Best Preschool TV Shows

Looking for great TV picks for your preschooler but not sure where to start? Then you've come to the right place! Here are five tips for picking your preschooler's first TV shows. For kids who've never watched TV before, every show is a new show, so you can take your pick of classics and hidden gems, as well as the latest things on PBS Kids or Disney Junior. From interactive shows to sing-along and musical TV to shows that help teach early reading skills, we have them all. For even more educational shows, check out this list.

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Harry the Bunny TV Poster Image
Friendly bunny's adventures have teaching points for kids.
Network: Netflix
(2013)
(2013)
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Jack's Big Music Show TV Poster Image
Rockin' puppets teach toddlers the joys of music.
Network: Nick Jr.
(2005)
(2005)
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Numbers Around the Globe TV Poster Image
Cute counting series promotes physical activity.
Network: Online
(2013)
(2013)
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Sesame Street TV Poster Image
Classic show endures changes, but learning content remains.
Network: PBS
(2004)
(1969)
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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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Angelina Ballerina TV Poster Image
A little mouse dreams big -- OK for all ages.
Network: Sprout
(2005)
(2002)
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Bali TV Poster Image
Puppy preschooler learns lots from fantastic role models.
Network: Online
(2015)
(2010)
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Bubble Guppies TV Poster Image
Cheerful aqua tots teach kids good social lessons.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2011)
(2011)
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Busytown Mysteries TV Poster Image
Richard Scarry's beloved characters solve kid-size queries.
Network: CBS
(2009)
(2007)
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The Busy World of Richard Scarry TV Poster Image
Friendly book characters teach kids about cooperation.
Network: Syndicated
(2011)
(1994)
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Caillou TV Poster Image
Kids can relate to this sweet, curious explorer.
Network: PBS
(2005)
(1997)
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The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That TV Poster Image
Funny feline makes natural science fun for kids.
Network: PBS Kids
(2010)
(2010)
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Clangers TV Poster Image
Endearing remake of classic has a galaxy's worth of charm.
Network: Sprout
(2015)
(2015)
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Clifford the Big Red Dog TV Poster Image
Kids will love this big dog with lots of smarts.
Network: PBS
(2005)
(2000)
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Counting with Paula TV Poster Image
Smart series reinforces number know-how for preschoolers.
Network: Hulu
(2015)
(2015)
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Curious George TV Poster Image
Notorious monkey amuses and teaches preschoolers.
Network: PBS Kids
(2006)
(2006)
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Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood TV Poster Image
Excellent lessons from Mister Rogers' next generation.
Network: PBS Kids
(2012)
(2012)
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Dinosaur Train TV Poster Image
Young dino's travels teach kids about science and diversity.
Network: PBS
(2009)
(2009)
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The Furchester Hotel TV Poster Image
Friendly Muppets solve guests' problems in lively series.
Network: BBC, Sprout
(2014)
(2014)
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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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Guess with Jess TV Poster Image
Curious cat encourages learning, problem solving.
Network: Hulu
(2014)
(2009)
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Henry Hugglemonster TV Poster Image
Cute monster tot teaches kids about feelings, relationships.
Network: Disney Junior
(2013)
(2013)
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Imagination Movers TV Poster Image
Popular band brings kid tunes, big ideas to TV.
Network: Disney Channel
(2008)
(2008)
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Jake and the Never Land Pirates TV Poster Image
Fun-filled series teaches social lessons to young mateys.
Network: Disney Channel
(2011)
(2011)
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Jim Henson's Animal Show with Stinky and Jake TV Poster Image
Muppets teach humorous, gentle wildlife lessons.
Network: Hulu
(2014)
(1994)
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Julius Jr. TV Poster Image
Popular brand image inspires vibrant, tot-friendly series.
Network: Nick Jr.
(2013)
(2013)
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Kate & Mim-Mim TV Poster Image
Friendship, imagination, and excellent role models for kids.
Network: Disney Junior
(2014)
(2014)
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Kipper TV Poster Image
Adventurous puppy tales for preschoolers.
Network: Sprout
(2005)
(1997)
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Little People TV Poster Image
Positive messages overshadow marketing in toy-inspired show.
Network: Sprout
(2016)
(2016)
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Mister Rogers' Neighborhood TV Poster Image
Classic series gently promotes social skills, imagination.
Network: PBS
(2005)
(1968)
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Ni Hao, Kai-lan TV Poster Image
Cultural content, good messages make show a hit.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2008)
(2007)
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Nina's World TV Poster Image
Strong diversity, community, family themes in superb series.
Network: Sprout
(2015)
(2015)
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Peep and the Big Wide World TV Poster Image
Preschoolers learn science with a pinch of humor.
