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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Star Wars Rebels
Star Wars Rebels
Victorious
Victorious
Paw Patrol
Paw Patrol
Shimmer and Shine
Shimmer and Shine
Vampirina
Vampirina
Andi Mack
Andi Mack
Drake & Josh
Drake & Josh
Big Time Rush
Big Time Rush
Mysticons
Mysticons
Every Witch Way
Every Witch Way
Girl Meets World
Girl Meets World
Blaze and the Monster Machines
Blaze and the Monster Machines
Ben 10
Ben 10
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
Austin & Ally
Austin & Ally
Wizards of Waverly Place
Wizards of Waverly Place
Zoey 101
Zoey 101
Mia & Me
Mia & Me
Blue's Clues
Blue's Clues
Liv and Maddie
Liv and Maddie
The Powerpuff Girls
Goldie & Bear
Walk the Prank
LEGO NinjaGo: Masters of Spinjitzu
Team Umizoomi
Zeke and Luther
Mutt & Stuff
Sofia the First
My Little Pony Friendship is Magic
Voltron: Legendary Defender
Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures
Jake and the Never Land Pirates
The Saddle Club
K.C. Undercover
Wonder Pets
Sam & Cat
Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks
The Little Mermaid
The Proud Family
Crashbox
Rachael Ray's Kids Cook-Off
The Thundermans
Beyblade: Metal Fury
Adventure Time
Pickle and Peanut
David Copperfield
Dora the Explorer
Courage the Cowardly Dog
WITS Academy
Super Wings
Pair of Kings
Clarence
The Flintstones
Ruff-Ruff, Tweet & Dave
Hannah Montana
The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss
DC Super Hero Girls
Crash & Bernstein
Elena of Avalor
Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero
Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends
True Jackson, VP
Peppa Pig
Saved by the Bell
Yo Gabba Gabba
My Friends Tigger & Pooh
Caillou
Thomas & Friends
Uncle Grandpa
My Babysitter's a Vampire
Pat the Dog
DuckTales (2017)
Transformers: Rescue Bots
Doc McStuffins
Pajanimals
Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!
Signing Time
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
Yo-kai Watch
The Chica Show
Disney Mickey Mouse
Fish Hooks
Handy Manny
Kenan & Kel
Jack's Big Music Show
Power Rangers in Space
Dog with a Blog
Ducktales
Sesame Street
Odd Squad
The Lodge
Tak and the Power of JuJu
The Fresh Beat Band
Martha Speaks
Stoked
Sheriff Callie's Wild West
Dream Big Princess
Ben 10 2016
Fred: The Show
Fraggle Rock