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The Best Children's TV Shows  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite kids' TV shows.

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 programs, 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' 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 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 SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Children's TV Shows
24nnaikar1 added Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke
SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series created by marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. The series chronicles the adventures and endeavors of ...more

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Blue's Clues is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Children's TV Shows
Steve Burns, Traci Paige Johnson, Seth O'Hickory
Blue's Clues is an American children's television series that premiered on Nickelodeon. Producers Angela Santomero, Todd Kessler and Traci Paige Johnson combined concepts from child development ...more

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#166 of 729 The Best Cartoons of All Time #139 of 383 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Timefeaturing Blue's Clues Fan Theories

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Clifford the Big Red Dog... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Children's TV Shows
John Ritter, Grey DeLisle, Cree Summer
Clifford the Big Red Dog is an American-British animated children's television series, based upon Norman Bridwell's famous children's book series of the same name. Produced by Scholastic ...more

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#116 of 729 The Best Cartoons of All Time #3 of 51 The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time #134 of 487 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

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Phineas and Ferb is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Children's TV Shows
Vincent Martella, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Dan Povenmire
Phineas and Ferb is an American animated comedy-musical television series. Originally broadcast as a one-episode preview on August 17, 2007 and again previewed on September 28, 2007, the series ...more

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#18 of 729 The Best Cartoons of All Time #62 of 383 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Timelisted on Toon Disney TV Shows/Programs

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Curious George is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Children's TV Shows
Jeff Bennett, Frank Welker, Rino Romano
Curious George is an animated television series based on the Curious George children's book series, which features Jeff Bennett as the voice of The Man with the Yellow Hat. Frank Welker, who ...more

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#94 of 729 The Best Cartoons of All Time #80 of 383 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #1,027 of 1,177 The Greatest TV Shows Of All Time

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The Tom and Jerry Show ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Children's TV Shows
Tom Kenny, Rick Zieff, Gary Cole
The Tom and Jerry Show, also known as The New Tom and Jerry Show, is an animated television series produced for Saturday mornings by Hanna-Barbera Productions in association with ...more

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#31 of 729 The Best Cartoons of All Time #10 of 140 The Best, Most Fab Cartoons from the 70s #152 of 408 The Best TV Shows to Rewatch

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Scooby-Doo, Where Are Yo... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Children's TV Shows
Don Messick, Casey Kasem, Nicole Jaffe
Scooby Doo, Where Are You! is the first incarnation of the long-running Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon series Scooby-Doo. Created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, it premiered on CBS ...more

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#4 of 729 The Best Cartoons of All Time #4 of 383 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #1 of 140 The Best, Most Fab Cartoons from the 70s

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Bob the Builder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Children's TV Shows
Chris Evans, Richard Briers, Greg Proops
Bob the Builder is a British children's animated television show created by Keith Chapman. In the original series Bob appears as a building contractor specializing in masonry in a stop motion ...more

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#284 of 729 The Best Cartoons of All Time #291 of 383 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #12 of 51 The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time

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Sesame Street is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Children's TV Shows
Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney
Sesame Street is a long-running American children's television series created by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett. The program is known for its educational content, and images communicated ...more

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#74 of 1,177 The Greatest TV Shows Of All Timefeaturing Dark 'Sesame Street' Fan Theorieslisted on Longest Running Children's TV Shows

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Arthur is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Children's TV Shows
J.T. Turner, Melissa Altro, Daniel Brochu
Arthur is a Canadian/American animated educational television series for children, created by Cookie Jar Group and WGBH for the Public Broadcasting Service. The show is set in the fictional ...more

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#68 of 729 The Best Cartoons of All Timefeaturing Shockingly Dark 'Arthur' Fan Theorieslisted on Longest Running Children's TV Shows

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Looney Tunes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Children's TV Shows
ZacharyGolus added Mel Blanc, June Foray, Arthur Q. Bryan
Looney Tunes is an American animated series of comedy short films produced by Warner Bros. from 1930 to 1969 during the golden age of American animation, alongside its sister series Merrie ...more

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Scooby-Doo! Mystery, Inc... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Children's TV Shows
Frank Welker, Mindy Cohn, Grey Griffin
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated is the eleventh incarnation of Hanna-Barbera's Scooby-Doo animated series, and the first incarnation not to be first-run on Saturday mornings. The series is ...more

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#156 of 729 The Best Cartoons of All Time #113 of 383 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #95 of 487 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

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Bear in the Big Blue Hou... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Children's TV Shows
Noel MacNeal, Peter Linz, Vicki Eibner
Bear in the Big Blue House is an American children's television series created by Mitchell Kriegman and produced by The Jim Henson Company for Disney Channel's Playhouse Disney preschool ...more

