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The Best Kids Live Action TV Shows Ever Made  

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Chances are if you grew up sometime in the latter half of the 20th century, your childhood was filled with amazing children’s television programs created solely for the entertainment of kids. Live-action kids shows are nothing new, which is why everyone has their absolute favorites. Whether you fondly remember a show you grew up with or came to love one that your children enjoyed (though some of the best kids shows have been on the air for decades), chances are, you have an absolute favorite!

The best live-action shows for kids are easily some of the best series ever made for children - not just something that children could also watch, but made specifically with kids in mind - offering something different than cartoons. There are hundreds of amazing programs in this genre to choose from, to narrow it down, this list has highlighted the very best kids live-action series of them all, but not every show is created equally. Whether you appreciate and enjoy these series for their kid-friendly comedy sitcoms, or for the way they helped us all learn our A-B-Cs, these series are the best kids shows of all time.

This list is only focusing on non-animated, live-action, series not animated or cartoons - though puppets count as live action! - so please vote up your favorite, and don't forget to add any great live-action kids shows we missed.

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Blue's Clues & You! is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Kids Live Action TV Shows Ever Made
Jaiden Cannatelli, Shakira, Joshua Dela Cruz
Blue's Clues & You! (Nickelodeon, 2019) is a Canadian and American live-action and animated educational children's television series, based on the '90s show, Blue's Clues. The show follows ...more
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Are You Afraid of the Dark? is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Kids Live Action TV Shows Ever Made
Ross Hull, Raine Pare-Coull, Jodie Resther
Are You Afraid of the Dark? is a Canadian horror fantasy-themed anthology television series. The original series was created by D.J. MacHale and Ned Kandel, and was picked up by Nickelodeon in ...more
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The Secret World of Alex Mack is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Kids Live Action TV Shows Ever Made
Larisa Oleynik, Darris Love, Michael Blakley
The Secret World of Alex Mack is an American television series that ran on Nickelodeon from October 8, 1994 to January 15, 1998, replacing Clarissa Explains It All on the SNICK line-up. It also ...more
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The Electric Company is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Kids Live Action TV Shows Ever Made
Morgan Freeman, Joan Rivers, Bill Cosby
The Electric Company is an educational American children's television series that was directed by Bob Schwartz, Henry Behar and John Tracy, written by Christopher Cerf, Jeremy Steven and John ...more
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Yo Gabba Gabba! is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Kids Live Action TV Shows Ever Made
Biz Markie, Rob Paulsen, Cam Clarke
Yo Gabba Gabba! is an American puppet children's television show starring five costumed toys-come-to-life and their friend DJ Lance Rock. The Gabba gang explores a single topic in each episode, ...more
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Alexa & Katie is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Kids Live Action TV Shows Ever Made
Paris Berelc, Isabel May, Tiffani Thiessen
Alexa & Katie (Netflix, 2018) is an American television sitcom created by Heather Wordham. Eagerly anticipating the start of their freshman year of high school, lifelong best friends Alexa ...more
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Clarissa Explains It All is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Kids Live Action TV Shows Ever Made
Melissa Joan Hart, Jason Zimbler, Elizabeth Hess
Clarissa Explains It All is an American teen sitcom that aired on Nickelodeon. Created by Mitchell Kriegman, it aired for five seasons and a total of 65 episodes from March 23, 1991, to December ...more
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Between the Lions is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Kids Live Action TV Shows Ever Made
Ruth Westheimer, Fred Newman, Kathryn Mullen
Between the Lions was a PBS Kids puppet television series designed to promote reading. The show was a co-production between WGBH in Boston and Sirius Thinking, Ltd., in New York City, in ...more
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The Amanda Show is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Kids Live Action TV Shows Ever Made
Amanda Bynes, Drake Bell, Nancy Sullivan
The Amanda Show is an American live action sketch comedy and variety show that aired on Nickelodeon from October 16, 1999 to September 21, 2002. It starred Amanda Bynes, Drake Bell and Nancy ...more
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You Can't Do That on Televisio... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Kids Live Action TV Shows Ever Made
Les Lye, Abby Hagyard, Christine McGlade
You Can't Do That on Television is a Canadian television program that first aired locally in 1979 before airing internationally in 1981. It featured pre-teen and teenaged actors in a sketch ...more
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Lizzie McGuire is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Kids Live Action TV Shows Ever Made
Hilary Duff, Adam Lamberg, Robert Carradine
