Best Animal TV Shows for Kids

Kids love animals -- and they love TV shows about (or starring!) animals almost as much. Whether your kids likes animated animals or the real deal, these wild series will educate, entertain, and inspire kids to get curious about the animal kingdom. It doesn't matter if your kids like their creatures warm and fuzzy or fierce and ferocious -- there's something here for nature lovers of all ages. Check out some of our kid-friendly favorites, featuring critters from sheep and penguins to turtles and elephants. For more excellent picks about the animal kingdom, try our list of the Best Animal Documentaries

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Timmy Time TV Poster Image
Cute series has positive social messages for tots.
Network: Disney Channel
(2010)
(2009)
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Astroblast TV Poster Image
Charming animals teach kids about positive relationships.
Network: Universal Kids
(2015)
(2014)
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Curious George TV Poster Image
Notorious monkey amuses and teaches preschoolers.
Network: PBS Kids
(2006)
(2006)
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Go, Diego, Go TV Poster Image
Dora's cousin rescues animals and delights kids.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2005)
(2005)
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Guess How Much I Love You TV Poster Image
Endearing book-inspired series centers on curiosity, love.
Network: Disney Junior
(2012)
(2012)
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Jim Henson's Animal Show with Stinky and Jake TV Poster Image
Muppets teach humorous, gentle wildlife lessons.
Network: Kidstream
(2014)
(1994)
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Jungle Junction TV Poster Image
Colorful friends teach preschoolers about solving problems.
Network: Disney Channel
(2009)
(2009)
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Mama Mirabelle's Home Movies TV Poster Image
Nature's diversity comes to life for preschoolers.
Network: PBS Kids, Sprout
(2007)
(2007)
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Megaminimals TV Poster Image
Animals in preschool learn lessons, make discoveries.
Network: Online
(2015)
(2014)
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PAW Patrol TV Poster Image
Cute pups rescue neighbors in friendly cartoon.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2013)
(2013)
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Pingu TV Poster Image
Young penguin learns and grows at the South Pole.
Network: Sprout
(2004)
(2005)
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The Wonder Pets! TV Poster Image
Kid-friendly mini-operas about teamwork and more.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2006)
(2006)
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Zoboomafoo TV Poster Image
Preschoolers will go wild for this animal show.
Network: PBS
(2005)
(1999)
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Backyard Habitat TV Poster Image
A better place for animals -- for all ages.
Network: Animal Planet
(2005)
(2005)
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The Backyardigans TV Poster Image
Animal friends find melodious, kid-friendly adventures.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2005)
(2004)
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Bubu and the Little Owls TV Poster Image
Charming animated explorers teach kids value of curiosity.
Network: Discovery Family Channel
(2019)
(2019)
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Chip and Potato TV Poster Image
Sweet friendship helps young pup face new experiences.
Network: Netflix
(2019)
(2019)
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Franklin and Friends TV Poster Image
Friendly animal pals have positive social messages for kids.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2012)
(2011)
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It's Unbungalievable! TV Poster Image
Enthusiastic honey badger teaches kids about animals.
Network: Disney Junior
(2016)
(2016)
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Mutt & Stuff TV Poster Image
Tricks, treats, and positive messages in this doggie school.
Network: Nick Jr.
(2015)
(2015)
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Olivia TV Poster Image
Precocious pig offers positive messages for preschoolers.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2009)
(2009)
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Pete the Cat TV Poster Image
Cheerful cat learns new things in sweet books-inspired show.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2018)
(2018)
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Ranger Rob TV Poster Image
Upbeat outdoor adventures feature lots of learning fun.
Network: Universal Kids
(2017)
(2016)
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The Ruff Ruffman Show TV Poster Image
Wacky canine host teaches kids about science concepts.
Network: PBS Kids. Online
(2017)
(2017)
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T.O.T.S. TV Poster Image
Determined bird friends succeed by challenging stereotypes.
Network: Disney Junior
(2019)
(2019)
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Bindi: The Jungle Girl TV Poster Image
Croc Hunter's spunky daughter carries on his work.
Network: Discovery Kids
(2007)
(2007)
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Ferne and Rory’s Vet Tales TV Poster Image
Upbeat series teaches kids responsible pet ownership.
Network: Xfinity
(2019)
(2018)
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If I Were an Animal TV Poster Image
Gentle reality series is charming and family-friendly.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2018)
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The Lion Guard TV Poster Image
Simba's son monitors circle of life in meaningful series.
Network: Disney Channel
(2016)
(2016)
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Meerkat Manor TV Poster Image
Reality TV walks on the wild side; kids OK.
Network: Animal Planet, Discovery Family Channel
(2006)
(2006)
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My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic TV Poster Image
Sweet tales of friendship have great messages for kids.
Network: Discovery Family Channel
(2010)
(2010)
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Nature Cat TV Poster Image
House cat's adventures inspire kids to get out and play.
Network: PBS Kids
(2015)
(2015)
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Shaun the Sheep TV Poster Image
Fun critter mischief from Wallace and Gromit crew.
Network: Disney Channel
(2007)
(2007)
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TaleSpin TV Poster Image
A new chapter for Jungle Book's Baloo.
Network: Toon Disney
(2006)
(1990)
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Timon & Pumbaa TV Poster Image
The Lion King does Looney Tunes.
Network: Disney Channel, Toon Disney
(2004)
(1995)
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Too Cute! TV Poster Image
Puppies and kitties! Cuteness is the focus here.
Network: Animal Planet
(2013)
(2011)
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Wild Kingdom TV Poster Image
Revamped classic brings nature's wonders up close.
