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The Best Discovery Kids TV Shows of All Time 

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List of popular Discovery Family channel shows, ranked from best to worst. This list of the top current and cancelled Discovery Family TV series includes the date when each show first aired, as well as which actors starred in the show. The best Discovery Family TV programs of all time include the most viewed shows on Discovery Family, which used to be called Discovery Kids, as this list covers the entire history of the network. This list is sorted by popularity, so the shows with the most votes are at the top of the list.

List features shows like Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends and Martin Mystery.

Although television fans in different locations grew up with Discovery Family on different channels, most of us got the same shows, so don't let your favorite Discovery Family TV shows sink to the bottom of the list! The list of top Discovery Family television shown below includes cast, creator, and premiere date when available. This list contains only TV series on the Discovery Family network, even ones that are no longer on the air.

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Tutenstein is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Discovery Kids TV Shows of All Time
David Lodge, Lex Lang, Crystal Scales

Premiered: 2003

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Animated series

Tutenstein is an American animated television series, produced by Porchlight Entertainment for Discovery Kids based on the comic by Jay Stephens which was published in Oni Press' JetCat ...more
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joshjamesperkins added Lily Tomlin, Daniel DeSanto, Erica Luttrell

Premiered: 1994

Genres (Tv): Animation, Children's television series, Educational television

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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Trading Spaces: Boys vs.... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Discovery Kids TV Shows of All Time
Trading Spaces: Boys vs. Girls Diane Mizota

Premiered: 2003

Genres (Tv): Children's television series, Reality television

Trading Spaces: Boys vs. Girls was a 2003 reality television series spin-off of the home redecorating series, Trading Spaces, hosted by Diane Mizota. During the fourth season, Chuck Cureau ...more
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Flight 29 Down is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Discovery Kids TV Shows of All Time
Allen Alvarado, Jeremy James Kissner, Johnny Pacar

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Action/Adventure, Drama, Children's television series, Adventure film, + more

Flight 29 Down is a television series about a group of teenagers who are stranded on an island. It was produced by Discovery Kids. The show was created by Stan Rogow and D. J. MacHale. The ...more
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Growing Up Creepie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Discovery Kids TV Shows of All Time
Athena Karkanis, Richard Yearwood, Stevie Vallance

Premiered: 2006

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Comedy

Growing Up Creepie was an animated television series made in the USA and Canada by Mike Young Productions and produced by Discovery Kids. In other countries, the series was simply titled ...more
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Time Warp Trio is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Discovery Kids TV Shows of All Time
Sarah Gadon, Annick Obonsawin, Scott McCord

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Animated series

Time Warp Trio is an American/Canadian animated television series, based on the children's book series of the same name by Jon Scieszka. Produced by Soup2Nuts in association with WGBH Boston, ...more

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#380 of 731 The Best Cartoons of All Time #300 of 384 The Best Children's Shows of All Time

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LazyTown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Discovery Kids TV Shows of All Time
Magnús Scheving, Stefán Karl Stefánsson, Julianna Rose Mauriello

Premiered: 2004

Genres (Tv): Family, Adventure film, Comedy, Family Film

LazyTown is an educational musical children's television program with a cast and crew from Iceland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It was created by Magnús Scheving, a ...more

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Truth or Scare is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Discovery Kids TV Shows of All Time
Michelle Trachtenberg

Premiered: 2001

Genres (Tv): Children's television series, Documentary

Truth or Scare is a television series on the Discovery Kids network. The show aired from October 25, 2001 to January 1, 2003. Each episode was 30 minutes long with commercials. It was hosted by ...more
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Peep and the Big Wide Wo... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Discovery Kids TV Shows of All Time
Joan Cusack, Megan Mullally, Jayne Eastwood

Premiered: 2004

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Animated series

Peep and the Big Wide World is an American/Canadian produced Flash-animated television series created by Canadian Animator Kaj Pindal and based on the 1988 short film Peep and the Big Wide World ...more

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#75 of 384 The Best Children's Shows of All Time #20 of 30 The Best Bird Cartoons

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Kenny the Shark is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Discovery Kids TV Shows of All Time
roseeess added Jim Conroy, Rob Bartlett, Kelli Rabke

Premiered: 2003

Genres (Tv): Education, Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Comedy

Kenny the Shark is an animated television series produced by Discovery Kids. The show premiered on NBC's Discovery Kids on NBC from November 1, 2003 and ended February 18, 2006 with two seasons ...more

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#141 of 384 The Best Children's Shows of All Time #2 of 16 The Best Fish & Shark Cartoons

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Endurance is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Discovery Kids TV Shows of All Time
J.D. Roth, Sabrina Lloyd, Julie Dubela

Premiered: 2002

Genres (Tv): Children's television series, Reality television

Endurance is an American reality television children's program, previously shown on the Discovery Kids cable network in the United States and also on networks in other countries. The show's ...more
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Martha Speaks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Discovery Kids TV Shows of All Time
Tabitha St. Germain, Kathleen Barr, Brian Drummond

