Best Kids TV Shows

Kids’ Shows and TV Series Your Family Will Love

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Ask the Storybots

Age 2+

 

Available on: Netflix

Ask the StoryBots is an Emmy Award-winning Netflix original series starring Beep, Bing, Bang, Boop and Bo. These five creatures take on questions kids want to know the answer to, including everything from “Why Do I Have To Brush My Teeth?” to “Where Do French Fries Come From?” This educational show entertains kids and parents alike with musical numbers, funny antics, bright animations and guest stars.

Bookaboo

Age 3+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime

Bookaboo was designed as a show for kids that inspires families to read together after the TV is turned off. Bookaboo is the drummer in a dog-only band (they were once winners of Pup Idol), who refuses to go on stage until he’s read to by a celebrity guest. These carefully chosen stories come to life through the show’s animation.

The Chica Show

Age 3+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Sprout

Chica the chicken and her family, Mr. and Mrs. C., run the Costume Coop. After the store closes, Chica and her friends are whisked away into lands created by Chica’s imagination and inspired by the shop’s extraordinary costumes. The Chica Show mixes real and imaginary in a way that preschoolers will love (and will help them learn to differentiate the two).

Clangers

Age 3+

 

Available on: Sprout

The family-focused Clangers, who resemble cute mice, are a wonderful break from flashy animations and choreographed singalongs. Clangers offers entertaining stop-motion action set on a moon-like planet with a language all its own (but narrated by William Shatner in English). The collection of gentle characters includes Soup Dragon, Froglets, Sky Moos and more.

Curious George

Age 3+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix, PBS Kids, VUDU

Curious George and The Man in the Yellow Hat come to life in PBS’s TV version of the beloved book series. Kids love watching Curious George explore the world around him with enthusiasm, and are encouraged to do the same. There’s plenty of humor, problem-solving, adventure and friendship to make this a great use of your kids’ TV time.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

Age 3+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes, PBS Kids, VUDU

This combination of education, social skills and emotional intelligence, created by The Fred Rogers Company, is an entertaining reimagining of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Daniel Tiger is friendly and welcoming not only to his fellow animals, but when speaking to the kids watching him on TV.

Dinosaur Train

Age 3+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes, PBS Kids

While many kids’ shows focus on phonics and counting, Dinosaur Train takes on science with a colorful cast of dino friends. Buddy, a Tyrannosaurus Rex (and the show’s main character), explores the prehistoric world around him, learning about different species’ habitats and diets while thinking critically about this new knowledge.

Fireman Sam

Age 3+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, iTunes, Sprout

While not new, Fireman Sam teaches important lessons about fire safety. An eclectic cast of characters make up Fireman Sam’s friends and family, who help him rescue the town’s residents in times of need. Preschool viewers will likely enjoy this kids’ TV show, while more sensitive kids might need a gentle reminder that everyone made it out okay.

Harry the Bunny

Age 2+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, BabyFirstTV, Google Play, iTunes

Harry the Bunny loves to explore his world, including his bedroom and backyard, just like your kids do. This educational TV show includes letters, numbers, social cues and more in its succinct 3 minute stories. Harry’s short adventures are perfect for limiting screen time and teaching lessons that don’t get lost in the details.

The Hive

Age 3+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix

Unlike other kids’ shows that gloss over the potentially negative consequences of curiosity and teasing, The Hive depicts how a misstep can hurt friends and family. Your kids will also learn that listing to parents and neighbors can help right a wrong. The beautiful animation and the antics of Buzzbee, whether at home, school or with his friends, are delights to watch.

Jake and the Never Land Pirates

Age 3+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Disney Jr., Google Play, iTunes

The characters you know from Peter Pan, including Captain Hook and Mr. Smee, are back at it in this funny kids’ show. Jake leads his trusty band of pirate friends on adventures through Never Land, always working together to escape Captain Hook with their treasure. Your kids will love singing along and helping Jake and the pirates solve problems.

Justin Time GO!

Age 3+

 

Available on: Netflix

This kids’ show is Netflix’s version of the original Justin Time that your family may recognize from Sprout. Just like that series, Justin and his imaginary friends Olive and Squidgy explore the universes Justin creates with his active imagination in Justin Time GO! The lessons he learns in these worlds translate to the real one for Justin as he’s called back to reality by his parents.

Kate & Mim-Mim

Age 3+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Disney Jr., iTunes, Netflix

Kate, a 5-year-old with an incredible imagination, wills her stuffed bunny Mim-Mim to life for adventures in the make-believe land of Mimiloo. With Kate taking the lead, the two solve problems with the help of other imaginary friends. Kate’s parents also make an appearance in this kids’ TV series, fostering Kate’s sense of adventure.

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

Age 3+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes

The kind Mister Rogers’s focus on respect and community helps this classic retain its place as one of the best kids’ TV shows. From everyday situations like greeting the mailman, to tougher topics such as losing a family member, Mister Rogers covers it all in a way that has appealed to multiple generations of kids.

Numbers Around the Globe

Age 2+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, BabyFirstTV

Numbers Around the Globe helps reinforce counting skills with stories and visuals for the youngest members of your family. While this isn’t a replacement for teaching your toddlers basic number skills, adorable creatures from habitats around the world demonstrate how counting works with movement and repetition.

Peg + Cat

Age 3+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes, PBS Kids

Peg + Cat doesn’t hold back when integrating math into this story of Peg and her cat, Cat. Each episode of this series follows the two adventuring in a foreign land; both real and imaginary locations are featured. When they run into a problem, math skills, including advanced lessons like proportions and grouping, save the day.

Puffin Rock

Age 3+

 

Available on: Netflix

Brother and sister puffins Baba and Oona explore the island they live on together every day, reporting their findings each evening to their mom and dad. Family and friends are a big part of Oona and Baba’s lives, which your kids will be able to relate to. With soothing illustrations and narrations, preschoolers will love Puffin Rock.

Sesame Street

Age 2+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, HBO GO/HBO NOW, Hulu, iTunes, PBS Kids

Sesame Street was once a groundbreaking educational TV show and continues to teach kids lessons in math, language and science with its colorful cast of puppet characters. Focus on cultural diversity, healthy living and social skills give Sesame Street its place as one of the best TV shows for your preschool-age kids.

Sheriff Callie’s Wild West

Age 3+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Disney Jr., Google Play, Hulu, iTunes

Mandy Moore voices the kind, strong Sheriff Callie, a cat in charge of an old west town filled with unique characters, animal and otherwise. While Sheriff Callie’s Wild West doesn’t feature any educational lessons in the strictest sense of the word, it does impart a strong sense of right and wrong and includes consequences for its characters.

