Postcards from Buster

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  • 2004
  • 3 Seasons
  • 5.8  (222)

Postcards from Buster is an American educational children's television program that premiered on PBS in 2004. It follows the adventures of Buster Baxter, the animated rabbit companion of Arthur Read from the popular PBS series Arthur. In this show, Buster travels all over North America, meeting real kids from all walks of life and exploring their unique communities and cultures. Each episode begins with Buster receiving a postcard from a kid who lives in a different part of the country. This inspires Buster to hit the road and visit that kid's hometown, where he learns about their hobbies, interests, and daily lives.

Throughout his travels, Buster is accompanied by his camera crew, which includes real-life hosts who interact with the kids and help tell their stories. Over the years, the show has had several hosts, including Daniel Brochu, Elyzabeth Diaga, and Vanessa Abruzzo.

One of the show's strengths is its focus on diversity and inclusivity. Postcards from Buster showcases kids from all backgrounds, regions, and lifestyles. From kids who live on a Navajo reservation in Arizona to kids who do hip-hop dance in New York City, viewers get an up-close look at the unique perspectives and experiences of young people across North America.

Another important aspect of the show is its emphasis on education. Each episode includes segments that teach kids about different subjects, such as history, science, and social studies. The show uses a mix of animation and live-action footage to engage viewers and help them learn while having fun.

One of the most memorable aspects of the show is its music. Each episode features a different genre of music, ranging from country to reggae to blues. The songs are catchy and upbeat, and they help set the tone for each destination.

Overall, Postcards from Buster is a fun and educational show that teaches kids about different cultures and lifestyles. It's a great way for young viewers to learn about the world around them and to see the diversity that makes North America such a special place.

Postcards from Buster is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (72 episodes). The series first aired on October 11, 2004.

