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Preteen TV

Once kids graduate from a cartoon-only diet, a world of television opens up. Some of the best preteen TV is designed specifically for this age group, while they're also interested in general interest shows that can appeal to the whole family. But pick and choose wisely (use our reviews for guidance) because along with the quality programming is a whole lotta junk.

Browse Preteen TV

AGE
7
QUALITY
 
Modern Camelot-inspired tale has great messages for kids.
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Network: Disney Channel
(2010)
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
Smart series ignites girls' interest in science and math.
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Network: PBS
(2010)
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
Teen's overnight success is unrealistic -- but fun for kids.
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Network: Nickelodeon
(2008)
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
Mobile game show drives trivia buffs wild.
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Network: Discovery Channel
(2005)
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
Witty team puts urban legends to the scientific test.
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Network: Discovery Channel
(2005)
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
Spirited singing contest shows off power of the human voice.
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Network: NBC
(2009)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
How not to die in the wilderness -- tweens and up.
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Network: Discovery Channel
(2006)
Editors' pick
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
Celebs' genealogical journeys are inspiring and educational.
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Network: NBC, TLC
(2010)
AGE
11
QUALITY
 
Thoughtful sci-fi cartoon with monsters is best for tweens.
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Network: Cartoon Network
(2010)
AGE
11
QUALITY
 
Rambunctious ninja returns, slightly older, in anime sequel.
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Network: Disney XD
(2009)

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