TV That Inspires Integrity

Developing character strengths and life skills is essential to kids' overall growth and success. These TV shows help kids learn the value of telling the truth, acting sincerely, treating people equally, and taking responsibility. The character strength of integrity 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 dishonesty. (See even more movies and TV shows that inspire integrity.)

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Sesame Street

age 2+

Classic show endures changes, but learning content remains.

Network: PBS, HBO Max (1969)
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Musti

age 3+

Darling preschool series celebrates imagination, discovery.

Network: Online (2015)
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Norman Picklestripes

age 4+

Funny fix-it guy teaches about community through song.

Network: Universal Kids (2019)
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Arthur

age 5+

A thoughtful cartoon for kids to grow up on.

Network: PBS (1996)
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Elena of Avalor

age 5+

Spunky Latina princess is an excellent role model.

Network: Disney Junior (2016)
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Bad Hair Day

age 6+

Endearing buddy comedy with positive, empowering message.

Network: Disney Channel (2015)
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Doug

age 6+

Low-key '90s cartoon has good lessons for grade-schoolers.

Network: Nickelodeon (1991)
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The Worst Witch

age 6+

Spooky book-inspired series is mild and magical.

Network: Netflix (2017)
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Hey Arnold!

age 7+

Strong storytelling and characters mark worthwhile cartoon.

Network: Nickelodeon, Nicktoons (1996)
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How to Build a Better Boy

age 7+

Positive messages outshine bullying in tween-friendly movie.

Network: Disney Channel (2014)
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Laverne & Shirley

age 7+

Classic sitcom duo is still doing it their way.

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Road to Avonlea

age 7+

Sweet tales of small-town life are uplifting for families.

Network: Disney Channel (1990)
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Teen Titans Go!

age 7+

Superheroes' new look, comical feel invites younger kids.

Network: Cartoon Network (2013)
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Ultimate Spider-Man

age 7+

Hero finds super strength and responsibility with new peers.

Network: Disney XD (2012)
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The Addams Family (Live Action TV Series)

age 8+

Kooky, spooky classic is still fun for tweens.

Network: Syndicated (1964)
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Avatar: The Last Airbender

age 8+

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

Network: Nickelodeon (2005)
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Clarissa Explains It All

age 8+

Fun '90s show deals thoughtfully with coming-of-age issues.

Network: Nickelodeon (1991)
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Legendary Dudas

age 9+

Brothers battle and bond on charming sitcom for tweens.

Network: Nickelodeon (2016)
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Andi Mack

age 10+

Heartwarming, diverse coming-of-age story best for tweens.

Network: Disney Channel (2017)
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Mixed-ish

age 10+

Funny, sly Black-ish prequel has a unique take on race.

Network: ABC (2019)
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