The Best Sports TV Shows

From documentaries about iconic players like Michael Jordan to competitive game shows to scripted dramas about athletes (hello, Friday Night Lights!): When there aren't live sports on (or you have an appetite for more), check out these family-friendly TV shows. If you have a kid who's into football, you're in luck: There are tons of great picks. Little soccer fan or aspiring NBA player? We've got you covered. There's something for everyone on this list, from the most rabid sports fanatic to the casually entertained. For more sporty fun, check out Sports Legends in the Movies and Movies for Girls Who Love Sports.

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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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Bella and the Bulldogs

age 6+

Likable series tackles gender barriers in thoughtful ways.

Network: Nickelodeon (2015)
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Jagger Eaton's Mega Life

age 6+

Skateboarding phenom seizes the day in so-so show.

Network: Nickelodeon (2016)
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The Kicks

age 6+

Book-inspired series scores with excellent tween role model.

Network: Amazon Prime Video (2016)
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NFL Rush

age 6+

Fast-paced, star-studded series is fun for football fans.

Network: Nickelodeon (2014)
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American Ninja Warrior Junior

age 7+

Young athletes take on notorious obstacles in fun contest.

Network: Universal Kids (2018)
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Best Sports Ever!

age 7+

Colorful, upbeat show about sports challenges stereotypes.

Network: Kids Central , Kidstream (2014)
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Kody Kapow

age 7+

Lively animation features lessons from the martial arts.

Network: Universal Kids (2017)
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Robotia

age 7+

Sweet soccer-playing robots learn teamwork, friendship.

Network: Starz (2017)
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Sports Stars of Tomorrow

age 7+

Sports sensations are good role models for kids.

Network: Syndicated (2004)
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Greatness Code

age 8+

World's best athletes inspire with their success stories.

Network: Apple TV+ (2020)
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NASCAR Hammer Down

age 8+

Car-racing show entertains, defies gender stereotypes.

Network: Nickelodeon (2015)
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Prodigy

age 8+

Positive life lessons stand out in sports phenoms' stories.

Network: Quibi (2020)
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American Ninja Warrior

age 9+

Super-fit folks conquer big obstacles for money.

Network: G4 , NBC (2009)
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American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja

age 9+

Bigger obstacles in head-to-head strength competition.

Network: USA (2018)
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Coach

age 9+

College football comedy scores. OK for tweens.

Network: Syndicated (1989)
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Crashletes

age 9+

Laugh at fails, falls in OK-for-kids sports blooper show.

Network: Nickelodeon (2016)
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Game On!

age 9+

Lively game show mixes comedy, sports, and silliness.

Network: CBS (2020)
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Team Ninja Warrior

age 9+

Fan faves team up, crush new obstacles on competition show.

Network: USA (2016)
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Basketball or Nothing

age 10+

Captivating docuseries inspires, challenges stereotypes.

Network: Netflix (2019)