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Farewell, Reading Rainbow

Were you one of us kids who were regularly urged to "take a look, it's in a book, it's Reading Rainbow?" Now, after more than 20 years on the air, the show about the joys of reading is ending its run on PBS. Here's more:

The program aired its final episode Friday, wrapping a more than two-decade run that began in 1983. Reading Rainbow, hosted by LeVar Burton, was designed to spark a love for books in its young audience.

The once-popular show's ratings had slipped and production on new episodes stopped several years ago, PBS said. Along with the end of the broadcasts, the Reading Rainbow site at will be discontinued in December.

Sad! As a kid, I always had my nose buried in a book, so there was pretty much nothing better to me than a TV show about books. Those were the pre-DVR, pre-Internet days, and I remember trying to quickly write down the titles of books featured on the show that I wanted to check out at the library. And I loved LeVar Burton ("but you don't have to take my word for it").

What about you? Did you watch Reading Rainbow?

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halfbakedjake halfbakedjake 7 years
kaitxo kaitxo 7 years
Of course I watched Reading Rainbow. I still know the theme song by heart!!
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 7 years
I loved the show as a kid and think it's stupid to take it off the air.
tripleee tripleee 7 years
this is sad news!
Quanni-E Quanni-E 7 years
Now what? Are they going to find someway to replace it? It's nice that shows on PBS are educational, but at the same time not many shows on TV period encourage reading instead just watching.
Quanni-E Quanni-E 7 years
NOOO!!! I wish my brother and sisters could get the love i did from Reading Rainbow. Ugh. TV is going to crap I say. LOL.
aistea311 aistea311 7 years
For goodness sake, but avatar is an icon from the newest chuck palahniuk book. I've come a long way from The Bernstein bears to the guy behind fight club :)
aistea311 aistea311 7 years
It was thanks to reading rainbow that I loved to appreciate books. My elementary school teachers always showed us reading rainbow and thanks to that I have become an avid reader and wouldnt trade it for the world.
hyzenthlay20 hyzenthlay20 7 years
I loved Reading Rainbow. I'm 29 and on sick days I have still watched it :) It absolutely influenced me, and my love of reading. My parents used to have to make me do things other than read . . . I remember sitting in my chair at my 5th grade Christmas party reading, rather than playing games and talking like all the other students. Now, I'm a teacher, and I hate the reasoning behind stopping the show. I understand that the current methodology states that education must focus on teaching the basics, but I think that inspiring someone will have a much greater affect on his/her life. RR did that . . . it inspired kids to read, and if you have the desire, you will figure it out! So rather than teaching kids phonics and mechanics of reading, let's inspire them to learn to read for themselves, by sharing great books with them! :)
esmerb esmerb 7 years
I was obsessed with this show! I can't believe they are taking it off the air, cause so many little kids will miss out!
Lorelei-LeFae Lorelei-LeFae 7 years
Really sad! I watched it regularly as a child and was looking forward to having my two year old watch it in a few years. Guess I'll have to get the DVD's.
amycullen2 amycullen2 7 years
ohhhh, I'm sad. :( I can't believe RR is off the air. I wonder if you can buy episodes on dvd?! I was obsessed with that show and love watching Geordi talk about and read books!
limelindsey limelindsey 7 years
I absolutely loved Reading Rainbow when I was a kid. Even now, I will still watch it occasionally. Completely brilliant.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 7 years
I watched Reading Rainbow with both of my nephews. The oldest is 23 and he spent probably 7 years watching RR. That show made a huge impact on his reading development. We read to both boys constantly but with RR they would see children's books that they were interested in, ones my sister and I didn't know about. Both boys became and remain avid readers. Their bedrooms are cluttered with books, the love them and love reading and Reading Rainbow and Levar Burton really have a lot to do with their love of reading. I did tell the oldest nephew that RR was going off the air. His response, "What will my children watch to learn about books?" ME: "What children?" My nephew, "Well I don't have any yet but when I do I knew that they could at least learn that reading is an adventure from Geordi La Forge. This is sad someone is stealing my childhood."
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