Back-to-School TV

While going back to school is exciting and fun (kids get to see their friends every day again!), there are lots of transitions that some kids might feel anxious about. New teachers, new routines, new classrooms, and even learning new subjects can be difficult to process. These school-set TV shows can help kids get into the swing of things by modeling all kinds of classroom experiences. Kids' nerves may be calmed when they see their screen peers working through school challenges -- from preschool fears to sixth grade drama -- and they may even get excited about learning! For more back-to-school stories, check out these Back-to-School Movies and Books. To get your kids into the back-to-school mindset, check out TV That Inspires Curiosity and TV That Promotes Teamwork.

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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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Peg + Cat

age 3+

Spunky girl's math skills solve problems, teach lessons.

Network: PBS Kids (2013)
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Dino Dana

age 4+

Kid scientist can see real dinos in fun educational series.

Network: Amazon Prime Video (2017)
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Sid the Science Kid

age 4+

Boy's queries get kids curious about the world.

Network: PBS Kids (2008)
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Arthur

age 5+

A thoughtful cartoon for kids to grow up on.

Network: PBS (1996)
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The Magic School Bus Rides Again

age 5+

Great reboot encourages curiosity about science and nature.

Network: Netflix (2017)
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Doug

age 6+

Low-key '90s cartoon has good lessons for grade-schoolers.

Network: Nickelodeon (1991)
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The Kicks

age 6+

Book-inspired series scores with excellent tween role model.

Network: Amazon Prime Video (2016)
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Milo Murphy's Law

age 6+

Unlucky teen's fortune lies in friendship, positive outlook.

Network: Disney XD (2016)
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The Worst Witch

age 6+

Spooky book-inspired series is mild and magical.

Network: Netflix (2017)
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Project Mc2

age 7+

Whiz kids break stereotypes, make being smart cool.

Network: Netflix (2015)
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Girl Meets World

age 8+

Spin-off series has multigenerational appeal, OK lessons.

Network: Disney Channel (2014)
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Hyperlinked

age 8+

Strong female roles in enjoyable website-inspired series.

Network: YouTube Premium (2017)
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Alexa & Katie

age 10+

Relatable teen dramedy centers on a solid female friendship.

Network: Netflix (2018)
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Andi Mack

age 10+

Heartwarming, diverse coming-of-age story best for tweens.

Network: Disney Channel (2017)
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Speechless

age 12+

Fresh family comedy puts "disability" in a brand-new light.

Network: ABC (2016)
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