Our favorite TV shows for kids and families

Welcome to the golden age of TV for kids. Thanks to something called the internets, you can watch everything from creative new programming with out-there themes to classic old-school cartoons that bring you back to your childhood. It's time to settle into your comfiest chairs and start streaming!

Welcome to the golden age of children's television. Thanks to something called the internet, you can watch everything from new creative programs with exterior themes to old classic paintings that will take you back to your childhood. Time to settle into the most comfortable chairs and start streaming!

The truth is, these shows are so good that you want to watch them too. This is fully confirmed by Time Out Kids. Also, it is OK to allow laptops to spend some time on the screen while performing other tasks.

Want to see more fare for children? Then check out our final list of the 50 most animated films you'll watch as a family, and the 50 best Disney movies ever. You can find these and more on our movies page!

TV shows for kids
Netflix StoryBots
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  1. Ask the StoryBots

Candidate Conversation: StoryBots is one of the best kids shows out there. Episodes follows Beep, Boop, Bing, Bang, and Bo as they launch to answer a question such as: How do eyes work? Why do we recycle? How do you get a cold? The silly story is silly and fun, but the answers are scientifically sound and strong - no wonder it won several Emmy awards. The carving is particularly pleasing to the adults: John Legend, "Al Gharib" Yanukovych, Wanda Sykes, Snoop Dogg. Watch Netflix. Ages 3 to 8.

Search ABC Mouse Search
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  1. Research and analysis

Your little one will love the global events of ABC Mouse, 123 Mouse and Do-Re-Mi Mouse as they explore the world. Each 12-minute program focuses on the inquisitive minds of young people, and the brief attention of youth. Produced by ABCmouse Early Learning Academy, you can stream the first season of 8 events completely free of charge. Look at Tubi. Ages 2-8.

Beat the Netflix lice
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  1. Beat bugs

Beat Bugs monitors the lives of insects living in a town like Richard Scarry's. What do insects do in such a crucial place with so much happening? Why, break into pop songs, of course. If it sounds silly, it is - and it's this light-hearted preparation that will allow this thought-provoking Emmy Award-winning series to tackle the life problems of young minds. Watch Netflix. Ages 5-7.

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  1. Clutch patrol

Any child's parent knows the power of the beach: This is one paw that dog-loving children can't miss. While highlighting the power of friendship and hard work, the admirable PAW Patrol puppies work to protect Adventure Bay from all the difficulties that arise. Who can resist such a nice, anti-crime puppy? Look at Sling. Age 6 and under.

Kibo Wonderbists
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  1. Kibo and the time of the Wonderbeasts

This fictional series follows Kipo Oak, a 13-year-old girl who has to flee a safe underground city to find out about the dangers of a poor world. The rings are sleek, creative, very whimsical, and totally cool. If your child has a taste for outdoor science fiction, this is the show for him. Watch Netflix. Ages 7 and older.

Pose Group 8
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  1. Peppa Pig

Some pigs! In Peppa’s world, animals like rabbits, sheep, cats, dogs - and of course pigs - can do everything humans can! Your little one will love the Nick Jr. , Which includes five-minute short events that follow Peppa's family and friends. The colorful animation looks like an innovative children's logo graphic, and who can resist those cool British accents? Look at Sling. Ages 3 and older.

An animated film for the children of Shaun the Lamb
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  1. Shaun the Sheep

From the brains you give Wallace and Grommet, this series follows a strangely intelligent lamb who lives with his friends on the Mossy Bottom Ranch. Sean always gets in trouble, and pulls himself out in creative and fun ways - the mud doesn't hurt at all. Check out Amazon Prime. Ages 4 and up.

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  1. Sophia first

If a show about a young princess wasn’t admirable enough to connect, the stunning appearance of the royals in Disney movies made this series a love affair. The Lady

11. Shimmer & Shine

Being twins is totally cool, but imagine being a twin genie?! Now that's awesome! Shimmer and Shine are trying to make the most out of spells and wish-granting capabilities (with help from their non-genie BFF Leah) but naturally, these budding mythical ladies encounter a few problems along the way. Hey, they are learning the ropes, after all! Watch on Sling. Ages 3 and up.

Photograph: Courtesy Sesame Workshop, 2017

12. Sesame Street

Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster and the rest of the muppet gang have been telling families how to get to Sesame Street for decades and they’re still going strong. The show not only teaches kids how to count and read, but also about friendship, compassion, sharing and how to handle their emotions in different scenarios. And as the show has grown, more diverse characters and family units have made their way onto the cast. Watch on PBS Kids. All ages.ADVERTISING

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13. SpongeBob Squarepants

A fantastic Nickelodeon show if ever there was one, SpongeBob Squarepants plunges viewers into the depths of the ocean to the Bikini Bottom, the town that our beloved absorbent, yellow and porous protagonist calls home. You can find the sweet (yet naive) lead leaving his pineapple house to go jelly fishing in the park, assemble a delicious Krabby Patty, spend time with his partner in crime, Patrick Star, and, of course, annoy his curmudgeonly neighbor Squidward Tentacles. Watch out when he gets behind the wheel, though: As Mrs. Puff can attest to, SpongeBob is not the best boat driver. Watch on Disney+. Ages 6 and up.

Phineas and Ferb

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14. Phineas and Ferb

There are lots of adventures to be had in this Disney Channel series as Phineas conjures up new hijinks to pursue and brainiac Ferb devises gadgets to make their ideas come to life. Meanwhile, undercover Perry the platypus is busy trying to keep Dr. Doofenshmirtz from carrying out his evil plans. Watch on Disney+. Ages 7 and up.ADVERTISING

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15. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Cowabunga, dudes! Your favorite heroes in a half-shell are back in action in a new, CGI-animated series. Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael and Donatello are still tasked with protecting NYC from evil villain, Shredder. Shredder’s henchmen pop up regularly, but the turtles are always able to save the day with their specialized skills and cool ‘tude. Stream on Apple iTunes. Ages 8 and up.

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16. Blaze and the Monster Machines

Prepare for a STEAM lesson thanks to Blaze and the Monster Machines. In this kids' cartoon, viewers journey alongside AJ and his bright-red truck, Blaze, as they race cars and help other automobiles with their issues. Of course, fans will have to prepare themselves for the duo to go head-to-head with their rival, Crusher. Stream on Sling. Ages 4 and up.ADVERTISING

Photograph: Courtesy Viacom

17. Dora the Explorer

This interactive show puts kids in charge right alongside Dora. While our beloved protagonist completes her missions and dodges run-ins with Swiper the fox, kiddies are asked to shot and sing along with her (and Boots) until the job is done. Stream on Sling. Ages 3 and up.

18. The Adventures of Paddington

Ready the marmalade: Our favorite bear is starting off the new decade with an animated series on Nickelodeon. Fans can expect to go on adventures alongside a slightly younger Paddington, who is expected begin and end each episode writing letters to his beloved Aunt Lucy. We're ready for anything he gets himself into (like jars of jam)! Watch on Nick Jr. Ages 5 and up.ADVERTISING


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19. Bubble Guppies

This adorable show features the Guppies, a group of preschool merpeople, who navigate an underwater universe. Each episode involves the guppies work through various issues with help from their school teacher, Mr. Grouper, singing songs about the day’s adventures along the way. Watch on Sling. Ages 3 and up.