TV That Inspires Courage

Developing character strengths and life skills is essential to kids' overall growth and success. These TV shows help kids learn the value of taking on challenges despite risks, speaking up for what's right no matter what, and being true to their own convictions. The character strength of courage surfaces in these shows by being intrinsic to the story and being repeated several times in the actions of a lead character, and it "wins" over character flaws such as cowardice. (See even more movies and TV shows that inspire courage.)

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TV

Nella the Princess Knight

age 3+

Well-rounded hero is great role model for preschoolers.

Network: Nickelodeon (2017)
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TV

PAW Patrol

age 3+

Cute pups rescue neighbors in friendly cartoon.

Network: Nickelodeon (2013)
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TV

Chip and Potato

age 4+

Sweet friendship helps young pup face new experiences.

Network: Netflix (2019)
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TV

Mike the Knight

age 4+

Spunky medieval hero teaches problem-solving to tots.

Network: Nickelodeon (2012)
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TV

The Bravest Knight

age 5+

Star power, stellar messages in charming animated series.

Network: Hulu (2019)
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Elena and the Secret of Avalor

age 5+

Princess crossover features two strong female role models.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2016)
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TV

Inspector Gadget

age 5+

Bumbling bionic detective offers worry-free laughs for kids.

Network: Syndicated (1983)
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TV

The Lion Guard

age 5+

Simba's son monitors circle of life in meaningful series.

Network: Disney Channel (2016)
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TV

Popeye

age 5+

Classic 'toon mixes spinach and stereotypes.

Network: Boomerang (1960)
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TV

Niko and the Sword of Light

age 6+

Strong role models stand out in family-friendly cartoon.

Network: Amazon Prime Video (2017)
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TV

Carmen Sandiego

age 7+

Globe-trotting thief's action-packed origin story.

Network: Netflix (2019)
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TV

Dinotrux

age 7+

Creatures find friendship, fun in awesome animated world.

Network: Netflix (2015)
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TV

Marvel Rising: Initiation

age 7+

Origin story introduces crew of likable female superheroes.

Network: Disney XD (2018)
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TV

Project Mc2

age 7+

Whiz kids break stereotypes, make being smart cool.

Network: Netflix (2015)
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TV

Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre

age 7+

Superb classic still entertains, but know your kid.

Network: Online (1982)
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TV

Spirit Riding Free

age 7+

Courage, adventure, and a great role model in sweet series.

Network: Netflix (2017)
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TV

Superman: The Animated Series

age 7+

Is it a bird or a plane? No, it's a super series!

Network: Boomerang (1996)
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TV

The Tick

age 7+

Superhero spoof works for kids and adults.

Network: Toon Disney (2001)
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TV

Ultimate Spider-Man

age 7+

Hero finds super strength and responsibility with new peers.

Network: Disney XD (2012)
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TV

Avatar: The Last Airbender

age 8+

Asian mysticism meets epic fiction in top-notch 'toon.

Network: Nickelodeon (2005)
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