TV Shows That Defy Gender Stereotypes

There are so many ways to be a kid, and research has proven that it's important for kids of all ages and identities to see themselves reflected in the media they view, especially when it comes to gender. Our own research review shows that these messages influence kids as early as preschool, which makes it even clearer that it's important to look for positive gender portrayals in our kids' media. On TV, it can be difficult to find girls and boys (and men and women!) who defy gender stereotypes. Luckily, we've got lots of picks that offer balanced and positive gender representations, from tween boys cementing friendships in Stranger Things to pint-sized girlbosses leading Odd Squad's math problem-solving agency.

 

For even more great choices for your family, check out these lists: Movies That Defy Gender Stereotypes, Positive Role Model TV for Girls, and TV That's Good for Boys.

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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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Sofia the First TV Poster Image
Spunky, well-rounded princess celebrates individuality.
Network: Disney Channel, Disney Junior
(2013)
(2012)
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Doc McStuffins TV Poster Image
Excellent preschool series has positive messages for kids.
Network: Disney Junior
(2012)
(2012)
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Julie's Greenroom TV Poster Image
Delightful series teaches young kids about performance arts.
Network: Netflix
(2017)
(2017)
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Annedroids TV Poster Image
STEM learning, positive role models in well-rounded series.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2014)
(2013)
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Dot. TV Poster Image
Charming series strikes perfect balance between life, tech.
Network: Sprout
(2016)
(2016)
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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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WordGirl TV Poster Image
Brainy heroine uses vocab to outwit bad guys.
Network: PBS Kids
(2007)
(2007)
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The Kicks TV Poster Image
Book-inspired series scores with excellent tween role model.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2015)
(2016)
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Project Mc2 TV Poster Image
Whiz kids break stereotypes, make being smart cool.
Network: Netflix
(2015)
(2015)
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Hyperlinked TV Poster Image
Strong female roles in enjoyable website-inspired series.
Network: YouTube Premium
(2017)
(2017)
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The Legend of Korra TV Poster Image
Strong heroine, positive messages make great fantasy series.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2012)
(2012)
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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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Andi Mack TV Poster Image
Heartwarming, diverse coming-of-age story best for tweens.
Network: Disney Channel
(2017)
(2017)
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I Am Jazz TV Poster Image
Transgender teen's reality show is positive, poignant.
Network: TLC
(2015)
(2015)
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One Day at a Time TV Poster Image
Worthy update of classic sitcom has heart.
Network: Netflix
(2016)
(2017)
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine TV Poster Image
Lighthearted cop comedy serves up laughs and diversity.
Network: Fox
(2013)
(2013)
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Freaks and Geeks TV Poster Image
Stellar teen dramedy explores angst, experimentation.
Network: Syndicated
(2011)
(1999)
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Glee TV Poster Image
Edgy-but-quirky comedy's music, message will win teens over.
Network: Fox
(2009)
(2009)
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Parks and Recreation TV Poster Image
Local government spoof for mature viewers is goofy at heart.
Network: NBC
(2009)
(2009)
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Stranger Things TV Poster Image
Dark "strange invader" drama will appeal to sci-fi fans.
Network: Netflix
(2016)
(2016)
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This Is Us TV Poster Image
Adult-oriented dramedy puts a fresh spin on family ties.
Network: NBC
(2016)
(2016)
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Bones TV Poster Image
Grisly murders and a fab female role model in forensic show.
Network: Fox, Syndicated, TNT
(2005)
(2005)
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Battlestar Galactica TV Poster Image
Exciting space drama has complex adult themes.
Network: Syfy
(2005)
(2004)
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East Los High TV Poster Image
Edgy Latino teen soap raises timely issues in sensitive way.
Network: Hulu
(2013)
(2013)
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