YMMV / Reading Rainbow

  • Awesome Music: In Your Imagination from the musician behind Symphony of Science. It's a remix that is not only really catchy but just completely full of wonder and joy. If you ever want to feel like a kid for a few more minutes of your life, it comes pretty close to capturing that.
  • Ear Worm: Sing it with me now...
    Butterfly in the sky
    I can go twice as high
    Take a look,
    It's in a book,
    A Reading Rainbow (Reading Rainbow)
    A Reading Rainbow (Reading Rainbow)
  • Memetic Mutation: "But you don't have to take my word for it." Ba-dun-dun!
    • Butterfly in the sky, I can go twice as high...
    • Also on Newgrounds, among the first flash movies submitted to the site were recordings of kids talking about books they read with bleeps added at just the right places to make it sound like the kids are reading inappropriate books. One other video laughed at some of the kids rather wooden deliveries. However, since its cancellation it has turned into plain unfunniness.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The show would of course occasionally feature books about subjects that children might find disturbing - such as a home fire, or death.
  • Sacred Cow: Don't rib on the show or LeVar to someone, anyone, from the United States and its territories. LeVar and the show shares the late Fred Rogers' and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood's status as Unacceptable Targets. Do so and you invoke the Berserk Button of the abovementioned Americans. This doubles if the person you just ripped the show to shards in front of is also a fan of ST:TNG.
  • Tear Jerker: Good children's books can cause this from time to time.
    • The season 5 episode "My Little Island", which involves LeVar exploring the culture and natural beauty of Montserrat. The episode itself is fun and light-hearted, but watching it after the 1995 eruption of the Soufriere Hills volcano, which destroyed the capital city and rendered more than half the island uninhabitable, is heartbreaking.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Most older fans don't like the post-1999 intro performed by Chaka Khan, for putting less focus on the visuals and too much on Le Var Burton.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: As stated under Nightmare Fuel, some of the books stretch what is kid appropriate. Eve Bunting, we're looking at you.