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The Best Kids Live Action TV Shows Ever Made

Updated January 15, 2021 4.2k votes 252 voters 11.4k views67 items

List RulesVote up the best kids live-action shows that have aired on television.

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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  • Mister Rogers' Neighborhood1
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    40

    Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

    Keith David, Fred Rogers

    Premiered1968

    Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is an American half-hour children's television series that was...  more
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  • The Suite Life of Zack & Cody2
    97
    50

    The Suite Life of Zack & Cody

    Cole Sprouse, Dylan Sprouse

    Premiered2005

    The Suite Life of Zack & Cody is an American sitcom created by Danny Kallis and Jim Geoghan....  more
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  • Wizards of Waverly Place3
    88
    43

    Wizards of Waverly Place

    Selena Gomez, David Henrie

    Premiered2007

    Wizards of Waverly Place is an American fantasy teen sitcom which ran from October 12, 2007 to...  more
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  • Drake & Josh4
    90
    45

    Drake & Josh

    Drake Bell, Josh Peck

    Premiered2004

    Drake & Josh (Nickelodeon, 2004) is an American sitcom created by Dan Schneider. Despite...  more
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  • Blue's Clues5
    77
    35

    Blue's Clues

    Steve Burns, Traci Paige Johnson

    Premiered1996

    Blue's Clues is an American children's television series that premiered on Nickelodeon....  more
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  • Sesame Street6
    77
    37

    Sesame Street

    Jim Henson, Frank Oz

    Premiered1969

    Sesame Street is a long-running American children's television series created by Joan Ganz...  more
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  • iCarly7
    86
    45

    iCarly

    Miranda Cosgrove, Jennette McCurdy

    Premiered2007

    iCarly (Nickelodeon, 2012) is an American teen sitcom created by Dan Schneider. The series...  more
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  • Bill Nye the Science Guy8
    85
    45

    Bill Nye the Science Guy

    Ed Begley Jr., Rachelle Carson

    Premiered1993

    Bill Nye the Science Guy is a live action educational television program that originally aired...  more
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  • Boy Meets World9
    69
    32

    Boy Meets World

    Ben Savage, Rider Strong

    Premiered1993

    Boy Meets World (ABC, 1993) is an American television sitcom created by Michael Jacobs and...  more
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  • Reading Rainbow10
    70
    36

    Reading Rainbow

    LeVar Burton, Jennifer Betit Yen

    Premiered1983

    Reading Rainbow is an American children's television series that aired on PBS Kids and PBS...  more
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  • The Muppet Show11
    68
    35

    The Muppet Show

    Jim Henson, Frank Oz

    Premiered1976

    The Muppet Show is a family-oriented comedy-variety television series that was produced by...  more
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  • Sabrina, the Teenage Witch12
    60
    39

    Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

    Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea

    Premiered1996

    Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is an American sitcom based on the Archie comic book series of the...  more
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  • The Suite Life on Deck13
    56
    40

    The Suite Life on Deck

    Dylan Sprouse, Cole Sprouse

    Premiered2008

    The Suite Life on Deck is an American sitcom that aired on Disney Channel from September 26,...  more
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  • Zoey 10114
    46
    35

    Zoey 101

    Jamie Lynn Spears, Paul Butcher

    Premiered2005

    Zoey 101 is an American television series which originally aired on Nickelodeon from January...  more
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  • Goosebumps15
    41
    29

    Goosebumps

    R.L. Stine, Kathryn Short

    Premiered1995

    Goosebumps is a Canadian horror fantasy anthology television series based on R. L. Stine's...  more
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  • Fraggle Rock16
    49
    40

    Fraggle Rock

    Jim Henson, Richard Hunt

    Premiered1983

    Fraggle Rock is a British/American/Canadian children's live action puppet television series...  more
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  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers17
    46
    40

    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

    Richard Steven Horvitz, David Yost

    Premiered1993

    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is an American live action children's television series that...  more
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  • Family Matters18
    38
    30

    Family Matters

    Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White

    Premiered1989

    Family Matters is an American sitcom which originated on ABC network from September 22, 1989...  more
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  • The Electric Company19
    41
    34

    The Electric Company

    Morgan Freeman, Joan Rivers

    Premiered1971

    The Electric Company is an educational American children's television series that was directed...  more
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  • Saved by the Bell20
    41
    34

    Saved by the Bell

    Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez

    Premiered1989

    Saved by the Bell is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from 1989 to 1993. A...  more
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  • All That21
    40
    33

    All That

    Amanda Bynes, Nick Cannon

    Premiered1994

    All That is an American sketch comedy television series created by Brian Robbins and Mike...  more
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  • Girl Meets World22
    46
    41

    Girl Meets World

    Rowan Blanchard, Sabrina Carpenter

    Premiered2013

    A decade after "Boy Meets World," Cory and Topanga Matthews are married and have two children....  more
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  • Are You Afraid of the Dark?23
    36
    29

    Are You Afraid of the Dark?

    Ross Hull, Raine Pare-Coull

    Premiered1991

    Are You Afraid of the Dark? is a Canadian horror fantasy-themed anthology television series....  more
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  • Double Dare24
    36
    31

    Double Dare

    Lou Ferrigno, Jennifer Malone

    Premiered2000

    Double Dare is a children's game show, originally hosted by Marc Summers, that aired on...  more
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  • The Amanda Show25
    33
    29

    The Amanda Show

    Amanda Bynes, Drake Bell

    Premiered1999

    The Amanda Show is an American live action sketch comedy and variety show that aired on...  more
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