PBS Kids To Debut New Math Show Peg + Cat

Whereas Disney has once again failed our daughters, attempting to sex-up and resell Merida, PBS Kids demonstrated today a continued commitment to portraying young women in a different light; as the smart, curious, and independently capable children they are.

This morning, at the PBS annual meeting in Miami (where I am not, but wish so badly that I were), PBS Kids revealed the premiere date for PEG + CAT, an animated preschool math show with a spirited female lead, launching with a one-hour special broadcast over two episodes on Monday, October 7th. If your DVR will allow it this far in advance, go ahead a set that baby to record.

I played a couple of the online PEG + CAT preschool games available right now on PBSKids.org and found several things that excite me straightaway: a phonograph record player, Peg playing a ukelele, the graph paper background which subtly tells viewers that this is a math-oriented program, and positively adorable voice work (by 9-year-old Hayley Faith).

And now, some press release stuff you may find helpful:

This newest PBS KIDS series, produced by The Fred Rogers Company and created by Billy Aronson (one of the original creators of Broadway’s “Rent”) and Jennifer Oxley (“Wonder Pets”), introduces the adorable, spirited Peg and her sidekick Cat, inspired by Oxley’s own pet cat. Peg and Cat travel to farms, purple planets, Radio City Music Hall, even 16th-century Verona, all to solve the challenge of the day and prove that math is everywhere.


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