PBS Kids GO!
PBS Kids GO! is an educational television brand used by PBS
Public Broadcasting Service
The Public Broadcasting Service is an American non-profit public broadcasting television network with 354 member TV stations in the United States which hold collective ownership. Its headquarters is in Arlington, Virginia....

 for programs intended for older children, rather than the original PBS Kids
PBS Kids
PBS Kids is the brand for children's programming aired by the Public Broadcasting Service in the United States founded in 1993. As with all PBS programming, PBS Kids programming is non-commercial. It is aimed at children ages 2 to 10...

. It is primarily broadcast on PBS stations during the afternoons. It debuted on October 11, 2004.

Digital channel

PBS announced that, in October 2006, a 24-hour (24/7) digital 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
In computer networking, multicast is the delivery of a message or information to a group of destination computers simultaneously in a single transmission from the source creating copies automatically in other network elements, such as routers, only when the topology of the network requires...

 capability. PBS stations are planning to make agreements with local stations (on digital terrestrial television
Digital terrestrial television
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) (such as WGBH
WGBH-TV, channel 2, is a non-commercial educational public television station located in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. WGBH-TV is a member station of the Public Broadcasting Service , and produces more than two-thirds of PBS's national prime time television programming...

) and cable
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 operators (such as Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable is an American cable television company that operates in 28 states and has 31 operating divisions...

, Comcast
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, Cox Cable, and Cablevision) for channel placement. Plans are also to have similar arrangements work out with satellite providers (such as DirecTV
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 and Dish Network
Dish Network
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) and video-on-demand services. PBS and Verizon have worked out an agreement to distribute PBS Kids GO! Channel (along with other digital PBS channels) over its Verizon FiOS
Verizon FiOS
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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 the Broadcasting & Cable News website. Instead, the channel was delayed for several months, and eventually shelved for unknown reasons.

Current PBS Kids GO! programs

  • Arthur
    Arthur (TV series)
    Arthur is an American/Canadian animated educational television series for children, created by Cookie Jar Group and WGBH for the Public Broadcasting Service...

  • The Electric Company
    The Electric Company (2009 TV series)
    The Electric Company is an American children's educational series for young children aged 4–8 on PBS, derived from the 1971 series. The series premiered as a four-episode mini-marathon on PBS on January 19, 2009, then became a weekly series with an episode shown each Friday. On September 7, 2009,...

  • WordGirl
    WordGirl is an American children’s animated television series for children aged 6-12, produced by the Soup2Nuts animation unit of Scholastic Entertainment for PBS Kids...

  • Wild Kratts
    Wild Kratts
    Wild Kratts is a children’s animated television series educationally targeting children aged 6 to 8 , produced by 9 Story for PBS Kids and TVO. The show premiered on January 3, 2011 on most PBS stations...


Current reruns of previous PBS Kids GO! programs

  • FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman
    FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman
    FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman, sometimes shortened as FETCH!, is a children's television series for children ages 6–12 on PBS during the PBS Kids GO! block of educational programming. It is a game show/reality show that is hosted by an animated anthropomorphic dog who dispenses challenges to the show's...

    (2006-2010, leaving in 2013)

Former PBS Kids GO! programs

  • Cyberchase
    Cyberchase is an American educational television series for children age 6-12, that teaches children discrete mathematics. The show airs on Public Broadcasting Service and PBS Kids GO! in the United States. Seasons one through five were produced by Thirteen/WNET New York and Nelvana...

  • Design Squad
    Design Squad
    Design Squad is a PBS reality television series geared towards middle and high-school children, where they design whimsical machines in order to win an Intel college scholarship worth $10,000. The show is produced by WGBH.- Hosts :...

  • DragonflyTV
    DragonflyTV is a science education television series for children aged 6–12, produced by Twin Cities Public Television, broadcast on most PBS stations. DragonflyTV showcases our most eager young scientists in a way that encourages all kids to discover the wonders of science...

  • Liberty's Kids
    Liberty's Kids
    Liberty's Kids is an animated television series produced by DIC Entertainment, originally broadcast on PBS Kids from Septemer 2, 2002 to April 4, 2003, although PBS continued to air reruns until August 2004...

  • Maya & Miguel
    Maya & Miguel
    Maya & Miguel is a children's television animated series for children aged 6-12 produced by Scholastic Studios. It appears on PBS as part of the PBS Kids GO! lineup and on the CBBC channel in the UK...

  • Postcards from Buster
    Postcards from Buster
    Postcards from Buster is a children's television series for children aged 6-12, containing both animation and live-action that originally aired on Public Broadcasting Service . It is a spin-off of the Arthur cartoon series. The show stars Arthur's best friend, 8-year-old rabbit Buster Baxter...

  • ZOOM
    Zoom (1999 TV series)
    ZOOM is an American educational television series, created almost entirely by children, which aired on Public Broadcasting Service originally from January 4, 1999 to June 24, 2005. It was a remake of a 1972 TV series by the same name. Both versions were produced by WGBH-TV in Boston...


PBS KIDS GO! has aired shorts, usually at the end of Maya & Miguel. These include "GO! Figure", "WordGirl", and misc. shorts featuring live-action kids talking about things they do; about their family's heritage; etc. with Maya or Miguel doing a voiceover.

External links

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