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1st Logo
(September 10, 1993-September 5, 1999)
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Nicknames: "E/i", "PBS Cartoon P-Pals", "PBS P-Pals", "This is PBS Woo-Hoo-Hoo", "Cartoon PBS P-Head"

Logo: On a white background, we see some crudely drawn P-heads (whose names are Pernell P-Pal), with the first in the group wearing a red cap and and an earring, singing and dancing to "This is, P-B-SS-SSSS," with the P-head wearing a cap singing "Woo hoo hoo!" in Michael Jackson style. Then the first P-head ad-libs while his cap flies off, the text "PBS" in black appears as his cap drops back on his head, and a red P-shaped dog (whose name is P-Pet) runs across the screen and barks afterward. Then P-Pet walks away. Sometimes, the logo fades out after the P-Pet barks.

  • There is a variation where the dog gives the P-head a dark blue balloon with the text "E/i" on it in the Comic Sans font, which was added in 1996, just after the 6th PBS ident debuted.
  • There is a variation where the camera quickly goes through a doorway on a black background and the three color-changing P-heads are seen against the white background, with confetti falling from the top, and all three P-heads yell "Surprise!" and cheer with loud party horns heard in the background. This was a very short-lived version and was usually played in-between shows as a promo.
  • There is a long version of the "Surprise!" variant which first takes place on a black background. Then the door opens and one of the P-pals peeks in. Then it peeks out and the door closes. Then the P-Pet (from the standard version), walks through the screen and into the door. Then another P-Pal peeks in from the above and peeks out. Then the door opens and we proceed into the animation above.

FX/SFX: The P-heads dancing, the cap flying off, "PBS" fading in.

Cheesy Factor: The early '90s-style animation is quite tacky and seems very limited.

Music/Sounds: A techno pop tune with drums and a bass. The "Surprise!" variation just has loud party horns and cheering.

Availability: Scarce; it has a slim chance of appearing on PBS Kids shows from 1993-1999 if your local PBS station is airing them, but your best bets are PBS Home Video releases from the late '90s including Teletubbies tapes from 1999 before the logo ended (Not sure if the DVD versions has this logo or the 2nd logo). The original version of this logo is also preserved on some PolyGram Video releases of Wishbone episodes, including "Salty Dog", though it's missing on "The Prince and the Pooch", "The Slobbery Hound", and "Twisted Tail". When PBS Kids Sprout airs Barney and Friends episodes from the era, it cuts to a commercial break right before the logo starts. The "Surprise!" variants are extinct, with the short "Surprise!" variant in particular very short-lived. However, it was used on UNC-TV until late 2001. The logo made its first appearance on the Bill Nye the Science Guy episode "Flight".

Scare Factor:
  • Low for the normal versions; the crude drawing style, the loud jingle and the way the P-heads dance looks ugly.
  • Medium to high for the "Surprise!" variations; the sudden appearance, fast zoom in and music along with the same things from the normal version may spook some.
    Nevertheless, this logo is well-liked by people who grew up in the '90s. But it's also one of the most annoying logos ever, thanks to the music, which is very catchy to the point of irritation.

2nd Logo
(September 6, 1999- )
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Nicknames: "Dot and Dash", "PBS Kids Girl", "PBS Kids Boy", ''Doink! PBS Kids!"

Logo: On a green background, either a boy (called Dash) or a girl (called Dot) will appear running up to the screen or thinking something. The background turns into thin yellow, cyan and shocking pink (for Dot) or thick shocking pink (for Dash) stripes, then a green bubble appears in the center. The girl's face or the boy's face will appear in the bubble and a thought cloud that reads "PBS" appears above the kid's head. Then a child will sing "Doink! PBS Kids!" A URL address for PBS Kids appears at the bottom left of the screen.

  • This logo was designed by Richard McGuire (an artist that creates PBS Kids-style characters for a magazine called The New Yorker, although he has created PBS Kids-style characters long before this logo was introduced) and animated at Lee Hunt Associates.
  • On September 6, 1999 six new idents for PBS Kids were introduced. For the first few weeks, they were used in tandem with the first logo. Eventually, they replaced the first logo.

