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Between the Lions is an American children's television series designed to promote reading. It originally aired on PBS from April 3, 2000 to November 22, 2010. The show was a co-production between WGBH Kids in Boston and Sirius Thinking, Ltd. in New York City, in association with Mississippi Public Broadcasting in Mississippi. The total is 130 Episodes from 10 seasons. The show has won seven Daytime Emmy awards between 2001 and 2007. The target audience is children 5-8 years old. On July 7, 2012, it was revealed the show was gonna be one of PBS Kids Sprout's first shows, but it was replaced by Boohbah in June 2005. After the series ended, reruns continued to air until October 12, 2018.


  • Anthony Asbury/Noel MacNeal as Lionel Lion
  • Kathryn Mullen/Pam Arciero as Leona Lion
  • Jennifer Barnhart as Cleo Lion
  • Peter Linz as Theo Lion/Heath the Thesaurus/Announcer Bunny
  • Tyler Bunch as Dr. Nitwhite
  • Tim Lagasse as Arty Smartypants/Barnaby B. Busterfield III/Gus Rabbit
  • Heather Asch as Clay Pigeon/Click the Mouse/Marmy Smartypants
  • Rick Lyon as Ted the Scientist Monkey
  • Lisa Buckley as Chelsea
  • David Matthew Feldman - Monkeys, Ducks
  • James Kroupa as Walter Pigeon
  • Fred Newman as himself
  • Dr. Ruth Westheimer as Dr. Ruth Wordheimer


  • U.S. Department of Education
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB)
  • Carnegie Corporation of New York (2000-2001)
  • Park Foundation (2000-2002)
  • The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations (2000-2001)
  • Charles H. Revson Foundation (2000-2001)
  • Institute for Civil Society (2000-2002)
  • Ready to Learn
  • No Child Left Behind Grant (2005-2006)
  • Barksdale Reading Institute (2005-present)
  • Cheerios (2000-2001)
  • Chick-Fil-A (2003-present)
  • Bright Horizons Family Solutions (2006)
  • Chuck E. Cheese's (2010-present)