Shows for Kids While You're Making Dinner

Let's be honest: Sometimes you just need 15 uninterrupted minutes to get dinner going -- so you put on a TV show. But you don't want to leave your kids hanging on a plot that takes a full 30 minutes to solve. That's where these great shows with short and sweet episodes come in. Between five and 22 minutes long (often two stories are broken up into shorter 11-minute chunks), these shows can give you just enough time to get things organized, and none of them will rile up your preschoolers enough that they won't be able to sit still for a meal. For more options, check out our Best Preschool TV Shows.

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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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Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices TV Poster Image
Virtual book club for preschoolers spotlights Black authors.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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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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Izzy's Koala World TV Poster Image
Real life 11-year-old koala rescuer brings the warm fuzzies.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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Jessy & Nessy TV Poster Image
Curious friends reinforce important life skills.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2020)
(2020)
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Mighty Express TV Poster Image
Kids and trains save the day in fun preschool series.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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Molang TV Poster Image
Animal buddies explore their world in delightful series.
Network: Disney Junior, Kidstream
(2017)
(2014)
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Nina's World TV Poster Image
Strong diversity, community, family themes in superb series.
Network: Universal Kids
(2015)
(2015)
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Puffin Rock TV Poster Image
Young bird's adventures celebrate curiosity, relationships.
Network: Netflix
(2015)
(2015)
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The Stinky & Dirty Show TV Poster Image
Popular book characters are excellent role models for kids.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(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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Elinor Wonders Why TV Poster Image
Eager preschoolers' curiosity yields learning opportunities.
Network: PBS Kids
(2020)
(2020)
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Fraggle Rock: Rock On TV Poster Image
Fraggles make connections in fun, charming musical shorts.
Network: Apple TV+
(2020)
(2020)
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Go! Go! Cory Carson TV Poster Image
Sweet stories, exceptional messages in toy-inspired series.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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Helpsters Help You TV Poster Image
Kindly monster models solving relatable problems for kids.
Network: Apple TV+
(2020)
(2020)
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Mira, Royal Detective TV Poster Image
Clever girl's adventures expose viewers to Indian culture.
Network: Disney Junior
(2020)
(2020)
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True and the Rainbow Kingdom TV Poster Image
Whimsical world's heroine helps her friends solve problems.
Network: Netflix
(2017)
(2017)
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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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Emily's Wonder Lab TV Poster Image
Great STEM series inspires kid scientists to wonder.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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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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Tip the Mouse TV Poster Image
Lively little mouse learns life lessons in animated series.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2017)
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DuckTales TV Poster Image
Woo-oo! Adventure, fun, and laughs abound in Disney reboot.
Network: Disney XD
(2017)
(2017)
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The Fungies TV Poster Image
Quirky cartoon full of fungi, kindness, and curiosity.
Network: HBO Max
(2020)
(2020)
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The Paper Girls Show TV Poster Image
BFFs find creative fuel in a paper-themed fantasy land.
Network: YouTube
(2020)
(2020)
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Short Circuit TV Poster Image
Delightful animated shorts from emerging Disney talent.
Network: Disney+
(2020)
(2020)
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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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