Variant: On VHS and DVD releases of PBS Kids shows, the word "kidsvideo" appears below the logo.

FX/SFX: The bubble appearing, the kid appearing, the thought cloud forming.

Music/Sounds: The normal variant features some children singing cha-cha style depending on which variant; the Dot variation has a chorus of young girls, and the Dash version is sung by boys. However, at the end of both (and other variants) idents, they all end up eventually singing "Doink! PBS Kids!"

Music/Sound Variants: There are variants with bongo drums beating, children whispering, or a kid giggling.

Availability: Seen on most children's programming from 1999 to present on PBS. Also can be seen on VHS and DVD releases as well like Caillou tapes and Teletubbies tapes from late 2000. A few episodes of the teen program In the Mixalso ended with this logo.

Scare Factor: None to low, since some children may find the logo(s) startling. However, most may find the music and visuals entertaining. Older viewers who preferred the older logos may find these boring.

3rd Logo
(1999- )
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Nicknames: "Hey Courtney!", "Boy Thinking Random Thoughts", "Sad ID"

Logo: This is logo different from many other PBS KIDS logos, it featured a live action video with greenscreen effects while many people are thinking of thoughts about green objects, skateboarding, and much more. This also is accompanied by the live action logo with kids dancing at school with cartoons in the background. Which appeared as the same time these did, There is also a logo that was shown every Martin Luther King Day, to show black and white features, which is an appealing "sad ident". Fred Rogers of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" and a bunch of other people make a cameo appearance in the green objects variant.

FX/SFX/Cheesy Factor: A combination of live-action, animation, and chroma-key technology.

Music/Sounds: The boy reading the book has a synthesizer and a beat, the kids singing and dancing at school has a song called "Use Your Imagination", and the Martin Luther King ident has the song "You Gotta Be" by Desree.

Availability: Still in use.

Scare Factor: None.

4th Logo
(September 6, 1999- )
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Nicknames: "Transform", "Dot and Dash II", "PBS Kids Girl II", "PBS Kids Boy II", "Doink! PBS Kids II", "Tiger, Octopus, and Astronaut", "Caveman, Scuba Diver, and Robot"

Logo: The 1st ident of the set is Dash, the boy, who is at first a caveman, then a scuba diver, and then a robot. He grabs the letters "PBS", and the circular PBS Kids logo is shown. There is no "doink" or similar sound in this ident. Blue bubbles are shaking on a pale spring bud background. The 2nd one is Dot, the girl, who is at first a tiger, then an octopus, and finally an astronaut. Something that suspiciously sounds like "doy!" is heard instead of "doink!", and the circular PBS Kids logo is shown. There are stars in this background. Also, like the 2nd logo at the lower left hand of the screen, the URL address for PBS Kids will appear like before.

Trivia: This logo was animated at Lee Hunt Associates.

FX/SFX: Background changing colors.

: Some kids softly scatting the music from the 1999 logo at first accompanied by a xylophone,then a weird bubbling-up-like rocket ship sound effect and then the kids singing "PBS Kids!" in a higher tone than the previous one.

Availability: The chief means of plastering. Seen on all children's programming from 1999 to present on PBS.

Scare Factor: None, though some may find this logo rather annoying.

5th Logo
(September 2, 2000- )

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Nicknames: "Dot and Dash III", "PBS Kids Girl III", "PBS Kids Boy III", "Doink! PBS Kids III"

: The 1st ident of the set is Dash, the boy, who is seen ice-skating. Suddenly he feels the ground shake and he stops. Then, the camera pans out to reveal that he is in a snow globe, which is held by Dot, who giggles, "Doink!" Snowflakes are seen during the circular PBS Kids logo. The 2nd one shows Dash looking in his fish bowl to find himself as an orange fish. After a second, he gets swallowed by Dot as a green fish and the circular PBS Kids logo is shown. There are bubbles in this background.