Premiered: 2008

Genres (Tv): Children's television series, Comedy, Animated series

Martha Speaks is a American-Canadian animated children's television series based on the 1992 children's book of the same name by Susan Meddaugh, about a talking dog named Martha, who is owned by ...more

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Grossology is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Discovery Kids TV Shows of All Time
Seán Cullen, Juan Chioran, Michael Cohen

Premiered: 2006

Genres (Tv): Animation, Adventure film, Action film

Grossology is a Canadian animated television series produced by Nelvana, and based loosely on the non-fictional children’s book series of the same name by Sylvia Branzei. It debuted on the YTV ...more
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Mystery Hunters is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Discovery Kids TV Shows of All Time
David Acer, Christina Broccolini

Premiered: 2002

Genres (Tv): Documentary

Mystery Hunters is a Canadian Documentary television series aimed at a young audience. It aired on YTV in Canada and on Discovery Kids in the United States. It was also dubbed in Japanese and ...more
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Hi-5 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Discovery Kids TV Shows of All Time
Hi-5 Charli Robinson, Kathleen de Leon Jones, Casey Burgess

Premiered: 1999

Genres (Tv): Educational entertainment, Children's television series, Educational television

Hi-5, an Australian children's television program, was first shown on the Nine Network in 1999 and is based on the children's music group Hi-5. Hi-5 is a children's pop music group much like ...more
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Darcy's Wild Life is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Discovery Kids TV Shows of All Time
Sara Paxton, Ashley Leggat, Natalie Radford

Premiered: 2004

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Children's television series

Darcy's Wild Life is an American-Canadian television series, filmed during 2004–2006, and broadcast on Discovery Kids and the Family Channel. The show revolves around Darcy Fields, the daughter ...more
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Strange Days at Blake Ho... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Discovery Kids TV Shows of All Time
Emma Taylor-Isherwood, Lawrence Bayne, Michael Seater

Premiered: 2002

Genres (Tv): Children's television series, Science Fiction

Black Hole High is a Canadian science fiction television program which first aired in North America in October 2002 on Global TV. It is set at the fictional boarding school of the title, where a ...more
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Thomas the Tank Engine &... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Discovery Kids TV Shows of All Time
Alec Baldwin, Ringo Starr, George Carlin

Premiered: 1984

Genres (Tv): Animation, Children's television series, Stop motion, Short Film, Family Film, + more

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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Dinosaur Train is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Discovery Kids TV Shows of All Time
Dinosaur Train Tabitha St. Germain, Kathleen Barr, Ian James Corlett

Premiered: 2009

Genres (Tv): Computer Animation, Animation, Children's television series

Dinosaur Train is an American/Canadian/Singaporean animated series created by Craig Bartlett. The series features a curious young Tyrannosaurus Rex named Buddy who, together with his adopted ...more

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#233 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #185 of 236 The Greatest Cartoon Theme Songs of All Time #35 of 50 The Best Computer Animation TV Shows

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Dinosapien is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Discovery Kids TV Shows of All Time
Brittney Wilson, Suzanna Hamilton, James Coombes

Premiered: 2007

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Children's television series, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Dinosapien is a British/Canadian children's television program produced jointly by BBC Worldwide and Cambium Catalyst International with SEVEN24 Films. Overall 15 episodes were made, each 21 and ...more
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My Little Pony: Friendsh... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Discovery Kids TV Shows of All Time
Ashleigh Ball, Tabitha St. Germain, Tara Strong

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Animation, Children's television series, Adventure film, Comedy, Family Film, + more

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is an animated television series produced by Hasbro as part of its My Little Pony toy franchise, which is tied in with the 2010 launch of dolls and play sets, ...more

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The Best My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Characters #250 of 378 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #259 of 483 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

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Hip Hop Harry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Discovery Kids TV Shows of All Time
Hip Hop Harry Elizabeth Small, David Joyner, Kelly Dolan

Premiered: 2006

Genres (Tv): Children's television series

Hip Hop Harry is a children's show that aired on Discovery Kids and TLC as part of the Ready Set Learn block, as well as most Retro Television Network affiliates, as an E/I-compliant program. ...more
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Bindi the Jungle Girl is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Discovery Kids TV Shows of All Time
Bindi the Jungle Girl
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Scout's Safari is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Discovery Kids TV Shows of All Time
Anastasia Baranova

Premiered: 2002

Genres (Tv): Nature, Action/Adventure, Drama, Children's television series, Comedy-drama, + more

Scout's Safari is a children's television series that aired on the Discovery Kids Channel and Saturday mornings on NBC. The series was created by Thomas W. Lynch.
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Strawberry Shortcake's B... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Discovery Kids TV Shows of All Time
Andrea Libman, Britt McKillip, Ashleigh Ball

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Animation, Children's television series, Animated series

Strawberry Shortcake's Berry Bitty Adventures is the 2009 CGI animated television series based on the Strawberry Shortcake Franchise. The series, produced by MoonScoop Group and American ...more