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 TV Poster Image
Classic show endures changes, but learning content remains.
Network: PBS
(2004)
(1969)
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Ask the Storybots TV Poster Image
Kids' big questions get answered by friendly, funny bots.
Network: Netflix
(2016)
(2016)
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Blue's Clues & You! TV Poster Image
Engaging reboot teaches preschoolers prereading skills.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2019)
(2019)
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Bubble Guppies TV Poster Image
Cheerful aqua tots teach kids good social lessons.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2011)
(2011)
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Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood TV Poster Image
Excellent lessons from Mister Rogers' next generation.
Network: PBS Kids
(2012)
(2012)
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Dinosaur Train TV Poster Image
Young dino's travels teach kids about science and diversity.
Network: PBS
(2009)
(2009)
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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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Peep and the Big Wide World TV Poster Image
Preschoolers learn science with a pinch of humor.
Network: Discovery Kids, PBS Kids
(2005)
(2004)
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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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Super WHY! TV Poster Image
Young heroes' adventures build reading skills.
Network: PBS Kids
(2007)
(2007)
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Team Umizoomi TV Poster Image
Super team teaches preschoolers real-life math applications.
Network: Nick Jr.
(2010)
(2010)
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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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Word Party TV Poster Image
Cute, fun preschool series puts kids in vocab-teaching role.
Network: Netflix
(2016)
(2016)
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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: Universal Kids
(2014)
(2014)
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Helpsters TV Poster Image
Friendly monsters demonstrate critical thinking skills.
Network: Apple TV+
(2019)
(2019)
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Julie's Greenroom TV Poster Image
Delightful series teaches young kids about performance arts.
Network: Netflix
(2017)
(2017)
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Martha Speaks TV Poster Image
Chatty canine's vocab lessons are fun for kids.
Network: PBS Kids
(2008)
(2008)
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Octonauts TV Poster Image
Friendly adventurers teach kids about marine life, teamwork.
Network: Disney Channel
(2012)
(2010)
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Reading Rainbow TV Poster Image
Encouraging kids to read, one book at a time.
Network: PBS
(2005)
(1983)
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Ready Jet Go! TV Poster Image
Learning abounds in delightful science-based series.
Network: PBS
(2016)
(2016)
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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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Snoopy in Space TV Poster Image
Super show shares lots of laughs, facts from Peanuts gang.
Network: Apple TV+
(2019)
(2019)
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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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Wallykazam! TV Poster Image
Exceptional preschool show with quality literacy curriculum.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2014)
(2014)
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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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Catie's Amazing Machines TV Poster Image
Stereotype-busting STEM show has lots of fun vehicles.
Network: Comcast Kid Central, CBeebies
(2019)
(2018)
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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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If I Were an Animal TV Poster Image
Gentle reality series is charming and family-friendly.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2018)
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The Magic School Bus Rides Again TV Poster Image
Great reboot encourages curiosity about science and nature.
Network: Netflix
(2017)
(2017)
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Molly of Denali TV Poster Image
Alaska Native character's adventures celebrate heritage.
Network: PBS Kids
(2019)
(2019)
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My World Kitchen TV Poster Image
Fun children's food prep show teaches cooking and culture.
Network: Xfinity, CBeebies
(2019)
(2018)
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Nature Cat TV Poster Image
House cat's adventures inspire kids to get out and play.
Network: PBS Kids
(2015)
(2015)
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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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The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation TV Poster Image
Smart STEM series celebrates invention, inspires curiosity.
Network: CBS
(2017)
(2013)
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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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Our Planet TV Poster Image
Gorgeous docuseries features animal life, nature's wonders.
Network: Netflix
(2019)
(2019)
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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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Wild Kratts TV Poster Image
Zoologist brothers get animated in fun, kid-friendly series.
Network: PBS Kids
(2011)
(2011)
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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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An American Girl Story - Melody, 1963: Love Has to Win Movie Poster Image
Indomitable girl speaks up for civil rights in sweet story.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2016)
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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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Brainchild TV Poster Image
Smart, funny series teaches kid-friendly science concepts.
Network: Netflix
(2018)
(2018)
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Carmen Sandiego TV Poster Image
Globe-trotting thief's action-packed origin story.
Network: Netflix
(2019)
(2019)
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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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Planet Earth: Blue Planet II TV Poster Image
Stunning nature documentary is excellent watch-together TV.
Network: BBC America
(2018)
(2018)
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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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Secret Millionaires Club TV Poster Image
Warren Buffett's animated money lessons are fun for kids.
Network: Discovery Family Channel
(2011)
(2011)
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The Who Was? Show TV Poster Image
Fun books-inspired show intros kids to historical figures.
Network: Netflix
(2018)
(2018)
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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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Chill with Bob Ross TV Poster Image
Mellow artist paints soothing landscapes in relaxing series.
Network: Netflix
(2018)
(1983)
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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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Hack Along with GoldieBlox TV Poster Image
Girl-powered DIY projects encourage creative tinkering.
Network: YouTube
(2017)
(2017)
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Kid Stew TV Poster Image
Unique sketch comedy series has roots in books, reading.
Network: PBS
(2018)
(2018)
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HowStuffWorks TV Poster Image
Smart, fascinating choice for curious families.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2008)
(2008)
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Liberty's Kids TV Poster Image
Worthwhile 'toon walks tweens through American history.
Network: Syndicated
(2011)
(2002)
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One Strange Rock TV Poster Image
Captivating, gorgeous science series looks at the Earth.
Network: National Geographic Channel
(2018)
(2018)
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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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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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How We Got to Now TV Poster Image
History's greatest ideas are smart fun for curious families.
Network: PBS
(2014)
(2014)
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NOVA TV Poster Image
Stellar science series expands curious minds.
Network: PBS
(2005)
(1974)
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Victorian Slum House TV Poster Image
Past becomes present when modern folk move to an 1800s slum.
Network: PBS
(2017)
(2017)
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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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The Great American Read TV Poster Image
Series spotlights best books, celebrates joys of reading.
Network: PBS
(2018)
(2018)
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American Experience TV Poster Image
History comes alive in excellent docuseries.
Network: PBS
(2005)
(1988)
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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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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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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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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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Hamilton's America TV Poster Image
Absorbing doc explores how the popular musical came to be.
Network: PBS
(2016)
(2016)
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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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White Rabbit Project TV Poster Image
MythBusters crew has fun exploring history with science.
Network: Netflix
(2016)
(2016)
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Scrappy Robots with Simone Giertz TV Poster Image
Fun with engineering and building, some marketing messages.
Network: YouTube
(2017)
(2014)
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America Inside Out with Katie Couric TV Poster Image
Informative docu-series examines controversial issues.
Network: National Geographic Channel
(2018)
(2018)
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Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown TV Poster Image
Award-winning travel, food show serves up strong language.
Network: CNN, Netflix
(2017)
(2013)
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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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Roots Movie Poster Image
Classic miniseries is essential viewing for mature teens.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1977)
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Underground TV Poster Image
Gripping slave drama is great viewing for mature viewers.
Network: WGN
(2016)
(2016)
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