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Liberty's Kids (stylized on-screen as Liberty's Kids: Est. 1776) is an American animated historical fiction television series produced by DIC Entertainment (now WildBrain), originally broadcast by PBS on its PBS Kids block from September 2, 2002 to April 4, 2003, 

Celebrity voice talents such as Walter Cronkite (as Benjamin Franklin), Sylvester Stallone (as Paul Revere), Ben Stiller (as Thomas Jefferson), Billy Crystal (as John Adams), Annette Bening (as Abigail Adams), Dustin Hoffman (as Benedict Arnold), Arnold Schwarzenegger (as Baron von Steuben), Liam Neeson (as John Paul Jones), Whoopi Goldberg (as Deborah Sampson), and Don Francisco (as Bernardo de Gálvez) lend credence to characters critical to the forming of a free country, from the Boston Tea Party to the Constitutional Convention.

The episodes run a half-hour, including commercials. During PBS airings, these are replaced by segments that include "The Liberty News Network" or LNN (a newscast delivered by Cronkite summarizing the events of the episode, with each including his signature sign-off "that's the way it is"), "Mystery Guest" (a guessing game where the kids guess a historical figure, who often is a character in the episode), "Now and Then" (a segment comparing life in the Revolutionary Era and today), and "Continental Cartoons" (a rebus word guessing game).

  • Complete 40 Episodes
  • Video & Sound Quality 10/10
  • Interactive Menus
  • Region & Commercial Free
  • Ships in DVDs sleeves NO cases or artwork are included


The following are the Liberty's Kids episodes, with links to relevant historical articles.

