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 TV Poster Image
Charming British series promotes perseverance, friendship.
Network: Nick Jr.
(2015)
(2015)
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Blaze and the Monster Machines TV Poster Image
Friendly characters + STEM content = smart pick for tots.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2014)
(2014)
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Charlie's Colorforms City TV Poster Image
Preschool show teaches skills, celebrates imagination.
Network: Netflix
(2019)
(2019)
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Oswald TV Poster Image
Witty, gentle, surreal; ideal for preschoolers.
Network: Nick Jr.
(2005)
(2001)
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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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Special Agent Oso TV Poster Image
Friendly panda's missions send good messages to kids.
Network: Disney Channel
(2009)
(2009)
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Thomas & Friends: The Adventure Begins Movie Poster Image
Trains' sweet origin story promotes friendship, cooperation.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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Thomas & Friends TV Poster Image
Thomas and his train friends huff and chuff around.
Network: PBS
(2005)
(1984)
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Abby Hatcher TV Poster Image
Friendly girl helps creature friends solve their problems.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2019)
(2019)
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T.O.T.S. TV Poster Image
Determined bird friends succeed by challenging stereotypes.
Network: Disney Junior
(2019)
(2019)
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Molly of Denali TV Poster Image
Alaska Native character's adventures celebrate heritage.
Network: PBS Kids
(2019)
(2019)
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Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! TV Poster Image
Scoob and the gang are on the case! Families AOK.
Network: Boomerang
(2004)
(1969)
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Where's Waldo? (2019) TV Poster Image
Reboot of iconic puzzler teaches culture, problem solving.
Network: Universal Kids
(2019)
(2019)
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All in with Cam Newton TV Poster Image
NFL great cheers on kids' efforts to achieve their goals.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2016)
(2016)
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Milo Murphy's Law TV Poster Image
Unlucky teen's fortune lies in friendship, positive outlook.
Network: Disney XD
(2016)
(2016)
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American Ninja Warrior Junior TV Poster Image
Young athletes take on notorious obstacles in fun contest.
Network: Universal Kids
(2018)
(2018)
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Becoming TV Poster Image
Biographical show inspires with athletes' tales of success.
Network: Disney XD, ESPN
(2014)
(2015)
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Big City Greens TV Poster Image
Quirky, sweet show's family themes overshadow stereotypes.
Network: Disney Channel
(2018)
(2018)
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Hank Zipzer TV Poster Image
Books-inspired show celebrates overcoming challenges.
Network: Online
(2017)
(2014)
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Middle School Moguls TV Poster Image
Likable show has themes of diversity and perseverance.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2019)
(2019)
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Roll Call TV Poster Image
Malala-inspired series shows girls' diverse experiences.
Network: YouTube
(2019)
(2019)
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When Calls the Heart TV Poster Image
Faith-based period drama has stellar female role models.
Network: Hallmark Channel
(2014)
(2014)
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Basketball or Nothing TV Poster Image
Captivating docuseries inspires, challenges stereotypes.
Network: Netflix
(2019)
(2019)
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Boy Meets World TV Poster Image
A boy deals with friends and girls in classic tween sitcom.
Network: Disney Channel
(2005)
(1993)
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MasterChef Junior TV Poster Image
Kids cook and compete in this whole-family treat.
Network: Fox
(2013)
(2013)
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Mission Unstoppable TV Poster Image
Upbeat series showcases female STEM superstars.
Network: CBS
(2019)
(2019)
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The Voice TV Poster Image
Fun singing contest features genuine talent, encouragement.
Network: NBC
(2011)
(2011)
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MADE TV Poster Image
Goal-oriented reality TV with a happy ending.
Network: MTV
(2005)
(2002)
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Anne with an E TV Poster Image
Dark, intense Green Gables retelling not for all Anne fans.
Network: Netflix
(2017)
(2017)
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Being You TV Poster Image
Teens travel, meet thriving folks with learning differences.
Network: PBS
(2016)
(2016)
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Fresh Off the Boat TV Poster Image
Fierce memoir about Asian family makes fresh, sweet sitcom.
Network: ABC
(2015)
(2015)
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Northern Rescue TV Poster Image
Heartfelt, emotional drama tackles tough issues head on.
Network: Netflix
(2019)
(2019)
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Quantum Leap TV Poster Image
Classic sci-fi series hops and skips through time.
Network: Syfy
(2005)
(1989)
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Rise: The Promise of My Brother’s Keeper TV Poster Image
Positive, inspirational doc about helping underserved boys.
Network: Discovery Channel, OWN
(2015)
(2015)
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Atypical TV Poster Image
Laughs, heart, in excellent series about teen with autism.
Network: Netflix
(2017)
(2017)
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Fame (1980s) TV Poster Image
Classic teen series is dated, but it once broke new ground.
Network: Syndicated
(2008)
(1982)
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Firefly TV Poster Image
Buffy creator's space Western entertains.
Network: Syndicated
(2005)
(2002)
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Job or No Job TV Poster Image
Solid business lessons in job-interview reality show.
Network: Freeform
(2015)
(2015)
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Dream School TV Poster Image
Innovative school inspires at-risk high school students.
Network: Sundance Channel
(2014)
(2013)
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Glee TV Poster Image
Edgy-but-quirky comedy's music, message will win teens over.
Network: Fox
(2009)
(2009)
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Pitch TV Poster Image
MLB's first female pitcher boldly faces challenges.
Network: Fox
(2016)
(2016)
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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt TV Poster Image
Charming, quirky, hilarious comedy has rich characters.
Network: Netflix
(2015)
(2015)
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Underground TV Poster Image
Gripping slave drama is great viewing for mature viewers.
Network: WGN
(2016)
(2016)
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The Handmaid's Tale TV Poster Image
Outstanding drama has sex, violence, scary implications.
Network: Hulu
(2017)
(2017)
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I May Destroy You TV Poster Image
Mature content in powerful portrait of rape's aftermath.
Network: HBO
(2020)
(2020)
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