Reading Rainbow

  • 1983
  • TV-Y

A long-running series that tries to instill the joy of reading in children (the target age is 4-8). It has succeeded, as its Peabody and numerous Emmys and Parent's Choice awards attest.

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First Aired: September 4, 2002

Saluting heroes---superheroes, heroes of 9/11 and heroes of the everyday variety. The story: “Max,” by Bob Graham (read by Regina King), about the son of two superhero parents who doesn't think he'll measure up. Also: host LeVar Burton visits the “heroes” at Long Island's Wildlife Rescue Center for the Hamptons, and he asks New York City firefighters to describe heroism. Says one: “a hero is someone who helps another human being.”

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MIXED-ISH - In "mixed-ish," Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the '80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves. Bow's parents Paul and Alicia decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they're perceived as neither black nor white. This family's experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one's own identity when the rest of the world can't decide where you belong. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal)

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