“Between the Lions” is a PBS Kids puppet television series designed to promote reading. The show is a co-production between WGBH in Boston and Sirius Thinking, Ltd., in New York City, in association with Mississippi Public Broadcasting, in Mississippi. The show has won seven Daytime Emmy awards between 2001 and 2007. The target audience is children 4 to 7 years old. It has the same puppet style as Sesame Street, and several season 2 episodes, notably in Dance in Smarty Pants, had a few characters from Sesame Street guest appearing. Between the Lions started its 10th and final season on September 20, 2010 and the series finale aired on November 22 of that same year. It is currently unknown if reruns will continue on PBS Kids Sprout.
For ten years I was a regular cast member on “Between the Lions”. I played Barnaby B. Busterfield III, Gus the Bunny, and Arty Smartypants, among many other monkeys and such (including a couple of human cameos). I also directed and produced many films for the show (see “Humongous”, “Vowel Boot Camp”, “Icarus”, “King Midas”, and “Roodles the Clown” for examples) I’m proud to have been part of a show that actually taught people how to read.