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
Paw Patrol
Paw Patrol
Andi Mack
Andi Mack
K.C. Undercover
K.C. Undercover
Wizards of Waverly Place
Wizards of Waverly Place
Girl Meets World
Girl Meets World
Every Witch Way
Every Witch Way
Mia & Me
Mia & Me
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
Big Time Rush
Big Time Rush
Zoey 101
Zoey 101
Voltron: Legendary Defender
Voltron: Legendary Defender
Austin & Ally
Austin & Ally
The Thundermans
The Thundermans
Drake & Josh
Drake & Josh
LEGO NinjaGo: Masters of Spinjitzu
LEGO NinjaGo: Masters of Spinjitzu
Wonder Pets
Wonder Pets
Star Wars Rebels
Star Wars Rebels
Sam & Cat
Sam & Cat
Dog with a Blog
Dog with a Blog
Good Luck Charlie
Blaze and the Monster Machines
Yo Gabba Gabba
Breadwinners
Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures
Adventure Time
Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
Shake It Up
Hannah Montana
The Lion Guard
Sofia the First
Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends
Elena of Avalor
Scooby Doo Mystery, Inc.
The Lodge
The Fresh Beat Band
Liv and Maddie
Avatar: The Last Airbender, Extras - Book 1: Water
Dora the Explorer
Blue's Clues
Masha and the Bear
The 7D
My Babysitter's a Vampire
Incredible Crew
Clarence
Tak and the Power of JuJu
Pocoyo
Scooby-Doo! Wild Wild West
Saved by the Bell
HBO Storybook Musicals
Uncle Grandpa
The Batman
Deadtime Stories
Ducktales
Ant Farm
Zeke and Luther
Odd Squad
Pair of Kings
The Flintstones
Nutri Ventures
Fred: The Show
The Saddle Club
SpongeBob SquarePants, Super Spongy Square Games
Peppa Pig
Shimmer and Shine
Go, Diego, Go!
Team Umizoomi
Goldie & Bear
Wolfblood
The Tom & Jerry Show
Winx Club
Handy Manny
Kenan & Kel
Thomas & Friends
Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja
Tweety Pie and Friends
Courage the Cowardly Dog
My Little Pony Friendship is Magic
Reading Rainbow
Dora and Friends: Into the City
Tom and Jerry
VeggieTales in the House
JONAS
Inspector Gadget
The Powerpuff Girls
The Scooby-Doo Show
Mutt & Stuff
Frankenstein Jr. and the Impossibles
Garfield and Friends
Mike the Knight
Sonic X
Scooby-Doo and Friends
Lizzie McGuire
Wallykazam!
Scooby-Doo! and the Creepy Ghosts
Paddington Bear Specials
The Suite Life on Deck
Teletubbies
LEGO: Friends