Between the Lions

The BEST episodes of Between the Lions

Every episode of Between the Lions ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Between the Lions!

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

Last Updated: 11/1/2022Network:PBS
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Why the Baboon's Balloon Went Ka-Boom!
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7.50
2 votes

#1 - Why the Baboon's Balloon Went Ka-Boom!

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired 4/25/2001

Theo wants to teach the cubs a lesson, which he finds in a book of concatenations called Because a Little Bug Went KA-CHOO! What Theo doesn't know is that, by pulling that book from the middle of a pile, a pen dropped to the floor, setting off a concatenation in the library. It culminates with a hot-air balloon's bursting.

Directors: Ted May
Writer: Joe Fallon
A Peck of Peppers
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7.50
2 votes

#2 - A Peck of Peppers

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired 4/28/2000

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.

The Goat in the Coat
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7.50
2 votes

#3 - The Goat in the Coat

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired 6/19/2006

Lionel loses a Cliff Hanger book! Arty Smartypants and Marmy Smartypants perform a polka song about the "oa" in the word "boat." Kelly Ripa says the word "soap."

Deep in the Swamp & Trosclair and the Alligator
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7.50
2 votes

#4 - Deep in the Swamp & Trosclair and the Alligator

Season 10 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/15/2010

Lionel tries to frighten Leona with creepy, crawly swamp things, and a clever boy tricks a hungry alligator.

Three More Little Pigs;The Ants And The Grasshopper
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7.50
2 votes

#5 - Three More Little Pigs;The Ants And The Grasshopper

Season 10 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/20/2010

Lionel, Leona, and the Wolf each try their hand at writing a sequel to The Three Little Pigs, and Leona finds a way to work and play. Educational Goals: Highlights the joys of reading and introduces key literacy skills. Focuses on short u, the sound represented by the letter m, and synonyms for small (miniscule, little, petite, microscopic, tiny, teeny, diminutive, weeny).

Yo! Yes? - Very Loud, Very Big, Very Metal
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7.50
2 votes

#6 - Yo! Yes? - Very Loud, Very Big, Very Metal

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired 5/1/2006

Making a new friend can be as easy as saying "yes"; Leona m akes her brother happy with a music video with noisy construction vehicles.

Making Bread & Cheesybreadville
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7.50
2 votes

#7 - Making Bread & Cheesybreadville

Season 7 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/19/2007

Theo Lion tried to make bread; another bread-baking disaster results in a tasty treat.

Stop That Chicken!
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7.50
2 votes

#8 - Stop That Chicken!

Season 2 - Episode 25 - Aired 5/4/2001

Chicken Jane escapes from one of her books and ricochets around the library. Every so often, she writes her advice to characters in other books. GUIDING PRINCIPLE: Short o sound.

Writer: Sarah Durkee
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I Don't Want a Birthday Party; Knuffle Bunny
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7.50
2 votes

#9 - I Don't Want a Birthday Party; Knuffle Bunny

Season 8 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/17/2008

Roodles the Clown doesn't want a birthday party; Leona has everyone in the library looking for Lovey.

The Lost Rock
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6.75
4 votes

#10 - The Lost Rock

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 4/4/2000

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.

Watch Now:Amazon
Shooting Stars
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6.67
3 votes

#11 - Shooting Stars

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 4/7/2000

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!""

Directors: Dean Gordon
Pecos Bill Cleans Up the West
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6.14
7 votes

#12 - Pecos Bill Cleans Up the West

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 4/3/2000

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!

Directors: Lisa Simon
Little Big Mouse
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6.00
2 votes

#13 - Little Big Mouse

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 4/5/2000

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.

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Farmer Ken's Puzzle
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6.00
3 votes

#14 - Farmer Ken's Puzzle

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 4/6/2000

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.""

Directors: Lisa Simon
The Hopping Hen
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6.00
3 votes

#15 - The Hopping Hen

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 4/9/2000

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""!

The Boy Who Cried Wolf
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6.00
2 votes

#16 - The Boy Who Cried Wolf

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 4/12/2000

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.

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Fuzzy Wuzzy, Wuzzy?
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6.00
2 votes

#17 - Fuzzy Wuzzy, Wuzzy?

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 4/13/2000

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!

Lionel's Antlers
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6.00
2 votes

#18 - Lionel's Antlers

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 4/14/2000

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.

Touching the Moon
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5.50
2 votes

#19 - Touching the Moon

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 4/11/2000

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.

Directors: Lisa Simon
Writer: Kathy Waugh
Watch Now:Amazon
Moon Rope & Welcome to the Moon
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5.00
1 votes

#20 - Moon Rope & Welcome to the Moon

Season 7 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/29/2007

Leona is on a mission to find out if you can climb to the moon on a rope and if there is a fox on the moon.

Violet’s Music & What Instrument Does Alvin Play?
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5.00
1 votes

#21 - Violet’s Music & What Instrument Does Alvin Play?

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/22/2007

Lionel and Leona learn about the many instruments they can play.

Dear Mr. Blueberry & I Wanna Iguana
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5.00
1 votes

#22 - Dear Mr. Blueberry & I Wanna Iguana

Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/15/2007

Notes help solve a mystery of a whale in a swimming pool; an iguana as a family pet.

How to Be a Good Dog & Not Afraid of Dogs
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5.00
1 votes

#23 - How to Be a Good Dog & Not Afraid of Dogs

Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/8/2007

A cat tries to teach a dog how to behave; a boy realizes dogs aren't as scary as he thought.

Bear Snores On & Night in the Country
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5.00
1 votes

#24 - Bear Snores On & Night in the Country

Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/1/2007

Cleo sleeps through a noisy party; night creatures make noises.

The Problem with Chickens & An Egg Is Quiet
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5.00
1 votes

#25 - The Problem with Chickens & An Egg Is Quiet

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/17/2007

Chickens that do not lay eggs; eggs that do not hatch.

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