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Between the Lions

Season 1 2000

  • 2000-04-03T18:30:00+01:00 on PBS
  • 30 mins
  • 15 hours, 0 mins (30 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
  • Comedy, Children

Five years in the making, Between the Lions has set out to get kids "wild about reading". In every episode, there can be found countless sight gags, puns, parodies, songs, and more, all of which are designed to help kids better understand the pronunciation of everyday words. The setting for the show is, fittingly, a library, where husband-and-wife team Theo and Cleo are the Librarians. Their inquisitive cubs, younger sister Leona and older brother Lionel, often help them out, while another character - the Information Hen - dispenses information to perplexed Library patrons. Among the other colorful characters likely to be encountered, is a statue of the library's founder, Barnaby B. ("Don't Call Me Buster!") Busterfield III, who makes sarcastic comments about the silliness he often witnesses going on in the library. There are also two dim-witted pigeons, Clay and Walter (get it?) who hang around the statue, keeping him company - but he just wishes they'd go away! Additi

30 episodes

1x01 Pecos Bill Cleans Up the West

  • Series Premiere

    2000-04-03T18:30:00+01:00 — 30 mins

Theo reads the cubs a book about the wild adventures of Pecos Bill, specifically about the time ol' Bill wrangled a tornado. When the tornado escapes from the book, however, and wreaks havoc inside the library, the lions realize there's only one person who can tame that tornado: Pecos Bill, himself!

1x02 The Lost Rock

  • 2000-04-04T18:30:00+01:00 — 30 mins

A lost rock mysteriously appears in the library, and he can't remember who he is or where he comes from. The lions then decide to set out and search for clues as to what book the rock belongs in.

1x03 Little Big Mouse

  • 2000-04-05T18:30:00+01:00 — 30 mins

When a mouse from a children's book becomes a hero, everyone in the library floods her with fan mail - which leaves Click the Computer mouse feeling unwanted.

1x04 Farmer Ken's Puzzle

  • 2000-04-06T18:30:00+01:00 — 30 mins

Lionel plays a computer game called ""Farmer Ken's Puzzle"", in which he must figure out how to get a hen, cat, and bag of seed, across a river one at a time. When Leona wants to play, Lionel refuses to let her, claiming: ""The box says ages 7 and up! Not 4 and down.""

1x05 Shooting Stars

  • 2000-04-07T18:30:00+01:00 — 30 mins

The lions try to stay awake at night, in order to see a meteor shower. Of course, this is not as easy as it sounds, as Theo says, ""Lions need a solid 22 hours of sleep a day!""

1x06 The Hopping Hen

  • 2000-04-09T18:30:00+01:00 — 30 mins

A Hopping Hen causes a mighty ruckus in the library, so the lions decide to put up ""No Hopping Hen Here"" signs, in order to stop the problem. But the problem is only beginning, because whoever printed the signs left off the word ""No""!

1x07 Touching the Moon

  • 2000-04-11T18:30:00+01:00 — 30 mins

Cleo reads the cubs a bedtime story about a Queen who wants to be able to touch the moon, but can't. However, Leona is then unable to get to sleep without wanting to learn more about how the Queen can reach the moon.

1x08 The Boy Who Cried Wolf

  • 2000-04-12T18:30:00+01:00 — 30 mins

Click the Mouse brings the Boy from the story ""The Boy Who Cried Wolf"" out of the storybook, so he can learn more about how to properly care for his sheep.

1x09 Fuzzy Wuzzy, Wuzzy?

  • 2000-04-13T18:30:00+01:00 — 30 mins

The famous Fuzzy Wuzzy Bear from the classic children's rhyme visits the library, where everyone is immediately caught up in ""Fuzzy Wuzzy Mania!"" Everyone except Lionel, because if he hears that danged rhyme once more, he's gonna scream!

1x10 Lionel's Antlers

  • 2000-04-14T18:30:00+01:00 — 30 mins

Lionel wakes up one morning, much like he does every day, to find that overnight, he's grown a pair of antlers on his head! To help him feel better, Cleo reads him the book ""Imogene's Antlers"" - also about a kid who woke up one morning to find she had grown antlers. When Lionel is still feeling low, his parents try to come up with helpful ""uses"" for his antlers.

1x11 To the Ship! To the Ship!

  • 2000-04-16T18:30:00+01:00 — 30 mins

The lions learn about a real-life pirate named Ann Bonnie, after Lionel refuses to let Leona play pirates with him (claiming that there was no such thing as girl pirates).

1x12 The Chap With Caps

  • 2000-04-18T18:30:00+01:00 — 30 mins

Writer Babs Caplan visits the library, hoping to smooth out the bumps in her new book, called ""The Chap With Caps"". It's going to need more than just a little smoothing out - because it has no middle or end!

1x13 Pandora's Box

  • 2000-04-19T18:30:00+01:00 — 30 mins

After reading the story ""Pandora's Box"", Lionel and Leona come across a similar-looking box, themselves, and wonder if they should open it or not. Apparently ignoring the moral of the story, they open it, and unleash a terrible thing to all the library patrons: Hiccups!

