Reading Rainbow (TV Series 1983– ) Poster

(1983– )


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Referenced in 

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Godzilla vs. Megalon (1991) (TV Episode)
Frank mentions it.
Jungle Fever (1991)
Saturday Night Live: Jack Black/The Strokes (2002) (TV Episode)
Referenced on Weekend Update
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch: Shift Happens (2002) (TV Episode)
After the spell wears off, Baby K2K tells her secretary's child that she is not LeVar Burton and she is not on the show.
Atop the Fourth Wall: Star Trek #1 (2009) (TV Episode)
"Either that or they've become part of the Reading Rainbow logo."
Nostalgia Critic: The Pagemaster (2009) (TV Episode)
The theme song is referenced
The Super Hero Squad Show: Tales of Suspense! (2009) (TV Episode)
Iron Man tells James "Rhodey" Rhodes (aka War Machine) to "stop talking like you're on Reading Rainbow". Rhodes is voiced by LeVar Burton, who was the host of Reading Rainbow.
Weeds: A Yippity Sippity (2010) (TV Episode)
Silas is called Reading Rainbow
Community: Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking (2011) (TV Episode)
LeVar Burton asks Troy if he's "more familiar with me from 'Star Trek' or 'Reading Rainbow.'"
Brows Held High: We Are the Strange (2011) (TV Episode)
The book segment jingle is heard
Warehouse 13: Don't Hate the Player (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Pete
Brows Held High: Prospero's Books (2011) (TV Episode)
The transition sting is played following Prospero's explanation of the Book of Water.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.39 (2011) (TV Episode)
Jimmy Fallon says he heard from LeVar Burton after performing the show's theme on "Late Night" in Jim Morrison style
Atop the Fourth Wall: Batman: A Word to the Wise (2012) (TV Episode)
The classic theme plays
Jimmy Fallon's Primetime Music Special (2012) (TV Special)
Jimmy Fallon plays Jim Morrison singing the show's theme song
Brickleberry: Race Off (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Brows Held High: Vase De Noces (2012) (TV Episode)
a tune on the soundtrack sounds very much like the RR theme, which Kyle then begins to sing.
Atop the Fourth Wall: Kamandi at Earth's End #3 (2013) (TV Episode)
"Saphira, I'm sure you enjoyed 'Reading Rainbow' as a kid..."
Hollywood Game Night: Orange Is the New Game Night (2014) (TV Episode)
Donald Faison mentions this television show by name during the game I Love a Charade
Tosh.0: Prancing Elites (2014) (TV Episode)
Theme song sung
The Big Bang Theory: The Champagne Reflection (2014) (TV Episode)
Sheldon mentions the show.
Hell's Kitchen: 5 Chefs Compete (2014) (TV Episode)
Title appears on-screen when LeVar Burton is shown
Fresh Off the Boat: Family Business Trip (2015) (TV Episode)
Jessica buys a "Reading Rainbow" t-shirt for Eddie.
Meanwhile on Earff (2016) (TV Movie)
The rainbow-tailed "shoenicorn" hallucinated by Gary-Lou, Birch, Weaver, and Nick flies away to the tune of the "Reading Rainbow" theme music.
Girls: Hello Kitty (2016) (TV Episode)
Hannah mentions the film
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Newbie Dash (2016) (TV Episode)
One of the new nicknames that Rainbow tries to give herself is "Reading Rain-boom", a reference to the classic children's series
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Killer Fish (2018) (TV Episode)
"Take a look." Tom (singing): "It's in a book."
Lights Out with David Spade: Episode #1.21 (2019) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned by Guy Brabum.
Annoying Orange HOW2: How 2 Write a Book (2016) (TV Episode)
Orange sings the theme song.

Featured in 

I Love the 80's 3-D: 1983 (2005) (TV Episode)
in the 1983 episode
Nostalgia Critic: Top 11 Catchiest Theme Songs (2008) (TV Episode)
Number 10 Spot.
Phelous & the Movies: Phailaddin and the Adventure of No Time: Part II (2013) (TV Episode)
theme song plays after a rainbow-colored butterfly in the sky appears
Wish I Was Here (2014)
Watched on TV
WatchMojo: Top 10 Educational Kids Shows (2014) (TV Episode)
"Reading Rainbow" is #5.
One Hit Wonderland: Word Up! By Cameo (2015) (TV Episode)
Clips used in review.
One Hit Wonderland: Butterfly by Crazy Town (2015) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown.
WatchMojo: Top 10 TV Shows That Were Cancelled For Ridiculous Reasons (2018) (TV Episode)
Reading Rainbow, which was canceled for not being educational, is #4.

Spoofed in 

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera vs. Barugon (1991) (TV Episode)
Spoofed in a host segment, with Joel dressed up as Geordi La Forge and talking about books
Studio C: Episode #4.4 (2014) (TV Episode)
Spoofed as "Tweeting Rainbow"
Studio C: Episode #4.5 (2014) (TV Episode)
Spoofed as "Tweeting Rainbow"
Studio C: Episode #4.6 (2014) (TV Episode)
Spoofed as "Tweeting Rainbow"
Studio C: Episode #4.7 (2014) (TV Episode)
Spoofed as "Tweeting Rainbow"
Studio C: Episode #4.8 (2014) (TV Episode)
Spoofed as "Tweeting Rainbow"
Studio C: Episode #4.9 (2014) (TV Episode)
Spoofed as "Tweeting Rainbow"
Studio C: Episode #4.10 (2014) (TV Episode)
Spoofed as "Tweeting Rainbow"
Ask Orange: Screaming Rainbow! (2015) (TV Episode)
Orange does a parody of the theme song called "Screaming Rainbow".
Family Guy: A Shot in the Dark (2015) (TV Episode)
After Peter makes friends with the basketball players at the YMCA, we see that this little scene took place in a book and a caricature of LeVar Burton explains about it.
Paradise PD: Ass on the Line (2018) (TV Episode)
"Fitz Bitz" is a parody of Reading Rainbow.
Paradise PD: Police Academy (2018) (TV Episode)
"Fitz Bitz" parodies Reading Rainbow

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