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Daniel and friends validate kids' emotions -- disappointment, sadness, frustration, joy -- before demonstrating how to deal with them. Strong messages about friendship and family bonds, respect for curiosity; show covers basic preschool skills like letter sounds and counting.

Dinosaur Train TV Poster Image
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Encourages curiosity and introduces preschoolers to basic scientific principles and several species of prehistoric creatures. Each story teaches kids terms like "hypothesis" and "herbivore," celebrates differences, and encourages respect for others.

Doc McStuffins TV Poster Image
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Six-year-old Doc "heals" her toys, encouraging independence, caring for others, and a can-do attitude. In this African-American family, the parents take on reversed gender roles (mom at work, dad at home); health tips remind about basic personal hygiene.

Miles from Tomorrowland TV Poster Image
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Miles and his family travel the universe, exploring new places and helping other space-dwellers; teamwork and problem-solving are common themes. Sparks curiosity about outer space through characters' adventures. With STEM-based, NASA-approved content.

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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. Box set out Nov. 3.

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Common Sense Tips

Common Sense Tip

  • Hulu, Amazon, and Netflix all offer great TV shows for little kids -- and monthly subscriptions are pretty affordable.