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  • 2010
  • 1 Season
  • 6.9  (974)

Rainbow was a children's show produced by Thames Television in the United Kingdom, which aired from 1972 to 1992. The series was created by animator Pamela Lonsdale and featured puppets and human characters. The show was later dubbed into Japanese for FUNimation to distribute in the United States.

The main puppets on the show were Zippy, George, and Bungle. Zippy was an excitable and hyperactive puppet with a distinctive zipper for a mouth. George was a gentle giant, portrayed as a loveable bear, who was the voice of reason, while Bungle was a well-meaning but often bumbling bear who was often the source of much laughter.

The live-action cast included presenter Geoffrey Hayes, who acted as the human front for the show, introducing the puppets and engaging the audience in various games and activities. Also featured were Stanley Bates, Rod Burton, David Cook, Matthew Corbett, Ronnie Le Drew, Freddy Marks, Roy Skelton, Jane Tucker, and Roger Walker.

The show's format consisted of various segments, including storytime with Geoffrey, who would read a children's book to the audience. There was also a quiz segment where the children would answer simple questions, and prizes were given out. One of the show's most famous scenes was the "Rainbow Song," sung by the characters Zippy, George, and Bungle.

Throughout the show, the puppet characters interacted with each other and with the human cast, playing games and learning valuable life lessons. The show was renowned for its educational content, including segments on numbers, letters, and colors. The characters would often go on adventures, explore the world around them, and learn about different animals and their habitats.

Rainbow was a hugely popular show in the UK, capturing the hearts of generations of children. It was a regular fixture on TV during the 70s and 80s and had a long-lasting legacy. Even today, the iconic characters of Zippy, George, and Bungle remain etched in the memories of those who grew up watching the show.

In summary, Rainbow was a much-loved children's show that captured the imagination of children and adults alike. The combination of puppetry, live-action, and educational content made it a favorite for generations. The show's creators succeeded in creating a magical world that taught children valuable lessons about friendship, sharing, and learning. The show's legacy lives on to this day, as a testament to the creativity and innovation of its creators.

Rainbow is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (26 episodes). The series first aired on April 6, 2010.

