TV That Inspires Curiosity

Developing character strengths and life skills is essential to kids' overall growth and success. These TV shows help kids learn the value of learning information for its own sake, as well as actively seeking out new challenges. The character strength of curiosity surfaces in these titles by being intrinsic to the story, being repeated several times in the actions of a lead character, and "wins" over character flaws such as apathy. (See even more movies and TV shows that inspire curiosity.)

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Ask the Storybots TV Poster Image
Kids' big questions get answered by friendly, funny bots.
Network: Netflix
(2016)
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Friendly bunny's adventures have teaching points for kids.
Network: Netflix
(2013)
(2013)
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Cute series has positive social messages for tots.
Network: Disney Channel
(2010)
(2009)
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Engaging fun for young ones (and parents, too!).
Network: Nickelodeon
(2005)
(1996)
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Richard Scarry's beloved characters solve kid-size queries.
Network: CBS
(2009)
(2007)
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Kids can relate to this sweet, curious explorer.
Network: PBS
(2005)
(1997)
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Notorious monkey amuses and teaches preschoolers.
Network: PBS Kids
(2006)
(2006)
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Young dino's travels teach kids about science and diversity.
Network: PBS
(2009)
(2009)
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Preschoolers will love Dora's ongoing adventures.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2004)
(2000)
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Curious kid's charming travels engage, teach young viewers.
Network: Online
(2015)
(2012)
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Kindly bunny joins sweet friends in learning experiences.
Network: Nick Jr.
(2016)
(2016)
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Darling preschool series celebrates imagination, discovery.
Network: Online
(2015)
(2015)
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Preschoolers learn science with a pinch of humor.
Network: Discovery Kids, PBS Kids
(2005)
(2004)
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Young bird's adventures celebrate curiosity, relationships.
Network: Netflix
(2015)
(2015)
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Young heroes' adventures build reading skills.
Network: PBS Kids
(2007)
(2007)
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Friendly planes' world travels teach kids multiculturalism.
Network: Sprout
(2015)
(2015)
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Friendly pigs, sweet stories, and good messages.
Network: Nick Jr.
(2008)
(2008)
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Book character's adventures celebrate imagination.
Network: Online
(2012)
(2009)
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Curious zebra tot's adventures model positive social skills.
Network: Disney Junior
(2013)
(2012)
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Dino Dana TV Poster Image
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Kid scientist can see real dinos in fun educational series.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2017)
(2017)
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Fishtronaut TV Poster Image
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Well-rounded animated series has broad learning potential.
Network: Netflix, Online
(2015)
(2015)
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Noddy, Toyland Detective TV Poster Image
Colorful take on classic is fun, teaches problem-solving.
Network: Sprout
(2016)
(2016)
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Encouraging kids to read, one book at a time.
Network: PBS
(2005)
(1983)
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Learning abounds in delightful science-based series.
Network: PBS
(2016)
(2016)
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Boy's queries get kids curious about the world.
Network: PBS Kids
(2008)
(2008)
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Tinga Tinga Tales TV Poster Image
African folk tales feed kids' curiosity, teach good lessons.
Network: Disney Channel
(2011)
(2011)
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Tumble Leaf TV Poster Image
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Vibrant preschool series teaches about science through play.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2014)
(2014)
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Annedroids TV Poster Image
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STEM learning, positive role models in well-rounded series.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2014)
(2013)
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Bindi: The Jungle Girl TV Poster Image
Croc Hunter's spunky daughter carries on his work.
Network: Discovery Kids
(2007)
(2007)
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Charming series strikes perfect balance between life, tech.
Network: Sprout
(2016)
(2016)
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Excellent update of '70s classic makes English lessons fun.
Network: PBS
(2009)
(2009)
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Curious space explorers study human ways in charming series.
Network: Sprout
(2016)
(2016)
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Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Adventures TV Poster Image
Ocean adventures and research; great for kids.
Network: PBS
(2006)
(2006)
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The Magic School Bus Rides Again TV Poster Image
Great reboot encourages curiosity about science and nature.
Network: Netflix
(2017)
(2017)
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House cat's adventures inspire kids to get out and play.
Network: PBS Kids
(2015)
(2015)
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Lively mixed-media series solves mysteries with math skills.
Network: PBS Kids
(2014)
(2014)
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Postcards from Buster TV Poster Image
Kids who like Arthur will enjoy Buster's travels.
Network: PBS
(2005)
(2004)
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Revamped classic brings nature's wonders up close.
Network: Animal Planet
(2005)
(1963)
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Anne of Green Gables: The Animated Series TV Poster Image
Cartoon Anne of Green Gables is sweet, with worthy lessons.
Network: PBS, qubo
(2012)
(2001)
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Design Squad Nation TV Poster Image
Kids' building projects are smart fun for curious families.
Network: PBS Kids
(2011)
(2011)
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Woo-oo! Adventure, fun, and laughs abound in Disney reboot.
Network: Disney XD
(2017)
(2017)
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The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation TV Poster Image
Smart STEM series celebrates invention, inspires curiosity.
Network: CBS
(2017)
(2013)
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Stunning high-def series spotlights world wonders.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2007)
(2006)
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Nature documentary sequel is a visual triumph.
Network: BBC America
(2017)
(2016)
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Zoologist brothers get animated in fun, kid-friendly series.
Network: PBS Kids
(2011)
(2011)
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Stampy's Minecraft-inspired adventure is educational fun.
Network: Maker Studios
(2015)
(2015)
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Beakman's World TV Poster Image
Madcap science show makes learning a thrill.
Network: Syndicated
(2005)
(1992)
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Fantastically fun classic is perfect formula for learning.
Network: PBS Kids
(2015)
(1998)
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Short-lived '90s series is more fun than frightful.
Network: Hulu
(2013)
(1991)
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What goes into building a skateboard? Find out.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2005)
(2001)
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Top-notch, if dark, retellings of classic fairy tales.
Network: HBO
(2012)
(1988)
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Stunning glimpses of our natural world.
Network: PBS
(2005)
(1982)
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Smart series ignites girls' interest in science and math.
Network: PBS
(2010)
(2010)
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Stunning multimedia view of world's diversity.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2006)
(2006)
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Volunteers test theory that brilliance lies in everyone.
Network: PBS
(2016)
(2016)
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HowStuffWorks TV Poster Image
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Smart, fascinating choice for curious families.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2008)
(2008)
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Witty classic time-travel cartoon appeals more to adults.
Network: Hulu
(2013)
(1959)
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Witty team puts urban legends to the scientific test.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2005)
(2003)
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Original, if nonsensical, hilarity; expect minor weapons.
Network: Cartoon Network
(2010)
(2010)
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History's greatest ideas are smart fun for curious families.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2014)
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Stellar science series expands curious minds.
Network: PBS
(2005)
(1974)
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Classic morality tales still make you think.
Network: Syfy, Syndicated
(2005)
(1959)
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Nick News with Linda Ellerbee TV Poster Image
A must-see news program for teens and tweens.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2005)
(1992)
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Long-running adventure series has an educational angle.
Network: PBS
(2013)
(1994)
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Brilliant sci-fi drama for brave teens and up.
Network: Syfy, TNT
(2005)
(1993)
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Smart modern detective tales with dark, morbid elements.
Network: PBS
(2010)
(2010)
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Compelling true stories from all walks of life.
Network: Showtime
(2007)
(2007)
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