No. Title Dates Written by Subjects covered Mystery guest Original air date
1 "The Boston Tea Party" 1773 December 16 Doug McIntyre Boston Tea Party Samuel Adams September 2, 2002[5]
Sarah arrives in America aboard the Dartmouth,[4] but Moses, James and Henri are not the only ones who meet the ship. Sam Adams leads a gang of patriots dressed as Indians aboard to destroy the tea and the kids are caught in the middle. (Note: Due to the episode title with the inspired subject, Henri throws the parsley in the water and loudly yells, "No taxation without representation!" at the British Redcoats.[further explanation needed])
2 "The Intolerable Acts" 1774 March Doug McIntyre Intolerable Acts Phillis Wheatley September 3, 2002
James, Sarah, Henri and Moses are stuck in Boston at the home of Phillis Wheatley when Boston is under curfew due to the Acts. Weddebrun castigates Franklin.
3 "United We Stand" 1774 September Larry B. Williams First Continental Congress Abigail Adams September 4, 2002
James covers the First Continental Congress, while Sarah travels to Boston to supply the resistance movement. The Powder alarm incident is also Mentioned.
4 "Liberty or Death" 1775 March Doug McIntyre Give me Liberty, or give me Death! Patrick Henry September 5, 2002
Having travelled to Virginia to buy a new press, Moses sees his brother Cato about to be sold into slavery and attempts to stop it, while the kids hear that Patrick Henry is about to rally the southern patriots.
5 "Midnight Ride" 1775 April Cliff MacGillivray
Kelly Ward
Midnight Ride of Paul Revere Paul Revere September 6, 2002
James and Sarah travel to Boston with a message from the Mechanics, reconnoitre with Dr. Warren, and join Paul Revere and William Dawes on their midnight ride.
6 "The Shot Heard Round the World" 1775 April Cliff MacGillivray
Kelly Ward
Battles of Lexington and Concord John Parker September 9, 2002
James and Sarah witness the Battles of Lexington and Concord, where Sarah's cousin Tom is killed.
7 "Green Mountain Boys" 1775 May Jay Abramowitz Capture of Fort Ticonderoga Ethan Allen September 10, 2002
James and Sarah meet up with Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys in Vermont, watch them drive away a portly landowner, then stow away with Allen and Benedict Arnold when they capture Fort Ticonderoga.
8 "The Second Continental Congress" 1775 May Larry B. Williams Second Continental Congress John Hancock September 11, 2002
A British spy urges James and Henri to find out what is going on in the closed sessions of the Second Continental Congress. Meanwhile, Sarah and Moses schmooze George Washington, a delegate to the Congress and the newly chosen general of the Continental Army.
9 "Bunker Hill" 1775 June 17 Robby London
Jim Fisher
Jim Staahl
Battle of Bunker Hill Joseph Warren September 12, 2002
James witnesses the Battle of Bunker Hill from the American camp, while Sarah is in the British camp looking for a British soldier who knew her father, who is killed in action. Dr. Joseph Warren is also killed in the fighting, much to James' grief.
10 "Postmaster General Franklin" 1775 July Bill Dial Benjamin Franklin John Adams September 13, 2002
James and Sarah attempt to deliver mail between Philadelphia and New York, meeting with a committee of correspondence on the way. Meanwhile, Franklin is appointed Postmaster General by the Second Continental Congress.
11 "Washington Takes Command" 1775 July Jim McGrath Siege of Boston
George Washington
George Washington September 16, 2002
The gang winters in Boston, where General Washington takes command and lifts the British occupation of Boston. James joins Henry Knox on his sojourn to Fort Ticonderoga.
12 "Common Sense" 1776 January Marc and
Elaine Zicree
Common Sense Thomas Paine September 17, 2002
Ben's old friend Thomas Paine comes by to ask them to print his book Common Sense, which makes the case for breaking away from Britain. James and Henri are inspired, but Sarah is repulsed by the notion of rebellion and will not even read it.
13 "The First Fourth of July" 1776 July Brooks Wachtel Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson September 18, 2002
James attempts to find out more about the debate over the Declaration; he rounds up delegates from New Jersey and Delaware. Meanwhile, Sarah goes through Thomas Jefferson's trash.
14 "New York, New York" 1776 July Jim McGrath New York and New Jersey campaign; Battle of Long Island Lord Stirling September 19, 2002
Sarah visits Mrs. Radcliffe, a New York Loyalist. Meanwhile, James witnesses the loss of New York City to the British and Henri pretends to be an American spy.
15 "The Turtle" 1776 September Bill Dial The Turtle David Bushnell September 20, 2002
Hearing rumors of a sea monster in New York Harbor, the kids investigate and stumble across David Bushnell and his prototype submarine. They also run into Admiral Richard Howe, the commander of the British fleet in New York.
16 "One Life to Lose" 1776 September Jay Abramowitz Nathan Hale Nathan Hale September 23, 2002
The kids discover that Nathan Hale is a spy and witness his execution. Meanwhile, James is almost impressed into the British Navy and Franklin attends the Staten Island Peace Conference.
17 "Captain Molly" 1776 November Cliff MacGillivray
Kelly Ward
Battle of Fort Washington
Margaret Corbin
Thomas Jefferson September 24, 2002
Sarah encamps with Margaret Corbin at Fort Tryon, while James witnesses the loss of Forts Tryon and Washington to the British.
18 "American Crisis" 1776 December Marc and
Elaine Zicree
The American Crisis, New York and New Jersey campaign Robert Bell September 25, 2002
James and Sarah witness the terrible conditions of the Continental Army after defeats in New York and New Jersey and return to Philadelphia to help Thomas Paine publish The American Crisis.
19 "Across the Delaware" 1776 December Jim McGrath Washington's crossing of the Delaware
Battle of Trenton
John Honeyman September 26, 2002
James learns of a plan to attack the British before enlistments run out, then crosses the Delaware with Washington before the Battle of Trenton.
20 "An American in Paris" 1776 December Bruce Franklin Singer Franklin in France, Forage War Silas Deane; Alexander Hamilton September 27, 2002
Franklin, now ambassador to France, works tirelessly to get military aid from the French foreign minister Vergennes. Meanwhile, James meets up with Capt. Alexander Hamilton on the way to Washington's winter encampment at Morristown, New Jersey, and Sarah contracts smallpox in Boston, recovering with the assistance of Abigail Adams in what is today Quincy, Massachusetts.
21 "Sybil Ludington" 1777 April Jay Abramowitz Sybil Ludington
Battle of Ridgefield
Sybil Ludington September 30, 2002
James goes to Connecticut to learn of Colonel Henry Ludington and instead learns of the exploits of the "female Paul Revere". Meanwhile, Sarah is again with Benedict Arnold and both witness the destruction of Danbury by the British.
