TV trends come and go, but there's really nothing like the classics. These shows all stand the test of time, no matter what decade they were filmed or take place in -- from television's earliest years to more recent must-see hits. Whether you're learning with Mister Rogers or laughing with Lucy, these nostalgia-sparking favorites are great to share with kids.
Classic series gently promotes social skills, imagination.
Come and play on everyone's favorite street.
Thomas and his train friends huff and chuff around.
Encouraging kids to read, one book at a time.
One collie, 20 years of old-fashioned family adventures.
Low-key '90s cartoon has good lessons for grade-schoolers.
Classic clowning from comic genius; for all ages.
Classic '50s sitcom is dated but still appealing.
Slapstick comedy geniuses won't appeal to everyone.
Aaaaay! Classic feel-good sitcom is hokey but fun.
Classic family sitcom offers fun with its lessons.
Kennedy-era comedy series offers good family fun.
Classic pioneer drama is one for the books.
Fun '90s show deals thoughtfully with coming-of-age issues.
Classic cartoon mixes detective work, guns, and stereotypes.
Classic cowboy series still great, but lots of stereotypes.
Sci-fi classic is dated and hokey but still entertains.
Witty classic time-travel cartoon appeals more to adults.
Classic Western offers adventure, positive themes, fighting.
Classic 1980s sitcom's messages still ring true today.
Classic couples' comedy bears sexist signs of the times.
Classic cop series is milder than modern shows.
Nostalgic coming-of-age sitcom still charms.
Superb British comedy classic skewers snobbery.
Mature teen angst at its best.