Educational TV Shows for Kids

If you like your kids to learn a thing or two during their time in front of the TV, then be sure to check out our favorite educational TV shows. From preschool programs to improve reading readiness to shows for your avid STEM fan, this list is full of age-appropriate options that help make TV time count. With classics like Sesame Street to newer favorites like Sid the Science Kid, there's no shortage of smart -- and fun -- shows out there for kids. And great shows like Breakthrough and First Life provide plenty to watch for tweens and teens. So check out these picks, and learn a few things while you're at it.

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Sesame Street

age 2+

Classic show endures changes, but learning content remains.

Network: PBS, HBO Max (1969)
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Team Zenko Go

age 2+

Fab superhero role models use powers for good deeds.

Network: Netflix (2022)
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Ada Twist, Scientist

age 3+

Fun series sparks preschoolers' interest in science.

Network: Netflix (2021)
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Alma's Way

age 3+

Sweet show celebrates Puerto Rican culture, problem solving.

Network: PBS Kids (2021)
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Ask the Storybots

age 3+

Kids' big questions get answered by friendly, funny bots.

Network: Netflix (2016)
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Blue's Clues & You!

age 3+

Engaging reboot teaches preschoolers prereading skills.

Network: Nickelodeon (2019)
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Bubble Guppies

age 3+

Cheerful aqua tots teach kids good social lessons.

Network: Nickelodeon (2011)
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Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

age 3+

Excellent lessons from Mister Rogers' next generation.

Network: PBS Kids (2012)
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Dinosaur Train

age 3+

Young dino's travels teach kids about science and diversity.

Network: PBS (2009)
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Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

age 3+

Classic series gently promotes social skills, imagination.

Network: PBS (1968)
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Peep and the Big Wide World

age 3+

Preschoolers learn science with a pinch of humor.

Network: Discovery Kids, PBS Kids (2004)
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Peg + Cat

age 3+

Spunky girl's math skills solve problems, teach lessons.

Network: PBS Kids (2013)
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Super WHY!

age 3+

Young heroes' adventures build reading skills.

Network: PBS Kids (2007)
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Team Umizoomi

age 3+

Super team teaches preschoolers real-life math applications.

Network: Nick Jr. (2010)
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The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That

age 3+

Funny feline makes natural science fun for kids.

Network: PBS Kids (2010)
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Word Party

age 3+

Cute, fun preschool series puts kids in vocab-teaching role.

Network: Netflix (2016)
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Creative Galaxy

age 4+

Kindly alien finds artistic inspiration to solve problems.

Network: Amazon Prime Video (2013)
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Doc McStuffins

age 4+

Excellent preschool series has positive messages for kids.

Network: Disney Junior (2012)
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Earth to Luna

age 4+

Exuberant kid shares scientific curiosity with others.

Network: Universal Kids (2014)
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Forky Asks a Question

age 4+

"Toy Story 4" star ponders mysteries with charm.

Network: Disney+ (2019)
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