PBS Kids is an American digital broadcast and online television network, as well as a programming block on PBS.
The channel has existed twice: 6 September 1999 to 15 September 2005, and 16 January 2017 and onward.
The programming block began airing Thomas & Friends in the form of Shining Time Station in 1989 until its cancellation. Thomas & Friends later returned to PBS kids on 5 September 2004 on Sundays and got a page on the PBS kids website. While the show was originally only on Sundays, the show was moved to air weekdays on the PBS Kids Go block on some stations in 2012. The show got repackaged on 8 June 2013 to accommodate a few changes made to the block. In October 2013, the show was moved to a daily schedule on all stations instead of only on Sundays. In December 2017, PBS lost the broadcasting rights to air Thomas & Friends. The Thomas & Friends page on the PBS Kids website was also removed shortly before these rights were lost, with Journey Beyond Sodor being the the last special to air on PBS before the discontinuation of the show on PBS Kids. Around the time the rights to show Thomas on PBS ended, Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. aired the show in the US for a limited time in December 2017 and full time from 12 March 2018 until 30 December 2019.