TV and Movies That Celebrate Grit

Perseverance, determination, grit -- all are positive traits that help kids succeed in life. Watching movies and TV shows that celebrate these elements can inspire kids to pursue their dreams, even when things get tough. There are lots of creative ways to honor the grit inherent in our lives, from courageous reality shows to dramas with a fierce protagonist. For more movie and TV picks that celebrate important character strengths, check out TV That Promotes PerseveranceTV That Inspires Courage, and Movies That Promote Perseverance.

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Doozers TV Poster Image
Fraggle Rock co-stars emphasize learning by doing.
Network: Hulu
(2014)
(2014)
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Katie Morag TV Poster Image
Young Scottish girl's rural life has gentle lessons, fun.
Network: Comcast Kid Central, CBeebies
(2019)
(2013)
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The Bravest Knight TV Poster Image
Star power, stellar messages in charming animated series.
Network: Hulu
(2019)
(2019)
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Dragons: Rescue Riders: Secrets of the Songwing Movie Poster Image
Courage, teamwork help save the day in feel-good movie.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2020)
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Odd Squad TV Poster Image
Lively mixed-media series solves mysteries with math skills.
Network: PBS Kids
(2014)
(2014)
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Becoming TV Poster Image
Biographical show inspires with athletes' tales of success.
Network: Disney XD, ESPN
(2014)
(2015)
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Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts TV Poster Image
Themes of perseverance, friendship dominate dystopian tale.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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Middle School Moguls TV Poster Image
Likable show has themes of diversity and perseverance.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2019)
(2019)
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Greatness Code TV Poster Image
World's best athletes inspire with their success stories.
Network: Apple TV+
(2020)
(2020)
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Inazuma Eleven TV Poster Image
Misfit soccer team teaches perseverance, overcoming fears.
Network: Hulu
(2014)
(2014)
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Xavier Riddle and the Secret Movie: I Am Madam President TV Poster Image
Notable women's character strengths stand out in TV movie.
Network: PBS Kids
(2020)
(2020)
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We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest Movie Poster Image
Docu about kids living MLK's legacy gives all the feels.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2020)
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The Amazing Race TV Poster Image
Stressful global race features tense moments, teamwork.
Network: CBS, Travel Channel
(2006)
(2001)
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Antarctica: A Year on Ice Movie Poster Image
Incredible docu captures human details of remote existence.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2014)
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Hetty Feather TV Poster Image
Charming British series about youth and self-determination.
Network: BBC
(2020)
(2018)
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The Last Kids on Earth TV Poster Image
Kids fight monsters in funny post-apocalyptic series.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2019)
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Tough as Nails TV Poster Image
Competition celebrates the working class, with stereotypes.
Network: CBS
(2020)
(2020)
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Red Army Movie Poster Image
Fascinating documentary about legendary Soviet hockey team.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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We Are the Radical Monarchs Movie Poster Image
Docu about girls' social justice troop inspires all ages.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2019)
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All In with Laila Ali TV Poster Image
Inspiring tales of human triumph make great family viewing.
Network: CBS
(2013)
(2013)
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Get out Alive with Bear Grylls TV Poster Image
Survivalist competition is about teamwork and being smart.
Network: NBC
(2013)
(2013)
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Hillary TV Poster Image
Affectionate portrait of political icon digs deep.
Network: Hulu
(2020)
(2020)
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Legends of the Knight Movie Poster Image
Stirring docu sees superhero as powerful motivator for good.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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Marvel's Hero Project TV Poster Image
Marvel celebrates the young superheroes walking among us.
Network: Disney+
(2019)
(2019)
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MasterChef Junior TV Poster Image
Kids cook and compete in this whole-family treat.
Network: Fox
(2013)
(2013)
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Mission Unstoppable TV Poster Image
Upbeat series showcases female STEM superstars.
Network: CBS
(2019)
(2019)
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Zion TV Poster Image
Exceptional short docu tells teen's story of perseverance.
Network: Netflix
(2018)
(2018)
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MADE TV Poster Image
Goal-oriented reality TV with a happy ending.
Network: MTV
(2005)
(2002)
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Home Before Dark TV Poster Image
Kid lead is fabulous in intense mystery for tweens and up.
Network: Apple TV+
(2020)
(2020)
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Raising Dion TV Poster Image
Supervillain violence, bullying in excellent family drama.
Network: Netflix
(2019)
(2019)
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Born to Play TV Poster Image
Female athletes fight for glory in tender football doc.
Network: ESPN
(2020)
(2020)
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Little America TV Poster Image
Beautifully authentic anthology of immigrant stories.
Network: Apple TV+
(2020)
(2020)
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Where Do We Go From Here? TV Poster Image
Blunt, powerful Oprah-led panel about confronting racism.
Network: OWN
(2020)
(2020)
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Athlete A Movie Poster Image
Thorough docu about U.S. gymnastics abuse scandal.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2020)
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Bend It Like Beckham Movie Poster Image
Superb tale of a girl's struggle for her dreams.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2003)
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Billy Elliot Movie Poster Image
Terrific story of young ballet dancer has strong language.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2000)
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Bear Witness, Take Action TV Poster Image
YouTube special explores racial injustice, calls for action.
Network: YouTube
(2020)
(2020)
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Life Continued: Defeating Depression TV Poster Image
Affecting tales of mental illness raise awareness for teens.
Network: MTV
(2013)
(2013)
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Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker TV Poster Image
Solid drama highlights the life of legendary entrepreneur.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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The Theory of Everything Movie Poster Image
Hawking's brilliant mind comes to life in thoughtful drama.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2014)
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Humano TV Poster Image
Insightful docu has some violent imagery, hallucinogens.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2019)
(2013)
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In My Skin TV Poster Image
Welsh teen's coming-of-age tale is stunning and edgy.
Network: Hulu
(2020)
(2020)
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Unorthodox TV Poster Image
Intense story of a Hasidic woman's journey has some sex.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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I Am Not Okay with This TV Poster Image
Bloody violence, drinking in exhilarating teen genre mashup.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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