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
Dragons: Race to the Edge
Dragons: Race to the Edge
Wizards of Waverly Place
Wizards of Waverly Place
Ben 10
Ben 10
Big Time Rush
Big Time Rush
The Thundermans
The Thundermans
Shake It Up
Shake It Up
Sesame Street
Sesame Street
Summer Camp Island
Summer Camp Island
The Powerpuff Girls
The Powerpuff Girls
Handy Manny
Handy Manny
Blaze and the Monster Machines
Blaze and the Monster Machines
Mixels
Mixels
Paw Patrol
Paw Patrol
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss
The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss
Disney Junior Music Nursery Rhymes
Disney Junior Music Nursery Rhymes
DC Super Hero Girls
DC Super Hero Girls
Fancy Nancy
Fancy Nancy
Elena of Avalor
Elena of Avalor
Ant Farm
Ant Farm
Andi Mack
Andi Mack
Johnny Bravo
Johnny Bravo
Hannah Montana
Hannah Montana
Crashbox
Crashbox
DuckTales (2017)
DuckTales (2017)
Inspector Gadget
Inspector Gadget
Sabrina, the Animated Series
Sabrina, the Animated Series
Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks
Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks
Digimon Adventure
Digimon Adventure
Fraggle Rock
Fraggle Rock
Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mouse
Grizzy and the Lemmings
Grizzy and the Lemmings
Shimmer and Shine
Shimmer and Shine
Cousins for Life
Cousins for Life
Chip 'n Dale's Nutty Tales
Chip 'n Dale's Nutty Tales
Austin & Ally
Austin & Ally
Clarence
Clarence
Good Luck Charlie
Good Luck Charlie
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog
Drake & Josh
Drake & Josh
Girl Meets World
Girl Meets World
Bo on the Go!
Bo on the Go!
Yo-kai Watch
Yo-kai Watch
Zoey 101
Zoey 101
Muppet Babies
Muppet Babies
The Backyardigans
The Backyardigans
X-Men: The Animated Series
X-Men: The Animated Series
Sheriff Callie's Wild West
Sheriff Callie's Wild West
Apple & Onion
Apple & Onion
Wonder Pets
Wonder Pets
Sam & Cat
Sam & Cat
Dora the Explorer
Dora the Explorer
Doc McStuffins
Doc McStuffins
Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures
Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures
The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog
The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog
Power Rangers Operation Overdrive
Power Rangers Operation Overdrive
The Lion Guard
The Lion Guard
Team Umizoomi
Team Umizoomi
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
K.C. Undercover
K.C. Undercover
Uncle Grandpa
Uncle Grandpa
Sofia the First
Sofia the First
Blue's Clues
Blue's Clues
Power Rangers in Space
Power Rangers in Space
Voltron: Legendary Defender
Voltron: Legendary Defender
Puppy Dog Pals
Puppy Dog Pals
Every Witch Way
Every Witch Way
Yo Gabba Gabba
Yo Gabba Gabba
Liv and Maddie
Liv and Maddie
Power Rangers Megaforce
Power Rangers Megaforce
Lip Sync Battle Shorties
Lip Sync Battle Shorties
Star Wars Rebels
Star Wars Rebels
Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!
Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
The Suite Life on Deck
The Suite Life on Deck
Slugterra
Slugterra
Adventure Time
Adventure Time
Little Einsteins
Little Einsteins
Minnie's Bow-Toons
Minnie's Bow-Toons
LEGO NinjaGo: Masters of Spinjitzu
LEGO NinjaGo: Masters of Spinjitzu
Spirit Riding Free
Spirit Riding Free
ThunderCats (2011)
ThunderCats (2011)
Wallykazam!
Wallykazam!
Bunnicula
Bunnicula
Craig of the Creek
Craig of the Creek
Mike the Knight
Mike the Knight
The Penguins of Madagascar
The Penguins of Madagascar
Vampirina
Vampirina
Monsuno
Monsuno
Fast Layne
Fast Layne
The Fresh Beat Band
The Fresh Beat Band
Rabbids Invasion
Rabbids Invasion
Power Rangers Super Megaforce
Power Rangers Super Megaforce
Go, Diego, Go!
Go, Diego, Go!
Gigantosaurus
Gigantosaurus
Super Why!
Super Why!
Transformers: Rescue Bots
Transformers: Rescue Bots
The Boss Baby: Back in Business
The Boss Baby: Back in Business
Goldie & Bear
Goldie & Bear