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Over the Rainbow
26. Over the Rainbow
September 28, 2010
Hoping to return to the ring, Mario starts training at an American boxing gym, pushing himself harder than ever before. He's ready to fight again, and with Anchan in his heart, he's definitely a contender.
25. Independence
September 21, 2010
Lilly's set to leave Turtle after learning why he's working as a loan shark. Knowing he'll keep putting himself in danger as long as she's around, Lilly must finally decide what kind of life she truly wants.
24. Desperate
September 14, 2010
Turtle's fighting a raging fever, and Lilly and Mario don't trust the doctor's diagnosis. They head to the army base to see about having him examined at the military hospital - but Turtle's got plans of his own.
23. Chance
August 10, 2010
Lilly gets kicked out of her house thanks to the American soldier's shady ways. Turtle, wanting to help her get back on track, goes into business with Sugi, a high-interest loan shark.
22. Emergence
August 31, 2010
Scam's plan to start a new life with Eri falls apart when she doesn't appear at their pre-arranged meeting place. After collapsing in the pouring rain, he wakes to learn that there will be no happily-ever-after.
21. Blinded
August 24, 2010
Scam asks Turtle for money to buy reference books for his law studies. It sounds like he's got a plan, but Scam's progress could be derailed by his desperate love for a prostitute named Eri.
Rainbow: Vocation
20. Rainbow: Vocation
August 17, 2010
The gang is still following their dreams - unfortunately, Cabbage's goal is to live the yakuza lifestyle. Turtle and Scam try to talk some sense into him, but it might be too late to prevent a tragic outcome.
19. Reunion
August 10, 2010
On the day of the festival, Tsubouchi and the Five Lemons resort to violence to keep Joe from performing. It's looking bad, and Joe finds a gun pointed in his direction. Luckily, someone's got his back.
18. Unbreakable
August 3, 2010
Joe's music industry team insists he cut ties with his old crew. He's touched by the way most of the handle his growing popularity - but the manager of the Five Lemons is unhappy and making threats.
17. Parting
July 27, 2010
The guys from Block 2, Cell 6 are trying to move on with their lives: Mario struggles with the painful reality of Setsuko's impending marriage, and Joe pursues his dream of becoming a singer.
16. Hidden
July 19, 2010
Mario's still in custody, with ten days until his fate is decided. Scam sets out to gather written statements from the victims, including Junko, who was at the scene when Mario injured his teacher years earlier.
15. Annoyance
July 12, 2010
Mario grows increasingly fond of Setsuko, but after learning of her secret arrangement, he goes on a violent rampage which threatens to land him back behind bars.
14. Revenge
July 5, 2010
Mario appears ready to violently settle the score with Ishihara once and for all, but after learning of Anchan's true feelings, he arrives at surprising realization. Upon taking their revenge, the boys go their separate ways.
13. Recollect
June 29, 2010
Mario looks back on the harrowing realities of life behind bars as he tries to make sense of Anchan's murder. Until he uncovers the truth about his friend's final hours, the young fighter will find no peace.
12. Promise
June 22, 2010
After Scam learns that Sasaki is running for mayor, Turtle and the gang begin a campaign of intimidation against Sasaki. Meanwhile, Mario deals with the harsh reality of Anchan's final fate.
11. Showdown
June 15, 2010
Two fights unfold, each with their own high stakes. When Anchan moves to settle things with Ishihara, the guard pulls out a gun. In the boxing ring, Mario reveals his own hidden weapon: a fierce right fist.
10. Vengeance
June 8, 2010
Mario's training for his next boxing match, and Turtle's hustling Western cigarettes around town. Later, when the gang poses for a commemorative photo, there's one face in the picture that isn't smiling.
9. Lament
June 1, 2010
The furious Ishihara and Sasaki prepare to punish Scam and his collaborators. Meanwhile, Turtle learns of a U.S. Army club where people bet on boxing matches - and he urges Mario to enter.
8. Freedom
May 25, 2010
Scam's got a plan: he wants Joe to infiltrate the infirmary and unlock the door to Cell 6 under the cover of darkness. It's a risky plot - sneaking into infirmary could put Joe into Sasaki's hands.
7. Determination
May 18, 2010
Anchan grows weaker with every moment he spends locked in solitary confinement. Ishihara has shown a willingness to kill anyone who tries to help his prisoners - but that doesn't matter to Mario.
6. Truth
May 11, 2010
Anchan knows he can take whatever harsh treatment Ishihara throws at him, but when the guard turns his attention to the other inmates, Anchan finally snaps and ends up locked in solitary confinement.
5. Someday...
May 4, 2010
Atop a hill, the boys carve their dreams for the future into a large tree, vowing to gather there again in two years. Meanwhile, Ishihara returns from suspension and begins concocting a plan with Dr. Sasaki.
4. Dissolve
April 27, 2010
Block 2 is engulfed in flames - and Mario, Cabbage, Soldier, Joe, and Turtle are trapped inside. Anchan's sudden appearance might mean rescue, but Scam's the one who's got the key to Cell 6.
3. Distrust
April 20, 2010
Scam thinks he knows why Anchan is locked up and calls him a murderer in front of the other boys. As the young prisoners deal with the confusing accusation, flames erupt in the library and the fire alarm goes off.
2. Fugitive
April 13, 2010
When Joe learns that his little sister Meg has been assigned to a foster family, he expresses his desire to get out and see her - and Turtle says he can make it happen.
After the Rain
1. After the Rain
April 6, 2010
July, 1955. Six young men, chained together and soaking wet, board a bus that speeds through the pouring rain. They're only 16 and 17 years old, and there's something unusual and eerie about them.
Where to Watch Rainbow
Rainbow is available for streaming on the FUNimation website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Rainbow on demand at Amazon Prime.
  • Premiere Date
    April 6, 2010
  • IMDB Rating
    6.9  (974)