22 "Lafayette Arrives" 1777 September Michael A. Medlock Marquis de Lafayette
Battle of Brandywine
Baron de Kalb October 1, 2002
Lafayette arrives in Philadelphia and meets the kids before offering his services to the Continental Congress. He is later wounded at the Battle of Brandywine.
23 "The Hessians are Coming" 1777 June Jim Fisher
Jim Staahl
Saratoga Campaign Philip Schuyler October 2, 2002
Both James and Sarah witness the Battle of Saratoga, Sarah from her coverage of Benedict Arnold and James from the vantage point of being tied to a Hessian deserter.
24 "Valley Forge" 1778 February Marc and
Elaine Zicree
Valley Forge, Conway Cabal Baron von Steuben October 3, 2002
James and Sarah see the hardship that Joseph Plumb Martin and other foot soldiers endure during the war; Washington faces a possible mutiny; von Steuben drills Washington's troops.
25 "Allies at Last" 1778 February Bruce Franklin Singer Franco-American Alliance
Rhode Island Loyalty Oath
Jonathan L. Austin; Moses Michael Hays October 4, 2002
In Passy, Franklin is able to negotiate a treaty of alliance and an audience with King Louis XVI. Meanwhile, James and Moses travel to Newport, Rhode Island and meet with Jewish merchant Moses Michael Hays while Sarah and Henri remain in occupied Philadelphia...and they hate it.
26 "Honor and Compromise" 1778 June Cliff MacGillivray
Kelly Ward
Articles of Confederation
Battle of Monmouth
Henry Laurens; Abraham Nimham November 4, 2002
The Continental Congress in York is divided among factions led by Richard Henry Lee and Samuel Chase. Meanwhile, Washington has to deal with opposition from General Charles Lee with regard to his battle strategy.
27 "The New Frontier" 1779 October Jay Abramowitz Fort Wilson riot
Cornstalk November 5, 2002
In Philadelphia, James encounters mob violence against James Wilson. Meanwhile, Sarah is on the Ohio frontier, where she encounters her father and Shawnee chief Cornstalk.
28 "Not Yet Begun to Fight" 1779 September Brooks Wachtel Battle of Flamborough Head John Paul Jones November 6, 2002
Shipwrecked on her way back to England, Sarah is rescued by the Bonhomme Richard and in the midst of battle, John Paul Jones helps her see that her true loyalty lies with America.
29 "The Great Galvez" 1780 March Paul Diamond Siege of Vincennes
Battle of Fort Charlotte
Bernardo de Galvez
Bernardo de Galvez; Charles Fox November 7, 2002
James is on the frontier, where he meets George Rodgers Clark and Bernando de Galvez, the latter at the Battle of Fort Charlotte. Meanwhile, Sarah is in England, but it no longer feels like home.
30 "In Praise of Ben" Various Phil Harnage Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin November 8, 2002
When Sarah arrives back from England, she finds Henri fighting with a young boy. Henri explains that he has done this because the boy was saying bad things about Ben Franklin. The boy says he only said this because that is what his father said. So, Sarah, Moses and James explain to the boy and his father about Ben Franklin's life and inventions.
31 "Bostonians" 1780 June Bruce Franklin Singer Cherry Valley massacre
Adams Family
Joseph Brant November 11, 2002
Sarah again visits the Adams family, when John is drafting the Massachusetts Constitution and preparing for a diplomatic mission to Europe. Meanwhile, James learns the horrors of the war for Native Americans from Iroquois chief Joseph Brant.
32 "Benedict Arnold" 1780 July Jim Fisher
Jim Staahl
Benedict Arnold Benedict Arnold January 20, 2003
James is interviewing skinners when they capture British spy Andre, who is carrying blueprints of West Point. Finding out where he got them, James must later comfort Sarah when her friend, General Arnold, is unmasked as a traitor.
33 "Conflict in the South" 1781 January Jim Fisher
Jim Staahl
Raid of Richmond
Southern theater of the American Revolutionary War
Nathanael Greene January 21, 2003
James tags along with General Nathanael Greene on his campaign in the South. Meanwhile, Sarah is horrified when she finds out that Thomas Jefferson owns slaves. Thomas Jefferson admits that he does not like the fact.
34 "Deborah Samson: Soldier of the Revolution" 1781 July Cliff MacGillivray
Kelly Ward
Deborah Sampson
Battle of Rhode Island
Deborah Sampson; John Laurens January 22, 2003
Sarah meets Deborah Samson, a female soldier who enlisted under the identity Robert Shurtleff. Meanwhile, General Washington attempts to organize an offensive with General Rochambeau from their base in Rhode Island and Vergennes attempts to organize a peace conference with the British.
35 "James Armistead" 1781 September Jay Abramowitz James Armistead James Armistead January 23, 2003
Encamped with Lafayette's army in Virginia, Henri enlists as a drummer boy and Sarah meets slave and double agent James Armistead. Meanwhile, General Washington prepares for a major offensive against the British.
36 "Yorktown" 1781 October Jay Abramowitz Siege of Yorktown Charles Cornwallis March 31, 2003
James and Sarah witness the epic battle of Yorktown. Meanwhile, Moses' brother may not get the freedom he was promised, since the British lost.
37 "Born Free and Equal" 1781 August Bruce Franklin Singer Mum Bett Elizabeth Freeman April 1, 2003
Sarah travels to the Berkshires and learns of Mum Bett, a slave who sues for her freedom and wins with help from attorney Theodore Sedgwick. Meanwhile, King George III is unwilling to admit that England has lost the war.
38 "The Man Who Wouldn’t Be King" 1783 March, December Jay Abramowitz Newburgh Conspiracy, George Washington's resignation as commander-in-chief Benjamin West April 2, 2003
When interviewing Washington, James learns that officers in the Continental Army want to overthrow the government and install Washington as monarch, something Washington finds abhorrent. The episode ends with Washington going to Annapolis and resigning his commission on December 23, 1783.
39 "Going Home" 1786 August Jay Abramowitz Shays' Rebellion Daniel Shays April 3, 2003
James visits Daniel Shays, who is upset about the conditions Revolutionary War veterans are facing and leads a rebellion to shut the government down. In New York, Sarah again visits her Loyalist friend Mrs. Radcliffe, who ends up moving to Canada with Moses' brother Cato. Meanwhile, James considers buying a newspaper, Henri decides to go to France with Lafayette and Franklin returns to America with Lady Phillips.
40 "We the People" 1787 May Bruce Franklin Singer Philadelphia Convention James Madison April 4, 2003
James and Sarah attempt to find out what is going on at the Constitutional Convention, and Moses is upset that the constitution does not abolish slavery. Benjamin Franklin predicts that it will take another war to end slavery.

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