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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Andi Mack
Andi Mack
Victorious
Victorious
Zoey 101
Zoey 101
K.C. Undercover
K.C. Undercover
Mia & Me
Mia & Me
Every Witch Way
Every Witch Way
Paw Patrol
Paw Patrol
The Thundermans
The Thundermans
Girl Meets World
Girl Meets World
Liv and Maddie
Liv and Maddie
The Lodge
The Lodge
Star Wars Rebels
Star Wars Rebels
Drake & Josh
Drake & Josh
Wizards of Waverly Place
Wizards of Waverly Place
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
Good Luck Charlie
Good Luck Charlie
Sam & Cat
Sam & Cat
Scooby Doo Mystery, Inc.
Scooby Doo Mystery, Inc.
The Powerpuff Girls
The Powerpuff Girls
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
Hannah Montana
Austin & Ally
Adventure Time
Big Time Rush
Dora the Explorer
Dog with a Blog
Zeke and Luther
Courage the Cowardly Dog
Power Rangers in Space
The Flintstones
The Fresh Beat Band
Yo Gabba Gabba
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
Avatar: The Last Airbender, Extras - Book 1: Water
Ben 10
The Proud Family
The Suite Life on Deck
Blaze and the Monster Machines
The Saddle Club
Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!
Team Umizoomi
Codename: Kids Next Door
Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends
Uncle Grandpa
Masha and the Bear
Dora and Friends: Into the City
Clarence
Doc McStuffins
Peppa Pig
Justice League Unlimited
Power Rangers Megaforce
Sofia the First
Wonder Pets
Wolfblood
Shake It Up
Digimon Adventure
Wallykazam!
Blue's Clues
Dragons: Race to the Edge
Power Rangers Super Megaforce
Tak and the Power of JuJu
Mutt & Stuff
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness
Power Rangers
Crash & Bernstein
Lizzie McGuire
HBO Storybook Musicals
Slugterra
Ned's Declassified
The 7D
LEGO: Friends
Walk the Prank
My Little Pony Friendship is Magic
Lalaloopsy
Back at the Barnyard
LEGO NinjaGo: Masters of Spinjitzu
Speed Racer
Monsuno
Dream Big Princess
DC Super Hero Girls
Fraggle Rock
Real Wheels: Land, Air and Sea Adventures
Pajanimals
Inspector Gadget
Shimmer and Shine
Go, Diego, Go!
The Lion Guard
Super Why!
Ever After High
The Scooby-Doo Show
Woody Woodpecker New
Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!, Wubbzy Goes Boo!
Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors
Blippi
ThunderCats (2011)
Little Einsteins
Fairly OddParents, Von Strangle Hold
Kenan & Kel
Sonic X
Tree Fu Tom