Storytime (found PBS children's reading series; 1992-1998)

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The show's logo.

Status: Found

Date found: 09 Jun 2021

Found by: BETAMAX - VHS - SUPER 8

Storytime also known as Kino's Storytime is a PBS series that premiered on October 11th, 1992, and ran until April 3rd, 1998 with three seasons and 81 episodes in total, including a special episode with flashbacks and new stories told by Charles S. Dutton and Jamie Lee Curtis.[1] It was made by the Los Angeles, California PBS Station KCET, the same station who made The Puzzle Place two years later.[2]

Production[edit | edit source]

The show was originally produced as Storytime on Los Angeles PBS station KCET, and was later picked up by PBS for national airing in 1994 under the name Kino's Storytime. The national airing was identical beyond the name.

Content[edit | edit source]

The show was similar to the 1983 to 2006 PBS series Reading Rainbow as it centered on reading children's books. The show featured a puppet character named Kino (performed by the late Mark Ritts) and two human characters Kino interacts with: Lucy (played by Anne Betancourt) and Mara (played by Marabina Jaimes) It also featured several celebrity guests (owing to KCET's connection to Hollywood) such as Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Wilford Brimley, and many others.

Along with the celebrity or regular narrators telling the stories the stories themselves show illustrations from the books with edits and panning all around so the words of the books couldn't be seen, as well as cutting back to the Story Place at certain points with the narrator, children and characters, specially added music and sound effects were made for the stories told as well depending on the stories.

Availability[edit | edit source]

The show was released on VHS, but only 3 volumes are known to exist.[3] Each tape had two episodes so only 6 episodes have been officially released on VHS.

Many of the episodes were either lost or partially found but then on May 1st, 2021 the episodes began to resurface on a YouTube channel called BETAMAX - VHS - SUPER 8, including the Tim Allen episode which to skullzproductions was considered a Holy Grail find for him and he begun uploading episodes each day starting on May 23rd, 2021 and finishing on June 9th, 2021 with all the episodes of the show available on YouTube.

The Second Season of the show has fully been found as of June 6th, 2021

The Third Season has fully been found as of June 7th, 2021

The First Season has fully been found on June 9th, 2021 as such the Complete Series has fully been found

Episode Status[edit | edit source]

