Children TV Shows

About Children

Children’s programming is a television genre with an extremely lengthy history. Some of the earliest TV programs were aimed at children, and the content of children’s programming has been the focus of much controversy and debate for decades. Before the late 1960s, most children’s programming was light entertainment at best and thinly disguised marketing of sponsors’ products at worst. After the 1960s, the idea of using TV as a method of education for young children arose, and since then, children’s TV has existed on a spectrum with educational programming on one end and pure commercial entertainment on the other.

As a genre, children’s TV is broad, since it has to include programs that are geared toward children across a wide age range, from preschoolers to adolescents. TV shows intended for preschoolers are typically extremely simple in structure, with simple plot lines, if any, and repetitive formats that don’t vary from episode to episode; characters are basic, colors are bright, and plots often try to teach elementary social and intellectual lessons.

As the age level targeted by a particular show increases, the relative complexity of character and plot development increases as well. Action becomes more of a focus, and, especially in commercial TV, negative plot elements, such as character conflict and violence, may be introduced. Even in programs that are intended primarily for entertainment, however, the resolution of the plot often tries to teach a social or moral lesson.

TV shows targeted at adolescents are generally much more concerned with the social interactions of the characters, and, unlike shows oriented toward young children, live-action productions are more common than animated ones. Some of the most popular shows aimed at this age range revolve around the daily lives of middle-school- or high-school-age children, and plots approach conflicts between the characters from both comedic and dramatic directions.

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Victorious
Victorious
Every Witch Way
Every Witch Way
Drake & Josh
Drake & Josh
Andi Mack
Andi Mack
Zoey 101
Zoey 101
Wizards of Waverly Place
Wizards of Waverly Place
Top Chef Jr.
Top Chef Jr.
K.C. Undercover
K.C. Undercover
Paw Patrol
Paw Patrol
Shimmer and Shine
Shimmer and Shine
The Thundermans
The Thundermans
Big Time Rush
Big Time Rush
Hannah Montana
Hannah Montana
LEGO: Friends
LEGO: Friends
Sam & Cat
Sam & Cat
Dora the Explorer
Dora the Explorer
Mia & Me
Mia & Me
Austin & Ally
Austin & Ally
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
Star Wars Rebels
Star Wars Rebels
Peppa Pig
Ben 10
The Suite Life on Deck
Pair of Kings
Yo Gabba Gabba
Saved by the Bell
Team Umizoomi
Power Rangers Megaforce
Mutt & Stuff
Kenan & Kel
The Backyardigans
Blue's Clues
Power Rangers in Space
LEGO NinjaGo: Masters of Spinjitzu
The Fresh Beat Band
Mysticons
Power Rangers Operation Overdrive
JONAS
Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!
Liv and Maddie
Girl Meets World
Uncle Grandpa
Slugterra
Dora and Friends: Into the City
Zeke and Luther
El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera
The Magic School Bus Rides Again
Martha Speaks
Adventure Time
Fred: The Show
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
Wonder Pets
Jon & Kate Plus 8
Good Luck Charlie
Horrid Henry
Franny's Feet
Nanny 911
Courage the Cowardly Dog
WITS Academy
Blaze and the Monster Machines
Ducktales
My Little Pony Friendship is Magic
Ant Farm
Sesame Street
Voltron: Legendary Defender
DuckTales (2017)
Vampirina
Power Rangers Super Megaforce
Clarence
The Lodge
Doc McStuffins
Monsuno
Peg + Cat
Jake and the Never Land Pirates
The Saddle Club
Go, Diego, Go!
The Powerpuff Girls
Signing Time
Looney Tunes: Foghorn Leghorn
The Hoobs
Horrible Histories
The Best of Clarissa Explains It All
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
The Scooby-Doo Show
Goldie & Bear
David Copperfield
Woody Woodpecker New
Wolfblood
Avatar: The Last Airbender, Extras - Book 1: Water
Sonny With A Chance
Shake It Up
X-Men: The Animated Series
Power Rangers
ThunderCats (2011)
Little Einsteins
Crash & Bernstein
Caillou
Ready Jet Go!
Lizzie McGuire
Jack's Big Music Show