Lizzie McGuire (Disney Channel, 2001) is an American live-action teen sitcom. Lizzie (Hilary Duff) has a sarcastic animated alter ego that represents her feelings and talks to Lizzie as she goes ...more
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Space Cases is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Kids Live Action TV Shows Ever Made
Walter Jones, Kristian Ayre, Rahi Azizi
Space Cases is a science fiction television series that aired on Nickelodeon for two seasons. Created by Peter David and Bill Mumy, it premiered on March 2, 1996 and ended on January 27, 1997 ...more
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The Big Comfy Couch is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Kids Live Action TV Shows Ever Made
Alyson Court, Fred Stinson, Grindl Kuchirka
The Big Comfy Couch is a Canadian preschool television series about Loonette the Clown and her doll Molly, who solve everyday problems on their "Big Comfy Couch". It aired from 1992 ...more
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Eerie, Indiana is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Kids Live Action TV Shows Ever Made
Omri Katz, Justin Shenkarow, Mary-Margaret Humes
Eerie, Indiana is an American television series that originally aired on NBC from 1991 to 1993. The series was created by José Rivera and Karl Schaefer, with Joe Dante serving as creative ...more
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The Adventures of Pete & Pete is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Kids Live Action TV Shows Ever Made
Michael C. Maronna, Danny Tamberelli, Judy Grafe
The Adventures of Pete & Pete is an American children's television series produced by Wellsville Pictures and broadcast by Nickelodeon. The show featured humorous and surreal elements in its ...more
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Sonny with a Chance is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Kids Live Action TV Shows Ever Made
Demi Lovato, Tiffany Thornton, Sterling Knight
Sonny with a Chance is an American sitcom which aired on Disney Channel, created by Steve Marmel. The series follows the experiences of teenager Sonny Munroe, portrayed by Demi Lovato, who ...more
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So Weird is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Kids Live Action TV Shows Ever Made
Cara DeLizia, Mackenzie Phillips, Patrick Levis
So Weird is an American-Canadian television series that aired on the Disney Channel as a mid-season replacement from January 18, 1999 to September 28, 2001. The series was shot in Vancouver, ...more
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Sam & Cat is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Kids Live Action TV Shows Ever Made
Jennette McCurdy, Ariana Grande, Cameron Ocasio
Sam & Cat is an American teen sitcom that originally aired from June 8, 2013 to July 17, 2014, on Nickelodeon. It is a crossover spin-off/sequel of both iCarly and Victorious. It stars ...more
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The Thundermans is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Kids Live Action TV Shows Ever Made
Jack Griffo
The Thundermans is an American superhero live-action comedy television series that began airing on Nickelodeon, on October 14, 2013. The series is created by Jed Spingarn. Nickelodeon announced ...more
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Wishbone is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Kids Live Action TV Shows Ever Made
Amy Acker, Melissa Archer, Shelley Duvall
Wishbone is a half-hour children's television show that aired from 1995 to 1998 in the United States on PBS. The show's title character is a Jack Russell Terrier. Wishbone lives with his owner ...more
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Teletubbies is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Kids Live Action TV Shows Ever Made
Toyah Willcox, Eric Sykes, Penelope Keith
Teletubbies is a British BBC children's television series targeted at pre-school viewers and produced from 31 March 1997 to 16 February 2001 by Ragdoll Productions. It was created by Ragdoll's ...more
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Barney & Friends is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Kids Live Action TV Shows Ever Made
Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Tory Green
Barney & Friends is an American children's television series aimed at children from ages 1 to 8. The series, which first aired on April 6, 1992, features the title character Barney, a purple ...more
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Animorphs is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Kids Live Action TV Shows Ever Made
Shawn Ashmore, Brooke Nevin, Boris Cabrera
Animorphs is a 26-episode television adaptation made by Nickelodeon of the Scholastic book series of the same name. The series was broadcast from September 1998 to March 2000 in the United ...more
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Art Attack is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Kids Live Action TV Shows Ever Made
Neil Buchanan
Art Attack is a British children's television series revolving around art hosted by Lloyd Warbey on Disney Junior. The original series was one of CITV's longest running programmes, running from ...more
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Dog With a Blog is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Kids Live Action TV Shows Ever Made
G. Hannelius, Blake Michael, Francesca Capaldi
Dog with a Blog is an American television sitcom that premiered on Disney Channel on October 12, 2012. It stars G. Hannelius, Blake Michael, Francesca Capaldi, Stephen Full, Regan Burns, and ...more