The Stinky & Dirty Show

Age 3+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime

Kids who are familiar with Kate and Jim McMullan’s books I Stink! and I’m Dirty! will love watching the garbage truck and backhoe characters come to life. The Stinky & Dirty Show is both funny and a great lesson in perseverance. Working together and using differences to their advantage are just a few of the ways this kids’ show will inspire your little ones.

Super Why!

Age 3+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes, Netflix, PBS Kids, VUDU

The fairytale-based characters in Super WHY! combine superhero powers, reading skills and fairytale lessons into a single TV show for kids. Each episode, Red, Littlest Pig, Princess Pea and Whyatt Beanstalk solve problems with unique language and reading skills your preschoolers will definitely want to imitate!

Super Wings

Age 3+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, iTunes, Sprout

Jett the airplane travels the world, introducing viewers to international countries and cultures. This naturally leads to a diverse cast of characters who share their lifestyle with Jett and his airplane friends. Each episode has a problem Jett must help solve with the help of both his airplane friends and new acquaintances.

Team Umizoomi

Age 3+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, iTunes, Nick Jr.

Team Umizoomi, comprised of superheroes Milli and Geo as well as their robot Bot, works tirelessly to save Umi City. Viewers are encouraged to solve problems along with the team using math concepts like spatial relation, measurement and geometry. With cooperation and number sense, this team can do anything.

Word Party

Age 3+

 

Available on: Netflix

Word Party follows a quartet of baby animals (an adorable cheetah, elephant, wallaby and panda) through their daily routines, following the instructions of Clickety Clock and your kids at home. As the title suggests, vocabulary is the focus of this show created by The Jim Henson Company, but it never forgets to add a little fun.

Amazing Planet

Age 6+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, iTunes

This National Geographic series brings the formation of our planet to life. Beautiful footage from across the world is paired with time-lapse images and computer generated replicas of shifting topography. Kids (and parents) will love watching as both slowly shifting continents and swift natural disasters change the Earth’s surface.

The Andy Griffith Show

Age 6+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix

Not every kid will appreciate the 1960s classic The Andy Griffith Show, but for those that do, it’s a great example of family. The importance of a positive attitude, community and choosing right over wrong are all stressed in the show’s storylines. The antics of the idyllic town of Mayberry’s residents help keep things interesting.

The Backyardigans

Age 5+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes, Nick Jr., VUDU

The Backyardigans will take your kids on a musical adventure to faraway lands. What starts as kids playing in their shared backyard soon becomes more magical, with imaginary trips to places both real (including ancient Egypt, an art museum, Big Ben, etc.) and imagined. A problem that must be solved in each episode makes for entertaining kids’ TV.

Beat Bugs

Age 4+

 

Available on: Netflix

Imagine A Bug’s Life meets the Beatles and you have a sense of what makes Beat Bugs so great. This kids’ TV show brings together bug friends, problem-solving skills, Beatles lyrics and today’s recording artists in a beautifully animated Netflix original. The music and visuals take precedent here, but not without important messages of friendship.

Between the Lions

Age 5+

 

Available on: DVD

The Lion family really wants to teach your kids how to read and does so with a focus on word sounds in this kids’ show. New words are presented as the Lions, including young cubs Lionel and Leona, go about their days. It’s good to keep in mind that Between the Lion’s focus on fast-and-furious lessons might be too much for some little kids.

Bottersnikes & Gumblers

Age 6+

 

Available on: Netflix

The detailed animation of Bottersnikes & Gumbles is a treat, and so is the rest of this funny kids’ show. Bottersnikes are lazy, dull creatures who happen to live next door to the respectful, kind Gumbles. The 2 groups couldn’t be more different, but they still have to get along – just like in real life.

Charlie and Lola

Age 5+

 

Available on: iTunes

Author Lauren Child’s adorable book series is now an adorable kids’ TV series. If your kids love the Charlie and Lola books, this show is a must – and if you already love the TV show, check out the books! Follow along as Charlie guides his younger sister Lola through the trials and tribulations of life as only an older brother can.

Doozers

Age 5+

 

Available on: Google Play, Hulu, iTunes

Meet the Pod Squad, a team of 4 young engineers that parents might recognize from Fraggle Rock. Trial and error and the perseverance it takes to succeed are the focus of this animated show. Kids who enjoy making their own creations will appreciate how much design and building is featured in the show, as well as how much work it takes to make a project perfect.

The Electric Company

Age 5+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes, PBS Kids

Language lessons aren’t too far from the surface in The Electric Company, but kids who love learning won’t mind. Letter sounds and grammar are woven into comedy, music and CGI-enhanced lessons to help The Electric Company (a group of 5 friends with language superpowers) defeat the five members of The Pranksters.

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Age 5+

 

Available on: HBO GO/HBO NOW

In another beautiful reimagining of a popular book, Harold and his purple crayon are ready for bedtime adventures in this series. Harold’s journeys take him to the circus, old west, zoo and beyond, exploring more complicated topics as well, including death and jobs. He’s often joined by his stuffed dog Lilac, who proves an excellent travel companion.

Lost in Oz

Age 6+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime

Lost in Oz features the same cast of characters as the Wizard of Oz, following Dorothy and Toto’s journey through Oz back to Kansas. They must find Glinda to gather the magic they need to go home, meeting obstacles and making friends along the way. The anime-style animations and action-packed adventures make this Amazon original a great kids’ TV series.

Maya & Miguel

Age 5+

 

Available on: Google Play, Hulu, iTunes

For bilingual kids, calling grandma “abuela” is second nature. Maya & Miguel (which also features the twins’ cousin Tito) treats Spanish language and culture the same way, naturally integrating it into the everyday lives of these active kids, from soccer practice to family dinner. Regardless of if your kids speak Spanish or not, they’ll love this show.

Mighty Machines

Age 5+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, iTunes, Netflix

Kids that love watching trucks and other heavy equipment as you drive down the road will enjoy seeing them, complete with voice-over personalities, in Mighty Machines. The show takes viewers behind-the-scenes to construction zones, fire houses, airports, landfills and more, explaining how these machines do their jobs along the way.

The Muppet Show

Age 5+

 

Available on: DVD

Some things are funny no matter how much time has passed, and the Muppets are one of those things! Kids love the antics of Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and the rest of the Muppets. The 5 seasons of this show will be a treat for younger kids who got to know the Muppets on Sesame Street but are ready to move on.

Nutri Ventures

Age 6+

 

Available on: Hulu

Healthy eating and adventure are rolled into one in this entertaining, educational kids’ show. Theo and his friends travel to faraway kingdoms to find the nutritious food their home city needs to continue to survive. Some parents didn’t feel the language used in this cartoon was age-appropriate, so watch without your kids first if you’re hesitant.

