 23, 2007
Liberty's Kids September 2, 2002 – August 16, 2004 October 11, 2004 – May 26, 2006
Maya & Miguel October 11, 2004 – October 10, 2007 October 11, 2004 – September 6, 2010
Peep and the Big Wide World April 12, 2004 – September 21, 2010 October 11, 2004 - January 28, 2011
Postcards from Buster October 11, 2004 – November 21, 2008
February 18 - 25, 2012 (returned)
October 11, 2004 - February 25, 2012
Reading Rainbow June 6, 1983 – November 10, 2006 October 11, 2004 – August 28, 2009
The Saddle Club May 10, 2003 – March 11, 2011 October 11, 2004 – March 11, 2011
SciGirls February 6, 2010 – December 22, 2012
Wishbone October 9, 1995 – August 31, 2001 October 27, 2006 – May 21, 2010
Wunderkind Little Amadeus September 7, 2008 – March 1, 2009
Zoom January 4, 1999 – June 24, 2005 October 11, 2004 – June 23, 2006
The Zula Patrol September 10, 2005 – August 23, 2008

Online GO Figure[edit]

Show title Original run PBS Kids Go! site run
AFRICA for Kids September 2, 2001 – October 10, 2004 October 11, 2004 – September 1, 2012
African American World for Kids May 20, 2002 – October 10, 2004 October 11, 2004 – present
Beeswax August 31, 2009 - present
Democracy Project 2004 September 20, 2004 – October 3, 2008 October 11, 2004 – October 3, 2008
Democracy Project 2008 November 15, 2008-February 2012
EekoWorld September 5, 2005 - present
Get Your Web Lisense March 20, 2000 – present
History Detectives June 21, 2004 – 2012 October 11, 2004 – September 1, 2012
Jazz Kids January 8, 2001 – February 6, 2005 February 7, 2005 – September 1, 2012
Learning Adventures in Citizenship November 14, 1999 – December 17, 2004 October 11, 2004 – August 12, 2005
Big Apple History August 21, 2005 – November 25, 2005 August 21, 2005 – September 1, 2012
News Flash Five January 8, 2007 – 2009
Nova: Denali June 2, 2000 – January 27, 2006 October 11, 2004 – present
Not For Ourselves Alone September 2000 – October 10, 2004 October 11, 2004 – present
Wonders of the African World October 25, 1999 – October 10, 2004 October 11, 2004 – present

Online programming[edit]

Specials[edit]

2004[edit]

  • Arthur: Arthur's Snow Biz Week (December 27 - 31, 2004)
  • Cyberchase: Starlight Night (December 31, 2004)

2005[edit]

  • Cyberchase Know Your Dough (April 15, 2005)
  • Maya & Miguel Mania (May 6, 2005)
  • Maya & Miguel: Sportacular Week (July 11 - 15, 2005)
  • Cyberchase: Hacker's Transformation Week (July 25 - 28, 2005)
  • Cyberchase: Mystery Week (October 3 - 7, 2005)
  • Maya & Miguel's TWINniversary (October 10, 2005)
  • Maya & Miguel: The Best Thanksgiving Ever (November 18, 2005)
  • Arthur and Buster Thanksgiving Spectacular (November 24, 2005)
  • Maya & Miguel: Miguel's Wonderful Life (November 25, 2005)

2006[edit]

  • Maya & Miguel: Mother's Day, Maya's Way! (May 12, 2006)
  • Arthur's Missing Pal (August 18, 2006)
  • Cyberchase: The Halloween Howl (October 31, 2006)
  • Cyberchase: My Big Idea (November 24, 2006)
  • Electric Company's Greatest Hits and Bits (November 27, 2006)

2007[edit]

  • Cyberchase: Spring into Action With Cyberchase! (April 16 - 20, 2007)
  • Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman: Fetch-a-thon (May 21 - 25, 2007)
  • Cyberchase: Back to School With Cyberchase (September 3, 2007)
  • WordGirl: Go, WordGirl, Go! (November 23, 2007)
  • Arthur's Perfect Christmas (December 24, 2007)

2008[edit]

  • Cyberchase: Builders' Math Week (February 19 - 21, 2008)
  • Cyberchase: Sports Week (April 8 - 11, 2008)
  • WordGirl Marathon: 5 Days a Week (May 26, 2008)
  • Cyberchase: Halloween Week (October 27 - 31, 2008)
  • WordGirl: Presidental Election (November 4, 2008)

2009[edit]

  • The Electric Company: Four-Episode Mini-Marathon (January 19, 2009)
  • Martha Speaks: Something Sweet Week (April 6 - 10, 2009)
  • Cyberchase: Weather Watchers Week (April 20 - 24, 2009)
  • Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman: Space Camp Special (May 25, 2009)
  • Cyberchase: Father's Day (June 19, 2009)
  • WordGirl: Summer Road Trip Week (July 13 - 17, 2009)
  • Martha Speaks: Doggie Decor Week (September 14 - 18, 2009)
  • Cyberchase: Around Town with Cyberchase (October 5 - 9, 2009)
  • The Electric Company: It’s Viewers’ Choice (October 12 - 16, 2009)
  • Arthur: The Great MacGrady (October 19, 2009)
  • WordGirl: Tobey's Trick or Treats (October 23, 2009)
  • WordGirl: Oh, Holiday Cheese (December 10, 2009)
  • WordGirl: WordGirl Makes a Mistake (December 28, 2009)