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Vamos, Buster
14. Vamos, Buster
February 24, 2012
After watching Daredevil Dario zip line though the Andes Mountains on TV, Buster is stoked to be heading to Chile. But when Muffy connects him to her friend Carolina, who wrote a book about saving dolphins from an oil spill in the Amazon, Buster's nervous that he's not daring enough to keep up with the locals. His nervousness increases throughout his own adventures - including a whirlwind journey in and around Santiago, a trip to a rodeo, followed by a horseback excursion to "cascadas", fossil hunting in the Andes Mountains and a kayaking trip to see penguins - he's just not sure he's lived up to Carolina's expectations. But when Carolina takes him to her favorite place of all - the poet Pablo Neruda's house - Buster realizes that the best adventure has been exploring what makes Chile unique and he writes his own Ode to Chile.
Finding Family in Chennai
13. Finding Family in Chennai
February 18, 2012
Buster is ready to hit the beach in Chennai, India but his teacher, Mr. Ratburn, has other plans. He has assigned the class - including Buster - a social studies project to create a family tree that explains the person they are today. Mr. Ratburn puts Buster in touch with Nandan, a student at the Sishya School, who helps Buster construct his family tree. But Buster despairs, as his family tree looks more like a shrub compared to Nandan's! As Buster takes a walk along the beach for inspiration, he stumbles onto a soccer match where he meets Sruthi, a bharatanatyam dancer, who invites him to her dance class. Buster's self-exploration continues as he meets a young Vedic chanter named Aditya. In the end, Buster learns that the real meaning of family is more than his parents and grandparents.
Buster's Egyptian Adventure
12. Buster's Egyptian Adventure
November 21, 2008
Much to his surprise, Buster discovers there's more to modern Egypt than just mummies and mythology. There's lots to explore in the bustling streets of Cairo with its towering mosque minarets, colorful markets, and donkeys and carts and fresh-fruit vendors. From the fertile valleys to the desert stretches, Egypt is a film set at every turn, and the perfect location for Buster's adventures with his new friends.
Buster in Beijing
11. Buster in Beijing
November 7, 2008
On the heels of the 2008 summer Olympics, Buster travels to Beijing, but it's not athletics that's on his mind. Encountering kids who use their talents to help meet needs in their communities, Buster is inspired to start giving back in his own neighborhood, too.
Ciao Buster
10. Ciao Buster
November 7, 2008
Buster and Bo go on a rare father-son vacation to the ancient, magical city where the streets are water and the buildings are palaces-Venice, Italy! During the course of his adventures in Venice and its lagoons, Buster learns all about this enchanting city where there are no cars and everything from mail delivery to buses is done by boat. Even though Bo considers himself a master map-reader, like so many tourists before them, the Baxters get hopelessly lost among the winding byways, palazzos, alleys and canals.
Return to Louisiana
9. Return to Louisiana
February 19, 2007
After Hurricane Katrina, Buster and Bo check in on the friends they made in Season 1 and take supplies for the hurricane relief efforts. Arthur and Buster¢‚¬´s families get together to watch the postcards that Buster brings home. This episode portrays the healing power found in helping others, in creativity and in the love of families.
This Just In!
8. This Just In!
February 5, 2007
When he¢‚¬´s given an assignment to do a news story, Buster goes to the Alabama School for the Blind. At the school he meets best friends Katie and Keyunna and their older brothers KJ and Curtis. With their help, Buster finds out he has some misconceptions about visually impairment. As he puts together his news story he learns that the truth is better than anything he can make up!
Your Friend, My Friend
7. Your Friend, My Friend
January 29, 2007
Buster¢‚¬´s class at Lakewood Elementary has pen pals in Encinitas, California and Buster is going to meet them! He takes video to send back to Elwood City and learn that the Encinitas kids have pen pals in Mexico. Together they travel to Tijuana to meet their Mexican pen pals. Buster realizes that crossing the border isn¢‚¬´t as elaborate as he¢‚¬´d imagined ¢‚¬€œ and that it¢‚¬´s possible to make a pen pal chain across the world.
Le Belle Poutine
6. Le Belle Poutine
January 22, 2007
It's Carlos and Mora's anniversary, and it's Buster's job to create a romantic postcard of their honeymoon destination: Montreal. At first he's worried that he won't understand the French-speaking locals but soon finds plenty to love about this beautiful Canadian city - ice hockey, the food specialty poutine and legend Ethel Bruneau's School of Dance.
A Capital Egg Hunt
5. A Capital Egg Hunt
January 15, 2007
Buster visits our nation's capital for where he meets Keith, Adrianna, Morgan and Jamal. They invite him to an Easter egg hunt, Easter dinner and Easter Monday, an annual celebration of African animals, traditions and foods at the National Zoo. Buster says yes to all invitations and learns a lesson in time management.
Philadelphia Masala
4. Philadelphia Masala
January 8, 2007
In this episode Buster explores Philadelphia¢‚¬´s vibrant South Asian community. He meets twins Arjun and Varun, who teach him yoga, and Rajbinder, a Sikh girl who invites him to her gurdwara (temple). His new friends also take Buster to a factory that makes what he thought impossible: good airplane food!
The Case of the Coin Purloined
3. The Case of the Coin Purloined
December 18, 2006
Los Viajeros is performing at Fort Leonard Wood, an Army base in the Ozark Mountains. Buster meets Erin (9) and Hannah (6) whose father is deployed to Iraq. They help Buster solve a mystery and he helps them make a video postcard for their dad. In the process Buster gains new perspective on dealing with worries large and small.
Buster's Baseball Merengue
2. Buster's Baseball Merengue
December 11, 2006
Buster travels to the colorful, vibrant Dominican Republic as an unofficial scout for the Elwood City Grebes baseball team. There he meets Danny, a promising young baseball player. He also learns the key ingredients in the DR¢‚¬´s distinctive merengue music and samples a delicious local food¢‚¬"pasteles.
The Mitten of Mackinac Island
1. The Mitten of Mackinac Island
December 4, 2006
Imagine Buster's disappointment when he visits his dad's favorite childhood vacation spot, Mackinac Island, and finds it's deserted in the winter - almost! He meets Lou, a year-round resident and his pals. Their favorite pastime is making short films, and with Buster as second camera they shoot a comedy about a ghost mitten that haunts the island.
Where to Watch Postcards from Buster
Postcards from Buster is available for streaming on the PBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Postcards from Buster on demand at Amazon Prime.
  • Premiere Date
    October 11, 2004
  • IMDB Rating
    5.8  (222)