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
Andi Mack
Andi Mack
Paw Patrol
Paw Patrol
Star Wars Rebels
Star Wars Rebels
Shimmer and Shine
Shimmer and Shine
Every Witch Way
Every Witch Way
Wizards of Waverly Place
Wizards of Waverly Place
Big Time Rush
Big Time Rush
Yo Gabba Gabba
Yo Gabba Gabba
Drake & Josh
Drake & Josh
K.C. Undercover
K.C. Undercover
Mia & Me
Mia & Me
Blue's Clues
Blue's Clues
The Thundermans
The Thundermans
The Fresh Beat Band
The Fresh Beat Band
Go, Diego, Go!
Go, Diego, Go!
Sofia the First
Sofia the First
Wonder Pets
Wonder Pets
Ben 10
Ben 10
Dora the Explorer
Dora the Explorer
Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!
Team Umizoomi
Mutt & Stuff
The Backyardigans
Wallykazam!
Zoey 101
WITS Academy
Dora and Friends: Into the City
DuckTales (2017)
The Flintstones
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
Power Rangers Megaforce
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
Wolfblood
Girl Meets World
Power Rangers in Space
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
Tak and the Power of JuJu
Martha Speaks
JONAS
Stoked
Hannah Montana
Jake and the Never Land Pirates
Fred: The Show
Peppa Pig
Saved by the Bell
Justice League Unlimited
Goldie & Bear
Dora La Exploradora
Sam & Cat
Power Rangers
Thomas & Friends
Nanny 911
The Proud Family
Stove Tots
The Suite Life on Deck
Blaze and the Monster Machines
Sesame Street
Zeke and Luther
Vampirina
Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures
Mysticons
The Lion Guard
The Powerpuff Girls
Disney Prep & Landing
David Copperfield
Mr. Wizard's World
Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks
My Friends Tigger & Pooh
Gigantic
Handy Manny
Kenan & Kel
Massive Monster Mayhem
Elena of Avalor
LEGO Frozen Northern Lights
Scooby-Doo! Laff-a-Lympics
Transformers Prime, Starscream
LEGO: Friends
Austin & Ally
Puppy Dog Pals
Monsuno
Ruff-Ruff, Tweet & Dave
Legends of the Hidden Temple
Ruby-Spears Superman
Sonic the Hedgehog
Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Greek Myths
Peg + Cat
Adventure Time
Pickle and Peanut
Sheriff Callie's Wild West
Dream Big Princess
Ben 10 2016
Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!, The Best of Walden
Pirate Islands: The Lost Treasure of Fiji
Inspector Gadget
Jammers
Liv and Maddie
Signing Time
Looney Tunes: Foghorn Leghorn
Nickelodeon in Space