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The Best Children's Shows of All Time

Updated November 10, 2020 75.7k votes 5.1k voters 146.5k views404 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

    NetworkNickelodeon

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  • 2
    The Tom and Jerry Show

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company

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    #6 of 132 The Best, Most Fab Cartoons from the '70s#107 of 395 The Best TV Shows to Rewatch

  • 3
    Looney Tunes
    1,134
    383

    NetworkSyndication

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  • 4
    Phineas and Ferb
    1,595
    569

    NetworkDisney Channel

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  • 5
    Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

    NetworkCartoon Network, CBS, American Broadcasting Company

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  • 6
    Curious George
    686
    222

    NetworkPublic Broadcasting Service, PBS Kids

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    #67 of 348 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time#100 of 682 The Best Cartoons of All Time

  • 7
    Clifford the Big Red Dog

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

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    #60 of 222 The Greatest Cartoon Theme Songs of All Time#132 of 145 The Most Annoying Kids Shows of All Time

  • 8
    The Magic School Bus

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

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  • 9
    Avatar: The Last Airbender

    NetworkNickelodeon

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    Blue's Clues
    1,406
    557

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  • 11
    Scooby-Doo! Mystery, Inc.

    NetworkCartoon Network

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  • 12
    Arthur
    1,194
    481

    Arthur

    1996

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

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  • 13
    Sesame Street
    1,137
    465

    NetworkPublic Broadcasting Service, Noggin, National Educational Television, PBS Kids Sprout

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  • 14
    Bob the Builder
    1,053
    461

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

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  • 15
    The Flintstones
    745
    331

    NetworkCartoon Network, Boomerang, American Broadcasting Company

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  • 16
    Franklin
    760
    340

    NetworkNickelodeon, Treehouse TV

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  • 17
    Wizards of Waverly Place

    NetworkDisney Channel

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    #198 of 300 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History#75 of 537 TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

  • 18
    Dora the Explorer

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

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  • 19
    The Berenstain Bears

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

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  • 20
    The Care Bears
    688
    330

    NetworkGlobal Television Network, American Broadcasting Company

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  • 21
    Drake & Josh
    740
    363

    NetworkNickelodeon

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    #250 of 454 The Funniest TV Shows of All Time#30 of 295 The Best Duos of All Time

  • 22
    Bear in the Big Blue House

    NetworkDisney Junior, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, RTÉ Two

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    #50 of 83 The Best After School Shows from the '90s#164 of 1,321 The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows

  • 23
    The Suite Life on Deck

    NetworkDisney XD, Disney Channel

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  • 24
    Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends

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

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  • 25
    Rugrats
    630
    306

    NetworkNickelodeon

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