Other than from being a great place to waste a whole day by binge-watching a series that features adults playing teenagers caught in mind-bending drama, television does have its educational uses. Though it may not get a lot of credit as a learning tool, the fact is, most of us who are reading this now have learned a lot of our vocabulary from TV (for better or worse). Whether we learned English from cartoons or have a working knowledge in Spanish thanks to Dora the Explorer, the best bilingual kids TV shows are entertaining as well as educational.
These bilingual shows for kids almost always use humor and interactive content to connect with young viewers and engage them in ways that books or lessons can't. And in an increasingly connected world, its these shows that are preparing the kids of the future by teaching them languages other than their native tongue.
Whether you're trying to get your own kid to be bilingual or you're simply curious where the future of educational television is going, we're here to rank the best bilingual children's shows from best to "bueno." Or in French, from best to "bien." Or in Italian, from best to "bene."
Language taught: Various
For ages: 2+
Actors: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney
Number of Seasons: 42
Network: Public Broadcasting Service, Noggin, National Educational Television, PBS Kids Sprout