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
Zoey 101
Zoey 101
Drake & Josh
Drake & Josh
Every Witch Way
Every Witch Way
Wizards of Waverly Place
Wizards of Waverly Place
Hannah Montana
Hannah Montana
Big Time Rush
Big Time Rush
Andi Mack
Andi Mack
Power Rangers in Space
Power Rangers in Space
Power Rangers Megaforce
Power Rangers Megaforce
Paw Patrol
Paw Patrol
Blue's Clues
Blue's Clues
Blaze and the Monster Machines
Blaze and the Monster Machines
The Thundermans
The Thundermans
Star Wars Rebels
Star Wars Rebels
Shimmer and Shine
Shimmer and Shine
Top Chef Jr.
Top Chef Jr.
Sesame Street
Sesame Street
Austin & Ally
Austin & Ally
Sam & Cat
Sam & Cat
Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks
The Lodge
K.C. Undercover
Dora the Explorer
The Suite Life on Deck
Slugterra
Martha Speaks
Peppa Pig
Yo Gabba Gabba
Shake It Up
Mia & Me
True Jackson, VP
Power Rangers Super Megaforce
Beyblade: Metal Fury
The Fresh Beat Band
Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!
The Powerpuff Girls
Wolfblood
Avatar: The Last Airbender, Extras - Book 1: Water
Ben 10
Girl Meets World
Kenan & Kel
Power Rangers Operation Overdrive
Reading Rainbow
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
Zeke and Luther
Pair of Kings
Doc McStuffins
Speed Racer
Adventure Time
The Saddle Club
Mysticons
Team Umizoomi
The Lion Guard
Justice League Unlimited
The Best of Clarissa Explains It All
Mutt & Stuff
Apple & Onion
Crash & Bernstein
Nanny 911
WITS Academy
Power Rangers RPM
Ant Farm
Dora and Friends: Into the City
Tom and Jerry
Odd Squad
LEGO NinjaGo: Masters of Spinjitzu
Jungle Junction
Animorphs
Littlest Pet Shop
Fraggle Rock
Craig of the Creek
Liv and Maddie
The Scooby-Doo Show
Sofia the First
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
David Copperfield
Bundle of Love
Emily of New Moon
My Friends Tigger & Pooh
Good Luck Charlie
X-Men: The Animated Series
Power Rangers
Little Einsteins
Digimon Adventure
Elena of Avalor
Wallykazam!
Crashbox
Courage the Cowardly Dog
Uncle Grandpa
The Batman
Ned's Declassified
Dragons: Race to the Edge
Super Wings
LEGO: Friends
Dog with a Blog
Walk the Prank
Pat the Dog
Kidsongs
Harvey Beaks