50 TV Shows Every Kid Should See at Least Once

Guess which media type kids and teens love most. Social media? Nope. Video games? Nope. It's TV. That's right, kids still love good old-fashioned television. But finding good shows can be challenging. So why not share some of your old faves? If you think back over the past, oh, 50 years or so, you're bound to come up with shows that affected you in some way. Maybe it was the amiable leadership of Captain Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation or a groundbreaking cartoon like The Simpsons. Watching older shows gives your kids a new sense of pacing -- and perspective. Below are 50 shows that shouldn't be missed -- though you'll want to choose the right time to introduce them. Hopefully this list will help you and your kids bond while you enjoy and discuss.

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The Muppet Show

age 7+

Classic Muppet series mixes stars and kid-friendly content.

Network: Syndicated (1976)
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The Andy Griffith Show

age 6+

Cheery classic has positive, kid-friendly lessons.

Network: TV Land (1960)
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I Love Lucy

age 6+

Classic clowning from comic genius; for all ages.

Network: Syndicated, TV Land (1951)
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Pee-wee's Playhouse

age 6+

Brilliant, double-edged silliness has broad appeal.

Network: Cartoon Network (1986)
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Bill Nye the Science Guy

age 7+

Fantastically fun classic is perfect formula for learning.

Network: PBS Kids (1998)
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Looney Tunes

age 7+

Classic 'toons are violent but still wildly entertaining.

Network: Boomerang (1930)
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Little House on the Prairie

age 7+

Classic pioneer drama is one for the books.

Network: Hallmark Channel, Syndicated (1974)
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The Legend of Korra

age 8+

Strong heroine, positive messages make great fantasy series.

Network: Nickelodeon (2012)
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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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Star Trek: The Original Series

age 8+

A cultural icon that's lived long and prospered.

Network: G4, Syndicated, TV Land (1966)
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MythBusters

age 9+

Witty team puts urban legends to the scientific test.

Network: Discovery Channel (2003)
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Adventure Time

age 10+

Original, if nonsensical, hilarity; expect minor weapons.

Network: Cartoon Network (2010)
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Doctor Who

age 10+

Long-running British sci-fi series still thrills fans.

Network: BBC America, Syfy (1963)
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NOVA

age 10+

Stellar science series expands curious minds.

Network: PBS (1974)
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The Twilight Zone

age 10+

Classic morality tales still make you think.

Network: Syfy, Syndicated (1959)
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The Facts of Life

age 11+

Wholesome '80s coming-of-age sitcom tackles serious issues.

Network: NBC (1979)
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Family Ties

age 11+

Classic 1980s sitcom's messages still ring true today.

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

age 11+

Good-natured sitcom that the family can enjoy together.

Network: Nickelodeon, Syndicated, TeenNick (1990)
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Quantum Leap

age 12+

Classic sci-fi series hops and skips through time.

Network: Syfy (1989)
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The Simpsons

age 12+

Clever, fast-paced cartoon with edgy humor.

Network: Fox (1989)
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