Octonauts

Age 4+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Disney Jr., Google Play, iTunes, Netflix

Octonauts takes preschoolers on a deep dive to a world filled with sea creatures and teamwork. With the Octopod as home base, Captain Barnacles leads his team as they solve problems throughout the underwater community they live in. Viewers will take away a mix of social skills and science from this TV show for kids.

Planet Earth

Age 6+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes, Netflix, VUDU

The stunning cinematography of Planet Earth (as well as Planet Earth II) makes it a must-watch for almost any age. Narrator Sigourney Weaver takes viewers across every habitat imaginable for up-close looks at some of the world’s most amazing creatures and landscapes. Seasonal changes and the circle of life are beautifully captured in this series.

Postcards from Buster

Age 5+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime

Buster, of Arthur fame, gets his own spinoff with Postcards from Buster. The show follows Buster as he travels with his father across the US (his parents are divorced), meeting new people from numerous communities, cultures and backgrounds. Kids will learn just how many different ways people grow up right in their own country.

Rastamouse

Age 5+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Cbeebies, Google Play, iTunes

Da Easy Crew, comprised of friends and bandmates Rastamouse, Scratchy and Zoomer, must work together when problems arise in their mouse community. The character’s fuzzy puppets set against bright, bold animations are a treat, as is the original reggae music composed for the show. Keep in mind that some parents don’t care for the accents used on the show.

Ready Jet Go!

Age 5+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes, PBS Kids, VUDU

Jet and his family are natives of another planet, but recently relocated to Earth, where they’re having a little trouble adjusting to daily life, leading to lots of laughs for viewers. This funny kids’ show is also educational, with Jet and his new human friends exploring Earth and outer space together each episode.

Rugrats

Age 6+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, Nickelodeon

Some families love the long-running Rugrats, while others aren’t fans; overall, the characters’ escapades are entertaining and offer lessons on social skills and family dynamics. Angelica does exhibit bully-like behavior, but the negative consequences for other characters will likely show your kids that lies can hurt.

Sid the Science Kid

Age 5+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes Store, Netflix, PBS Kids

Sid and his friends are constantly learning as they go from home to school. Each episode answers a question your kids probably wondered themselves, including why snowmen melt and why teeth are different shapes. Sid’s parents, teacher and even grandparents all help him find the answers he’s looking for.

Tumble Leaf

Age 5+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime

Science, critical thinking and language are all effortlessly introduced by Fig, a beautiful blue fox kit. Fig and his friends Maple and Hedge explore their homes and the community of Tumble Leaf to learn more about concepts like shadows, magnification and pulleys. This kids’ TV show is Emmy-award winning for good reason!

Unlikely Animal Friends

Age 6+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, Nat Geo Wild

National Geographic’s adorable Unlikely Animal Friends features just that: animals that get along despite being very different. While there’s no educational message or laugh-out-loud humor, this is likely a show that your kids will watch with absolutely no complaint. Animal pals you’d never expect are great entertainment!

VeggieTales in the City

Age 5+

 

Available on: Netflix

VeggieTales is back with the Netflix-original VeggieTales in the City! Bob and Larry are cheery vegetables teaching moral lessons as they venture through the city. There are tons of musical sequences that your kids will be singing long after the TV is turned off. For Christian families, these classic characters make for a kids’ show that’s just good clean fun.

Wild Kratts

Age 6+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes, Netflix, PBS Kids

Chris and Martin Kratt, brother zoologists of Zaboomafoo fame, are back in the animated Wild Kratts. The pair travels the world, exploring various habitats and sharing knowledge of the animals that live there. There are live action segments featuring the real versions of both the brothers and animals they’re talking about.

WordGirl

Age 5+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes, PBS Kids

Vocabulary is the focus of this superhero TV show for kids, who won’t notice they’re learning while watching WordGirl take on the bad guys in her town. These villains are defeated with a little violence and a lot of advanced word knowledge, thanks to WordGirl’s affinity for definitions and synonyms. Plus, she’s a cool heroine all kids will look up to.

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones

Age 8+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime

This TV show is great for older kids who love action and history, with the story following Indiana Jones as both a child and a young man. Watch as Indiana Jones learns the skills that readied him for his journeys later in life. Unlike the movie versions of Indiana Jones, the show includes less action and a deeper dive into history and culture.

Beakman’s World

Age 7+

 

Available on: DVD

Who knew science was so fun? Your kids will be clamoring to learn more after tuning in to Beakman’s World, an educational show filled with answers to the questions your kids are asking. Paul Zaloom is an eccentric professor who pairs comedy and costume changes with real scientific knowledge delivered at top speed.

Brain Games

Age 8+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes, National Geographic

The human brain is an amazing thing, and Brain Games explores how our brains react to optical illusions, emotions and more. The intricacies of human reactions are measured and explained via experiments, some simple enough to replicate at home and others much more complicated. Some negative emotions included in testing may bother young viewers.

Crashbox

Age 7+

 

Available on: HBO NOW/HBO GO

The animated characters on Crashbox are full of knowledge that kids want to learn. Various segments cover math, science, history and more in the style of a computer program operated by robots. Kids will love following along with this interactive show, and you’ll recognize many of the voice actors and guests.

The Cosby Show

Age 7+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Nickelodeon, TBS

The educated, middle-class Huxtable family made waves when this show was first released in the 1980s. It continues to be a great kids’ TV choice today, with funny moments and relatable occurrences. African-American culture and history are sprinkled throughout, adding an extra dimension to the already charming show.

CyberChase

Age 7+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes, PBS Kids

CyberChase follows a team of kids that must protect Mother Board, and do so with critical thinking and mathematical problem solving. There are lots of adventures that kids will love, and no violence or gore as the TV characters and your kids at home work to solve problems that will save Cyberspace from the “Hacker.”

The Deep

Age 7+

 

Available on: Netflix

Deep-sea exploration leads to adventure and discoveries in this kids’ TV show. The Nekton family traverses the ocean with high-tech equipment under the guidance of the eccentric creature Nereus. Together, the entire family is working to find answers to some of the oldest underwater mysteries.

Dinotrux

Age 7+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes, Netflix

DreamWorks delivers the appeal of both dinosaurs and heavy machinery together in this Netflix-original TV show for kids. The DinoTrux are an awesome team, working together and using each other’s strengths to defeat the D-Structs. This show has some violent moments, but the thoughtful storylines and teamwork are great.

