Best Tween TV Shows

It can be a real challenge to find TV shows for tweens that are actually good. As kids creep up in age, they still like cartoons, but they also enjoy a mix of live-action shows with some relatable storylines. But shows that target this age group often rely too much on crude humor, sassy drama, and over-the-top violence. Luckily, we've compiled this list of series that provide not only great role models for older kids but also the fun, engaging entertainment they'll love. And for more tween favorites, check out our list of the Best Tween Movies.

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Annedroids TV Poster Image
STEM learning, positive role models in well-rounded series.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2014)
(2013)
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Odd Squad TV Poster Image
Lively mixed-media series solves mysteries with math skills.
Network: PBS Kids
(2014)
(2014)
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The Haunted Hathaways TV Poster Image
Charming family sitcom with great messages for all ages.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2013)
(2013)
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Just Kidding TV Poster Image
No-frills, kid-staged pranks make for funny family comedy.
Network: Disney XD
(2012)
(2012)
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The Loud House TV Poster Image
Funny commentary on big-family dynamics has kindly messages.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2016)
(2016)
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Milo Murphy's Law TV Poster Image
Unlucky teen's fortune lies in friendship, positive outlook.
Network: Disney XD
(2016)
(2016)
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Pants on Fire Movie Poster Image
Entertaining, family-friendly story with standout messages.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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100 Things to Do Before High School TV Poster Image
Funny tales of tweens' adventures celebrate friendship.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2015)
(2014)
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Avalon High TV Poster Image
Modern Camelot-inspired tale has great messages for kids.
Network: Disney Channel
(2010)
(2010)
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Cloud 9 Movie Poster Image
Positive role models, engaging story mark Disney winner.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2014)
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Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street TV Poster Image
Delightful family series with outstanding positive themes.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2014)
(2014)
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Little House on the Prairie TV Poster Image
Classic pioneer drama is one for the books.
Network: Hallmark Channel, Syndicated
(2005)
(1974)
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Mighty Med TV Poster Image
Comical superhero series with strong friendship at heart.
Network: Disney XD
(2013)
(2013)
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Project Mc2 TV Poster Image
Whiz kids break stereotypes, make being smart cool.
Network: Netflix
(2015)
(2015)
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SciGirls TV Poster Image
Smart series ignites girls' interest in science and math.
Network: PBS
(2010)
(2010)
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Lockie Leonard TV Poster Image
Sunny Aussie show has feel-good vibes for tweens.
Network: Disney XD
(2010)
(2010)
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Star Wars Rebels TV Poster Image
Exciting series is violent but has positive messages, too.
Network: Disney XD
(2014)
(2014)
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Victorious TV Poster Image
Upbeat iCarly-like tween comedy promotes confidence.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2010)
(2010)
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Voltron: Legendary Defender TV Poster Image
DreamWorks updates '80s toon in tense but fantastic form.
Network: Netflix
(2016)
(2016)
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We Bare Bears TV Poster Image
Hilarious bear bros. try to fit into tech-heavy human world.
Network: Cartoon Network
(2015)
(2015)
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Cash Cab TV Poster Image
Mobile game show drives trivia buffs wild.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2005)
(2005)
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Legendary Dudas TV Poster Image
Brothers battle and bond on charming sitcom for tweens.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2016)
(2016)
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Life with Boys TV Poster Image
Funny family sitcom with positive themes for tweens.
Network: TeenNick
(2013)
(2011)
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MythBusters TV Poster Image
Witty team puts urban legends to the scientific test.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2005)
(2003)
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The Next Step TV Poster Image
High-drama reality-style series explores peer pressure.
Network: Hulu
(2014)
(2014)
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Ocean Girl TV Poster Image
Girl-centered sci-fi series is like a tween-sized Lost.
Network: Disney Channel
(2012)
(1994)
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Trollhunters TV Poster Image
Action-packed adventure show has scares, great role model.
Network: Netflix
(2016)
(2016)
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World of Dance TV Poster Image
The Olympics of Dance is a fun, family-friendly watch.
Network: NBC
(2017)
(2017)
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Adventure Time TV Poster Image
Original, if nonsensical, hilarity; expect minor weapons.
Network: Cartoon Network
(2010)
(2010)
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Andi Mack TV Poster Image
Heartwarming, diverse coming-of-age story best for tweens.
Network: Disney Channel
(2017)
(2017)
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Anne with an E TV Poster Image
Dark themes don't overwhelm stellar Green Gables retelling.
