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

Episodes[edit]

155 half-hour episodes produced.

Season 1: 1983 (15 episodes)[edit]

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1 1 101 "Tight Times" (narrated by Patrick McCaffrey) June 6, 1983
2 2 102 "Miss Nelson Is Back" (narrated by Ruth Buzzi) June 13, 1983
3 3 103 "Bea and Mr. Jones" (narrated by Madeline Kahn) June 20, 1983
4 4 104 "Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain" (narrated by James Earl Jones) June 27, 1983
5 5 105 "Louis the Fish" (narrated by Vincent Gardenia) July 3, 1983
6 6 106 "Digging Up Dinosaurs" (narrated by Linda Gelman) July 10, 1983
7 7 107 "Liang and the Magic Paintbrush" (narrated by Lauren Tom) July 17, 1983
8 8 108 "Gila Monsters Meet You at the Airport" (Pilot) (narrated by Douglas Parvin) July 24, 1983
9 9 109 "Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe" (narrated by Carolyn McHanon) July 31, 1983
10 10 110 "The Gift of the Sacred Dog" (narrated by Michael Ansara) August 7, 1983
11 11 111 "Gregory the Terrible Eater" (narrated by Marilyn Michaels) August 14, 1983
12 12 112 "Three by the Sea" (narrated by Chicago City Limits) August 21, 1983
13 13 113 "Arthur's Eyes" (narrated by Bill Cosby) September 4, 1983
14 14 114 "The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash" (narrated by Kaleena Kiff and Laura Hicks) September 11, 1983
15 15 115 "Ty's One-Man Band" (narrated by Lou Rawls) September 18, 1983

Season 2: 1984 (5 episodes)[edit]

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16 1 201 "Hot-Air Henry" (narrated by William Windom) September 3, 1984
17 2 202 "Simon's Book" (narrated by Ruby Dee) September 10, 1984
18 3 203 "Ox-Cart-Man" (narrated by Lorne Greene) September 17, 1984
19 4 204 "Mystery on the Docks" (narrated by Raul Julia) September 24, 1984
20 5 205 "A Chair for My Mother" (narrated by Amy Linker) October 1, 1984

Season 3: 1984-1985 (5 episodes)[edit]

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21 1 301 "Paul Bunyan" (narrated by Buddy Ebsen) October 8, 1984
22 2 302 "The Patchwork Quilt" (narrated by Isabel Sanford) October 29, 1984
23 3 303 "Hill of Fire" (narrated by Fernando Escandon) July 2, 1985
24 4 304 "The Tortoise and the Hare" (narrated by Gilda Radner) July 3, 1985
25 5 305 "Perfect the Pig" (narrated by James Coco) July 4, 1985

Season 4: 1986 (10 episodes)[edit]

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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 30, 1986
28 3 403 "Feelings" (narrated by Raima Evans, Jessica Mercado, Laura Haymann, Paul Sidoriak, Jonathan Rose, Timothy Oakes, Jerry David, and Pamela Stogner) July 7, 1986
29 4 404 "Watch the Stars Come Out" (narrated by Laura Haymann) (Season 3 leftover)[2] July 14, 1986
30 5 405 "Mama Don't Allow" (narrated by Fred Newman) July 21, 1986
31 6 406 "Space Case" (narrated by Michael Winslow) July 28, 1986
32 7 407 "The Milk Makers" (narrated by Alaina Reed) August 4, 1986
33 8 408 "Imogene's Antlers" (narrated by Imogene Coca) August 11, 1986
34 9 409 "Germs Make Me Sick!" (narrated by Molly Mandlin) September 1, 1986
35 10 410 "Abiyoyo" (narrated and sung by Pete Seeger) September 15, 1986

Season 5: 1987 (10 episodes)[edit]

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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]

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46 1 601 "The Bionic Bunny Show" (narrated by Gene Klavan) August 15, 1988
47 2 602 "Bugs" (narrated by Lori Delgado and 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" (narrated by Hector Elizondo) August 18, 1988
50 5 605 "The Purple Coat" (narrated by Jack Gilford) August 19, 1988
51 6 606 "Barn Dance!" (narrated by Roy Clark) March 27, 1989
52 7 607 "Duncan and Dolores" (narrated by Jane Curtin) March 28, 1989
53 8 608 "Knots on a Counting Rope" (narrated by J. Ruben Silverbird and 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]