Dragons: Race to the Edge

Age 8+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes, Netflix

Kids (and parents) who loved How to Train Your Dragon will enjoy this TV version, which follows Hiccup and Toothless in the time before How to Train Your Dragon 2. Watch as the characters you already know and love from Berk fight dragon hunters that threaten the powerful Dragon Eye.

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman

Age 7+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, INSP channel

This historical fiction series is great for older kids. Dr. Quinn is a strong female role model fighting post-Civil War stereotypes in the early days of the American West. Untraditional families and unconditional love are paired with historically accurate depictions of politics, race and gender that help kids understand America’s past.

Genius by Stephen Hawking

Age 8+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes, PBS, VUDU

Professor Stephen Hawking narrates this intriguing series that aims to prove that everyone is “genius.” Teams of 3 participate in experiments created to demonstrate humanity’s current understanding of scientific mysteries like time travel and life beyond Earth. Older kids can learn about the scientific process and more in this educational TV show.

Good Luck Charlie

Age 7+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Disney Channel, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix

Disney delivers another family sitcom with Good Luck Charlie. You’ll find yourself laughing along with your kids over the realistic every day mishaps that the Duncans experience. There are mild insults and high school antics in the show, so you may have to remind your kids to be respectful to family members.

Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street

Age 7+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime

Friends Gortimer, Ranger and Mel discover their neighborhood on Normal Street might not be so average after all. The trio exhibits great friendship and teamwork as they experience unusual occurrences not long after a run-in with Mrs. Hudspith, another Normal Street resident. This is a TV show for kids that checks all the boxes!

Gravity Falls

Age 8+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Disney XD, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes

Gravity Falls is the small town where the main characters of this clever cartoon, Dipper and Mabel, recently moved. The twin siblings spend their time discovering details about the town around them. It’s when they accidentally find keys that reveal the deep, bygone secrets of the town that the pair’s adventures get really interesting.

How It’s Made

Age 8+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes

For kids constantly asking “why” and “how,” How It’s Made is an excellent TV series that answers questions about the way everyday goods are created. Products like pasta, hockey sticks, erasers, violins and hundreds more are included in the dozens of seasons of this intriguing show that’s great for kids.

Lab Rats

Age 7+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Disney XD, Google Play, iTunes, Netflix

Friendship and family are the focus in this Disney XD show for kids. Three kids with special powers and 1 without become fast friends and are even raised as siblings in this funny show that older kids will enjoy. The terrors of high school, super powers, untraditional families and dealing with change are all wrapped up in one entertaining package in Lab Rats.

Life with Boys

Age 9+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes

Main character Tess often struggles as the sole female member of the Foster family. In the end, her 3 brothers and dad are always there to back her up. Young tweens will likely relate to Tess’ run-ins with the high school bully and the feeling that her male family members just don’t get what it’s like to be a girl.

Little House on the Prairie

Age 5+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Hallmark Channel, iTunes

Any fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series will enjoy seeing the stories come to life in this kids’ show. To survive in often unforgiving towns across the American frontier, the Ingalls family must lean on each other. Entertaining adventure pairs with historically-accurate tragedy and race relations in this all-around show..

Mr. Young

Age 7+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Disney XD, iTunes, Netflix

What happens when a teenage genius ends up as a high school teacher in the very same school district he once attended? He ends up “leading” a classroom full of kids his own age, many of them friends, which predictably delivers chaos that your kids might find hilarious. Educational topics are even touched on!

Project Mc2

Age 7+

 

Available on: Netflix

The four girls of Project Mc2 are into science, technology, fashion and friendship, letting viewers know it’s okay to be both smart and girly. That’s not to say that this show isn’t for everyone – the combination of everyday high school life, undercover operations, physics, math and innovative technology includes something for everyone to enjoy.

SciGirls

Age 7+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, PBS Kids

Each episode of this PBS show for kids follows a different group of girls who are engrossed in a science-based project, including engineering, health, research and more. Teamwork, potential careers, and conflict resolution are all modeled here in a way that will get your girls at home interested in solving problems with science.

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Age 8+

 

Available on: Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, VUDU

The 7 seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation may have aired in the 1980s and 90s, but they’re still great entertainment for blossoming Trekkies. The many adventures of Jean-Luc Picard as the Enterprise’s captain will keep everyone on the edge of their seats, while the battles between good and evil are tame enough for big kids.

Thunderbirds are Go

Age 8+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime

The Tracy brothers are back in this made-for-Amazon remake of the 1960s British show of the same name. The characters are largely unchanged, but the futuristic equipment they use while on duty as the International Rescue is updated, as is the animation. Kids will love the futuristic action and detailed stories of Thunderbirds are Go.

Trading Spaces

Age 8+

 

Available on: DVD

Reality TV is often designed with older viewers in mind, but families can watch the toned-down drama of seeing what happens when you let your neighbor decorate your house together. Limited budgets help the teams featured be creative in their renovations. There’s also Trading Spaces: Boys vs. Girls for even more kid-friendly makeovers.

The Universe

Age 7+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, iTunes

Watch as scientists demonstrate how and why our universe behaves the way it does, as well as the effect far-away astronomical objects have on our own planet. There are plenty of cool experiments and CGI to explain more complicated ideas. This TV show is definitely educational, but it might be a little dry for kids not super excited about space.

We Bare Bears

Age 8+

 

Available on: Netflix

This funny kids’ show follows 3 bear brothers as they try (and often fail) to fit in in the high tech city of San Francisco. The bears, Grizz, Panda and Ice, take selfies, start a food truck and more as they emulate the actions of the humans around them. At the end of the day though, these sweet creatures learn that it’s okay to be yourself.

 

Black-ish

Age 11+

 

Available on: ABC, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Google Play, iTunes

Black-ish is a family-friendly sitcom that follows the Johnsons, a large family that lives in an upscale Los Angeles suburb. They’re your typical primetime mix of middle-age crisis, high school drama and family problems, with one exception – they’re African American. And for dad Dre, maybe they’re not proud enough of their culture.

Boy Meets World

Age 10+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Disney Channel, Google Play, iTunes, VUDU

The 90s favorite Boy Meets World follows Cory Matthews from junior high to college, watching as he navigates friends, love, family and life. As Cory gets older, the themes of the kids’ TV series turn more serious. However, the decisions he (and other characters, including Topanga and Shawn) make with the help of people he looks up to are a great example for kids.

Chopped

Age 10+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Food Network, Google Play, iTunes

If your kids enjoy cooking or helping at the grocery store, they’ll likely find Chopped entertaining. Four professional chefs, often with different specialties, compete against each other in 3 rounds, cooking with must-use, out-of-the-ordinary ingredients. Creative cooking, friendly competition and knowledgeable judges make this an enjoyable show.

