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60 Best Kids’ TV Shows and Television Series for Families 2022

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Screen time may get a bad rap, but savvy parents know it’s not really the screens that matter — it’s what kids are doing on them. When it’s time to put on the TV, make the most of the downtime by making sure you’re watching the best TV shows for kids out there — for both their sake and yours, since better shows will keep them engaged and entertained for longer, and will keep you saner, too. (No, you don’t have to default to that sing-songy show with the round-headed family that’s always in the Netflix top 10 if you don’t want to!)

But, with the proliferation of streaming services, there’s just so much out there for kids, and it’s always available. (I often regale my daughter with horror stories about how, if the school bus didn’t get me home in time to watch DuckTales that day, that was it — no DuckTales. She remains unmoved by my plight.) Keep this list of the best TV shows for kids handy, and next time they whine “I don’t know what to watch!” from the other room, you’ll have suggestions at the ready. And, if you’re looking for more targeted recommendations, you can always check out the best Netflix shows for kids, best Netflix shows for tweens and teens, or the best kids’ movies of all-time.

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The GOAT is still at it, teaching kids to be smarter, stronger and kinder on HBO Max. This past season — its 52nd! — had amazing guest stars, like Keke Palmer, Billie Eilish, Kacey Musgraves and Naomi Osaka. Ages 2+

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Based on The Questioneers series of kids’ books, Ada Twist, Scientist follows a girl who uses the scientific method to solve everyday problems. It’ll have your kids forming hypotheses for their own problems, too. Ages 3+

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The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse

Not only is the drawing style on these Mickey Mouse episodes more playful than in traditional Disney shorts, the characters have a much more mischievous energy, too — almost more similar to Ren and Stimpy than Mickey Mouse shorts of old. Each series of episodes is themed around a season; after “Winter” and “Spring,” “The Wonderful Summer of Mickey Mouse” debuts in July 2022. Ages 5+

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In this series on PBS Kids, Molly Mabray helps run the Denali Trading Post with her family, and then goes on exciting dog-sledding, ice-fishing, volcano-watching adventures with her friends. Molly is an Alaskan native (Gwich’in/ Koyukon/Dena’ina Athabascan to be exact), and the series was made by Alaskan native screenwriters and producers, making it a first of its kind. Ages 4+

WATCH ON PBS KIDS

Gabby sits at the intersection of a bunch of different trends: IRL Gabby unboxes a surprise at the beginning of every episode, then gets transported to an (animated) dollhouse world where she has musical DIY adventures with all her cat friends. Ages 4+

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The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder

A revival of The Proud Family from the early ’00s, this show still details the lives of 14-year-old Penny Proud and her family. It’s great for tweens who are making sense of their own families. Ages 10+

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Kung Fu Panda: Dragon Knight

Two gifted martial-arts bears are definitely better than one. Starting July 14, kids can watch Po team up with an English bear known as “The Wandering Blade,” voiced by Rita Ora, as they travel the world on a globe-trotting quest. Ages 7+

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This show is about a 6-year-old girl living in the Bronx, and all the goings-on in her neighborhood. It mostly focuses on decision-making, and the stopping, listening and considering that goes into making a decision. Ages 3+

WATCH ON PBS KIDS

High School Musical: The Series

In a meta twist inspired by the High School Musical franchise, this series returned East High School to follow a new group of teenage theater enthusiasts who, in the first season, put on a production of High School Musical. (Full circle.) A third season begins in July 2022, and takes the cast to summer camp to put on a performance of Frozen. Ages 10+

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Octonauts Above and Beyond

What even are the Octonauts if they’re not undertaking undersea adventures? It turns out … they’re still pretty great. Now traveling on land and on water, the intrepid crew still works to save creatures great and small. Ages 3+

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This take on superheroes is extremely silly, sometimes surreal and often downright bizarre, but it’ll always keep you laughing. Keep an eye out for the episode “Superhero Feud,” which is a crossover with the DC Super Hero Girls show. Ages 7+

WATCH ON HBO MAX

In 2019, Blue’s Clues returned, with a new host (Josh) but the same old Thinking Chair. The series has gotten an update, with new CG animation for Blue and Magenta, and other new touches (the Handy Dandy Notebook now has smartphone technology, for example). Ages 3+

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Prepare for magic and adventure with this animated fantasy-comedy series. In it, a teenage girl named Luz stumbles upon a portal to a magical realm, where she befriends a witch and other magical creatures. Ages 8+