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56 1 701 "Humphrey the Lost Whale: A True Story" (narrated by Jane Pauley) July 3, 1989
57 2 702 "Stay Away from the Junkyard!" (narrated by Michele Mariana) July 4, 1989
58 3 703 "Little Nino's Pizzeria" (narrated by Josh Saviano) 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" (narrated by Edward Asner) July 7, 1989
61 6 706 "Dive to the Coral Reefs" (narrated by Fran Bill) March 26, 1990
62 7 707 "Desert Giant: The World of the Saguaro Cactus" (narrated by Philip Basco) March 27, 1990
63 8 708 "Tooth-Gnasher Superflash" (narrated by Victoria Jackson) March 28, 1990
64 9 709 "Bored—Nothing to Do!" (narrated by Alex Borg and David Hyman) March 29, 1990
65 10 710 "Sports Pages" (narrated by LeVar Burton) March 30, 1990

Season 8: 1990 (5 episodes)[edit]

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66 1 801 "The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth" (narrated by Keisha Knight-Pulliam) September 10, 1990
67 2 802 "Jack, the Seal and the Sea" (narrated by Leslie Uggams) 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" (narrated by Robert Morse) September 14, 1990

Season 9: 1991 (10 episodes)[edit]

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71 1 901 "Alistair's Time Machine" (narrated by Arnold Stang) September 16, 1991
72 2 902 "The Adventures of Taxi Dog" (narrated by Vincent Gardenia) September 17, 1991
73 3 903 "The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush" (narrated by Harold Littlebird) September 18, 1991
74 4 904 "Galimoto" (narrated by Hattie Winston) September 19, 1991
75 5 905 "Fox on the Job" (narrated by Fred Newman) September 20, 1991
76 6 906 "Opt: An Illusionary Tale" (narrated by LeVar Burton) September 23, 1991
77 7 907 "Raccoons and Ripe Corn" (narrated by Julia Barr) September 24, 1991
78 8 908 "The Lady with the Ship on Her Head" (narrated by Marilyn Pasekoff) 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" (narrated by Lena Horne, Lacey Chabert, and Richard Courtney) September 27, 1991

Season 10: 1992 (10 episodes)[edit]

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81 1 1001 "Tar Beach" (narrated by Ruby Dee) October 5, 1992
82 2 1002 "The Wall" (narrated by Jason Ruggiero) October 6, 1992
83 3 1003 "Sam the Sea Cow" (narrated by Jason Robards) October 7, 1992
84 4 1004 "Rechenka's Eggs" (narrated by Viveca Lindfors) October 8, 1992
85 5 1005 "Sophie and Lou" (narrated by Lola Falana) October 9, 1992
86 6 1006 "Come a Tide" (narrated by Dixie Carter) October 12, 1992
87 7 1007 "The Piggy in the Puddle" (narrated by Tovah Feldshuh) October 13, 1992
88 8 1008 "Seashore Surprises" (narrated by LeVar Burton) October 14, 1992
89 9 1009 "Through Moon and Stars and Night Skies" (narrated by Andrew Lei) October 15, 1992
90 10 1010 "Berlioz the Bear" (narrated by James Avery) October 16, 1992

Season 11: 1993 (10 episodes)[edit]

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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 and Lee Murphy) October 12, 1993
93 3 1103 "Mrs. Katz and Tush" (narrated by Reizl Bozyk and Rick English) October 13, 1993
94 4 1104 "The Salamander Room" (narrated by Lynne Thigpen) October 14, 1993
95 5 1105 "Silent Lotus" (narrated by Lea Salonga) 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" (narrated by Beth Howland) October 19, 1993
98 8 1108 "Is This a House for Hermit Crab?" (narrated by Eartha Kitt) 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]

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101 1 1201 "Nosey Mrs. Rat" (narrated by Faith Prince) October 3, 1994
102 2 1202 "Borreguita and the Coyote" (narrated by Olga Merediz) October 4, 1994
103 3 1203 "Summer" (narrated by Ossie Davis) October 5, 1994
104 4 1204 "Once There Was a Tree" (narrated by Eli Wallach) October 6, 1994
105 5 1205 "Appelemando's Dreams" (narrated by Michael Learned) October 7, 1994
106 6 1206 "The Lotus Seed" (narrated by Rona Figueroa) 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" (narrated by Robert Guillaume) October 13, 1994
110 10 1210 "Ruth Law Thrills a Nation" (narrated by Linda Lavin) October 14, 1994

Season 13: 1995 (5 episodes)[edit]