A Different World

Age 12+

 

Available on: DVD

Kids and parents who love The Cosby Show should watch A Different World, the spin off that follows Denise Huxtable and other students at a Southern, historically black college. Like The Cosby Show before it, A Different World touches on African American culture, politics and history in a way that tweens and teens can relate to.

Doctor Who

Age 10+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, BBC America, Google Play, iTunes, VUDU

The Doctor, an alien with the ability to regenerate and reappear in a new body, is the main character of Doctor Who. This British series has run for decades with thirteen actors (as well as special stand-ins) playing the Doctor, giving a modern feel to the classic show. Time travel, honesty, loyalty and charm are all part of the appeal.

Good Witch

Age 10+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, Hallmark Channel, iTunes, VUDU

The Hallmark Channel delivers yet another feel-good story, filled with loving family and small-town happenings. Mom Cassie and daughter Grace are the epitome of kind, respectful and helpful. The small town feel of the show coupled with a hint of romance and high school happenings will appeal to tweens.

The Grinder

Age 12+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, FOX, Google Play, VUDU

This funny TV show is a good choice for older tweens and teens who enjoy clever, well-timed comedy. Brothers Dean, a TV lawyer, and Stuart, an actual lawyer, are at odds when Dean returns home almost a decade after moving away to pursue his small-screen career. It turns out that they still make a pretty good team.

The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation

Age 10+

 

Available on: CBS, CBS All Access

CBS and The Henry Ford, a museum and research center located in Michigan, partnered to bring us the Emmy- and Parents’ Choice-award winner The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation. Mo Rocca hosts as the kids’ show goes behind the scene as some of today’s brightest minds create incredible innovations.

Horrible Histories

Age 10+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes

Well-known events from human history are reenacted with humor in mind in Horrible Histories. A talented cast of sketch comedians take on war, disease, bodily functions and more in a format similar to the various segments of Saturday Night Live. This show for kids also benefits from a host that clarifies the accuracy of each episode’s history.

I Am Jazz

Age 12+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes, TLC, TLC Go, VUDU

The struggles Jazz faces as a teenager are magnified by the fact that she was a biological male at birth. A supportive family and Jazz’s honesty about who she is are loud enough to drown out the bullies, which make this a good pick for tweens and teens who themselves are worried about going to high school or being different.

Last American Cowboy

Age 10+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Animal Planet

From the fields of Montana comes Last American Cowboy, a series that follows 3 ranching families. Kids who have never seen a working farm might find milking, moving cattle, and an honest look at the circle of life intriguing. Modern technology, including trucks, tractors and helicopters, plays a part as well.

Legendary Dudas

Age 10+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes, Nickelodeon, VUDU

Legendary Dudas is the story of brothers who are different ages but in the same grade. This might end in mean taunts or fights at school and home in another show, but here it sets the groundwork for gentle humor and middle school mishaps. Your middle schooler will relate to the happenings in this funny, diverse show.

Little Mosque on the Prairie

Age 10+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Hulu

African American culture, Latino characters and untraditional families have worked their way into mainstream TV, but Muslims families may have a difficult time finding shows that relate to their experiences in a comedic way. Little Mosque on the Prairie changes that, as it deals with Muslim stereotypes in a small town.

The Middle

Age 12+

 

Available on: ABC, Amazon Prime, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, VUDU

This long-running favorite is a great show to watch with your older kids. Everyday life serves as material for the comedy served up here. Parents Frankie and Mike occasionally struggle to make ends meet, there’s daily drama between siblings Axl, Sue and Brick, and it’s tough keeping up with hectic schedules – all topics today’s families can relate to.

Milo Murphy’s Law

Age 10+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Disney XD, Google Play, iTunes

With the same creators as Phineas and Ferb and a main character voiced by Weird Al Yankovic, you really can’t go wrong with Milo Murphy’s Law. What can go wrong will, but Milo takes this in stride. His misfortune doesn’t deter his loyal friends and it makes for a very funny kids’ show that the whole family can enjoy.

NOVA

Age 10+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes, PBS

Complex science is explained in detail at a level that will help tweens and teens learn a lot. Topics from nuclear power to solar eclipses are covered by experts in the field and paired with video footage of related occurrences throughout history. NOVA often touches on current events and their relation to the science community.

Project Runway: Junior

Age 11+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes, Lifetime, My Lifetime, VUDU

Just like the adult version of Project Runway, the Junior edition features fashion-forward creativity under pressure that might inspire one of your kids at home. Unlike the original, there’s only a little badmouthing by contestants and judges, and kids are encouraged to excel under successful industry mentors.

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Age 10+

 

Available on: Netflix

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events comes to life in this Netflix-original kids’ TV show. Violet, Kraus and Sunny Beaudelaire are delivered to their uncle after the death of their parents, where the siblings must endure mistreatment at the hands of their only adult family member. There are moments of light in the dark, and some kids will adore this series.

Speechless

Age 12+

 

Available on: ABC, Amazon Prime, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, VUDU

JJ DiMeo is a teenage boy full of eye rolls, but he’s also speechless due to cerebral palsy. The rest of the DiMeo family is adjusting after moving to a nicer part of town so that JJ can go to the best school, at the insistence of mom Maya. While this show could feel like an advocacy lecture, instead it’s a smart family comedy that tween and teens will enjoy.

Steven Universe

Age 10+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Cartoon Network, Google Play, iTunes, VUDU

Tweens and teens who enjoy cartoons may enjoy this Cartoon Network series, which stands out with its retro animation and sometimes crude humor. Steven is a young man with developing superpowers. Throughout the series, he comes into his own with help from other super-humans, as well as his decidedly un-super father. What’s on the surface in this cartoon might not be so shiny, but the character traits underneath are the real gems.

Time Warp

Age 10+

 

Available on: DVD

What happens when everyday objects you normally see moving at super speeds are slowed down with the help of high tech cameras? Your kids will see all the action behind everything from a blender to a chainsaw in slow motion. This super cool footage, paired with explanations from host Jeff Lieberman, helps explain exactly how things work.

The Twilight Zone

Age 10+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, CBS All Access, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix, Syfy, VUDU

The Rod Sterling classic offers mystery and thrills for kids who don’t mind the 1950s special effects or midcentury references. Whether taking place in the past, present or future, each episode includes what-ifs that will keep viewers on their toes. Because each 30-minute episode is its own story, these are perfect for keeping TV time in check.

Unchained Reaction

Age 10+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Discovery Channel, iTunes

Adam and Jamie of MythBusters fame host this reality show competition that challenges teams to create intricate Rube Goldberg machines. The amount of detail that these contraptions require is fascinating to watch but also leads to arguments among teammates at times. For kids that like building, this is great inspiration.