Episode/Celebrities Status Books Read Released on Home Media
John Goodman Found Anna and the Little Green Dragon, Little Polar Bear and Rose Meets Mr. Wintergarten Yes
Mr. G and Amanda Plummer Found Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Chicken Sunday and Any Kind of Dog
Tom Selleck and Valerie Bertinelli Found The Relatives Came, Five Bad Boys, Billy Que and the Dustdobbin and Mama, Do You Love Me? Yes
John Ritter and Kim Karnsrithong Found The Old Ladies Who Liked Cats, Alistair's Elephant and Ira Sleeps Over Yes
Mark Ritts, Tatiana Ali, Shari Belafonte and Zachary Ty Bryan Found My Little Red Car, Three Wishes, The Magic House and Monster Mama Yes
Dave Coulier and Mariel Hemingway Found The Gingerbread Man, The Very Quiet Cricket and Whistle for Willie
Hector Elizondo Found Mouse's Birthday, Jonathan and his Mommy, The Story of Ferdinand and Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge
Elena Epps, Kellie Williams and Patricia Richardson Found Owl Babies, Two of Everything and A Mother for Choco Yes
Madge Sinclair Found Timothy Goes to School, Amazing Grace, Rumplestiltskin and My Mom is Excellent
Telma Hopkins and Rene Auberjonois Found The Happy Day, Maggie and the Pirate and Cuddly Dudley
Alfre Woodard and Gordon Jump Found That's Good! That's Bad! and Horton Hatches the Egg
Christopher Hewett and Carl Weintraub and Family Found If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Lady Bugatti and Little Peep
A. Martinez Found The Fish Who Could Wish, Green Wilma, Magic Spring and Stina
Jeff Altman and Wes Studi Found The Boy with Square Eyes, Franklin in the Dark and The Rough Face Girl
Kathy Najimy and Arte Johnson Found Two Badd Babies, Go Away, Big Green Monster! and The Amazing Bone
Mario Lopez and Cindy Williams Found Froggy Gets Dressed, Ghost's Hour, Spook's Hour and Daley B
Belita Moreno, Ronn Lucas and Scorch and Maria Conchita Alonso Found The Trouble with Mom, The Dragon of an Ordinary Family and Borreguita and the Coyote
Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop, Paul Rodriguez and Cloris Leachman Found Possum Come A-Knockin', Elmer, Abuela and The Hungry Thing
Ellen DeGeneres and Meshach Taylor Found Winnie the Witch, The Last Time I Saw Harris, Eddie and Teddy and One of Three Yes
Patricia Polacco and Reggie Vel Johnson Found More, More, More Said the Baby, Babushka's Doll and Grandpa's Face
Bill Martin, Jr. and Edward James Olmos Found Jamberry, The Ghost-Eye Tree and Baby Rattlesnake
Alley Mills and Vicki Juditz Found Night Tree, Maebelle's Suitcase and Ruby the Copy Cat
Tamlyn Tomita Found The Wolf's Chicken Stew, The Emperor's New Clothes and Duckat
Rosana DeSoto and Bob Harrison Found The Treasure, Julius, The Baby of the World and The Happy Hedgehog Band
Holly Russell and Bill Cobbs Found Greetings from Sandy Beach, Socrates and The Rooster Who Went to his Uncle's Wedding
Barbara Bain and Markus Redmond Found Aunt Isabel Tells a Good One, A Porcupine Named Fluffy and Morris's Missing Bag
Raven-Symon and Jamie Farr Found Farmer Duck, I Hear a Noise and The Fortune-Tellers
James Eckhouse and Carl Weintraub Found Noisy Nora, The Seven Chinese Brothers and Effie
Diane Wolkstein and Rae'Ven Kelly Found The Folks in the Valley, The Banza and Rosie's Baby Tooth
Michael Dorn and Tom Paxton Found Company's Coming, The Little Red Hen and Engelbert the Elephant
Sunny Walton and Paul Winfield Found The Itsy Bitsy Spider, All Pigs are Beautiful, and Do Not Open
Liz Torres and Wilford Brimley Found The Woman Who Outshone the Sun, The Art Lesson and Gorilla
Felton Perry and Katherine Thomerson Found The Adventures of Taxi Dog, Clean Your Room, Harvey Moon, The Baby Blue Cat Who Said No and Dear Mr. Blueberry
Gedde Watanabe and Lois Williams Found Maxi, the Hero, Broderick and The Doorbell Rang
Steve Guttenberg, Fred Savage and Leah Komaiko Found The Erie Canal from Sea to Shining Sea, Slither McCreep and his Brother Joe, The Mitten, Earl's Too Cool for Me and Annie Bananie
Kim Karnsrithong and Paula Poundstone Found My Little Brother, Dinner at the Panda Palace and Chrysanthemum
Ellaraino and Mayim Bialik Found First Pink Light, The Cat Who Lost his Purr and Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Vicki Juditz and Alaina Reed Hall Found A Big Fat Enormous Lie, Super Dooper Jezebel and Not So Fast Songololo
Ping Wo and Glynn Turman Found Ming Lo Moves the Mountain, The Boy and the Ghost and Life is Fun
Rosalind Chao and Jim Corgan Found Princess Smartypants, "Stand Back," Said the Elephant, "I'm Gonna Sneeze!" and A Special Trade