Trivia: This logo was animated at Primal Screen.

FX/SFX: Dash ice-skating, the zoom out, the snowflakes on the snow globe bumper. Dash looking in his fish bowl, the bubbles, the fish on the fish bumper.

: A whimsical 6-note vibraphone tune for the snow variant and no music for the fish variant. The fish variant has some bubbling sounds followed by a boy scatting the 1999 jingle circle-lipped, as if to imitate a fish. Both end with what you hear above.

Availability: Currently seen on older prints of PBS Kids programming. Saved whenever PBS decides to re-air Sagwa the Chinese Cat.

Scare Factor: Same as 4th logo.

6th Logo
(September 1, 2008- )

Nicknames: "Dot and Dash IV", "PBS Kids Girl IV", "PBS Kids Boy IV", "Doink! PBS Kids IV"

: The logo shows Dot and Dash doing a certain activity, before the PBS Kids circular logo is shown.

Variants:Here are some of the variations of the activities included:
  • Telescopes
  • Fireflies
  • Rock climbing
  • Picnics
  • Gardens
  • Magnets
  • Fireworks
  • Swimming
  • Ants
  • Dafodil
  • Balloon
  • Sandbox
  • Camera
  • Carrots
  • There are also two rare Valentine's Day variants used in 2009. Dash's version has him blowing up a pink balloon and Dot's version has her receiving Valentine's cards in the mailbox. Both versions end with the PBS Kids circle logo on a hot magenta/cerise-textured BG while hearts are cascading in the BG.

Trivia: This logo was designed and animated at Primal Screen, who also did the previous logo.

FX/SFX: A mix of 2-D and cut-out animation.

Music/Sounds: The 2nd ident's jingle once again, but without the kids chanting at the end. Often a single kid simply says "PBS Kids." The musical instruments these variants are played with vary depending on the activity, exactly like the 9th PBS Ident. The VD variants however have totally different music, ending with a group of kids yelling "Happy Valentine's Day!", then a single kid says "From PBS Kids."
  • Sandbox has a bassoon, vibraphone, synth-organ and a tuba.
  • Dafodil has a vibraphone and tuba.
  • Fireflies has a synth-bassoon.
  • Camera has a slit drum and marimba.
  • Fireworks has a hang, timpani, snare drum and bass violin.
  • Carrots has a synth-organ.
  • Sheep has a banjo.
  • Balloon has a mandobass and percussion.
  • Dash's Valentine's Day variant has a jazzy bass violin pizzacato tune with drums beating. Dot's VD variant has a South American-style folk dance tune with conga drums, piano and acoustic guitar.

Availability: Currently used on 2008-2013 prints PBS Kids programming.

Scare Factor: Same as 4th logo.

7th Logo
(October 7, 2013- )

Nicknames: "Dot, Dee, and Del", ""PBS Kids Boy V", "Doink! PBS Kids V"

: In the same purpose as the 6th logo, the logo shows Dot, Dee, and Del doing a certain activity, before the PBS Kids circular logo is shown.

Variants: Here are some of the variations of the activities included:
  • Zipline
  • Beehive
  • Forest Run
  • Magnet
  • Moonwalk
  • Ping Pong
  • Power of 10
  • Cave
  • Band Parade
  • Trampoline
  • Yo-yo
  • Lemonade
  • France
  • Bubbles
  • Rockstar
  • Piano
  • Frisbee

Trivia: This logo was designed and animated at Primal Screen, who also did the previous two logos.

FX/SFX: 2D flat animation that is quite similar to the 2nd logo.

Music/Sounds: The music from the 2nd logo is used again, but without the kids chanting or the kid saying "PBS KIds" at the end. Like the previous logo, the musical instruments these variants are played with vary depending on the activity, exactly like the 9th PBS Ident. Also, the 2nd logo's theme can be heard in different pitches.

Availability: Currently used on PBS Kids programming.

Scare Factor: Same as 4th logo.

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