Best Animal TV Shows for Kids

Kids love animals -- and they love TV shows about (or starring!) animals almost as much. Whether your kid likes animated animals or the real deal, these wild series will educate, entertain, and inspire kids to get curious about the animal kingdom. It doesn't matter if your kids like their creatures warm and fuzzy or fierce and ferocious -- there's something here for nature lovers of all ages. Check out some of our kid-friendly favorites, featuring critters from sheep and penguins to turtles and elephants. For more excellent picks about the animal kingdom, try our list of the Best Animal Documentaries.

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Timmy Time

age 2+

Cute series has positive social messages for tots.

Network: Disney Channel (2009)
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Astroblast

age 3+

Charming animals teach kids about positive relationships.

Network: Universal Kids (2014)
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Curious George

age 3+

Notorious monkey amuses and teaches preschoolers.

Network: PBS Kids (2006)
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Go, Diego, Go

age 3+

Dora's cousin rescues animals and delights kids.

Network: Nickelodeon (2005)
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Guess How Much I Love You

age 3+

Endearing book-inspired series centers on curiosity, love.

Network: Disney Junior (2012)
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Jim Henson's Animal Show with Stinky and Jake

age 3+

Muppets teach humorous, gentle wildlife lessons.

Network: Kidstream (1994)
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Jungle Junction

age 3+

Colorful friends teach preschoolers about solving problems.

Network: Disney Channel (2009)
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Kiri & Lou

age 3+

Uniquely charming friendship story has positive messages.

Network: Nickelodeon, Apple TV+ (2019)
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Lovely Little Farm

age 3+

Sublimely sweet farm life tale; top-notch special effects.

Network: Apple TV+ (2022)
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Mama Mirabelle's Home Movies

age 3+

Nature's diversity comes to life for preschoolers.

Network: PBS Kids, Sprout (2007)
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Megaminimals

age 3+

Animals in preschool learn lessons, make discoveries.

Network: Online (2014)
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PAW Patrol

age 3+

Cute pups rescue neighbors in friendly cartoon.

Network: Nickelodeon (2013)
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Pingu

age 3+

Young penguin learns and grows at the South Pole.

Network: Sprout (2005)
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Pretzel and the Puppies

age 3+

Fun, colorful preschool series is a barking good time.

Network: Apple TV+ (2022)
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The Wonder Pets!

age 3+

Kid-friendly mini-operas about teamwork and more.

Network: Nickelodeon (2006)
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Zoboomafoo

age 3+

Preschoolers will go wild for this animal show.

Network: PBS (1999)
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Backyard Habitat

age 4+

A better place for animals -- for all ages.

Network: Animal Planet (2005)
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The Backyardigans

age 4+

Animal friends find melodious, kid-friendly adventures.

Network: Nickelodeon (2004)
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Bubu and the Little Owls

age 4+

Charming animated explorers teach kids value of curiosity.

Network: Discovery Family Channel (2019)
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Chip and Potato

age 4+

Sweet friendship helps young pup face new experiences.

Network: Netflix (2019)
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