TV That Inspires Empathy

Developing character strengths and life skills is essential to kids' overall growth and success. These TV shows help kids learn the value of putting themselves in someone else's shoes to understand the feelings and perspective of another person. The character strength of empathy surfaces in these shows by being intrinsic to the story and by being repeated several times in the actions of a lead character, and it "wins" over character flaws such as focusing only on one's own needs. (See even more movies and TV shows that inspire empathy.)

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Clangers

age 3+

Endearing remake of classic has a galaxy's worth of charm.

Network: Universal Kids, CBeebies (2015)
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Curious George

age 3+

Notorious monkey amuses and teaches preschoolers.

Network: PBS Kids (2006)
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Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

age 3+

Excellent lessons from Mister Rogers' next generation.

Network: PBS Kids (2012)
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The Daniel Tiger Movie: Won't You Be Our Neighbor?

age 3+

Daniel helps a nervous new neighbor friend feel at home.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2018)
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Franny's Feet

age 3+

Girl's magical travels teach about other cultures.

Network: PBS Kids, Kids Central (2006)
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Maya the Bee

age 3+

Gentle animated show has lessons about nature, friendship.

Network: Universal Kids (2012)
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Nina's World

age 3+

Strong diversity, community, family themes in superb series.

Network: Universal Kids (2015)
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Super Wings

age 3+

Friendly planes' world travels teach kids multiculturalism.

Network: Universal Kids (2015)
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Llama Llama

age 4+

Beloved books inspire charming, family-friendly series.

Network: Netflix (2018)
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Ruby's Studio: The Friendship Show

age 4+

Insightful, gentle lessons teach kids about relationships.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2013)
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Tinga Tinga Tales

age 4+

African folk tales feed kids' curiosity, teach good lessons.

Network: Disney Channel (2011)
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True and the Rainbow Kingdom

age 4+

Whimsical world's heroine helps her friends solve problems.

Network: Netflix (2017)
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Wishenpoof!

age 4+

Sweet magical series illustrates joys of helping others.

Network: Amazon Prime Video (2014)
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Maya & Miguel

age 5+

Engaging cartoon teaches cultural diversity.

Network: PBS (2004)
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The Casagrandes

age 7+

Charming Loud House spin-off about Mexican American family.

Network: Nickelodeon (2019)
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Kid President: Declaration of Awesome

age 7+

Viral-video star brings inspiring messages to fun TV series.

Network: Discovery Family Channel (2014)
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Ronja, the Robber's Daughter

age 7+

Beautiful book adaptation with exceptional female lead.

Network: Amazon Prime Video (2017)
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Good Witch

age 8+

Family-friendly series centers on charming, helpful witch.

Network: Hallmark Channel (2015)
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Invisible Sister

age 8+

Funny, feel-good movie has excellent messages for kids.

Network: Disney Channel (2015)
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Star Trek: The Next Generation

age 10+

Still going boldly, updated series is fun for all.

Network: Syndicated (1987)
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