TV That's Good for Boys

Whether they're science guys or adventurers, boys can choose from a lot of great TV shows with strong male characters in leadership roles. But for a show to be truly great for boys, it also needs to avoid stereotypes -- of both boys and girls -- and offer up a world that's made of male and female characters. That's why we've compiled this list of entertaining shows with awesome role models for boys. With so many iffy messages out there about body image, sexuality, and role models, boys (and girls) can benefit from talking about how men are portrayed in the media, and these shows can help start the discussion.

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Ask the Storybots TV Poster Image
Kids' big questions get answered by friendly, funny bots.
Network: Netflix
(2016)
(2016)
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Classic show endures changes, but learning content remains.
Network: PBS
(2004)
(1969)
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Excellent lessons from Mister Rogers' next generation.
Network: PBS Kids
(2012)
(2012)
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Fun-filled series teaches social lessons to young mateys.
Network: Disney Channel
(2011)
(2011)
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Justin Time GO! TV Poster Image
Imagination takes Justin and friends to faraway, fun places.
Network: Netflix
(2016)
(2016)
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Classic series gently promotes social skills, imagination.
Network: PBS
(2005)
(1968)
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Spunky, well-rounded princess celebrates individuality.
Network: Disney Channel, Disney Junior
(2013)
(2012)
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Boy's queries get kids curious about the world.
Network: PBS Kids
(2008)
(2008)
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The Stinky & Dirty Show TV Poster Image
Popular book characters are excellent role models for kids.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2016)
(2016)
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The Adventures of Napkin Man TV Poster Image
Mixed-media show's cartoon hero helps kids resolve feelings.
Network: Comcast Kid Central
(2017)
(2013)
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Kid scientist can see real dinos in fun educational series.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2017)
(2017)
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Spunky medieval hero teaches problem-solving to tots.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2012)
(2012)
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Family's tot-friendly adventures are out of this world.
Network: Disney Junior
(2015)
(2015)
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The Muppet Show TV Poster Image
Classic Muppet series mixes stars and kid-friendly content.
Network: Syndicated
(2008)
(1976)
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Vibrant preschool series teaches about science through play.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2014)
(2014)
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Exceptional preschool show with quality literacy curriculum.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2014)
(2014)
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STEM learning, positive role models in well-rounded series.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2014)
(2013)
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Lively mixed-media series solves mysteries with math skills.
Network: PBS Kids
(2014)
(2014)
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Excellent update of '70s classic makes English lessons fun.
Network: PBS
(2009)
(2009)
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NFL great cheers on kids' efforts to achieve their goals.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2016)
(2016)
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Design Squad Nation TV Poster Image
Kids' building projects are smart fun for curious families.
Network: PBS Kids
(2011)
(2011)
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Friendly foodie contest is fun for the whole family.
Network: Food Network
(2015)
(2015)
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Unlucky teen's fortune lies in friendship, positive outlook.
Network: Disney XD
(2016)
(2016)
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Niko and the Sword of Light TV Poster Image
Strong role models stand out in family-friendly cartoon.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2017)
(2017)
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Zoologist brothers get animated in fun, kid-friendly series.
Network: PBS Kids
(2011)
(2011)
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Fantastically fun classic is perfect formula for learning.
Network: PBS Kids
(2015)
(1998)
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Fantastic family-focused adventure explores the vast ocean.
Network: Netflix
(2016)
(2016)
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Creatures find friendship, fun in awesome animated world.
Network: Netflix
(2015)
(2015)
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Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street TV Poster Image
Delightful family series with outstanding positive themes.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2014)
(2014)
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Hank Zipzer TV Poster Image
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Books-inspired show celebrates overcoming challenges.
Network: Online
(2017)
(2014)
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Lively animation features lessons from the martial arts.
Network: Sprout
(2017)
(2017)
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Fun series has hard-working wannabe hero, fantasy violence.
Network: Cartoon Network
(2017)
(2016)
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Asian mysticism meets epic fiction in top-notch 'toon.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2005)
(2005)
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Superb, slightly darker addition to series still great fun.
Network: Netflix
(2015)
(2015)
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Movie-inspired show has strong relationships, role models.
Network: Cartoon Network
(2012)
(2012)
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Strong heroine, positive messages make great fantasy series.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2012)
(2012)
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Still going boldly, updated series is fun for all.
Network: Syndicated
(2006)
(1987)
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Exciting series is violent but has positive messages, too.
Network: Disney XD
(2014)
(2014)
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Voltron: Legendary Defender TV Poster Image
DreamWorks updates '80s toon in tense but fantastic form.
Network: Netflix
(2016)
(2016)
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Hilarious bear bros. try to fit into tech-heavy human world.
Network: Cartoon Network
(2015)
(2015)
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Brothers battle and bond on charming sitcom for tweens.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2016)
(2016)
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Witty team puts urban legends to the scientific test.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2005)
(2003)
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Action-packed adventure show has scares, great role model.
Network: Netflix
(2016)
(2016)
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Original, if nonsensical, hilarity; expect minor weapons.
Network: Cartoon Network
(2010)
(2010)
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Long-running British sci-fi series still thrills fans.
Network: BBC America, Syfy
(2006)
(1963)
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Engrossing Australian drama series is great pick for teens.
Network: NBC
(2017)
(2017)
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Quirky cartoon values family, fun, and finding your purpose.
Network: Cartoon Network
(2013)
(2013)
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Strong female lead shoulders the weight of superhero series.
Network: CBS
(2015)
(2015)
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White Rabbit Project TV Poster Image
MythBusters crew has fun exploring history with science.
Network: Netflix
(2016)
(2016)
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Degrassi: Next Class TV Poster Image
An edgier Degrassi for the digital age still has heart.
Network: Netflix
(2016)
(2016)
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It Gets Better TV Poster Image
Honest accounts of LGBTQ life inspire hope for teens.
Network: Logo, MTV
(2012)
(2012)
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Avengers TV follow-up is violent but thrilling fare.
Network: ABC
(2013)
(2013)
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Brilliant sci-fi drama for brave teens and up.
Network: Syfy, TNT
(2005)
(1993)
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Cult vampire series has witty bite and strong role model.
Network: FX
(2005)
(1997)
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Freaks and Geeks TV Poster Image
Stellar teen dramedy explores angst, experimentation.
Network: Syndicated
(2011)
(1999)
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Excellent, sometimes scary drama for fearless families.
Network: ABC
(2005)
(2004)
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Stranger Things TV Poster Image
Dark "strange invader" drama will appeal to sci-fi fans.
Network: Netflix
(2016)
(2016)
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