Children TV Shows

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. 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. Plots approach conflicts between the characters from both comedic and dramatic directions.

Victorious
Victorious
Dragons: Race to the Edge
Dragons: Race to the Edge
Star Wars Rebels
Star Wars Rebels
Dora the Explorer
Dora the Explorer
Big Time Rush
Big Time Rush
Austin & Ally
Austin & Ally
Adventure Time
Adventure Time
Ant Farm
Ant Farm
WITS Academy
WITS Academy
Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!
Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!
Handy Manny
Handy Manny
Find Me in Paris
Find Me in Paris
Hannah Montana
Hannah Montana
Wonder Pets
Wonder Pets
Wizards of Waverly Place
Wizards of Waverly Place
Drake & Josh
Drake & Josh
Shimmer and Shine
Shimmer and Shine
Ben 10
Ben 10
LEGO NinjaGo: Masters of Spinjitzu
LEGO NinjaGo: Masters of Spinjitzu
Zoey 101
Zoey 101
Sam & Cat
Sam & Cat
Andi Mack
Andi Mack
Monsuno
Monsuno
Slugterra
Slugterra
Blaze and the Monster Machines
Blaze and the Monster Machines
Paw Patrol
Paw Patrol
Power Rangers Operation Overdrive
Power Rangers Operation Overdrive
Power Rangers
Power Rangers
The Thundermans
The Thundermans
ThunderCats (2011)
ThunderCats (2011)
The Owl House
The Owl House
Power Rangers in Space
Power Rangers in Space
Every Witch Way
Every Witch Way
Craig of the Creek
Craig of the Creek
DC Super Hero Girls
DC Super Hero Girls
Girl Meets World
Girl Meets World
Elena of Avalor
Elena of Avalor
The Proud Family
The Proud Family
The Boss Baby: Back in Business
The Boss Baby: Back in Business
Team Umizoomi
Team Umizoomi
The Backyardigans
The Backyardigans
Puppy Dog Pals
Puppy Dog Pals
Doc McStuffins
Doc McStuffins
Fancy Nancy
Fancy Nancy
Good Luck Charlie
Good Luck Charlie
Little Einsteins
Little Einsteins
Sesame Street
Sesame Street
Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks
Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks
T.O.T.S.
T.O.T.S.
Zeke and Luther
Zeke and Luther
Summer Camp Island
Summer Camp Island
The Penguins of Madagascar
The Penguins of Madagascar
Sofia the First
Sofia the First
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness
Digimon Adventure
Digimon Adventure
LEGO: Friends
LEGO: Friends
Voltron: Legendary Defender
Voltron: Legendary Defender
Ducktales
Ducktales
The Fresh Beat Band
The Fresh Beat Band
Jake and the Never Land Pirates
Jake and the Never Land Pirates
Courage the Cowardly Dog
Courage the Cowardly Dog
Power Rangers Megaforce
Power Rangers Megaforce
Breadwinners
Breadwinners
Some Assembly Required
Some Assembly Required
K.C. Undercover
K.C. Undercover
DuckTales (2017)
DuckTales (2017)
JONAS
JONAS
Super Why!
Super Why!
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
Blue's Clues
Blue's Clues
Transformers: Rescue Bots
Transformers: Rescue Bots
The Lodge
The Lodge
Spirit Riding Free
Spirit Riding Free
Abby Hatcher
Abby Hatcher
Wallykazam!
Wallykazam!
The Powerpuff Girls
The Powerpuff Girls
The Scooby-Doo Show
The Scooby-Doo Show
Higglytown Heroes
Higglytown Heroes
Yo Gabba Gabba
Yo Gabba Gabba
Liv and Maddie
Liv and Maddie
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
Wolfblood
Wolfblood
X-Men: The Animated Series
X-Men: The Animated Series
Peppa Pig
Peppa Pig
Sid the Science Kid
Sid the Science Kid
Scooby Doo Mystery, Inc.
Scooby Doo Mystery, Inc.
Clarence
Clarence
Martha Speaks
Martha Speaks
Apple & Onion
Apple & Onion
Caillou
Caillou
Power Rangers Super Megaforce
Power Rangers Super Megaforce
Shake It Up
Shake It Up
Jack's Big Music Show
Jack's Big Music Show
Victor & Valentino
Victor & Valentino
Pair of Kings
Pair of Kings
The Hoobs
The Hoobs
Jungle Junction
Jungle Junction
Bunnicula
Bunnicula
Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja
Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja
My Babysitter's a Vampire
My Babysitter's a Vampire