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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Mickey Mouse Clubhouse TV Poster Image
Fun and learning abound in this mouse's house.
Network: Disney Channel
(2006)
(2006)
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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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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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Mister Rogers' Neighborhood TV Poster Image
Classic series gently promotes social skills, imagination.
Network: PBS
(2005)
(1968)
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One Big Ocean Movie Poster Image
Biodiversity, environmental concerns in marine adventures.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2017)
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Peg + Cat TV Poster Image
Spunky girl's math skills solve problems, teach lessons.
Network: PBS Kids
(2013)
(2013)
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Tumble Leaf TV Poster Image
Vibrant preschool series teaches about science through play.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2014)
(2014)
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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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Earth to Luna TV Poster Image
Exuberant kid shares scientific curiosity with others.
Network: Sprout
(2014)
(2014)
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Sid the Science Kid TV Poster Image
Boy's queries get kids curious about the world.
Network: PBS Kids
(2008)
(2008)
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Wallykazam! TV Poster Image
Exceptional preschool show with quality literacy curriculum.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2014)
(2014)
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Cyberchase TV Poster Image
Problem-solving cyber-adventures for kids.
Network: PBS
(2004)
(2002)
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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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Odd Squad TV Poster Image
Lively mixed-media series solves mysteries with math skills.
Network: PBS Kids
(2014)
(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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Animal Atlas TV Poster Image
Fun globe-trotting series teaches kids about animal species.
Network: Syndicated
(2013)
(2004)
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Design Squad Nation TV Poster Image
Kids' building projects are smart fun for curious families.
Network: PBS Kids
(2011)
(2011)
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Nutri Ventures TV Poster Image
Food-themed adventure series promotes healthy eating habits.
Network: Hulu
(2014)
(2010)
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Planet Earth TV Poster Image
Stunning high-def series spotlights world wonders.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2007)
(2006)
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Planet Earth II TV Poster Image
Nature documentary sequel is a visual triumph.
Network: BBC America
(2017)
(2016)
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Rock the Park TV Poster Image
Fun-loving hosts + natural parks' splendor = inspiring TV.
Network: CW
(2014)
(2015)
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Wonder Quest TV Poster Image
Stampy's Minecraft-inspired adventure is educational fun.
Network: Maker Studios
(2015)
(2015)
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Xploration Outer Space TV Poster Image
STEM-based show inspires curiosity, challenges stereotypes.
Network: Fox
(2014)
(2014)
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Beakman's World TV Poster Image
Madcap science show makes learning a thrill.
Network: Syndicated
(2005)
(1992)
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Bill Nye the Science Guy TV Poster Image
Fantastically fun classic is perfect formula for learning.
Network: PBS Kids
(2015)
(1998)
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Jacques Cousteau's Ocean Tales TV Poster Image
Sea explorations promote conservation but can be tense.
Network: Online
(2014)
(2002)
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Nature TV Poster Image
Stunning glimpses of our natural world.
Network: PBS
(2005)
(1982)
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RAD Lands TV Poster Image
Kids grow, cook, and learn about sustainable, healthy foods.
Network: Online
(2017)
(2017)
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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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Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? TV Poster Image
Smart series teaches kids about geography, world cultures.
Network: Discovery Family Channel
(2011)
(1994)
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Wild Kratts: Creatures of the Deep Sea TV Poster Image
Beloved animal pros go underwater in fab animated special.
Network: PBS Kids
(2016)
(2016)
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Xploration Awesome Planet TV Poster Image
Inspiring, educational tour of planet's natural landmarks.
Network: Fox
(2014)
(2014)
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Brain Games TV Poster Image
Captivating look at mind's abilities, but content can vary.
Network: National Geographic Channel
(2013)
(2011)
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Genius by Stephen Hawking TV Poster Image
Volunteers test theory that brilliance lies in everyone.
Network: PBS
(2016)
(2016)
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Get the Math TV Poster Image
Teens' career field trips highlight algebra's usefulness.
Network: PBS
(2011)
(2010)
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HowStuffWorks TV Poster Image
Smart, fascinating choice for curious families.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2008)
(2008)
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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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Antiques Roadshow TV Poster Image
PBS gem mixes appraisals, history, and suspense.
Network: PBS
(2005)
(1997)
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Bang Goes the Theory TV Poster Image
Hip British science show is informative and fun.
Network: BBC America
(2013)
(2009)
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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey TV Poster Image
Update of Sagan classic is smart, visually spectacular.
Network: Fox, National Geographic Channel
(2014)
(2014)
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Great Migrations TV Poster Image
Nature's harsh realities may be too intense for young kids.
Network: National Geographic Channel
(2010)
(2010)
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America: The Story of Us TV Poster Image
U.S. history gets dramatic in worthy educational series.
Network: History
(2010)
(2010)
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First Life with David Attenborough TV Poster Image
Smart journey through prehistoric life is great for teens.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2010)
(2010)
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The Numbers Game TV Poster Image
Fun look at statistics, social behavior has intense images.
Network: National Geographic Channel
(2014)
(2013)
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Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman TV Poster Image
Complex physics made fun on interesting educational series.
Network: SCIENCE
(2010)
(2010)
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United Stats of America TV Poster Image
Edutaining show features history, numbers, mild innuendo.
Network: History
(2012)
(2012)
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America Revealed TV Poster Image
U.S. industrial systems are more interesting than you think.
Network: PBS
(2012)
(2012)
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American Experience TV Poster Image
History comes alive in excellent docuseries.
Network: PBS
(2005)
(1988)
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Cooked TV Poster Image
Enticing docuseries explores humans' relationship to food.
Network: Netflix
(2016)
(2016)
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Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. TV Poster Image
Informative docu uncovers family history and ancestry.
Network: PBS
(2012)
(2012)
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White Rabbit Project TV Poster Image
MythBusters crew has fun exploring history with science.
Network: Netflix
(2016)
(2016)
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Inocente TV Poster Image
Affecting true story of homelessness and the human spirit.
Network: MTV
(2012)
(2012)
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Origins: The Journey of Humankind TV Poster Image
Graphic history of humanity will intrigue curious teens.
Network: National Geographic Channel
(2017)
(2017)
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The Weight of the Nation TV Poster Image
Quality obesity docuseries is educational, straightforward.
Network: HBO
(2012)
(2012)
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Breakthrough TV Poster Image
Fascinating docu series vibrantly explores science topics.
Network: National Geographic Channel
(2015)
(2015)
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