Between The Lions

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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.

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  • 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


The U.S. Department of Education

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting

The Carnegie Corporation of New York

Park Foundation

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations

Charles H. Revson Foundation

Institute for Civil Society

A Ready to Learn

No Child Left Behind Grant

Barksdale Reading Institute


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