Victorious

Age 10+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Nickelodeon, VUDU

This Nickelodeon show is typical tweenage fair, with a mix of star power (thanks to Victoria Justice; you’ll recognize her from Zoey 101), original pop songs and a prestigious high school complete with a mean girl. There’s some romance and drama, along with a partner website, but it’s paired with strong friendships and fun performances.

The Voice

Age 10+

 

Available on: Hulu, NBC

Unlike other TV talent competitions, the first round of auditions isn’t televised, meaning that everyone you hear will be very talented and there’s no opportunity for rude comments from the judges. There’s also the added suspense of blind auditions; judges (who also play a mentor role in the show) choose their teams solely based on sound, not looks.

The Wonder Years

Age 12+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Netflix

In the late 60s, daily life for middle-class Kevin included the effects of the political and cultural upheavals of the time. Your kids might be surprised to learn how much they have in common with Kevin, who still had to deal with family, friends, romance and high school. The flashback-style storytelling makes for a unique kids’ show.

Angie Tribeca

Age 14+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, TBS, VUDU

Written and produced by funny couple Steve and Nancy Carell, this spoof of run-of-the-mill cop shows is either hysterical or horrifying, depending on your teen’s tastes. Rashida Jones plays Los Angeles cop Angie Tribeca, a smart, tough character who gets along just fine on her own. That is, until she’s assigned a new partner.

Arrow

Age 13+

 

Available on: CW, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix

Oliver Queen doubles as Arrow, a superhero trying to right the wrongs he committed before being stranded after a shipwreck 5 years ago. With his bow and arrows, along with other violent methods, Arrow takes down those who he believes have done wrong to his loved ones and the city where they live.

Blue Bloods

Age 14+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, CBS, CBS All Access, Hulu, Google Play, ION, iTunes, Netflix, WGN America

Blue Bloods follows the NYPD and city court system through the eyes of the Reagan family. With father Frank serving as the current police commissioner, it’s no surprise that his children are also public servants. On-duty action, romance and family affairs are woven together to create a show that’s worth watching with older kids.

The Carrie Diaries

Age 13+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix

The Carrie Diaries is the prequel to Sex and the City, following Carrie Bradshaw through her high school years. The show includes sexuality, teen drinking and AIDS, but also highlights Carrie’s supportive father, close friends, choosing a career and the idea that maybe the popular girls aren’t so different after all.

Cheers

Age 13+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, CBS All Access, Google Play, Hallmark Channel, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix, VUDU

Cheers is a 1980s favorite that still draws in viewers with sarcasm and colorful characters. The series takes place exclusively at a neighborhood bar with constant drinking, albeit by adults. Jokes and sarcasm come a mile a minute, putting down characters before moving on to the next insult, but always in good humor. This is a show to watch with older teens.

Community

Age 14+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, VUDU

Community college gets a bad rap in many places, but this collection of study group-turned-friends isn’t going to let that get them down. Despite different motives, they’re all at college to get an education, and realize along the way that their unique strengths are a good thing. These differences also result in great humor for teens and parents.

Degrassi

Age 14+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes, VUDU

The Degrassi name encompasses five series that take place in Degrassi High, including the early-2000s Degrassi: The Next Generation, which was later known as simply Degrassi. Tough issues that high schoolers face, from insecurities to teen pregnancy, are all brought up in realistic ways. Teens will also recognize Drake and other stars that got their start on the series.

Elementary

Age 14+

 

Available on: CBS, CBS All Access, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, VUDU

This Sherlock Homles-inspired tale has a modern twist that will appeal to teens more drawn to clever mysteries than violence or comedy. Sherlock, played by Jonny Lee Miller, works as a NYPD consultant helping crack the toughest cases (which include murders and other violent crimes) with the help of Joan Watson, played by Lucy Liu.

Freaks and Geeks

Age 14+

 

Available on: Netflix

High school stereotypes come to life in this portrayal of the burnouts, nerds and popular kids from the 80s. The show focuses on Lindsay as she falls in with the wrong crowd, complete with underage drinking and other questionable teen behavior. For teens struggling to fit in or feeling like they don’t belong, this is a relatable TV show.

Friends

Age 14+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, iTunes, MTV, Netflix, Nickelodeon, TBS

Friendship trumps all in this long-running sitcom about 6 friends trying to make it in New York City. There are questionable judgement calls, romance and late night escapades, but the love and support Monica, Ross, Chandler, Phoebe, Joey and Rachel give each other is sweet and at moments, downright hysterical.

The Fosters

Age 14+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Freeform, Google Play, iTunes, Netflix

The Fosters is an incredibly diverse show that offers teens a look into a unique family – there are partners Stef and Lena, an interracial couple, along with their five children, most of whom are adopted. This is a Freeform show, and as such brings serious drama to the table, but also offers realistic portrayals of family and friendship.

Gilmore Girls

Age 14+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Freeform, Google Play, iTunes, Netflix, VUDU

Mother-daughter duo Lorelai and Rory are an inseparable pair of incredibly strong, smart and independent women. The show follows Rory’s journey through high school and college. Dating, school, and temporary lapses in judgement sometimes tear Lorelai and Rory apart, but they both know that family and friends come first in the end.

Glee

Age 14+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, FOX, Glee, Google Play, iTunes, VUDU

Singing and dancing might not make you popular in high school, but it will give you great friends, if Glee is any indication of reality. Teens who enjoy musicals, singing and dancing will like watching this show that follows the members of a glee club in the Midwest. There’s traditional high school drama as well as spectacular musical numbers.

Jane the Virgin

Age 15+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, CW, Google Play, iTunes, Netflix, VUDU

In the style of a telenovela, Jane the Virgin offers a dramatic and funny look into the life of Jane, a college student raised by a single mom and Spanish-speaking grandmother. Sexuality is a constant theme, making this TV show better for older teens. There’s also focus on family bonds, determination and loving relationships.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Age 13+

 

Available on: ABC, Amazon Prime, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, myNetworkTV, Netflix

For kids that like The Avengers, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is a great TV option. This is the follow-up to the movie, but the characters and happenings are made for cop show-style TV. With Agent Grant Ward heading S.H.I.E.L.D., there’s plenty of action and humor (along with a complex storyline) to keep everyone entertained.

Modern Family

Age 13+

 

Available on: ABC, Amazon Prime, Hulu, VUDU

The close-knit Pritchett family (which includes a same-sex couple, adopted daughter, stepfamily, and an uncle and nephew in the same elementary school class) live and work in close vicinity. Despite clashing personalities, which often end in laugh-out-loud funny situations, they are each other’s biggest fans.

