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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Odd Squad TV Poster Image
Lively mixed-media series solves mysteries with math skills.
Network: PBS Kids
(2014)
(2014)
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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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Little Lunch TV Poster Image
Insightful mockumentary shows the lives of kids during play.
Network: Netflix
(2017)
(2015)
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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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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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Brainchild TV Poster Image
Smart, funny series teaches kid-friendly science concepts.
Network: Netflix
(2018)
(2018)
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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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Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts TV Poster Image
Themes of perseverance, friendship dominate dystopian tale.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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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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Middle School Moguls TV Poster Image
Likable show has themes of diversity and perseverance.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2019)
(2019)
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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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Shop Class TV Poster Image
DIY competition series values hands-on skills and teamwork.
Network: Disney+
(2020)
(2020)
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Costume Quest TV Poster Image
Animated series has positive messages, magical charm.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2019)
(2019)
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Craftopia TV Poster Image
Tween crafters compete in fun, family-friendly DIY series.
Network: HBO Max
(2020)
(2020)
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Detention Adventure TV Poster Image
Some rebelliousness, great teamwork in fun treasure quest.
Network: HBO Max
(2020)
(2020)
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Ghostwriter TV Poster Image
Charming reboot brings book characters into kids' lives.
Network: Apple TV+
(2019)
(2019)
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Glitch Techs TV Poster Image
Likable gaming-inspired show promotes diversity, teamwork.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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Greatness Code TV Poster Image
World's best athletes inspire with their success stories.
Network: Apple TV+
(2020)
(2020)
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Julie and the Phantoms TV Poster Image
Heartwarming series wins with music, emotional honesty.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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Karma TV Poster Image
Doing good pays off in super-positive teen competition show.
Network: HBO Max
(2020)
(2020)
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Kid Cosmic TV Poster Image
Fun superhero comedy teaches patience, has mild violence.
Network: Netflix
(2021)
(2021)
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Kid President: Are We There Yet? TV Poster Image
YouTube star returns as a teen to spotlight changemakers.
Network: YouTube
(2019)
(2019)
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Muppets Now TV Poster Image
Light, family-friendly return is both familiar and fresh.
Network: Disney+
(2020)
(2020)
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Nadiya's Time to Eat TV Poster Image
Feel-good cooking series has cool hacks, great role model.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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The Owl House TV Poster Image
Engaging, quirky fantasy series has broad viewing appeal.
Network: Disney Channel
(2020)
(2020)
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Savage Builds TV Poster Image
Fun, educational STEM series features cool design projects.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2019)
(2019)
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Secrets of Sulphur Springs TV Poster Image
Chilling mystery series is lots of fun, has some scares.
Network: Disney Channel
(2021)
(2021)
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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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Twelve Forever TV Poster Image
Wonderfully weird show has heart; expect weapons, fighting.
Network: Netflix
(2019)
(2019)
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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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Dogs TV Poster Image
Poignant, intense docuseries celebrates the human-dog bond.
Network: Netflix
(2018)
(2018)
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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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Lego Masters TV Poster Image
Lego building competition is creative, fun, brand-heavy.
Network: Fox
(2020)
(2020)
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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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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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The Baby-Sitters Club (2020) TV Poster Image
Tween-friendly books-based reboot celebrates friendship.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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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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Cosmos: Possible Worlds TV Poster Image
Visually stunning existential explorations dig deep.
Network: National Geographic Channel, Fox
(2020)
(2020)
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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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Encore! TV Poster Image
Sweet nostalgia in warm, lovable musical reality show.
Network: Disney+
(2019)
(2019)
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High School Musical: The Musical: The Series TV Poster Image
Faux-docu is a fun new take on the now-classic musical.
Network: Disney+
(2019)
(2019)
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Infinity Train TV Poster Image
Delightful, whimsical animated series has likable heroine.
Network: Cartoon Network
(2019)
(2019)
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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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The Mandalorian TV Poster Image
Sci-fi violence, real magic in small-screen Star Wars show.
Network: Disney+
(2019)
(2019)
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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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Marvel's Hero Project TV Poster Image
Marvel celebrates the young superheroes walking among us.
Network: Disney+
(2019)
(2019)
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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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Rilakkuma and Kaoru TV Poster Image
Human, animal characters shine in quirky slice-of-life show.
Network: Netflix
(2019)
(2019)
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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: Future TV Poster Image
Deceptively simple series about real, powerful emotions.
Network: Cartoon Network
(2019)
(2019)
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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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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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The Age of A.I. TV Poster Image
Informative series demystifies artificial intelligence.
Network: YouTube
(2019)
(2019)
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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 Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance TV Poster Image
Prequel saga is tense, violent, and a visual masterpiece.
Network: Netflix
(2019)
(2019)
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First Day TV Poster Image
Lovely, warm series about trans girl has some bullying.
Network: Hulu
(2020)
(2020)
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Home Before Dark TV Poster Image
Kid lead is fabulous in intense mystery for tweens and up.
Network: Apple TV+
(2020)
(2020)
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The Kids Are Alright TV Poster Image
Warm, funny sitcom looks at a big family in the 1970s.
Network: ABC
(2018)
(2018)
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The Letter for the King TV Poster Image
Underdog hero stands out in book-based fantasy series.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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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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Raising Dion TV Poster Image
Supervillain violence, bullying in excellent family drama.
Network: Netflix
(2019)
(2019)
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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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Best Worst Weekend Ever TV Poster Image
High school caper OK for tweens, deeper than it seems.
Network: Netflix
(2018)
(2018)
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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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Zoe Valentine TV Poster Image
Thoughtful drama explores serious themes with heart.
Network: YouTube, Brat
(2019)
(2019)
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