2010[edit]

  • Martha Speaks: New Episodes on President's Day Week #1 (February 15 - 19, 2010)
  • Cyberchase Summer Challenge (June 25 - July 23, 2010)
  • WordGirl: There’s a New Villain In Town (July 19 - 23, 2010)
  • WordGirl: The Premiere of Season 3 (September 13 - 16, 2010)
  • Maya & Miguel: Move It! Week (September 20 - 28, 2010)
  • Arthur/Martha Speaks: Back-to-Back Premieres (October 11 - 15, 2010)

2011[edit]

  • Martha Speaks: New Episodes on President's Day Week #2 (February 21 - 25, 2011)
  • Arthur: Arthur Author Week (May 30 - June 3, 2011)
  • Martha Speaks: Summer Fun Week (June 27 - July 1, 2011)
  • The Electric Company: What’s the Story? Week (July 4 - 8, 2011)
  • WordGirl: A Better Mousetrap (July 8, 2011)
  • WordGirl: Ludicrously Literate Library Week (July 11 - 15, 2011)
  • Wild Kratts: Wet Kratts Week (July 18 - 22, 2011)
  • Martha Speaks: Shelter Week (October 3 - 7, 2011)
  • Arthur: Fifteenth Anniversary Week (October 10 - 14, 2011)
  • WordGirl: Fill in the Blank Week (October 10 - 14, 2011)
  • Wild Kratts: Predator Week #1 (October 17 - 20, 2011)
  • Wild Kratts: Halloween Week (October 24 - 28, 2011)
  • WordGirl: A World Without WordGirl (December 16, 2011)

2012[edit]

  • WordGirl: The Rise of Miss Power (February 20, 2012)
  • Wild Kratts: Predator Week #2 (March 19 - 23, 2012)
  • WordGirl: Villians Month (April 2 - 27, 2012)
  • Martha Speaks/Arthur: Poetry Week (April 2 - 6, 2012)
  • WordGirl: Dr. Two Brains Week (April 2 - 6, 2012)
  • WordGirl: Granny May Week (April 9 - 13, 2012)
  • Postcards from Buster Week (April 16 - 20, 2012)
  • WordGirl: The Birthday Girl Week (April 16 -20, 2012)
  • WordGirl: Chuck the Evil Sandwich-Making Guy Week (April 23 - 27, 2012)
  • Wild Kratts: Zach Attack Week (June 4 - 8, 2012)
  • WordGirl: Tobey's Robot Summer Week (June 11 - 15, 2012)
  • Arthur: Baby Kate Adventure Week (June 18 - 22, 2012)
  • The Electric Company: Prankster Planet Week (July 9 - 13, 2012)
  • Martha Speaks: Dog Daze Week (July 23 - 27, 2012)
  • Biz Kid$: Three Minutes to Change the World (September 1, 2012)
  • WordGirl: Thrilled to Back to School Week (September 10 - 13, 2012)
  • Arthur: Sweet 16 Week (October 15 - 19, 2012)
  • Wild Kratts: Weird Kratts Week (October 22 - 26, 2012)
  • Wild Kratts: Secrets of a Spider's Web (October 31, 2012)
  • Martha Speaks: Martha's Thanksgiving (November 19, 2012)
  • Wild Kratts: Happy Turkey Day (November 19, 2012)
  • WordGirl: Hello New Year, Goodbye Moon (December 31, 2012)

2013[edit]

  • Wild Kratts: Lost at Sea (January 21, 2013)
  • WordGirl: (M)Arch Enemy Week (March 11 - 15, 2013)
  • Wild Kratts: Rainforest Week (April 1 - 5, 2013)
  • Wild Kratts: Bug Week (June 3 - 7, 2013)
  • WordGirl: Father's Day Dance-a-thon (June 14, 2013)
  • Martha Speaks: Puppy Week (June 24 - 28, 2013)
  • Arthur: Sports Week (July 29 - August 2, 2013)
  • WordGirl: What's Up With WordGirl Week? (August 5 - 9, 2013)
  • Wild Kratts: Reptile Week (August 19 - 22, 2013)

Shorts[edit]

PBS Kids Go! has aired shorts, usually at the end of Maya & Miguel, and in between episodes of Arthur, to fill time after long-form programming. These include "Go! Figure", "WordGirl", "Oh Noah", "A Word From Us Kids" and miscellaneous shorts featuring live-action kids talking about things they do; about their family's heritage; or other topics with Maya or Miguel doing a voiceover.

Writing and illustrating contest[edit]

In 2009, PBS launched the first contest called PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest to continue the annual writing and illustrating competition for children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade, which started in 1995 as the Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PBS Kids Go! goes bye-bye as colorful branding revamp rolls out to stations". Current.org. 2013-08-07. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 

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