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''Between The Lions'' was a Creator/{{PBS}} kids' show with puppet/marionette animal characters designed to teach reading. As the title suggests, the main characters are a family of lions who live in a library. The series lasted from April 2000 to November 2010.

The series was known to have a writing team who sometimes forget that this is an {{Edutainment}} show and made it far too amusing to watch, be the age group younger [[PeripheryDemographic or]] [[ParentalBonus older]]. There were also a lot of jabs at famous children's novels, such as ''Literature/DickAndJane'' becoming "Chicken Jane".

Yes, it's just as silly as it sounds.
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!!'''Tropes include the following:'''

* AllJustADream: [[spoiler: Lionel's antlers turned out to be just that]]
* AnthropomorphicFood: The cast of the "Sam Spud" [[NoirEpisode noir sketches]].
* {{Animesque}}: The "Little Wendy Tales" sketches. Pokes fun at ''Anime/SailorMoon'' and anime clichés in general.
* BadlyBatteredBabysitter - Chicken Jane, as noted below.
* BreakingTheFourthWall - Leona, dressed as a doctor, in "Clickety-Clack, Clickety-Clack!," looks at the camera, saying "Oh, no! You know what we need... a miracle!"
* ButtMonkey: Chicken Jane always ends up with a broken wing...and the kids always explain to the audience what has happened to her.
* CallOnMe: Whenever Click was needed.
* CaptainObvious: Cliff Hanger's theme.
* CliffHanger: Parodied, lampshaded, played straight ''and'' taken literally all at the same time. "Cliff Hanger" [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin features a man named Cliff Hanger hanging from a cliff.]] Each episode he tries - and fails - to escape his dangerous perch, and they always begin and end with him clutching a particularly loose branch and shouting, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOWysv2YKC0 "Can't...hold...on...much...LONGEEEEER!"]]
* EdutainmentShow
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys
* ExactWords: When Cliff Hanger wished for the magical goat-in-a-boat to get him off this cliff, the goat complied... by putting him on another cliff. And so he kept on hanging.
* FauxToGuide: Cliff Hanger's survival manual provides the right instructions, but something always goes wrong in the payoff.
* FoxChickenGrainPuzzle-Why, Farmer Ken's Puzzle, of course!
* FullyDressedCartoonAnimal: B.B. the King of Beasts, Theo's musical alter ego, sports a suit, shades and fedora.
* TheFundayPawpetShow: Two of the Lions made [[TheTeaser a pre-title segment]] for the internet puppet show.
* HappilyMarried: Theo and Cleo, to the point where they [[ParentalBonus openly flirt with each other]] during their cooking segments
* HumiliationConga: The attempts made by Lionel's family to help him get over the fact he has antlers. Sure, they all mean well, but it's no less embarrassing... especially the "coat rack" bit.
* LiteralCliffhanger - Cliff Hanger, who appears in a series of animated vignettes, and is even the subject of one or two episodes. His life is FailureIsTheOnlyOption in terms of actually getting off the cliff. (He does get off the cliff once, but he ends up following a sign that leads him right back onto it - in his defense, though, [[TooDumbToLive the sign CLEARLY said "Cliff"]]!)
* LongRunners: A decade is impressive, considering that many shows on PBS Kids (or rival programming blocks) don't make it past four years.
* MaliciousMisnaming -
** Walter and Clay, the pigeons, constantly annoy Barnaby B. Busterfield III with this. (He doesn't like being called "Buster".)
** Incidentally, another character, Dr. Nitwhite, gets [[BerserkButton ticked off]] when his assistant, Watson, calls him "Dr. Nitwit."
* ParentalBonus - Lots, being a PBS show.
** Theo and Cleo, during their cooking segments, display a '''lot''' of sexual tension. You can't help thinking that after they're finished devouring that (as always, uncooked) hunk of meat, they'll start devouring ''each other.''
* PunctuatedForEmphasis - Cliff Hanger's "Can't. Hold. On. Much. LONGER!!!"
* PungeonMaster: Sam Spud describes the other characters he meets with food-based expressions. (eg, "She was a real peach. As a matter of fact, she ''was'' a peach!")
* PunnyName: Cliff Hanger.
* ReadingIsCoolAesop: This was essentially what the series was trying to promote, though it also focused on the basics of learning to read.
* StealthPun: The title is not only a pun on "between the lines", but it also refers to the fact that there are lion statues near the entrance of the library, which you must walk ''between'' to enter.
* ShoutOut: Lionel's "42" jersey, confirmed in ''Literature/TheSalmonOfDoubt'' by one of the show creators to be a reference to Creator/DouglasAdams. One of the show's major staff was Christopher Cerf, who was a good friend of Adams.
** Sam Spud's name sounds similar to that of Sam Spade, the detective from ''Literature/TheMalteseFalcon''.
** [[WaynesWorld Gawain's Word! Gawain's Word! Gawain's Word! Gawain's Word!]]
* SpiritualSuccessor: This show, to ''Series/TheElectricCompany''.
* SurferDude: Gawain from "Gawain's World", except he prefers hosting jousts to surfing.
* TakeAThirdOption - In "Bobby the Hopping Robot," Theo is sure that either he or the toy robot must be defective because he can't make it work, but Leona calls the help number and finds out that it's actually the instructions that are wrong.
* TitleThemeTune: "Between the Lions, between the covers of a book, it's time to look Between the Lions!"
* TongueTwister: Trixie the Tricky Pixie offers to help Cliff Hanger if he can say, "six thick thistle sticks." [[spoiler: By the time Cliff succeeds, night has fallen, and Trixie says she has to go to a picnic in Dixie.]] At the end of the segment, Cliff gets his catchphrase mixed up, saying it as "Cant...hold...on...[[{{Spoonerism}} luch...monger]]!"
* TrouserSpace - Pretty much Arty Smartypants' whole shtick.
* VictoryIsBoring: Cliff Hanger's cartoonist decided to retire his comic, and had Cliff get off of the cliff and onto a beach. Cliff enjoyed it at first, but soon lost his sense of purpose.
* TheVillainSucksSong: "Silent E".
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