Network: Netflix
(2017)
(2017)
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Boy Meets World TV Poster Image
A boy deals with friends and girls in classic tween sitcom.
Network: Disney Channel
(2005)
(1993)
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Cheer TV Poster Image
Tough love mixes with competition and positive messages.
Network: CMT
(2012)
(2012)
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Chesapeake Shores TV Poster Image
Book-based drama series offers feel-good content.
Network: Hallmark Channel
(2016)
(2016)
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Doctor Who TV Poster Image
Long-running British sci-fi series still thrills fans.
Network: BBC America, Syfy
(2006)
(1963)
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Little Mosque on the Prairie TV Poster Image
Funny ensemble comedy plays with Muslim stereotypes.
Network: Hulu
(2016)
(2007)
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Man vs. Wild TV Poster Image
How not to die in the wilderness -- tweens and up.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2006)
(2006)
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MasterChef Junior TV Poster Image
Kids cook and compete in this whole-family treat.
Network: Fox
(2013)
(2013)
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Nowhere Boys TV Poster Image
Engrossing Australian drama series is great pick for teens.
Network: NBC
(2017)
(2017)
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Sailor Moon Crystal TV Poster Image
'90s anime reboot boasts girl power, but iffy body images.
Network: Hulu, Online
(2015)
(2014)
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A Series of Unfortunate Events TV Poster Image
Exceptional, spooky book adaptation is best for tweens.
Network: Netflix
(2017)
(2017)
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Steven Universe TV Poster Image
Quirky cartoon values family, fun, and finding your purpose.
Network: Cartoon Network
(2013)
(2013)
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Total Drama Island TV Poster Image
Clever cartoon reality show spoof OK for older tweens.
Network: Cartoon Network
(2008)
(2008)
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The Twilight Zone TV Poster Image
Classic morality tales still make you think.
Network: Syfy, Syndicated
(2005)
(1959)
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The Voice TV Poster Image
Fun singing contest features genuine talent, encouragement.
Network: NBC
(2011)
(2011)
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Who Do You Think You Are? TV Poster Image
Celebs' genealogical journeys are inspiring and educational.
Network: NBC, TLC
(2010)
(2010)
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Black-ish TV Poster Image
Race is tackled gently in fresh family friendly sitcom.
Network: ABC
(2014)
(2014)
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Bravest Warriors TV Poster Image
Goofy heroes time-travel, hilarity ensues in tween series.
Network: Cartoon Hangover, YouTube
(2015)
(2012)
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Cosplay Melee TV Poster Image
Reality show scores by focusing on creativity, not conflict.
Network: Syfy
(2017)
(2017)
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The Ellen DeGeneres Show TV Poster Image
Ellen brings humor and positive messages to daytime.
Network: NBC, Syndicated
(2011)
(2003)
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Generator Rex TV Poster Image
Thoughtful sci-fi cartoon with monsters is best for tweens.
Network: Cartoon Network
(2010)
(2010)
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Naruto Shippuden TV Poster Image
Rambunctious ninja returns, slightly older, in anime sequel.
Network: Disney XD
(2009)
(2007)
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One Piece TV Poster Image
Close friends chase their dreams in high-seas adventure.
Network: Cartoon Network
(2012)
(2004)
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Project Runway: Junior TV Poster Image
Seamless spinoff has less drama, more positive mentoring.
Network: Lifetime
(2015)
(2015)
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Supergirl TV Poster Image
Strong female lead shoulders the weight of superhero series.
Network: CBS
(2015)
(2015)
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Wolfblood TV Poster Image
British werewolf-style drama limits the fright for tweens.
Network: Disney Channel
(2013)
(2012)
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Being You TV Poster Image
Teens travel, meet thriving folks with learning differences.
Network: PBS
(2016)
(2016)
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Fresh Off the Boat TV Poster Image
Fierce memoir about Asian family makes fresh, sweet sitcom.
Network: ABC
(2015)
(2015)
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I Am Jazz TV Poster Image
Transgender teen's reality show is positive, poignant.
Network: TLC
(2015)
(2015)
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Marvel's Agent Carter TV Poster Image
Strong female lead defies stereotypes in tantalizing series.
Network: ABC
(2015)
(2015)
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Speechless TV Poster Image
Fresh family comedy puts "disability" in a brand-new light.
Network: ABC
(2016)
(2016)
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