|Also known as||Space Race (2011–14) |
The Space Racers
|Created by||Richard Schweiger and Julian Cohen|
|Developed by||Allan Neuwirth and Mark Risley|
|Directed by||Mark Risley|
|Creative director||David Michael Friend|
|Voices of||Yuri Lowenthal|
Johnny Yong Bosch
|Theme music composer||Jody Gray|
|Opening theme||Jody Gray, Allan Neuwirth, David Cohen|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||90 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producers||Julian Cohen, Michael Matays, Charles Matays, Matthias Schmitt, Richard Schweiger, Brenda Wooding|
|Producers||Space Race, LLC, Mark Risley, Allan Neuwirth|
|Running time||10–12 minutes (individual)|
22–23 minutes (half-hour)
|Production companies||Space Race, LLC|
Maryland Public Television (season 1)
WNET New York (seasons 2–)
American Public Television (2014–2016)
|Original network||PBS Kids/Universal Kids (U.S.)|
Knowledge Kids/TVO Kids (Canada)
Space Racers is an American CGI STEM-focused educational animated television series featuring the cadets of the Stardust Space Academy. The show began as a web series on March 22, 2011 entitled Space Race, then debuted as a television series on May 2, 2014 for public television on select PBS stations through their PBS Kids block. The first season was produced under the auspicies of Maryland Public Television. The second season of Space Racers debuted on October 31, 2016 as a commercial effort on NBCUniversal's Sprout, since rebranded to Universal Kids. The series is produced by Space Race, LLC. and is one of the longest-running series that ran on PBS Kids and Universal Kids. The show features contributions and fundings from NASA involving science and space technology education, and also maintains partnerships with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and U.S. Space Camp.
The show is rated TV-Y on PBS Kids and Universal Kids, and TV-Y7 on syndication.
Space Racers is an educational animated television series. The show follows the Space Racers cadets, a group of anthropomorphic spaceships resembling and named after various species of birds, as they travel the Solar System exploring space through assigned missions. The main characters—Eagle, Hawk, Raven, Robyn, and Starling—are cadets at the Stardust Space Academy, and each episode they discover a series of space-based scientific discoveries. The cadets spend each episode traveling through outer space.
|AVA||the academy AI|
|Coot||faculty – Engineering, Sciences|
|Pigeon||faculty – Coach|
|Sandpiper||faculty – astro sciences|
|Dodo||assistant to Vulture|
|Trogon||Russian rocket scientist|
|Loon||senior chief engineer / officer at Lunar Base Alpha|
Main article: List of Space Racers episodes
|First aired||Last aired||Network|
|Webisodes||8||March 22, 2011||April 29, 2011||PBS Kids (U.S.)|
Knowledge Kids (Canada)
|1||26||May 2, 2014||October 24, 2014|
|2||20||October 31, 2016||November 22, 2018||Universal Kids (U.S.)|
TVO Kids (Canada)
The series concept was developed by Richard Schweiger, who wanted to create a show based around animated vehicles that travel through space. In 2009, Schweiger and Julian Cohen developed the idea into a feature-film script, which won a screenwriting award. In 2010, Schweiger formed the company that would produce Space Racers, and instead of pursuing a film, decided to turn the concept into a television series. The idea developed into fifty individual 11 minute episodes for broadcast.
The Space Racers TV series was produced in collaboration with NASA experts, with input from NASA experts on science-based facts incorporated into the episodes. The show also features NASA scientists and astronauts in live action interstitials. The Space Racers creators have also developed a website where viewers can find a preschool science curriculum on space science, which was developed in collaboration THIRTEEN productions (WNET) and SiiTE. SpaceRacers.com has a section for family-based education as well for educators and parents. Special screenings of episodes have been held at both the Kennedy Space Center and the Wallops NASA Visitor Center, in collaboration with Maryland Public Television. In July 2014, the Virginia Air and Space Center opened a Space Racers-themed exhibit.
On March 22, 2011, it originally launched as a web series on PBS Kids and the now-defunct PBS Kids Go! under the name Space Race. It featured 4 characters/webisodes at launch, with two more webisodes released on April 22, 2011, and the last two on April 29, 2011. In total, there were 8 characters/webisodes (with 2 characters not returning in the TV series). All eight of the characters were interviewed by Gary Galaxy (played by Meyer DeLeeuw), a 3D Galaxy Adventure game, printables, and the “What Spaceship are You?” widget. As of today, the site and the webisodes (with the exception of the first webisode and trailer) are considered to be lost media.
In late 2013, it was announced that the web series would relaunch as a television series under the new name Space Racers, with 7 of the characters remodeled and having new roles, along with 6 new characters. Since 2014, CAKE Television is the international distributor for the show.
Season one of Space Racers consists of 26 half-hour episodes, first airing on May 2, 2014 on PBS Kids, marking the show's debut. The first season was co-produced by Maryland Public Television, and distributed by American Public Television and PBS Kids. The show's head writer was Allan Neuwirth, its director was Mark Risley, and its executive producers were Brenda Wooding as well as show creators Richard Schweiger and Julian Cohen. Episodes would contain two eleven-minute animated segments, offset by live-action sections between them. The U.S. premiere of the first season was on May 2, 2014. The show's world broadcast debut on February 15, 2014 in New Zealand.
Season two of Space Racers consists of 20 half-hour episodes, first airing on October 31, 2016 on Sprout, marking the final PBS Kids show to air in that network. The second season was co-produced by WNET, and distributed by NBCUniversal. The show's head writer was again Allan Neuwirth, its director was Mark Risley, and its executive producers were Michael Matays, Charles Matays, and Matthias Schmitt. Episodes contain two eleven-minute animated segments, offset by interstitials, live-action sections, or commercial sections between them. The U.S. premiere of the second season was on October 31, 2016.
As of 2022, it is currently unknown if a third season is happening and which television network or streaming service it will air on.
In the United States of America, the show aired on PBS Kids from May 2, 2014 to October 30, 2016, and Universal Kids from October 31, 2016 to March 22, 2020.
In Canada, the show aired on Knowledge Kids from May 2, 2014 to November 26, 2015, and TVO Kids from November 27, 2015 to September 9, 2021.
|United States||PBS Kids
|Argentina||Nat Geo Kids|
|Brazil||Nat Geo Kids||Brazilian
| United Kingdom
1091 Pictures released the first two seasons on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on March 8, 2022. The first season was released on three discs, while the second season was released on two discs.
|Release name||Release date||Eps No.|
|Space Racers - Season 1||March 8, 2022||Disc One:|
|Space Racers - Season 2||Disc One:|
The show was first available worldwide on YouTube since May 2, 2014, and Netflix from March 15, 2015 to March 15, 2018, and March 31, 2020 to March 31, 2021. The show was added to Amazon Prime Video, Tubi, Vudu, and Roku on February 25, 2022.
Space Racers has won several awards in children's broadcasting including the American Public Television (APT) Programming Excellence Award in 2014 and a Parents’ Choice Recommended Award in 2015. 
Space Racers merchandise was introduced in November 2018. There are vehicle toys, plush toys, T-shirts, and Activity and Coloring Books. Space Racers merchandise is available for view at www.spaceracerstoys.com