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#58 of 80 The Best After School Shows from the '90s #172 of 1,328 The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows #41 of 107 The Best Disney Channel TV Shows

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The Magic School Bus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Children's TV Shows
Lily Tomlin, Daniel DeSanto, Erica Luttrell
The Magic School Bus is a Canadian–American Saturday morning animated children's television series, based on the book series of the same name by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen. It is notable for ...more

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#56 of 729 The Best Cartoons of All Time #51 of 383 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Timefeaturing 21 Things About the Magic School Bus You Never Realized Are Super Messed Up

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Franklin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Children's TV Shows
Noah Reid, Elizabeth Saunders, Leah Renee
Franklin is a Canadian children's animated television series, based on the Franklin the Turtle books by Brenda Clark and Paulette Bourgeois. It was produced by Nelvana, and aired on Treehouse TV ...more

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#157 of 729 The Best Cartoons of All Time #68 of 129 The Best Cartoons of the '90s #244 of 487 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

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The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Children's TV Shows
Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl
The Flintstones is an animated, prime-time American television sitcom that was broadcast from September 30, 1960, to April 1, 1966, on ABC. The show was produced by Hanna-Barbera. The ...more

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The Care Bears is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Children's TV Shows
Mickey Rooney, Tara Strong, Melleny Brown
The Care Bears, also called The Care Bears Family, is an animated television series based on the Care Bears franchise, which aired between 1985 and 1988 in syndication; on the ABC network, The ...more

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#154 of 729 The Best Cartoons of All Time #38 of 383 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #27 of 249 The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids

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Wizards of Waverly Place... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Children's TV Shows
JenAnistonFriends added Selena Gomez, David Henrie, Jake T. Austin
Wizards of Waverly Place is an American fantasy teen sitcom which ran from October 12, 2007 to January 6, 2012 on Disney Channel. The series was created by Todd J. Greenwald, and stars Selena ...more

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#1,063 of 1,177 The Greatest TV Shows Of All Time #177 of 293 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History #92 of 196 The Greatest TV Shows for Women

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Avatar: The Last Airbend... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Children's TV Shows
Zach Tyler, Dee Bradley Baker, Mae Whitman
Avatar: The Last Airbender is an American television series that aired for three seasons on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008. Avatar: The Last Airbender is set in an Asiatic-like world in which ...more

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Thomas the Tank Engine &... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Children's TV Shows
Alec Baldwin, Ringo Starr, George Carlin
Thomas & Friends is a British-American children's television series, which had its first broadcast on the ITV network in 1984 and airs on PBS Kids in the US. It is based on The Railway ...more

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Dora the Explorer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Children's TV Shows
Fatima Ptacek, Regan Mizrahi, Alexandria Suarez
Dora the Explorer is an American educational animated TV series created by Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh, and Eric Weiner. Dora the Explorer became a regular series in 2000. The show is carried ...more

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#245 of 729 The Best Cartoons of All Time #270 of 383 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Timelisted on Telemundo TV Shows/Programs

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Clifford's Puppy Days is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Children's TV Shows
Clifford's Puppy Days Lara Jill Miller, Henry Winkler, Masiela Lusha
Clifford's Puppy Days is a short-lived animated children's television series that originally aired on Both PBS and PBS Kids from 15 September 2003 to 13 October 2004. A prequel to the original ...more

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#264 of 729 The Best Cartoons of All Time #17 of 51 The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time #151 of 238 The Greatest Cartoon Theme Songs of All Time

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The Suite Life on Deck ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Children's TV Shows
Dylan Sprouse, Cole Sprouse, Brenda Song
The Suite Life on Deck is an American sitcom that aired on Disney Channel from September 26, 2008 to May 6, 2011. It is a sequel/spin-off of the Disney Channel Original Series The Suite Life of ...more

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Drake & Josh is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Children's TV Shows
Drake Bell, Josh Peck, Miranda Cosgrove
Drake and Josh are two guys with different personalities. REALLY different. Going to the same school is about the only thing they have in common. But that's about to change--in a BIG way. See, ...more

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#5 of 103 The Best Nickelodeon Original Shows #1,051 of 1,177 The Greatest TV Shows Of All Time #50 of 505 The Best Duos of All Time

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The Berenstain Bears is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Children's TV Shows
Michael Cera, Brian Cummings, Mark Rendall
The Berenstain Bears is an Gemini Award-nominated animated television series based on the children's book series of the same name by Stan and Jan Berenstain. The series follows the lives of a ...more

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#204 of 729 The Best Cartoons of All Time #39 of 383 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #113 of 249 The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids