TV That Promotes Perseverance

Developing character strengths and life skills is essential to kids' overall growth and success. These TV shows help kids learn the value of sticking with something no matter what challenges they face. Perseverance, determination, grit, resilience -- all are positive traits that help kids succeed in life. Watching TV shows that celebrate these elements can inspire kids to pursue their dreams, even when things get tough. The character strength of perseverance 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 apathy. (See even more movies and TV shows that promote perseverance.)

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Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom

age 3+

Charming British series promotes perseverance, friendship.

Network: Nick Jr. (2015)
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TV

Blaze and the Monster Machines

age 3+

Friendly characters + STEM content = smart pick for tots.

Network: Nickelodeon (2014)
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TV

Charlie's Colorforms City

age 3+

Preschool show teaches skills, celebrates imagination.

Network: Netflix (2019)
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TV

Oswald

age 3+

Witty, gentle, surreal; ideal for preschoolers.

Network: Nick Jr. (2001)
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TV

Peg + Cat

age 3+

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

Network: PBS Kids (2013)
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TV

Special Agent Oso

age 3+

Friendly panda's missions send good messages to kids.

Network: Disney Channel (2009)
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Thomas & Friends: The Adventure Begins

age 3+

Trains' sweet origin story promotes friendship, cooperation.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)
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TV

Thomas & Friends

age 3+

Thomas and his train friends huff and chuff around.

Network: PBS (1984)
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TV

Abby Hatcher

age 4+

Friendly girl helps creature friends solve their problems.

Network: Nickelodeon (2019)
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TV

T.O.T.S.

age 4+

Determined bird friends succeed by challenging stereotypes.

Network: Disney Junior (2019)
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TV

Molly of Denali

age 5+

Alaska Native character's adventures celebrate heritage.

Network: PBS Kids (2019)
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TV

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

age 5+

Scoob and the gang are on the case! Families AOK.

Network: Boomerang (1969)
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TV

Where's Waldo? (2019)

age 5+

Reboot of iconic puzzler teaches culture, problem solving.

Network: Universal Kids (2019)
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TV

All in with Cam Newton

age 6+

NFL great cheers on kids' efforts to achieve their goals.

Network: Nickelodeon (2016)
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TV

Milo Murphy's Law

age 6+

Unlucky teen's fortune lies in friendship, positive outlook.

Network: Disney XD (2016)
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TV

American Ninja Warrior Junior

age 7+

Young athletes take on notorious obstacles in fun contest.

Network: Universal Kids (2018)
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TV

Becoming

age 7+

Biographical show inspires with athletes' tales of success.

Network: Disney XD, ESPN (2015)
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TV

Big City Greens

age 7+

Quirky, sweet show's family themes overshadow stereotypes.

Network: Disney Channel (2018)
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TV

Hank Zipzer

age 7+

Books-inspired show celebrates overcoming challenges.

Network: Online (2014)
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TV

Middle School Moguls

age 7+

Likable show has themes of diversity and perseverance.

Network: Nickelodeon (2019)
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