Network: Animal Planet
(2005)
(1963)
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The Wildlife Docs TV Poster Image
Educational virtual field trip is great pick for families.
Network: ABC
(2013)
(2013)
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The Wind in the Willows TV Poster Image
Quality tales about animal pals and gentler times.
Network: PBS
(2005)
(1983)
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The Yogi Bear Show TV Poster Image
Bear snags a pick-a-nick basket full of trouble.
Network: Boomerang
(2004)
(1961)
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Zoofari TV Poster Image
Funny clip-based show introduces kids to animal basics.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2018)
(2018)
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The Adventures of Puss in Boots TV Poster Image
Nomadic dueler finds a home in comical, endearing series.
Network: Netflix
(2015)
(2015)
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Animal Atlas TV Poster Image
Fun globe-trotting series teaches kids about animal species.
Network: Syndicated
(2013)
(2004)
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Free Rein TV Poster Image
Likable British drama boasts exceptional female role model.
Network: Netflix
(2017)
(2017)
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Kung-Fu Bunny TV Poster Image
Creative mixed-media series is a winner for families.
Network: Comcast
(2017)
(2017)
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Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny TV Poster Image
Po mentors accidental warriors in likable action series.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2018)
(2018)
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Lucky Dog TV Poster Image
Animal rehabilitation tales are inspiring for families.
Network: CBS
(2013)
(2013)
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Nature's Most Amazing Events TV Poster Image
More stunning nature TV from Planet Earth team.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2009)
(2009)
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Our Planet TV Poster Image
Gorgeous docuseries features animal life, nature's wonders.
Network: Netflix
(2019)
(2019)
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The Penguins of Madagascar TV Poster Image
Scene-stealing schemers get their own gig; fun for kids.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2009)
(2008)
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Planet Earth TV Poster Image
Stunning high-def series spotlights world wonders.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2007)
(2006)
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Planet Earth II TV Poster Image
Nature documentary sequel is a visual triumph.
Network: BBC America
(2017)
(2016)
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Serengeti TV Poster Image
Entertaining, visually stunning African animal series.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2019)
(2019)
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Unlikely Animal Friends TV Poster Image
Unique animal relationships are sweet and strong.
Network: NatGeoWild
(2015)
(2012)
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Wild Kratts TV Poster Image
Zoologist brothers get animated in fun, kid-friendly series.
Network: PBS Kids
(2011)
(2011)
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Amphibia TV Poster Image
Charming characters, friendly themes shine in fun series.
Network: Disney Channel
(2019)
(2019)
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Bushwhacked! TV Poster Image
Australian adventure show highlights cultures, cool animals.
Network: Kids Central, Kidstream
(2019)
(2012)
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Counterfeit Cat TV Poster Image
Funny buddy comedy has mischief, feline-flavored humor.
Network: Disney XD
(2016)
(2016)
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The Crocodile Hunter TV Poster Image
Crikey! Zany Aussie oozes wildlife learning fun.
Network: Animal Planet
(2004)
(1997)
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The Hunt TV Poster Image
Beautiful wildlife docu focuses on hunting, survival.
Network: BBC America
(2016)
(2016)
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Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures TV Poster Image
Travel the world with a famous animal expert.
Network: Syndicated
(2005)
(1993)
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The Jeff Corwin Experience TV Poster Image
Travel the world with a fun-loving biologist.
Network: Animal Planet
(2004)
(2001)
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Nature TV Poster Image
Stunning glimpses of our natural world.
Network: PBS
(2005)
(1982)
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Pup Academy TV Poster Image
Charming dog fantasy series with a few student stereotypes.
Network: Disney Channel
(2019)
(2019)
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Spy in the Wild TV Poster Image
Animatronic animals collect secret wildlife footage in docu.
Network: PBS
(2017)
(2017)
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The Wild Thornberrys TV Poster Image
Globe-trotters explore strange new worlds.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2003)
(1998)
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Xploration Animal Science TV Poster Image
Educational series explores curious animal behavior.
Network: Fox
(2014)
(2012)
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Crikey! It's the Irwins TV Poster Image
Croc hunter's legacy lives on in fun, cheerful family show.
Network: Animal Planet
(2018)
(2018)
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From Wags to Riches with Bill Berloni TV Poster Image
Sincere showbiz animal trainer is modern Dr. Dolittle.
Network: Discovery Family Channel
(2015)
(2015)
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Hello World! TV Poster Image
Mix of wildlife and music is a family-friendly treat.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2016)
(2016)
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Kulipari: An Army of Frogs TV Poster Image
Graphic novels inspire fantastic -- but violent -- series.
Network: Netflix
(2016)
(2016)
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Life Story TV Poster Image
Animal-journeys docu is beautiful, inspiring.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2015)
(2015)
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Celebrity Animal Encounters TV Poster Image
Animated retellings have broad appeal but some iffy stuff.
Network: Animal Planet
(2018)
(2018)
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Frontier Earth Presented by Walmart TV Poster Image
Unusual animals are educational, but some are harmed or die.
Network: Animal Planet
(2012)
(2012)
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The Incredible Dr. Pol TV Poster Image
Rural vet's life is positive entertainment for older kids.
Network: National Geographic Channel
(2011)
(2011)
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Man, Cheetah, Wild TV Poster Image
Intimate wildlife special is beautiful, smart, intense.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2013)
(2013)
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Watership Down TV Poster Image
Compelling, dramatic, dark miniseries is very violent.
Network: Netflix
(2018)
(2018)
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