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111 1 1301 "The Wonderful Tower of Watts" (narrated by Angela Bassett) October 2, 1995
112 2 1302 "Martha Speaks" (narrated by Jo Hayden) October 3, 1995
113 3 1303 "Alejandro's Gift" (narrated by Francisco Rivela) October 4, 1995
114 4 1304 "The Sign Painter's Dream" (narrated by Jamie Farr) October 5, 1995
115 5 1305 "Archibald Frisby" (narrated by Arnold Stang) October 6, 1995

Season 14: 1996 (5 episodes)[edit]

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116 1 1401 "Fly Away Home" (narrated by Daniel Saltzman) April 8, 1996
117 2 1402 "Uncle Jed's Barbershop" (narrated by Regina Taylor) 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" (narrated by Matthew Broderick) April 11, 1996
120 5 1405 "How Much Is a Million?" (narrated by Nick Sullivan) April 12, 1996

Season 15: 1996 (5 episodes)[edit]

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121 1 1501 "Always My Dad" (narrated by BJ Crosby) October 7, 1996
122 2 1502 "Bread Is for Eating" (narrated by Cecilia Arana) October 8, 1996
123 3 1503 "Hotel Animal" (narrated by John Cunningham) October 9, 1996
124 4 1504 "Someplace Else" (narrated by Carol Kane) October 10, 1996
125 5 1505 "Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin" (narrated by Gregory Hines) October 11, 1996

Season 16: 1997 (5 episodes)[edit]

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126 1 1601 "On the Day You Were Born" (narrated by Patrick Stewart) April 7, 1997
127 2 1602 "Hip Cat" (narrated by Ann Duquesnay) April 8, 1997
128 3 1603 "Regina's Big Mistake" (narrated by Anna Holbrooks) April 9, 1997
129 4 1604 "Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message" (narrated by Nicholson Earl Billey) April 10, 1997
130 5 1605 "The Carousel" (narrated by Sarah Hubbard) April 11, 1997

Season 17: 1998 (5 episodes)[edit]

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131 1 1701 "Math Curse" (narrated by Michelle Trachtenberg) October 5, 1998
132 2 1702 "My Life with the Wave" (narrated by Scott Irby Ranier) October 6, 1998
133 3 1703 "Saturday Sancocho" (narrated by Jose de Guzman) October 7, 1998
134 4 1704 "When Aunt Lena Did the Rhumba" (narrated by Lucie Arnaz) October 8, 1998
135 5 1705 "Worksong" (narrated by David Canary) October 9, 1998

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

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136 1 1801 "The Shaman's Apprentice: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest" (narrated by Susan Sarandon) October 23, 2000
137 2 1802 "Pet Stories You Don't Have to Walk" (narrated by Jason Alexander) November 20, 2000
138 3 1803 "Lemonade for Sale" (narrated by Andrea McArdle) January 19, 2001
139 4 1804 "The Secret Shortcut" (narrated by Tim Conway) February 16, 2001
140 5 1805 "My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States" (narrated by Nikki Giovanni) March 16, 2001
141 6 1806 "Badger's Parting Gifts" (narrated by Ruby Dee) April 20, 2001

Season 19: 2002 (4 episodes)[edit]

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142 1 1901 "The Tin Forest" (narrated by Jeff Bridges) September 2, 2002
143 2 1902 "Max" (narrated by Regina King and Ian Desdone) September 3, 2002
144 3 1903 "Enemy Pie" (narrated by Ed Harris) September 5, 2002
145 4 1904 "Our Big Home: An Earth Poem" (narrated by Naomi Judd) September 6, 2002

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

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146 1 2001 "Visiting Day" (narrated by Alfre Woodard) December 15, 2004
147 2 2002 "Unique Monique" (narrated by Eliza Dushku) December 16, 2004
148 3 2003 "Mr. George Baker" (narrated by Wayne Brady) December 17, 2004
149 4 2004 "Beegu" (narrated by Freddie Prinze, Jr.) January 20, 2005
150 5 2005 "Two Old Potatoes and Me" (narrated by Jordan Puryear) January 21, 2005

Season 21: 2006 (5 episodes)[edit]

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151 1 2101 "The Biggest Test in the Universe" (narrated by Richard Gere) November 6, 2006
152 2 2102 "I Lost My Tooth in Africa" November 7, 2006
153 3 2103 "Boxes for Katje" (narrated by Elizabeth Jute) November 8, 2006
154 4 2104 "Game Day" (narrated by James Avery) November 9, 2006
155 5 2105 "Show Way" (narrated by Diahann Carroll) November 10, 2006

References[edit]