New Girl

Age 14+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, FOX, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix

When three guys looking to fill an empty room in their Los Angeles apartment rent the space to Jess, they have no idea what an impact she’ll have. A rotating cast of significant others and big life changes highlight how close Jess and her roommates (loveable Nick, Schmidt and Winston) have become.

The Office

Age 14+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes, Netflix

Steve Carell leads a motley crew of lackluster (on purpose) characters as Michael Scott in this mockumentary of everyday life in branch office of the Dunder-Mifflin Paper Company. The dry tone of this show may not appeal to every teen, but some will find the awkward antics make for a funny TV show.

Seinfeld

Age 14+

 

Available on: Hulu, Netflix DVD, TBS

The comedic backgrounds of the show’s stars (Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards) lead to perfect timing and hilarious outtakes in Seinfeld, the story of four friends in New York City in the 90s. There’s drinking, dating and awkward work situations, but teens will likely find something to laugh about.

Sherlock

Age 14+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, BBC America, Google Play, iTunes, PBS, VUDU

The BBC’s modern adaption of the classic tale of Sherlock Holmes takes place in London. The series has a dark tone, with Sherlock’s investigative work includes murders, drugs and smuggling. The way Sherlock and Watson solve problems is fascinating to watch, just as in previous renditions of the character.

Stranger Things

Age 13+

 

Available on: Netflix

There’s plenty of stuff that will make parents of younger kids cringe, including strong language, romance and violence. For mature tweens and teens, this is a complex thriller that follows a family looking for their missing child. There are mysterious experiments, questionable officials and more in this 1980s-style sci-fi series.

Supergirl

Age 13+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, CW, Google Play, iTunes, Netflix, VUDU

Melissa Benoist plays smart, strong heroine Kara, also known as Supergirl. In everyday life, she battles against her older, accomplished sister and hard-to-please boss. When trouble strikes National City, however, Supergirl springs to action, using her ability to fight off hand-to-hand combat and gunshots to save the city.

Parks and Recreation

Age 14+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Hulu, Google Play, iTunes, Netflix, VUDU

SNL alum Amy Poehler takes the lead in her role as Leslie Knope, a dedicated employee of the Pawnee Parks and Recreation Department. With humor similar to The Office, this cast of characters is exceptionally lovable. They may have faults, but they always have each other’s backs.

Pitch

Age 14+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, FOX, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, VUDU

Unfortunately, there’s only 1 season of this sports drama, but it’s worth watching that season with your teens. The show follows Ginny, a young female pitcher with enough talent to be signed to the San Diego Padres. Pitch includes the athletic, business and emotional effects of Ginny’s place on the team, along with authentic MLB footage.

This Is Us

Age 14+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, NBC, VUDU

The back and forth timeline of this captivating family drama reveals pieces of the family’s past as it moves forward. The diverse cast models a strong family, despite unique circumstances and occasionally poor choices. Mature themes and tragedy make this tear-jerker of a TV show best for older kids.

Ugly Betty

Age 13+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix DVD, VUDU

Ugly Betty, staring America Ferrera as Betty Suarez, features one of network TV’s first lead Latina characters. Betty’s intelligence overshadows her awkward mannerisms and fashion faux pas, making her a strong central character. There’s drama, family and friends to round out this family favorite.

All in with Cam Newton

Age 6+

 

Available on: Nickelodeon, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, VUDU

Carolina Panthers’ star quarterback Cam Newton helps pair kids who have a goal with mentors who can help them reach it, whether the kids dream of a Broadway career or extreme mountain biking. Newton is there to lend general encouragement and star power, and does a good job at tying everything together.

Annedroids

Age 5+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime

Math and science star in Annedroids, the entertaining story of kid genius Anne. She’s surrounded by android and human friends, who work together to build whatever they imagine. This kids’ TV show is both educational and funny, and no matter what age your kids are, they’ll enjoy the laughs and experiments here.

Antiques Roadshow

Age 10+

 

Available on: PBS, iTunes

Watch as people bring heirlooms, garage sale finds and more to be appraised at events around the country. It’s always a surprise to find out just how much (or how little) people’s favorite mementos are worth. Younger kids might be bored by Antiques Roadshow, but there’s absolutely no content that they can’t see.

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Age 10+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, National Geographic, Netflix, VUDU

Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts this enthralling update to Carl Sagan’s masterpiece Cosmos. Amazing visuals take kids and parents alike to the beginning of time and explain how we know what we know about the development of our universe. Human history and understanding is covered with accounts from early astronomers and philosophers.

The Dick Van Dyke Show

Age 7+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix

If your kids can get past the black and white images, they might enjoy the humor in this classic TV show. Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore star as Rob and Laura Petrie, a couple balancing family and work in the 1960s. There’s comedy at home and work, as well as nods to the changing times.

Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman

Age 5+

 

Available on: PBS Kids, Amazon Prime

Families will enjoy the way Fetch! mixes cartoons with real-life tweens, resulting in a great kids’ TV show. Each season, a group of kids are sent on an Amazing Race-style adventure by cartoon dog Ruff Ruffman. Their goal is to gain the most points by solving clues with teamwork, critical thinking and science.

Fresh Off the Boat

Age 12+

 

Available on: ABC, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, Hulu, VUDU

Fresh Off the Boat is based on BaoHouse co-owner Eddie Huang’s life as an Asian American raised by immigrant parents. In the show, Eddie is a middle schooler who recently relocated from a bustling Chinatown to suburban Florida with is family. He’s doing his best to fit in, and your kids will likely relate to his struggles regardless of their background.

Friday Night Lights

Age 14+

 

Available on: Freeform, Netflix, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play

There’s something for everyone in the 5 seasons of Friday Night Lights: tense football action, strong families, small town support and kids beating the odds to follow their dreams. This is a must-watch TV show for kids who are old enough for depictions of sex, underage drinking and violence.

The Haunted Hathaways

Age 6+

 

Available on: Nickelodeon, Amazon Prime, iTunes, VUDU

The Haunted Hathaways is a funny kids’ show that the whole family will love. When the Hathaway family moves into a new home, they’re greeted by not-so-friendly ghosts. The two families (human and ghost) learn to live together, with humorous standoffs leading to eventual friendships.

Hello World!

Age 8+

 

Available on: Discovery, Discovery GO

Stunning wildlife footage is paired with music from some of today’s most popular recording artists, including Usher, Dave Matthews and Ellie Goulding, in this TV series presented by the World Wildlife Fund. Each of the 6 episodes feature a different musician’s work and that episode is also narrated by the featured artist.

