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: 1993 - 1998Bill Nye the Science Guy is a live action educational television program that originally aired from September 10, 1993 to June 20, 1998 and was hosted by Bill Nye. The show aired on PBS Kids and was also syndicated to local stations. Each of the 100 half-hour episodes aims to teach a specific topic in a natural science to a preteen audience.... more
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- Actors: Ed Begley Jr., Rachelle Carson, Bill Nye
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Original release: 1994 - 1997The 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 its use of celebrity talent and combining entertainment with an educational series. Broadcasting & Cable said the show was "among the highest-rated PBS shows for school-age children." On June 10, 2014 Scholastic Media announced that it will be releasing an all-new CG animated series inspired by the original show, entitled "The Magic School Bus 360°." The 26 new half-hour episodes are set to stream on Netflix in 2016.... more
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- Actors: Lily Tomlin, Daniel DeSanto, Erica Luttrell
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Original release: 1973 - 1996, with additional episodes created in 2002 and 2009.Schoolhouse Rock! is an American interstitial programming series of animated musical educational short films that aired during the Saturday morning children's programming on the U.S. television network ABC. The topics covered included grammar, science, economics, history, mathematics, and civics. The series' original run lasted from 1973 to 1985; it was later revived with both old and new episodes airing from 1993 to 1999. Additional episodes were produced in 2009 for direct-to-video release.... more
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- Actors: Blossom Dearie, Jack Sheldon, Grady Tate, Lynn Ahrens, Bob Dorough
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Original release: 2017 - presentThe Magic School Bus Rides Again (Netflix, 2017) is a Canadian-American animated children's television series based on the books by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen. In a sequel to the original 1994 series, Miss Frizzle retires from teaching and passes the keys of the Magic School Bus over to her younger sister, Fiona Felicity Frizzle, to embark on new adventures with her class.... more
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- Actors: Kate McKinnon, Lily Tomlin, Lynsey Pham