The Muppet Show TV Poster Image

Harried host Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, and the rest of the gang put on a star-studded variety show in this classic series that mixes puppetry with celebrity appearances and clever pop-culture parodies. Meant to entertain parents and kids, so the content is family-friendly to a fault.

The Andy Griffith Show TV Poster Image

Classic comedy series has simplistic story lines and dated humor but also lessons about responsibility, kindness, and the consequences of behavior. A cheerful, squeaky-clean, idealized example of strong family and community relationships.

Fraggle Rock TV Poster Image

Classic show tackles big themes like inclusion, sustainability, and spirituality but does so in a metaphorical way that subtly helps viewers see how the actions of one culture can affect another. Plus it has a catchy theme song!

I Love Lucy TV Poster Image

Lucille Ball charms with her clownish pranks and vaudevillian charades alongside real-life husband Desi Arnaz, who plays Cuban bandleader Ricky Ricardo. Despite its dated references and old-fashioned family dynamics, the show remains hilarious.

Pee-wee's Playhouse TV Poster Image

Creative incorporation of puppetry and various animation styles gives '80s cult classic visual appeal; recurring cast of quirky characters keeps things unpredictable. Pee-wee sometimes behaves disagreeably and rudely, but it's meant for laughs.

Common Sense Tips

  • Make bedrooms TV-free. Even a glowing light can interfere with sleep.
  • During commercials, ask your kids, "who made that ad?" and "why did they make it?"