Favorite Children's TV Shows?

Updated on July 12, 2013
E.M. asks from Chicago, IL
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My 6 and 4 yr old kids have started to watch shows like SpongeBob and Fairly Odd Parents. I don't like the shows -- characters calling each other idiots and morons, etc... I don't mind my kids watching a bit of TV once in a while, but would prefer something a little more positive! A year or two ago, they watched Wild Kratts, Dinosaur Train, and Curious George.

What are your kids favorite TV shows that you feel pretty good about?

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answers from Seattle on

Phineas & Ferb, Jessie, Austin & Ally, Shake It Up, dog with a blog, Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins, Jake and the Neverland Pirates and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse are all shows my 6 year old son enjoy.

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answers from Dallas on

My son is 4. We mostly just buy DVD's. Wallace and Gromit, DVD's about toys (real and model,) Mr. Rogers, Kid friendly animal documentaries, and oddly enough...watching Bob Ross paint. (That makes ME especially happy!)

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answers from Kansas City on

Spongebob rocks!
To know him truly is to love him.

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answers from Los Angeles on

My girls are 5 and almost 7 and they still watch Backyardigans, My Little Pony, Doc McStuffins, Care Bears, etc.

Some of their favourite "big kid" shows are Phineas and Ferb, Johnny Test, and Adventure Time. Now, I'm not a fan of Adventure Time, but it's not *that* bad.

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answers from Minneapolis on

My kids are 9 & 6 and they still watch Wild Kratts. They pretty much only watch PBS shows since we don't have cable. They like Arthur, Martha Speaks & Cyberchase. They watch Justin Time on Netflix and my daughter really like Pinky Dinky Doo on Netflix, also Phineas & Ferb on Netflix.

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answers from Tulsa on

We just do PBS shows-Curious George, Sesame Street, and Mr. Rogers (off Amazon Prime). I'm pretty strict with the screen time though, I limit it to no more than 30 mins a day, but most days we don't even do that much. I'm sure as he gets older he'll want to watch other shows, but I don't think Spongebob is a great choice.

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answers from Baton Rouge on

My daughter watched Animaniacs at that age. In fact, she and I both loved it. And yes, she got the jokes that were aimed at us vintage folk.

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answers from Dallas on

my kids are almost 4 and 5 and right now they are loving The Magic School Bus (their current fav), all the Leapfrog movies, Scooby Doo, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, and Special Agent Oso.

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answers from Phoenix on

My kids are 7,5, and 3.we watch Full House,Dog with a blog,Good luck Charlie etc.My 7 yr old loves full house,5 yr old loves anything disney and 3 yr old loves Curious George.im fine with it


answers from Grand Forks on

At that age my boys were really into Scooby Doo and America's Funniest Videos.



answers from Houston on

We're still on Nick Jr. Little Bill, The Backyardigans are our favorites.



answers from Louisville on

I love sponge bob! And Shaun the sheep, Sid the science kid, the magic school bus and a few others I can remember right now. My kiddo is 3.


I love sponge bob! And Shaun the sheep, Sid the science kid, the magic school bus and a few others I can remember right now. My kiddo is 3.



answers from Chicago on

Do you get qubo? Check it out, my kids love their programming.



answers from Chicago on

If you dont like the shows, then your kids shouldnt watch them. We do Cat and The Hat Knows A Lot about That, Curious George, Scooby Doo and Doc McStuffins.



answers from Chicago on

My son is 5 1/2 and loves Word Girl (and I love that he doesn't care that the main character is a girl, and I love that the girl is smart and strong and a super hero that solves crime with words--yay! And how can you not love that her sidekick is a monkey named Captain Huggiepants?), the Muppet Show DVDs totally crack him up, the Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot about That (really smart show, teaches a lot but is silly--I love that Martin Short is "the Cat"). We also get a lot of the old school Scooby Doo and super hero cartoon DVDs from the library (the ones from the 80s). They are wayyyy more kiddo-friendly than the new ones that are on cable, IMO.



answers from Los Angeles on

Disney TV Is Poisoning Your Daughters
By Nick Schager Thursday, Jun 20 2013


I've seen these Disney shows and I agree with his opinion. My daughter watches Shake it Up sometimes, etc... and I can't stand it. I have a friend (single mom has 2 daughters 9 and 8) who just bans all Disney shows because they encourage bad behavior. Middle schoolers dating. Really? We need to put that into your 6 and 9 yr olds heads? Or middle schoolers obsessed with being the center of attention on a dance show?

I ordered LIBERTY KIDS DVD on Ebay after reading about it on homeschooling boards. Check out the reviews on Amazon. It was a PBS series that is a cartoon, so kids learn about American history and don't realize they are learning. I SO WISH I started these cartoons when my kids were younger - the age your children are now. My kids are 9 and 13 now. I'm still going to make them watch them.

Most Nick/Disney shows are junk. I can stand Phineas & Ferb, but not the rest.

I never had my kids watch Veggie Tales, but now I'm trying to find Bible stories on video.

Buck Denver Asks: What's in the Bible? Volume One - In the Beginning (2011)
It's from one of the creators of Veggie Tales. Look up the reviews on Amazon.

(Wow, I just found some short Bible stories on youtube for kids.)

"A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education." - Theodore Roosevelt

Teddy Roosevelt is right. I'm reading the Bible and everyone should be familiar with this book. It's not taught in schools, so it's up to you to read it for yourself. I'm reading the Book of Proverbs to my 13 yr old son. Lots of wisdom there about staying of trouble.

Homeschooling boards are great for this type of question. There are amazing educational resources out there.

PUBLIC LIBRARY - our big public library has a wall of DVDs to rent. Some are different, historical/educational, biographical cartoons. Go to your local library and see what they have. Turn off the TV and just use DVDs.

What TV I can watch with my kids that I feel good about?
Food Network - some cooking shows.
I like home renovation shows.
13 yr old likes Fishing channel and nature shows
He just discovered Extreme Home Makeover.
Wife swap - yup we watch that. Fascinating and educational.



answers from Detroit on

I am in the same boat - DD is turning 6 next month and has gotten more into the same shows and less into the preschooler shows. I really like Phineas and Ferb - it's really fun and the characters don't insult each other or act inappropriate in any way. SpongeBob and Fairly Odd Parents don't bother me that much - I make sure DD understands that it's only TV and only a cartoon and we don't talk that way to people in real life. I won't let her watch Sanjay and Craig or any of the tween/teen shows like iCarly, Victorious, Austin and Ally, etc.

DD also likes game-show type shows - I can't remember the names of all of them but they have them for families and kids on the Hub (Family Game Night) and Nick. She thinks Wipeout is hilarious and she's also gotten into watching reruns of Full House on Nick - it's corny to me but wholesome enough. She likes Gumball on Cartoon Network but I don't like Cartoon Network overall so I don't let her have it on very often. She also likes Scooby Doo, Kung Fu Panda and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. You might not want your boys watching TMNT if you are worried about violence and them imitating what they see on TV and doing karate moves on each other - but that just depends on how much you think they can understand about not emulating what they see on TV. My friend's twin boys (6 going on 7) also like Justice League (Superman, etc.) and anything Star Wars.

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