SPECIAL: Charles S. Dutton, John Ritter and Jamie Lee Curtis Found Mucky Moose, Alistair's Elephant and When I Was Little
Tim Allen Found The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
Robert Guillaume and Annie Potts Found Regina's Big Mistake, The Empty Pot and Wind Says Good Night
Little Richard Found Knock, Knock, Teremok!, Little Lumpty and The Grasshopper and the Ants
Jamie Walters Found Going Home, The Tickleoctopus and The Grumpalump
Marion Ross and Don and Audrey Wood Found Subway Sparrow, Ollie Knows Everything and King Bidgood's in the Bathtub
Kirk Douglas Found A Hat for Minerva Louise, The Story of a Boy named Will, Who Went Sledding Down the Hill, Dogteam and Prize in the Snow
Teri Garr and Kirsten Dunst Found Time Train, Pip's Magic and Cabbage Rose
Joanna Cassidy Found Stop That Pickle! and Swamp Angel
Amy Hill Found The Whales' Song, The Paper Princess and The Big, Big Sea
Theresa Saldana Found Sheila Rae, The Brave, The Rat and the Tiger and A House is a House for Me
Christmas Special: Ruben Blades Found Too Many Tamales, La Gallinita Roja and ¿Donde Esta Mi Osito?
Brett Butler Found Flower Garden, When the Fly Flew in..., and Nathaniel Willy, Scared Silly
Kathleen Quinlan Found Would You Rather..., Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore! and Boodil My Dog
Angela Bassett Found Frog Went A'Courtin', Uncle Jed's Barbershop and Stories to Tell from Meet Danitra Brown
Marc Simont and Barry Corbin Found Playing Right Field, Pug, Slug and Doug the Thug and Hunting the White Cow
Melissa Joan Hart and Martin Mull Found Donna O'Neeshuck Was Chased by Some Cows, Don't Fidget a Feather and Nothing at All
David Keith Found Fairy Went A-Marketing, The Man Who Kept his Heart in a Bucket and Mole's Hill
James McDaniel Found Bear, The Hunter and It's the Bear!
Laura Dern Found Hi!, The Shepard Boy and Amber On the Mountain
Litefoot Found Owl Eyes and Tops & Bottoms
Mara Wilson and Joey Lawrence Found Miss Spider's Tea Party, Elvira, Wilson Sat Alone and We Could be Friends
Halloween Special: John Astin and Elijah Wood Found The House that Drac Built, Big Pumpkin, The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything and Halloween Howls: Riddles That are a Scream
Jane Seymour Found Is Your Mama a Llama?, Storm Boy and The Monkey and the Crocodile
Victoria Rowell Found My Mama Had a Dancing Heart, Mirette on the High Wire and Twist With a Burger, Jitter With a Bug
Tia & Tamera Mowry and Freddy Fender Found Suddenly!, Courtney and The Gullywasher
Dennis Haskins Found Contrary Mary, The Perfect Orange and This and That
Patricia Polacco, James Avery and Peter Catalanotto Found Babushka Baba Yaga, The Old Dog and The Painter
Janeane Garofalo Found Jessica, I'm Coming to Get You! and Listen Buddy
Joseph Marcel Found Buz, A Flea in the Ear, If..., "Hey Bug" from Sunflakes: Poems for Children and "Song of the Bugs" from Nibble, Nibble: Poems for Children
Michael Horse Found The Little Mouse, The Red, Ripe Strawberry and The Big Hungry Bear, The Leopard's Drum and Honeypaw and Lightfoot
Thanksgiving Special: Patrick Swayze, Hector Elizondo and Joanie Bartels Found 'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving, How Many Days to America? and Over the River and Through the Wood
Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Denise Nicholas Found The Old, Old Man and the Very Little Boy, More Than Anything Else and Knoxville, Tennessee
Geena Davis Found Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse and Once There Was a Bull...(Frog)
Kim Delaney and Janet Hubert Found What is the Sun?, Sally and the Limpet, Secret Place and What a Wonderful World
Jason Alexander (Part 1) Found Turnip Soup, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs and Night in the Barn
Michael Jeter and David Hyde Pierce (Part 2) Found Truck Song, The Ghost of Nicholas Greebe and The Wide-Mouthed Frog
Ming-Na Wen and Peri Gilpin Found This is Our House, Tacky the Penguin, The Most Beautiful Kid in the World and Yo! Yes?
Salma Hayek and Edward Asner Found In the Rain with Baby Duck, Two Mrs. Gibbons and The Butterfly Seeds
Julia Duffy and Gabriel Byrne Found When I Was Five, The Paperboy and The Fiddler of the Northern Lights
David Howard and Paul Dooley Found Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin!, The Lion and the Little Red Bird and Outrageous Bodacious Boliver Boggs
Sharon Lawrence and Tina Majorino Found Grandma's Cat, The Old Woman who Named Things and Lost

References[edit | edit source]