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 titles 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 TV Poster Image
Friendly book characters teach kids about cooperation.
Network: Syndicated
(2011)
(1994)
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Clifford the Big Red Dog TV Poster Image
Kids will love this big dog with lots of smarts.
Network: PBS
(2005)
(2000)
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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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Little People TV Poster Image
Positive messages overshadow marketing in toy-inspired show.
Network: Sprout
(2016)
(2016)
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Mister Rogers' Neighborhood TV Poster Image
Classic series gently promotes social skills, imagination.
Network: PBS
(2005)
(1968)
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Ni Hao, Kai-lan TV Poster Image
Cultural content, good messages make show a hit.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2008)
(2007)
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Nina's World TV Poster Image
Strong diversity, community, family themes in superb series.
Network: Sprout
(2015)
(2015)
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Peg + Cat TV Poster Image
Spunky girl's math skills solve problems, teach lessons.
Network: PBS Kids
(2013)
(2013)
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Pinky Dinky Doo TV Poster Image
Delightful cartoon celebrates art of storytelling.
Network: Nick Jr.
(2006)
(2005)
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Sesame Studios TV Poster Image
Delightful YouTube shorts have quality content for tots.
Network: YouTube
(2016)
(2016)
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Wallykazam!: The Big Goblin Problem TV Poster Image
Friendly messages, superb literacy content, fun adventure.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2015)
(2015)
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Doozers TV Poster Image
Fraggle Rock co-stars emphasize learning by doing.
Network: Hulu
(2014)
(2014)
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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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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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Wallykazam! TV Poster Image
Exceptional preschool show with quality literacy curriculum.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2014)
(2014)
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Dora and Friends: Into the City! TV Poster Image
School-age TV icon explores community service, friendship.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2014)
(2014)
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The Andy Griffith Show TV Poster Image
Cheery classic has positive, kid-friendly lessons.
Network: TV Land
(2005)
(1960)
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Bottersnikes & Gumbles TV Poster Image
Beautifully animated book adaptation has positive messages.
Network: Netflix
(2016)
(2016)
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Home Improvement TV Poster Image
Laughs and lessons abound in whole-family sitcom.
Network: Syndicated
(2005)
(1991)
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Little Lunch TV Poster Image
Insightful mockumentary shows the lives of kids during play.
Network: Netflix
(2017)
(2015)
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The Loud House TV Poster Image
Funny commentary on big-family dynamics has kindly messages.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2016)
(2016)
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An American Girl Story -- Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance TV Poster Image
Chinese-American tween embraces heritage in sweet story.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2017)
(2017)
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Lost & Found Music Studios TV Poster Image
Likable ensemble drama about teens following their dreams.
Network: Netflix
(2016)
(2016)
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Good Witch TV Poster Image
Family-friendly series centers on charming, helpful witch.
Network: Hallmark Channel
(2015)
(2015)
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Andi Mack TV Poster Image
Heartwarming, diverse coming-of-age story best for tweens.
Network: Disney Channel
(2017)
(2017)
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Speak Up TV Poster Image
Personal stories remind kids to stand up to bullying.
Network: Cartoon Network
(2012)
(2012)
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Family Ties TV Poster Image
Classic 1980s sitcom's messages still ring true today.
Network: Syndicated, Discovery Family Channel
(2007)
(1982)
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MacGyver TV Poster Image
80s action hero relies on smarts, not violence.
Network: Syndicated, TV Land
(2005)
(1985)
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The Bernie Mac Show TV Poster Image
Family sitcom with grouchy, lovable dad is funny, creative.
Network: Fox
(2005)
(2001)
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The Mayor TV Poster Image
Rapper runs for mayor as a joke -- and wins in fun comedy.
Network: ABC
(2017)
(2017)
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Murder, She Wrote TV Poster Image
Simple crime drama is tame by today's standards.
Network: A&E, Biography Channel, Hallmark Channel, Syndicated
(2004)
(1984)
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The Simpsons TV Poster Image
Clever, fast-paced cartoon with edgy humor.
Network: Fox
(2004)
(1989)
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Speechless TV Poster Image
Fresh family comedy puts "disability" in a brand-new light.
Network: ABC
(2016)
(2016)
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M*A*S*H TV Poster Image
Stellar war dramedy classic mixes humor, pathos.
Network: Hallmark Channel, Syndicated
(2005)
(1972)
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NewsRadio TV Poster Image
Fresh office humor worth tuning in to.
Network: Nickelodeon, Syndicated
(2005)
(1995)
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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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Ally McBeal TV Poster Image
Quirky '90s legal dramedy features a flawed female lead.
Network: Syndicated
(2009)
(1997)
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Community TV Poster Image
College comedy's wit trumps some stereotyping.
Network: NBC
(2009)
(2009)
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Friday Night Lights TV Poster Image
Poignant football drama scores; OK for teens.
Network: Freeform, NBC
(2006)
(2006)
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Gilmore Girls TV Poster Image
Fun coming-of-age drama that's great for teens.
Network: Freeform, CW
(2005)
(2000)
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ER TV Poster Image
ER
Excellent, but the ER is no place for children.
Network: NBC
(2005)
(1994)
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Law & Order TV Poster Image
Dead bodies + courtroom drama = mature teens only.
Network: NBC
(2005)
(1990)
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Parenthood TV Poster Image
Quality drama charts the pros, cons of family togetherness.
Network: NBC
(2010)
(2010)
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