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The Best Science Shows For Kids

Updated September 28, 2021 595 votes 94 voters 16.2k views29 items

List RulesVote up the children's television programs that are best at teaching science & technology

Aside from being an easy way to waste a whole day by binge-watching sci-fi, 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 the TV to thank for a large amount of our education. And that includes our scientific education. Whether we learned how to make a volcano with dry ice, or have had a catchy song stuck in our head for decades about the states of matter, the best science children's shows are fun as well as educational. Most science shows for kids are recommended for 6 through 12 year-olds but - like most children's show suggestions - they can be enjoyed just as easily by everyone from toddlers to teens.

These science shows for kids almost always use humor and interactive content to connect with young viewers and engage them in ways that books, lessons, or even trips to the science museum can't. Although to many of us science may now seem dull and complicated (other than the way it is packaged in science shows for adults), there's no denying that the Bill Nye's of our youth made the subject engaging and endlessly entertaining. Thanks to streaming services, today's kids can enjoy both new and classic science shows, allowing their curiosity about the world around to expand beyond only current shows.

Whether you're trying to get your own kid into science or you simply want to reminisce about the days spent on the floor in front of your TV learning about rocks with your favorite television host, we're here to rank the top science kids shows from H to OG - and in case you didn't know that those are the first and last elements on the periodic table, then you better check these shows out and study up.

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  • Original release: 2011 - 2016, with a revival in 2019.

    Brain Games (National Geographic, 2011) is a reality television series that discusses and explores the components of the human brain. Originally hosted by Jason Silva, the show uses experts in cognitive science, neuroscience and psychology. A new format of this series, hosted by Keegan-Michael Key, premiered in 2020. The show is interactive, encouraging viewers to participate in experiments, or "brain games", that emphasize the main points presented in each episode....  more
    • Actors: Lior Surchard
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    Original release: 2008 - 2013

    Sid the Science Kid is an American CGI animated series that premiered on PBS Kids on September 1, 2008. The computer generated show is produced by The Jim Henson Company and then-PBS member KCET in Los Angeles, California using the Henson Digital Puppetry Studio. The show is produced by motion capture which allows puppeteers to voice digitally animated characters in real time. Production began in the fall of 2008 with 42 half-hour episodes of Sid the Science Kid having been ordered. The series debuted on PBS Kids on September 1, 2008, with a two-year on-air commitment. The original working title for the series was "What's the Big Idea?" and the central character, Sid, was originally named...  more
    • Actors: Drew Massey, Alice Dinnean, Victor Yerrid
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    #449 of 667 The Best Cartoons of All Time#25 of 40 The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time#33 of 70 The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked

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    Original release: 1992 - 1998

    Beakman's World is an educational children's television show. The program is based on the Universal Press Syndicate syndicated comic strip You Can with Beakman and Jax created by Jok Church. The series premiered September 18, 1992 on The Learning Channel cable network and in national syndication. On September 18, 1993 it moved from national syndication to CBS Saturday morning children’s lineup. At the peak of its popularity, it was seen in nearly 90 countries around the world. The series was canceled in 1998. Reruns returned to national syndication in September 2006, after which it was transferred to local stations such as KICU. The show debuted a year prior to Bill Nye the Science Guy,...  more
    • Actors: Paul Zaloom, Mark Ritts, Eliza Schneider
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  • Original release: 2001 - Present

    How It's Made is a documentary television series that premiered on January 6, 2001 on Discovery Channel in Canada, and Science in the U.S. It's also being aired on Discovery Family. The program is produced in the Canadian province of Quebec by Productions MAJ, Inc. and Productions MAJ 2. In the UK it is broadcast on Discovery Channel, Quest, and DMAX....  more
    • Actors: Mark Tewksbury, Lynne Adams, Brooks Moore, June Wallack, Lynn Herzeg
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