WATCH ON DISNEY+

Spidey and His Amazing Friends

Kids may be too young for the MCU, but this show brings Spider-Man, Miles Morales, Ghost Spider and all the Marvel superheroes down to kid-size. They use friendship and teamwork to battle villains like Doc Ock and Rhino. Ages 4+

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Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous

If Jurassic World: Dominion has them interested in everything dino, show them this companion series. It follows a group of kids who were marooned on Isla Nublar in the events leading up to the first Jurassic World movie, and the different seasons take place concurrently with the different movies in the Jurassic World franchise. Ages 9+

WATCH ON NETFLIX

RELATED: How to Watch the ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘Jurassic World’ Movies in Order

The pleasures of watching Peppa Pig are simples ones. Episodes find her doing things like celebrating holidays with friends, playing with her family and, of course, jumping in muddy puddles! Ages 2+

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Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir

It’s a love quadrangle with only two people: Marinette Dupain-Cheng, the secret identity of superhero Ladybug, is in love with Parisian teen Adrien Agreste, who’s the secret identity of hero Cat Noir. Only Adrien Agreste/Cat Noir can’t return Marinette’s affections, because he’s in love with Ladybug! With all that going on, it’s hard to believe they have time to team up and fight Hawk Moth and his evil army of akumas. Ages 7+

WATCH ON DISNEY+

Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show

Adults may know Jack McBrayer from comedies like 30 Rock, but to the resident’s of Clover’s Grove, he’s known as the nicest neighbor in town. In this upbeat series, he tries to spread kindness and humor to everyone in town. Ages 2+

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What can be more fun than a show about a family ranch, with all the rustling and wrangling that goes with it? How about if the livestock was dinosaurs? This show follows the Cassidy Family and the goings-on on their “prewestoric” ranch, where dinos roam. Ages 5+

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Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock

The Fraggles are back and still dancing their cares away. Friends Gobo, Red, Boober, Mokey, Wembley and Uncle Traveling Matt have more adventures, just like you may remember from when you were young. Ages 4+

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Bingo and Rolly, two boisterous pug brothers, go on zany adventures to help their human, Bob. Along the way, they often learn about different places around the world. Ages 3+

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Kids won’t even realize how much math knowledge they’re absorbing when they see these characters, who look like counting cubes, combine and detach to make new numbers. The show even inspired a toy like that won a 2021 Good Housekeeping Best Toy Award that lets them learn more math at home. Ages 2+

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This show is based on Kate Beaton’s picture book The Princess and the Pony, about a girl who wants a warrior horse, and gets … something else. In the show, Princess Pinecone and her roly-poly pony face trolls, giants, dragons and other fearsome things. Ages 6+

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Alice’s Wonderland Bakery

Alice — granddaughter of the Alice — now works in the Wonderland bakeshop. Only cooking in Wonderland isn’t always straightforward, as the ingredients, and even the appliances, sometimes cause mischief. Ages 4+

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A spin-off of the excellent Clone Wars TV series, The Bad Batch follows a group of clone troopers who, for one reason or another, refuse to carry out the fateful Order 66. On the run for being insubordinate, they try to figure out what the larger plan is. Ages 10+

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You’ve heard the song. Maybe millions of times? Baby Shark’s Big Show! takes fans deeper into the world of “Baby Shark,” following his undersea life with his family and friends. Ages 4+

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DreamWorks Dragons: Rescue Riders

This show follows twins who were raised by dragons and can speak their language. If you have a How to Raise Your Dragon fan who is sad the movie franchise is complete, you can keep them in the world of dragons and vikings a little longer. Ages 5+

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Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years

Catboy, Owelette and Gecko may be normal kids by day, but by night they fight the forces that try to sow mayhem in their town. They also learn some social-emotional skills along the way. Ages 4+

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Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum

Based on the Ordinary People Change the World book series by Brad Meltzer and Christopher Eliopoulos, this show teaches kids about influential historical figures. In each episode, Xavier faces a problem, and he and his buddies have to go to the secret museum, travel through time, and meet heroes from the past to find solutions. Ages 4+

WATCH ON PBS KIDS

Merkids, and their mer-pup, head to their school every day, where Mr. Grouper teaches them about different subjects through stories and songs. In July 2022, look for “The Jaw-some Sharkventure,” a crossover special with Baby Shark’s Big Show, before the next season premieres. Ages 3+

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In a show that’s like X-Files meets Square One, strange things are afoot, and the Odd Squad has to use math to figure out what’s going on and set things right. Ages 5+

