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
Every Witch Way
Every Witch Way
Andi Mack
Andi Mack
Wizards of Waverly Place
Wizards of Waverly Place
Zoey 101
Zoey 101
Hannah Montana
Hannah Montana
Drake & Josh
Drake & Josh
Shake It Up
Shake It Up
Big Time Rush
Big Time Rush
Paw Patrol
Paw Patrol
Sam & Cat
Sam & Cat
The Thundermans
The Thundermans
Power Rangers in Space
Power Rangers in Space
Austin & Ally
Austin & Ally
Star Wars Rebels
Star Wars Rebels
The Suite Life on Deck
The Suite Life on Deck
DuckTales (2017)
DuckTales (2017)
WITS Academy
WITS Academy
Yo Gabba Gabba
Yo Gabba Gabba
Sesame Street
Sesame Street
Shimmer and Shine
Shimmer and Shine
Power Rangers Megaforce
Power Rangers Megaforce
Kenan & Kel
Kenan & Kel
Blue's Clues
Blue's Clues
Doc McStuffins
Doc McStuffins
The Powerpuff Girls
The Powerpuff Girls
The Proud Family
The Proud Family
My Little Pony Friendship is Magic
My Little Pony Friendship is Magic
Power Rangers RPM
Power Rangers RPM
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
K.C. Undercover
K.C. Undercover
Sofia the First
Sofia the First
Wonder Pets
Wonder Pets
Zeke and Luther
Zeke and Luther
Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures
Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures
Ben 10
Ben 10
Elena of Avalor
Elena of Avalor
Blaze and the Monster Machines
Blaze and the Monster Machines
ChalkZone
ChalkZone
Back at the Barnyard
Back at the Barnyard
Good Luck Charlie
Good Luck Charlie
Little Einsteins
Little Einsteins
Wallykazam!
Wallykazam!
Voltron: Legendary Defender
Voltron: Legendary Defender
Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures
Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures
The Saddle Club
The Saddle Club
The Scooby-Doo Show
The Scooby-Doo Show
X-Men: The Animated Series
X-Men: The Animated Series
Sonic X
Sonic X
Power Rangers Operation Overdrive
Power Rangers Operation Overdrive
Slugterra
Slugterra
Power Rangers Super Megaforce
Power Rangers Super Megaforce
The Fresh Beat Band
The Fresh Beat Band
Fred: The Show
Fred: The Show
Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!
Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!
Go, Diego, Go!
Go, Diego, Go!
Wolfblood
Wolfblood
Dora the Explorer
Dora the Explorer
Walk the Prank
Walk the Prank
Ant Farm
Ant Farm
Vampirina
Vampirina
The Lodge
The Lodge
Whisker Haven Tales with the Palace Pets
Whisker Haven Tales with the Palace Pets
Muppet Babies
Muppet Babies
LEGO Star Wars
LEGO Star Wars
Adventure Time
Adventure Time
Pickle and Peanut
Pickle and Peanut
El Perro Y El Gato
El Perro Y El Gato
Peppa Pig
Peppa Pig
Liv and Maddie
Liv and Maddie
Yo-kai Watch
Yo-kai Watch
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
Garfield and Friends
Garfield and Friends
The Octonauts
The Octonauts
Mia & Me
Mia & Me
Caillou
Caillou
Jack's Big Music Show
Jack's Big Music Show
True Jackson, VP
True Jackson, VP
LEGO: Friends
LEGO: Friends
Ducktales
Ducktales
Odd Squad
Odd Squad
FETCH! With Ruff Ruffman
FETCH! With Ruff Ruffman
Archie's Weird Mysteries
Archie's Weird Mysteries
The Flintstones
The Flintstones
Fraggle Rock
Fraggle Rock
The Lion Guard
The Lion Guard
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
Apple & Onion
Apple & Onion
David Copperfield
David Copperfield
Handy Manny
Handy Manny
ThunderCats (2011)
ThunderCats (2011)
Crash & Bernstein
Crash & Bernstein
The Backyardigans
The Backyardigans
Massive Monster Mayhem
Massive Monster Mayhem
Princess Tutu
Princess Tutu
Courage the Cowardly Dog
Courage the Cowardly Dog
Ned's Declassified
Ned's Declassified
Dog with a Blog
Dog with a Blog
The Ren & Stimpy Show
The Ren & Stimpy Show
Pat the Dog
Pat the Dog