TV That Promotes Communication

Developing character strengths and life skills is essential to kids' overall growth and success. These TV shows help kids learn the value of thoughtful listening and clear expression and the importance of honoring differences and being respectful. The character strength of communication surfaces in these shows by being intrinsic to the story, by being repeated several times in the actions of a lead character, and by "winning" over character flaws such as disrespect. (See even more movies and TV shows that promote communication.)

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The Busy World of Richard Scarry

age 3+

Friendly book characters teach kids about cooperation.

Network: Kidstream (1994)
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Clifford the Big Red Dog

age 3+

Kids will love this big dog with lots of smarts.

Network: PBS (2000)
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Dora the Explorer

age 3+

Preschoolers will love Dora's ongoing adventures.

Network: Nickelodeon (2000)
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Little People

age 3+

Positive messages overshadow marketing in toy-inspired show.

Network: Universal Kids (2016)
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Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

age 3+

Classic series gently promotes social skills, imagination.

Network: PBS (1968)
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Ni Hao, Kai-lan

age 3+

Cultural content, good messages make show a hit.

Network: Nickelodeon (2007)
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Nina's World

age 3+

Strong diversity, community, family themes in superb series.

Network: Universal Kids (2015)
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Peg + Cat

age 3+

Spunky girl's math skills solve problems, teach lessons.

Network: PBS Kids (2013)
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Pinky Dinky Doo

age 3+

Delightful cartoon celebrates art of storytelling.

Network: Nick Jr. (2005)
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Sesame Studios

age 3+

Delightful YouTube shorts have quality content for tots.

Network: YouTube (2016)
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Wallykazam!: The Big Goblin Problem

age 3+

Friendly messages, superb literacy content, fun adventure.

Network: Nickelodeon (2015)
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Doozers

age 4+

Fraggle Rock co-stars emphasize learning by doing.

Network: Hulu (2014)
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Reading Rainbow

age 4+

Encouraging kids to read, one book at a time.

Network: PBS (1983)
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Sid the Science Kid

age 4+

Boy's queries get kids curious about the world.

Network: PBS Kids (2008)
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Wallykazam!

age 4+

Exceptional preschool show with quality literacy curriculum.

Network: Nickelodeon (2014)
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YooHoo to the Rescue

age 4+

Colorful reboot has positive lessons, lots of animal fun.

Network: Netflix (2019)
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Dora and Friends: Into the City!

age 5+

School-age TV icon explores community service, friendship.

Network: Nickelodeon (2014)
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Pablo

age 5+

Insightful, creative show centers on character with autism.

Network: Universal Kids (2018)
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The Andy Griffith Show

age 6+

Cheery classic has positive, kid-friendly lessons.

Network: TV Land (1960)
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Bottersnikes & Gumbles

age 6+

Beautifully animated book adaptation has positive messages.

Network: Netflix (2016)
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