British TV

The U.K. has a great track record when it comes to creating engaging TV shows for kids of all ages. From the charming Postman Pat to the mechanically brilliant Top Gear to the hilariously sci-fi Doctor Who, the Brits (and the Irish, and the Scots, and the Welsh) have tons of great and creative picks to offer young tots and discerning teens. Just keep in mind that if your kids didn't have a British accent before, they might adopt one after diving into one of these shows. For more family-friendly picks, check out TV for the Modern Family and Comedy TV Shows for Teens.

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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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Code 404 TV Poster Image
Cop comedy has violence, profanity, police misconduct.
Network: Peacock
(2020)
(2020)
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Balamory TV Poster Image
Charming Scottish import with loveable characters.
Network: Discovery Kids
(2005)
(2002)
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Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom TV Poster Image
Charming British series promotes perseverance, friendship.
Network: Nick Jr.
(2015)
(2015)
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Bob the Builder TV Poster Image
Teamwork paramount on friendly construction show.
Network: PBS
(2005)
(1998)
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Kipper TV Poster Image
Adventurous puppy tales for preschoolers.
Network: Sprout
(2005)
(1997)
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Peppa Pig TV Poster Image
Sweet pig family provides gentle lessons to preschoolers.
Network: Nick Jr.
(2012)
(2005)
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Postman Pat TV Poster Image
Small-town adventures just right for kids.
Network: HBO Family
(2005)
(1981)
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Thomas & Friends TV Poster Image
Thomas and his train friends huff and chuff around.
Network: PBS
(2005)
(1984)
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Brum TV Poster Image
Yellow car saves the day in London town.
Network: Discovery Kids
(2005)
(1991)
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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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James May's Toy Stories TV Poster Image
Adults act like kids and play with toys in fun UK series.
Network: BBC America
(2010)
(2009)
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The Great British Baking Show TV Poster Image
Mild, mouth-watering baking contest great fun for all ages.
Network: PBS, Syndicated
(2015)
(2010)
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The Great Pottery Throw Down TV Poster Image
Pottery competition show is gentle, if formulaic, fun.
Network: HBO Max
(2020)
(2020)
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Jamie's Meals in Minutes TV Poster Image
Oliver's quick-cooking show pushes produce, healthier food.
Network: BBC America
(2012)
(2010)
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Hetty Feather TV Poster Image
Charming British series about youth and self-determination.
Network: BBC
(2020)
(2018)
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Richard Hammond's Crash Course TV Poster Image
Extreme machines entertain and inform; great for gearheads.
Network: BBC America
(2012)
(2012)
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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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Horrible Histories TV Poster Image
Books-inspired British sketch comedy yields laughs, facts.
Network: Online
(2014)
(2009)
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Top Gear TV Poster Image
High-octane fun for car enthusiasts and newbies.
Network: BBC America
(2007)
(2007)
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Downton Abbey TV Poster Image
Absorbing costume series is perfect watch-together fare.
Network: PBS
(2011)
(2010)
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Fawlty Towers TV Poster Image
Vintage British comedy shows its age but still entertains.
Network: BBC America
(2013)
(1975)
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Home TV Poster Image
Language, mature humor in gentle fish out of water comedy.
Network: HBO Max
(2021)
(2021)
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Keeping Up Appearances TV Poster Image
Superb British comedy classic skewers snobbery.
Network: BBC America, PBS
(2013)
(1990)
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The Vicar of Dibley TV Poster Image
Hilarious British sitcom has some discussion value as well.
Network: BBC America
(2013)
(1994)
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Call the Midwife TV Poster Image
Sublime British medical drama with explicit birth scenes.
Network: BBC America
(2012)
(2012)
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CripTales TV Poster Image
Stellar groundbreaking monologues shed light on disability.
Network: BBC America
(2020)
(2020)
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Ghosts TV Poster Image
Restless spirits wreak hilarious mayhem on a new homeowner.
Network: HBO Max
(2020)
(2019)
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The Office (UK) TV Poster Image
As hilarious as the U.S. version, but with a darker tone.
Network: BBC America, Cartoon Network
(2007)
(2001)
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Together We Rise: The Uncompromised Story of GRM Daily TV Poster Image
UK rap music docu features profanity and violence.
Network: YouTube Channel
(2020)
(2020)
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In My Skin TV Poster Image
Welsh teen's coming-of-age tale is stunning and edgy.
Network: Hulu
(2020)
(2020)
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Spaced TV Poster Image
Brit Gen-X tales will tickle young adults' fancy.
Network: BBC America
(2007)
(1999)
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Trigonometry TV Poster Image
Lots of sex, nudity in realistic look at fledgling throuple.
Network: HBO Max
(2021)
(2020)
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Father Ted TV Poster Image
Edgy Irish comedy is high entertainment for mature viewers.
Network: Syndicated
(2013)
(1995)
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Man Like Mobeen TV Poster Image
Edgy Brit comedy highlights racial prejudice; cursing, drugs
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2018)
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