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The Best Children's Shows of All Time

Updated January 11, 2021 78.3k votes 5.3k voters 149.8k views406 items

List RulesVote up your favorite shows made for kids, no matter when you enjoyed watching them.

Here you have it, folks: a list of the very best kids' shows on television, ranked from best to worst, as voted on by people who love watching these popular kids shows, whether it be young kids, their parents, or maybe even adults who just like to watch children's shows in their free time - hey, we don't judge! 

With their entertaining characters, light-hearted storylines, and often elements of education nestled in with all the fun, it's easy to see why so many people like these popular kids' TV shows. And because we know there's debate about what the MOST entertaining children's TV series of all time is, we're giving you the power to vote - so don't let your favorite childhood programs get to the bottom of this list! Be sure to vote them up so they have a chance to reach the top spot... and if you don't like any of the children's shows on this list, feel free to vote them down to move them to the bottom of the pile.

So if you've found yourself scratching your head, wondering what the best children's television shows of all time are, let this list guide your decision on what to watch with your kids. And with everything from Batibot, to Blue's Clues, and of course, PBS cartoons like Arthur, you're sure to find a kids' show that tickles your fancy.

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  • SpongeBob SquarePants1

    NetworkNickelodeon

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  • The Tom and Jerry Show2

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company

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    #6 of 132 The Best, Most Fab Cartoons from the '70s#111 of 396 The Best TV Shows to Rewatch

  • Phineas and Ferb3
    1,641
    586

    NetworkDisney Channel

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  • Looney Tunes4
    1,172
    402

    NetworkSyndication

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  • Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!5

    NetworkCartoon Network, CBS, American Broadcasting Company

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  • Curious George6
    717
    242

    NetworkPublic Broadcasting Service, PBS Kids

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    #66 of 344 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time#100 of 687 The Best Cartoons of All Time

  • Avatar: The Last Airbender7

    NetworkNickelodeon

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  • Clifford the Big Red Dog8

    NetworkTiny Pop, PBS Kids, BBC One, Qubo, PBS Kids Sprout

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    #203 of 277 The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time#3 of 41 The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time

  • Blue's Clues9
    1,434
    577

    NetworkNickelodeon

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  • The Magic School Bus10

    NetworkPublic Broadcasting Service, Fox Kids, PBS Kids, Fox Broadcasting Company, Discovery Kids

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  • Scooby-Doo! Mystery, Inc.11

    NetworkCartoon Network

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  • Arthur12
    1,225
    505

    Arthur

    1996

    NetworkPBS Kids Go!, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CBC Television, Public Broadcasting Service, PBS Kids

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  • Sesame Street13
    1,172
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    NetworkPublic Broadcasting Service, Noggin, National Educational Television, PBS Kids Sprout

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  • Bob the Builder14
    1,080
    474

    NetworkCBeebies, British Broadcasting Corporation, Public Broadcasting Service, CBBC, Nick Jr.

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  • The Flintstones15
    777
    338

    NetworkCartoon Network, Boomerang, American Broadcasting Company

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  • Franklin16
    780
    354

    NetworkNickelodeon, Treehouse TV

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  • Dora the Explorer17

    NetworkNick Jr., Telemundo, Nickelodeon, Noggin, Nick Jr.

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  • Wizards of Waverly Place18

    NetworkDisney Channel

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    #197 of 305 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History#63 of 239 The Greatest TV Shows for Women

  • Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends19

    NetworkNoggin, Rai 3, Living TV Group, NRK, PBS Kids

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  • The Care Bears20
    709
    346

    NetworkGlobal Television Network, American Broadcasting Company

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  • Teen Titans21
    568
    268

    NetworkSistema Brasileiro de Televisão, RTP 2

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  • The Berenstain Bears22

    NetworkNick Jr., Tiny Pop, PBS Kids, Treehouse TV

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  • DuckTales23
    360
    151

    NetworkToon Disney, Disney Channel

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  • Drake & Josh24
    752
    378

    NetworkNickelodeon

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  • Rugrats25
    649
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    NetworkNickelodeon

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