Liberty's Kids

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  • TV-Y7
  • 2002
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.9  (1,428)

Liberty's Kids is a historical animated children's television series that aired on PBS from 2002 to 2003. The show follows a group of young reporters who work for Benjamin Franklin's newspaper, The Philadelphia Gazette, during the American Revolutionary War. The series depicts major events and figures from the war, while weaving in lessons about American history and the importance of freedom and independence.

The main characters of the show are Sarah Phillips, James Hiller, and Henri, who are voiced by Kathleen Barr, Kyle Labine, and Chris Lundquist, respectively. Whoopi Goldberg plays the role of Deborah Sampson, a woman who disguises herself as a man to fight in the war, while Annette Bening voices Abigail Adams, the wife of John Adams and a vocal supporter of women's rights.

Other notable celebrity guest stars include Aaron Carter as Joseph Plumb Martin, a young soldier who serves under General Washington, Andrew Rannells as Thomas Paine, the author of the influential pamphlet "Common Sense," and Charles Shaughnessy as King George III of England.

The show explores the American Revolution from a variety of perspectives, including those of the British soldiers, loyalists, and other civilians. The characters travel to various locations throughout the war, from Valley Forge to Saratoga to Yorktown, and encounter historical figures such as George Washington, Paul Revere, and Benedict Arnold.

One of the show's strengths is its use of humor and relatable characters to engage young viewers. The main characters are likable and have distinct personalities, which helps to keep the show entertaining and engaging. The show also doesn't shy away from the more difficult aspects of the war, such as the harsh conditions faced by soldiers and the debate over slavery.

Liberty's Kids also features educational segments in which a live-action Walter Cronkite explains historical and cultural concepts that are relevant to the episode. These segments add depth and context to the events depicted in the show, and help to make the history accessible to young viewers.

Overall, Liberty's Kids is an entertaining and informative show that teaches young viewers about an important time in American history. With a cast of talented voice actors and engaging storylines, it's easy to see why the show was so popular during its original run. While the show may be aimed at kids, it's worth watching for anyone interested in American history or the Revolutionary War.

Liberty's Kids is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (67 episodes). The series first aired on September 2, 2002.

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Sybil Ludinton
201. Sybil Ludinton
September 2, 2002
Sixteen-year-old Sybil Ludington makes her own midnight ride in Westchester County, New York. Benedict Arnold fights for respect from Congress.
The Hessians are Coming
203. The Hessians are Coming
September 4, 2002
While General Horatio Gates battles Burgoyne at the Battle of Saratoga, James is captured by British and Hessian forces as a spy.
Honor and Compromise
206. Honor and Compromise
September 7, 2002
The States struggle to unite politically before the arrival of the French Ambassador.
Not Yet Begun to Fight
208. Not Yet Begun to Fight
September 9, 2002
In a long, desperate battle, John Paul Jones and his wildly outgunned Bonhomme Richard defeat the British Serapis off the coast of England.
The Great Galvaz
209. The Great Galvaz
November 7, 2002
Spanish Governor Bernardo de Galvez aides the American cause by capturing Baton Rouge, Natchez and Mobile from the British.
211. Bostonians
November 9, 2002
Sarah and Henri join the Adams family in Massachusetts just as John and his son John Quincy return from France and are reunited with Abigail.
Benedict Arnold
212. Benedict Arnold
November 10, 2002
James, Sarah and Henri are there when Arnold tries to hand West Point over to British.
Conflict in the South
213. Conflict in the South
November 7, 2002
General Nathanael Greene replaces Horatio Gates as the American commander in the south.
Deborah Samson: Soldier of the Revolution
214. Deborah Samson: Soldier of the Revolution
November 8, 2002
Deborah Samson masquerades as a man so she can enlist in the Continental army.
James Armistead
215. James Armistead
November 9, 2002
Virginia slave James Armistead joins Lafayette and spies on Benedict Arnold.
216. Yorktown
November 10, 2002
The climatic battle of the war. After a long siege, Cornwallis surrenders. It's a huge victory for the Americans, but Washington is not yet convinced the war is over
Born Free and Equal
217. Born Free and Equal
November 7, 2002
Massachusetts slave Mum Bett sues for her freedom. When she wins, she renames herself Elizabeth Freeman.
The Man Who Wouldn't Be King
218. The Man Who Wouldn't Be King
November 8, 2002
Ben Franklin and John Adams sign the peace treaty with England, ending the Revolutionary War, but General Washington must thwart a potential uprising by his frustrated officers.
Going Home
219. Going Home
November 9, 2002
With the signing of the Treaty of Paris, loyalists are forced to leave their homes.
Where to Watch Liberty's Kids
Liberty's Kids is available for streaming on the PBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Liberty's Kids on demand at Amazon Prime, Vudu, Hoopla and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 2, 2002
  • IMDB Rating
    7.9  (1,428)