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The Best Children's Shows of All Time

Updated October 21, 2020 72.4k votes 4.9k voters 143.8k views399 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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  • 1
    SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Children's Shows of All Time

    NetworkNickelodeon

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  • 2
    The Tom and Jerry Show is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Children's Shows of All Time

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company

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  • 3
    Phineas and Ferb is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Children's Shows of All Time
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    NetworkDisney Channel

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  • 4
    Looney Tunes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Children's Shows of All Time
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  • 5
    Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Children's Shows of All Time

    NetworkCartoon Network, CBS, American Broadcasting Company

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  • 6
    Clifford the Big Red Dog is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Children's Shows of All Time

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

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  • 7
    Curious George is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Children's Shows of All Time
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    NetworkPublic Broadcasting Service, PBS Kids

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  • 8
    The Magic School Bus is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Children's Shows of All Time

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

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  • 9
    Blue's Clues is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Children's Shows of All Time
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    NetworkNickelodeon

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  • 10
    Avatar: The Last Airbender is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Children's Shows of All Time

    NetworkNickelodeon

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  • 11
    Scooby-Doo! Mystery, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Children's Shows of All Time

    NetworkCartoon Network

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  • 12
    Arthur is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Children's Shows of All Time
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    Arthur

    1996

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

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  • 13
    Sesame Street is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Children's Shows of All Time
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    NetworkPublic Broadcasting Service, Noggin, National Educational Television, PBS Kids Sprout

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  • 14
    Bob the Builder is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Children's Shows of All Time
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    NetworkCBeebies, British Broadcasting Corporation, Public Broadcasting Service, CBBC, Nick Jr.

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  • 15
    Franklin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Children's Shows of All Time
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    NetworkNickelodeon, Treehouse TV

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  • 16
    The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Children's Shows of All Time
    715
    318

    NetworkCartoon Network, Boomerang, American Broadcasting Company

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  • 17
    Wizards of Waverly Place is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Children's Shows of All Time

    NetworkDisney Channel

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  • 18
    The Berenstain Bears is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Children's Shows of All Time

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

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  • 19
    Dora the Explorer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Children's Shows of All Time

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

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  • 20
    The Care Bears is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Children's Shows of All Time
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    NetworkGlobal Television Network, American Broadcasting Company

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  • 21
    Bear in the Big Blue House is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Children's Shows of All Time

    NetworkDisney Junior, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, RTÉ Two

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  • 22
    The Suite Life on Deck is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Children's Shows of All Time

    NetworkDisney XD, Disney Channel

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  • 23
    Teen Titans is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Children's Shows of All Time
    525
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    NetworkSistema Brasileiro de Televisão, RTP 2

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  • 24
    Drake & Josh is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Children's Shows of All Time
    714
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    NetworkNickelodeon

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  • 25
    Thomas the Tank Engine & Frien is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Children's Shows of All Time

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

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