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)
(2016)
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Harry the Bunny TV Poster Image
Friendly bunny's adventures have teaching points for kids.
Network: Netflix
(2013)
(2013)
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Timmy Time TV Poster Image
Cute series has positive social messages for tots.
Network: Disney Channel
(2010)
(2009)
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Blue's Clues TV Poster Image
Engaging fun for young ones (and parents, too!).
Network: Nickelodeon
(2005)
(1996)
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Busytown Mysteries TV Poster Image
Richard Scarry's beloved characters solve kid-size queries.
Network: CBS
(2009)
(2007)
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Caillou TV Poster Image
Kids can relate to this sweet, curious explorer.
Network: PBS
(2005)
(1997)
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Curious George TV Poster Image
Notorious monkey amuses and teaches preschoolers.
Network: PBS Kids
(2006)
(2006)
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Dinosaur Train TV Poster Image
Young dino's travels teach kids about science and diversity.
Network: PBS
(2009)
(2009)
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Dora the Explorer TV Poster Image
Preschoolers will love Dora's ongoing adventures.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2004)
(2000)
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Dougie in Disguise TV Poster Image
Curious kid's charming travels engage, teach young viewers.
Network: Online
(2015)
(2012)
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Miffy's Adventures Big and Small TV Poster Image
Kindly bunny joins sweet friends in learning experiences.
Network: Nick Jr.
(2016)
(2016)
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Musti TV Poster Image
Darling preschool series celebrates imagination, discovery.
Network: Online
(2015)
(2015)
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Peep and the Big Wide World TV Poster Image
Preschoolers learn science with a pinch of humor.
Network: Discovery Kids, PBS Kids
(2005)
(2004)
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Puffin Rock TV Poster Image
Young bird's adventures celebrate curiosity, relationships.
Network: Netflix
(2015)
(2015)
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Super WHY! TV Poster Image
Young heroes' adventures build reading skills.
Network: PBS Kids
(2007)
(2007)
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Super Wings TV Poster Image
Friendly planes' world travels teach kids multiculturalism.
Network: Sprout
(2015)
(2015)
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Toot & Puddle TV Poster Image
Friendly pigs, sweet stories, and good messages.
Network: Nick Jr.
(2008)
(2008)
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Wibbly Pig TV Poster Image
Book character's adventures celebrate imagination.
Network: Online
(2012)
(2009)
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Zou TV Poster Image
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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
Kid scientist can see real dinos in fun educational series.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2017)
(2017)
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Fishtronaut TV Poster Image
Well-rounded animated series has broad learning potential.
Network: Kids Central
(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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Reading Rainbow TV Poster Image
Encouraging kids to read, one book at a time.
Network: PBS
(2005)
(1983)
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Ready Jet Go! TV Poster Image
Learning abounds in delightful science-based series.
Network: PBS
(2016)
(2016)
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Sid the Science Kid TV Poster Image
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
Vibrant preschool series teaches about science through play.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2014)
(2014)
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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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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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Dot. TV Poster Image
Charming series strikes perfect balance between life, tech.
Network: Sprout
(2016)
(2016)
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The Electric Company TV Poster Image
Excellent update of '70s classic makes English lessons fun.
Network: PBS
(2009)
(2009)
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The Floogals TV Poster Image
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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Nature Cat TV Poster Image
House cat's adventures inspire kids to get out and play.
Network: PBS Kids
(2015)
(2015)
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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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Postcards from Buster TV Poster Image
Kids who like Arthur will enjoy Buster's travels.
Network: PBS
(2005)
(2004)
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Wild Kingdom TV Poster Image
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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DuckTales TV Poster Image
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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Planet Earth TV Poster Image
Stunning high-def series spotlights world wonders.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2007)
(2006)
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Planet Earth II TV Poster Image
Nature documentary sequel is a visual triumph.
Network: BBC America
(2017)
(2016)
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Wild Kratts TV Poster Image
Zoologist brothers get animated in fun, kid-friendly series.
Network: PBS Kids
(2011)
(2011)
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Wonder Quest TV Poster Image
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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Bill Nye the Science Guy TV Poster Image
Fantastically fun classic is perfect formula for learning.
Network: PBS Kids
(2015)
(1998)
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Eerie, Indiana TV Poster Image
Short-lived '90s series is more fun than frightful.
Network: Hulu
(2013)
(1991)
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How It's Made TV Poster Image
What goes into building a skateboard? Find out.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2005)
(2001)
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Jim Henson's The Storyteller TV Poster Image
Top-notch, if dark, retellings of classic fairy tales.
Network: HBO
(2012)
(1988)
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Nature TV Poster Image
Stunning glimpses of our natural world.
Network: PBS
(2005)
(1982)
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SciGirls TV Poster Image
Smart series ignites girls' interest in science and math.
Network: PBS
(2010)
(2010)
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Discovery Atlas TV Poster Image
Stunning multimedia view of world's diversity.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2006)
(2006)
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Genius by Stephen Hawking TV Poster Image
Volunteers test theory that brilliance lies in everyone.
Network: PBS
(2016)
(2016)
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HowStuffWorks TV Poster Image
Smart, fascinating choice for curious families.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2008)
(2008)
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Mr. Peabody & Sherman TV Poster Image
Witty classic time-travel cartoon appeals more to adults.
Network: Hulu
(2013)
(1959)
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MythBusters TV Poster Image
Witty team puts urban legends to the scientific test.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2005)
(2003)
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Adventure Time TV Poster Image
Original, if nonsensical, hilarity; expect minor weapons.
Network: Cartoon Network
(2010)
(2010)
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How We Got to Now Movie Poster Image
History's greatest ideas are smart fun for curious families.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2014)
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NOVA TV Poster Image
Stellar science series expands curious minds.
Network: PBS
(2005)
(1974)
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The Twilight Zone TV Poster Image
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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Globe Trekker TV Poster Image
Long-running adventure series has an educational angle.
Network: PBS
(2013)
(1994)
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The X-Files TV Poster Image
Brilliant sci-fi drama for brave teens and up.
Network: Syfy, TNT
(2005)
(1993)
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Sherlock TV Poster Image
Smart modern detective tales with dark, morbid elements.
Network: PBS
(2010)
(2010)
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This American Life TV Poster Image
Compelling true stories from all walks of life.
Network: Showtime
(2007)
(2007)
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