Positive Role Model TV for Boys

Whether they're science guys or adventurers, boys can choose from a lot of great TV shows with strong male characters in leadership roles. But for a show to be truly great for boys, it also needs to avoid stereotypes -- of both boys and girls -- and offer up a world that's made of male and female characters. That's why we've compiled this list of entertaining shows with awesome role models for boys. With so many iffy messages out there about body image, sexuality, and role models, boys (and girls) can benefit from talking about how men are portrayed in the media, and these shows can help start the discussion.

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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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Sesame Street

age 2+

Classic show endures changes, but learning content remains.

Network: PBS, HBO Max (1969)
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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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Jake and the Never Land Pirates

age 3+

Fun-filled series teaches social lessons to young mateys.

Network: Disney Channel (2011)
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Justin Time GO!

age 3+

Imagination takes Justin and friends to faraway, fun places.

Network: Netflix (2016)
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Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

age 3+

Classic series gently promotes social skills, imagination.

Network: PBS (1968)
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Sofia the First

age 3+

Spunky, well-rounded princess celebrates individuality.

Network: Disney Channel, Disney Junior (2012)
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Sid the Science Kid

age 4+

Boy's queries get kids curious about the world.

Network: PBS Kids (2008)
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The Stinky & Dirty Show

age 3+

Popular book characters are excellent role models for kids.

Network: Amazon Prime Video (2016)
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The Adventures of Napkin Man

age 4+

Mixed-media show's cartoon hero helps kids resolve feelings.

Network: Kids Central, Kidstream (2013)
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Dino Dana

age 4+

Kid scientist can see real dinos in fun educational series.

Network: Amazon Prime Video (2017)
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Mike the Knight

age 4+

Spunky medieval hero teaches problem-solving to tots.

Network: Nickelodeon (2012)
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Miles from Tomorrowland

age 4+

Family's tot-friendly adventures are out of this world.

Network: Disney Junior (2015)
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The Muppet Show

age 7+

Classic Muppet series mixes stars and kid-friendly content.

Network: Syndicated (1976)
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Tumble Leaf

age 4+

Vibrant preschool series teaches about science through play.

Network: Amazon Prime Video (2014)
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Wallykazam!

age 4+

Exceptional preschool show with quality literacy curriculum.

Network: Nickelodeon (2014)
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Annedroids

age 5+

STEM learning, positive role models in well-rounded series.

Network: Amazon Prime Video (2013)
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Odd Squad

age 5+

Lively mixed-media series solves mysteries with math skills.

Network: PBS Kids (2014)
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The Electric Company

age 5+

Excellent update of '70s classic makes English lessons fun.

Network: PBS (2009)
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All in with Cam Newton

age 6+

NFL great cheers on kids' efforts to achieve their goals.

Network: Nickelodeon (2016)
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