I Love Lucy

Age 6+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, CBS All Access, Google Play, Hallmark Channel, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix DVD

Lucy’s antics still make for great kids’ TV, even decades after it first aired in the 1950s. Some elements of the show are outdated, including Lucy’s place as a woman and race relations, but others remain funny and charming. The physical elements of this classic sitcom make it great entertainment for even the youngest family members.

The Inspectors

Age 7+

 

Available on: CBS, CBS All Access

This kids’ show is part of CBS’s Saturday morning lineup and offers a dramatized, scripted look into the workings of the US Postal Inspection Service. This agency is responsible for protecting mail against theft and identity fraud, which gives the series a cop-show-for-kids feel. Supportive family and friends round out the story.

Just Add Magic

Age 7+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime

Kelly, the main character of this Amazon-original series, and her friends and family are seemingly normal at first glance. After discovering an old cookbook that belonged to her grandma, Kelly and her friends take to the kitchen. However, these recipes result in magic, which seems to affect Kelly and her family.

The Kicks

Age 6+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime

Kids will love this TV show based the books written by real life women’s soccer star Alex Morgan. There are funny moments, teamwork and perseverance, all wrapped up in a package that soccer lovers will enjoy watching. These hardworking kids enjoy supportive families and eventual success, which adds to the appeal.

Kids Baking Championship

Age 6+

 

Available on: Food Network, Amazon Prime

Talented young bakers compete with the guidance of Ace of Cakes’ Duff Goldman and actress/home chef Valerie Bertinelli, who also host. There are a variety of challenges for the bakers, from bake sale-style goodies to pie with homemade ice cream. Each contestant is incredibly talented and could even inspire your kids at home.

Little Big Shots

Age 5+

 

Available on: NBC, Hulu

This kid-friendly TV show operates in the style of America’s Got Talent, but is exclusively for young performers and doesn’t include a competitive element. Steve Harvey is a jovial host, asking excited kids about their talents and goals. Amazing singers, gymnasts and motivational speakers are just some of the personalities you can expect to see.

The Loud House

Age 6+

 

Available on: Nickelodeon, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, VUDU

Lincoln, the main character in The Loud House, is middle child syndrome personified. At 11, he often feels left out as the only boy among 10 sisters. Family drama gives this kids’ show its funny moments. Big families will likely relate to the struggles here and enjoy the humor added, along with the genuine moments of support among siblings.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

Age 5+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Discovery Family, Google Play, iTunes, Netflix

My Little Pony collections may be created with little kids in mind, but the TV series have found a passionate following among older kids and adults as well, making this a great family TV show. Twilight Sparkle is the star here, and Friendship is Magic follows her as she makes new friends in the land of Ponyville.

MythBusters

Age 9+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, Science, Netflix DVD, VUDU

Jamie and Adam are out to prove what’s true and what’s false among modern myths. The high-energy pair uses the scientific method to craft myth-busting experiments, some of which can be replicated at home. Tune in to this educational TV show to learn if a duck’s quack echoes and so much more.

Nature

Age 7+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes, PBS

Nature is a collaboration between scientists and filmmakers to document the world’s species. Each episode features a unique animal or location, including dolphins, armadillos, Yosemite, Congo and dozens more. Many episodes feature gentle giants and are suitable for the whole family; more violent animals might scare younger kids.

Odd Squad

Age 5+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes, PBS Kids, VUDU

The Odd Squad, a team of young heroes who use math to save the day, is often called on to solve mysteries and problems in their town. A mix of overlaid graphics and sci-fi happenings help this kids’ show be about more than just adding and subtracting. Older kids might see through the average acting abilities of the stars here.

Phineas and Ferb

Age 5+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Disney XD, Google Play, iTunes, Netflix

Action, clever humor and dramatized depictions of sibling rivalries help Phineas and Ferb appeal to the whole family. Stepbrothers Phineas and Ferb find crazy adventures everywhere they go; they’re also helpful sidekicks on the family’s pet platypus Perry’s mission to save the world in this kids’ cartoon.

Rock the Park

Age 6+

 

Available on: CW, Hulu, Netflix

Adventure guides Colton and Jack play host in Rock the Park, taking viewers through national parks across the country. Wildlife, landscapes, human and natural forces, and activities like kayaking and hiking are all featured. This TV show is great for kids, and might even inspire them to suggest this year’s vacation destination.

Shark Tank

Age 13+

 

Available on: ABC, Hulu, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, VUDU

Aspiring entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a panel of successful businessmen and women, who can choose to invest in the business presented. While the panel of investors often provides harsh feedback, this is an interesting show for older kids with an interest in being their own boss.

Shaun the Sheep

Age 5+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, iTunes, Netflix DVD

Aspiring entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a panel of successful businessmen and women, who can choose to invest in the business presented. While the panel of investors often provides harsh feedback, this is an interesting show for older kids with an interest in being their own boss.

When Calls the Heart

Age 7+

 

Available on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, Hallmark Channel, iTunes, Netflix

This Hallmark Channel show offers a look into the past with a realistic portrayal of survival in a coal mining town. Elizabeth is a young teacher who recently relocated here to teach. After growing up in a privileged city family, she must adjust to her new home. This show offers great role models and history paired with faith.

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Kids’ Shows and TV Series Your Family Will Love

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that for kids over 2, an hour of screen time is just fine. For family members over 6, increased TV watching is okay as long as it’s high-quality kids shows paired with consistent limits. However, finding great kids’ shows for your family can be tough. This guide is full of the best kids TV shows, based on the opinions of educators, parents and, of course, kids.

TV Shows for Toddlers

From classic favorites like Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood to new adventures on Justin Time GO!, there are plenty of educational TV shows to choose from for your 2 and 3 year olds.

TV Shows for Little Kids

For kids from 4 to 6, there are plenty of shows that include nature, reading, make believe and more. Check out our list, with favorites like Lost in Oz and Sid the Science Kid.

TV Shows for Big Kids

Balance screen time between the computer, games and kids’ shows designed for ages 7 to 9, like Crashbox and Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, as your kids get older.

TV Shows for Tweens

Finding TV shows for tweens can be hard. Ten, 11 and 12 year olds will enjoy more complex shows (that parents like too!), including Black-ish and Legendary Dudas.

TV Shows for Teens

Keeping screen time in check for kids over 13 isn’t easy, and neither is finding appropriate TV shows that your teens actually like. This list includes Gilmore Girls, Sherlock and more.

TV Shows for the Family

If your kids have more than a few years between them, sitting down together in front of the TV to enjoy a kids’ TV show can feel impossible. Try these 25+ family favorites.