WATCH ON PBS KIDS

Just when you thought you knew everything about the Dr. Seuss classic, along comes a series to show you more of the wacky world of Sam I Am. Adam Devine, Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Keegan-Michael Key and other parent-approved favorite comedians provide voices. Ages 4+

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This animated series is about a school where kid superheroes can learn to master their powers, like flight and teleportation. Along the way, they also learn about STEM concepts, so your kids might sneak in some learning, too. Ages 5+

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Indiana Jones and A Night at the Museum are mashed up into this show, which sees young Ridley as a caretaker for museum exhibits that come alive after guests have gone home. It was created by Chris Nee, who previously made Doc McStuffins. Ages 3+

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If you come from a family of trekkies, this show could be an entry to the Star Trek universe. It follows a group of aliens who find an abandoned starship and use it to travel the galaxy. Ages 7+

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The Not-Too-Late Show With Elmo

Elmo hosts his own talk show from his living room! Pals like Jimmy Fallon, Lil’ Nas X and John Mulaney stop by. Ages 3+

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This animated adventure-comedy has returned for a third season, further following the exploits of a 10-year-old who moves from the country to the big city. Ages 7+

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Curious George has been on the air since 2007, and there’s still so much for him to explore. See him get into the mildest of jams with the Man in the Yellow Hat, who always helps him get out again. Ages 3+

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This reality competition pits LEGO master builders against each other in a series of challenges. It’ll inspire your family to get their bricks out again. Ages 9+

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Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

For kids obsessed with vehicles, this show features lots of different cars and trucks. A young boy and his team of pups all use different rescue vehicle to help the residents of Adventure Bay out of various jams. And if dogs aren’t their fave, in June they launched a spin-off special, Cat Pack. Ages 3+

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Buckle up for fun times with Netflix’s preschool show, based on the hit toy line. It features adorable kid car Cory Carson as he explores the roads of Bumperton Hills — and has many adventures along the way. Ages 4+

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Beloved by kids and parents, this show follows five cute robots as they find answers to real-world questions asked by real kids. Celebs that parents know fill in to help! Ages 3+

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Archibald’s Next Big Thing Is Here!

Veep’s Tony Hale stars in this series based on the beloved book character. The show is about an enthusiastic chick who wakes up every day and goes on an adventure in the world around him. Ages 5+

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The kids in this show head to Pitchfork Pines, ready to learn how to use their monster powers. This preschool series has launched specials, spin-offs and Super Monsters: The New Class, which launched in August 2020. Ages 4+

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True and the Rainbow Kingdom

True, an 8-year-old-girl, and her cat, Bartleby, are the only ones that Rainbow City’s citizens can rely on when something goes wrong. In every episode, True shows off her problem-solving skills. If kids enjoy it, there are also multiple series and specials, including True: Magical Friends, True: Wonderful Wishes and True Tunes. Ages 4+

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The little Muppets are in daycare together, just like they were when parents were kids — and they’re still learning how to use their imaginations to solve problems. Summer the Penguin, a new friend, joins Kermit, Piggy, Fozzie and the others. Ages 4+

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Anne and Sprig are an unlikely pair: One is a Thai-American girl, and the other is a talking frog. They cross paths when Anne discovers a magical music box that transports her to Amphibia, a land of talking insects and reptiles, and adventures begin. New, second-season episodes will air all summer. Ages 7+

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Abby Hatcher is a 7-year-old girl who moves into a hotel, only to discover funny creatures called the Fuzzlies. She spends her days trying to keep them out of trouble! Ages 4+

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She’s on the case! Mira is a regular girl appointed to the post of royal detective so she can help solve (not-too-intense) crimes around the palace, along with the help of her mongoose friends. Ages 4+

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This miniseries brings to life the story from the El Deafo graphic novel. It follows a hearing impaired girl who, after receiving a Phonic Ear hearing aid, transfers from a deaf school to one with hearing students. She feels isolated, and imagines her hearing to be a superpower. Ages 8+

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DuckTales returned for three seasons of high adventure in Duckburg — woo-ooh! In addition to an updated animation style, the story is also tweaked so you get more information about the McDuck family. Ages 5+

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She-Ra and the Princesses of Power

Those who remember She-Ra from the ’80s are in for a treat — the re-vamped version of the show is way better, with much deeper and more thoughtful takes on the characters. (She-Ra and Catra are former friends, for example, which makes their relationship deeper than your typical friend/foe conflict.) And yet the bones are the same: She-Ra has to martial forces against the evil Horde. Ages 8+

WATCH ON NETFLIX

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