08.28.09 9 years ago 33 Comments

More like RACIAL Rainbow!

After a run of 26 years on PBS, the final episode of “Reading Rainbow” aired today. The only children’s television shows with longer runs are “Mister Rogers” and “Sesame Street.”  **plays “Taps” on the kazoo**

Each episode of Reading Rainbow had the same basic elements: There was a featured children’s book that inspired an adventure with Burton. Then, at the end of every show, kids gave their own book reviews, always prefaced by Burton’s trademark line: “But you don’t have to take my word for it …”

The show’s run is ending… because no one — not the station, not PBS, not the Corporation for Public Broadcasting — will put up the several hundred thousand dollars needed to renew the show’s broadcast rights. [NPR]

I don’t know if “Reading Rainbow” had any lasting effect on people who grew up in the ’90s, but if you were a nerdy little bookworm in the ’80s (guilty), this show OWNED YOUR SH*T.  Check out video of the original credits after the jump.  The catchy hook and the reverb on the synthesizer makes me want to go read the f*ck outta some Very Hungry Caterpillar.

[via Popwatch]

SEE ALSO: 11 best “Reading Rainbow” theme song covers at Buzzfeed.

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