Network: Discovery Kids, PBS Kids
(2005)
(2004)
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Puffin Rock TV Poster Image
Young bird's adventures celebrate curiosity, relationships.
Network: Netflix
(2015)
(2015)
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Sheriff Callie's Wild West TV Poster Image
Friendly frontier town teaches kids about strong character.
Network: Disney Junior
(2013)
(2013)
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Stella and Sam TV Poster Image
Charming siblings' adventures have teaching points for kids.
Network: Sprout
(2013)
(2013)
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Super WHY! TV Poster Image
Young heroes' adventures build reading skills.
Network: PBS Kids
(2007)
(2007)
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Super Wings TV Poster Image
Friendly planes' world travels teach kids multiculturalism.
Network: Sprout
(2015)
(2015)
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Tayo the Little Bus TV Poster Image
Animated charmer features positive messages -- and farts.
Network: Hulu
(2014)
(2010)
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Wallykazam!: The Big Goblin Problem TV Poster Image
Friendly messages, superb literacy content, fun adventure.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2015)
(2015)
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Wibbly Pig TV Poster Image
Book character's adventures celebrate imagination.
Network: Online
(2012)
(2009)
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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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WordWorld TV Poster Image
Words come to life in delightful preschool series.
Network: PBS Kids
(2007)
(2007)
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Zack and Quack TV Poster Image
Adventure unfolds in cute pop-up book-inspired series.
Network: Nick Jr.
(2014)
(2014)
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The Adventures of Paddington Bear TV Poster Image
Classic book character delights in gentle animated series.
Network: Online
(2014)
(2008)
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The Backyardigans TV Poster Image
Animal friends find melodious, kid-friendly adventures.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2005)
(2004)
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Bubble Guppies: The Puppy and the Ring TV Poster Image
Delightful adventure has excellent friendship messages.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2013)
(2013)
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Charlie and Lola TV Poster Image
Brit siblings set good examples; great for kids.
Network: Disney Channel
(2005)
(2005)
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Creative Galaxy TV Poster Image
Kindly alien finds artistic inspiration to solve problems.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2014)
(2013)
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Doc McStuffins TV Poster Image
Excellent preschool series has positive messages for kids.
Network: Disney Junior
(2012)
(2012)
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Doki TV Poster Image
Inquisitive friends' adventures teach about science, nature.
Network: qubo, Online
(2015)
(2009)
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Doozers TV Poster Image
Fraggle Rock co-stars emphasize learning by doing.
Network: Hulu
(2014)
(2014)
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Earth to Luna TV Poster Image
Exuberant kid shares scientific curiosity with others.
Network: Sprout
(2014)
(2014)
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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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Harold and the Purple Crayon TV Poster Image
Busby Berkley musicals for the preschool set.
Network: HBO Family
(2005)
(2001)
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Little Charmers TV Poster Image
Friendly magic-making problem solvers make good role models.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2015)
(2015)
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Little Einsteins TV Poster Image
An artistic adventure packed into each episode.
Network: Disney Channel
(2005)
(2005)
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Mike the Knight TV Poster Image
Spunky medieval hero teaches problem-solving to tots.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2012)
(2012)
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Miles from Tomorrowland TV Poster Image
Family's tot-friendly adventures are out of this world.
Network: Disney Junior
(2015)
(2015)
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Octonauts TV Poster Image
Friendly adventurers teach kids about marine life, teamwork.
Network: Disney Channel
(2012)
(2010)
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Ruff-Ruff, Tweet & Dave TV Poster Image
Friends engage kids' learning in fun multiple-choice format.
Network: Sprout
(2015)
(2015)
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Wimzie's House TV Poster Image
Friendly puppets, excellent interpersonal messages for kids.
Network: PBS, Online
(2015)
(1997)
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Wishenpoof! TV Poster Image
Sweet magical series illustrates joys of helping others.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2015)
(2014)
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Yakari TV Poster Image
Native American-inspired cartoon focuses on positive themes.
Network: Online
(2014)
(2005)
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Dora and Friends: Into the City! TV Poster Image
School-age TV icon explores community service, friendship.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2014)
(2014)
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The Electric Company TV Poster Image
Excellent update of '70s classic makes English lessons fun.
Network: PBS
(2009)
(2009)
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Phineas and Ferb TV Poster Image
Duo's over-the-top schemes are fun for kids.
Network: Disney XD
(2008)
(2007)
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Rainbow Brite TV Poster Image
'80s cartoon revival has excellent messages and role model.
Network: Online
(2015)
(2014)
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WordGirl TV Poster Image
Brainy heroine uses vocab to outwit bad guys.
Network: PBS Kids
(2007)
(2007)
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