1x14 Lionel's Great Escape Trick

  • 2000-04-20T18:30:00+01:00 — 30 mins

Lionel gets a few pointers on the technique of doing magic tricks, from the master magician Harry Houdini, himself. When he locks himself in the closet for his act, though, Leona fears that he's stuck in there, so she asks Click to come up with some magic words in order to get her brother out of the closet.

1x15 There's a Fly in My Soup

  • 2000-04-20T18:30:00+01:00 — 30 mins

The Lions try to make Click laugh by reading jokes out of Theo's ""The Universal Encyclopedia of Fly Jokes"" book, only to find out from Click that computer pointing devices are not programmed for laughter. Can anything make her laugh?

1x16 The Popcorn Popper

  • 2000-04-23T18:30:00+01:00 — 30 mins

Lionel and Leona read a book about a popcorn popper, and get the idea to take the popper out of the book and into the library, so they can pop all the popcorn they want.

1x17 Something Fishy

  • 2000-04-25T18:30:00+01:00 — 30 mins

Lionel and Leona learn about Eagles and Fish after reading Cliffhanger's latest adventure.

1x18 Hug, Hug, Hug!

  • 2000-04-26T18:30:00+01:00 — 30 mins

A sculpter named Pygmalion carves a statue of a woman, falls in love with her, and gives her a hug - only she can't hug him back. The Lions then try to help find ways for the statue to hug Pygmalion.

1x19 The Ram in the Pepper Patch

  • 2000-04-27T18:30:00+01:00 — 30 mins

The naughty ram from the book ""The Ram in the Pepper Patch"" escapes into the library, where he proceeds to make a mess out of everything!

1x20 A Peck of Peppers

  • 2000-04-28T18:30:00+01:00 — 30 mins

Babs Caplan comes to the library to create a fantastic tongue twister, with some help from the Lions. Then, Babs and Leona go head-to-head with the master of all Tongue Twisters, Lionel.

1x21 Sausage Nose

  • 2000-05-01T18:30:00+01:00 — 30 mins

The Lions watch a video of a foreign film called ""Sausage Nose"", in which a poor couple receives three wishes from a wise old woman. Somehow, a sausage gets wished onto the wife's nose, and from there, the characters from the film come to the library looking for advice on what to spend their last wish on.

1x22 Red Hat, Green Hat

  • 2000-05-02T18:30:00+01:00 — 30 mins

Leona makes her very own hat, with one red side and one green side. When she walks through the library with it on, one group of people see the green side, and the other group sees the red side, causing a great big argument among everyone!

1x23 The Lucky Duck

  • 2000-05-03T18:30:00+01:00 — 30 mins

A cute little duck from a cute little children's book becomes sick and tired of being cute all the time! With Lionel's help, the duck tries to become a rock-n-rollin' leather-clad rebel, but no matter how hard he tries, everyone still finds him so gosh darn cute.

1x24 The Old Man

  • 2000-05-04T18:30:00+01:00 — 30 mins

Babs Caplan returns to the library to work on her new book called ""The Old Man"". Unfortunately, it has no middle or end to it! But with the Lions' help, Babs just might be able to rescue her masterpiece after all.

1x25 A King and His Hawk

  • 2000-05-05T18:30:00+01:00 — 30 mins

Lionel and Leona read a very sad story about a King and his friend, the Hawk. After, Leona wants to take and hide the book where no will be able to find it, so they can't read it and be sad like she was. Also, Theo sings about the greatness of reading sad, sad books.

1x26 The Roar That Makes Them Run

  • 2000-05-08T18:30:00+01:00 — 30 mins

Lionel and Leona try to convince Theo to show them his Lion-powered ""Mighty Roar that Makes them Run"", but Theo is reluctant to do so -- after all, they're in a library!

1x27 Piggyback, Piggyback

  • 2000-05-09T18:30:00+01:00 — 30 mins

After reading a book about a king who rode on his friend's back (because he didn't want to get his feet dirty), Leona wants to do the same. So she hops on her dad's back, and doesn't want to let go!

1x28 The Fox and the Crow

  • 2000-05-10T18:30:00+01:00 — 30 mins

When ""The Fox and the Crow"" fable is read in the library, Walter and Clay get angry over the way the crow was depicted as a ""bird brain"", and then protest to have the story banned! The Lions come up with a less extreme approach, and suggest that they re-write the story to make the crow the one who comes out on top.

1x29 Giants and Cubs

  • 2000-05-11T18:30:00+01:00 — 30 mins

Lionel gets upset over the outcome of a baseball game, where the Giants clobbered the Cubs. Theo and Cleo decide it would be a good idea to bring the Giants into the library, for Lionel to meet them. But when Leona hears about the idea, she thinks they mean the big ""Fee Fi Fo Fum"" Giants!

1x30 Be Bop

  • 2000-05-12T18:30:00+01:00 — 30 mins

The jazzy, rhythmic sounds of Be Bop make their way into the library one day, and soon everyone is singing nonsensical Be Bop tunes -- everyone except Barnaby B. Busterfield III, who claims he just doesn't get this Be Bop thing!