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

age 3+

Kids' big questions get answered by friendly, funny bots.

Network: Netflix (2016)
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Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices

age 3+

Virtual book club for preschoolers spotlights Black authors.

Network: Netflix (2020)
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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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Izzy's Koala World

age 3+

Real life 11-year-old koala rescuer brings the warm fuzzies.

Network: Netflix (2020)
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Jessy & Nessy

age 3+

Curious friends reinforce important life skills.

Network: Amazon Prime Video (2020)
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Mighty Express

age 3+

Kids and trains save the day in fun preschool series.

Network: Netflix (2020)
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Molang

age 3+

Animal buddies explore their world in delightful series.

Network: Disney Junior, Kidstream (2014)
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Nina's World

age 3+

Strong diversity, community, family themes in superb series.

Network: Universal Kids (2015)
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Puffin Rock

age 3+

Young bird's adventures celebrate curiosity, relationships.

Network: Netflix (2015)
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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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Creative Galaxy

age 4+

Kindly alien finds artistic inspiration to solve problems.

Network: Amazon Prime Video (2013)
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Elinor Wonders Why

age 5+

Eager preschoolers' curiosity yields learning opportunities.

Network: PBS Kids (2020)
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Fraggle Rock: Rock On

age 4+

Fraggles make connections in fun, charming musical shorts.

Network: Apple TV+ (2020)
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Go! Go! Cory Carson

age 4+

Sweet stories, exceptional messages in toy-inspired series.

Network: Netflix (2020)
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Helpsters Help You

age 4+

Kindly monster models solving relatable problems for kids.

Network: Apple TV+ (2020)
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Mira, Royal Detective

age 4+

Clever girl's adventures celebrate Indian culture.

Network: Disney Junior (2020)
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True and the Rainbow Kingdom

age 4+

Whimsical world's heroine helps her friends solve problems.

Network: Netflix (2017)
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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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Emily's Wonder Lab

age 5+

Great STEM series inspires kid scientists to wonder.

Network: Netflix (2020)
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If I Were an Animal

age 5+

Gentle reality series is charming and family-friendly.

Network: Netflix (2018)
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