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Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds 

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Updated February 5, 2020 257 votes 31 voters 3.7k views 41 items

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Finding the best TV shows for 5-year-olds to watch can be tricky. A lot of those shows for little kids can still feel like they're just "for babies" but even the most voracious learner is still five and might not be ready for more complicated themes. If you’ve been looking for good shows for 5-year-olds, this list of the best television shows appropriate for kids who are five will help find the right balance of fun to watch, age-appropriate and educational shows for 5-year-olds.

Every kid is different and just because someone is now school-aged doesn’t mean they automatically are ready to watch shows for tweens and older kids. The best shows for 5-year-olds to watch find a balance between educational and fun, while sometimes even being enjoyably weird or gross. Some good shows for five-year-olds offer educational moments in shows they'll keep watching (and learning from) as they grow up, such as Wishbone and The Magic School Bus Rides Again. Other shows are favorites from when they were younger, like Muppet Babies and Doc McStuffins.

Which television shows are the best for 5-year-old kids to watch? Vote up the best shows for 5-year-olds and add any good ones that are missing.

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The Magic School Bus Rid... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Kate McKinnon, Lily Tomlin, Lynsey Pham

Genres (Tv): Animation, Educational

The 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 ...more
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Maya & Miguel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Beth Payne, Lucy Liu, Elisa Bocanegra

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 88

Network: Public Broadcasting Service, Univision, Qubo

Genres (Tv): Animation, Children's television series

Maya & Miguel is a children's television animated series produced by Scholastic Studios. It appears on PBS as part of the PBS Kids Go! lineup and on the CBBC channel in the UK. The show ran ...more
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Phineas and Ferb is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Vincent Martella, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Dan Povenmire

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 189

Network: Disney Channel

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Musical, Comedy, + more

Phineas and Ferb is an American animated comedy-musical television series. Originally broadcast as a one-episode preview on August 17, 2007 and again previewed on September 28, 2007, the series ...more
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Popular Mechanics for Ki... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Elisha Cuthbert, Jay Baruchel, Vanessa Lengies

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 102

Network: Global Television Network, BBC Kids, PBS Kids, Discovery Kids

Genres (Tv): Children's television series

Popular Mechanics for Kids was an educational Canadian television series based on Popular Mechanics magazine. It was notable for starting the careers of Elisha Cuthbert, Jay Baruchel and Tyler ...more
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Little House on the Prai... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Little House on the Prairie is an American Western drama television series, starring Michael Landon, Melissa Gilbert, and Karen Grassle, about a family living on a farm in Walnut Grove, ...more
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Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Scott Weinger, Linda Larkin, Dan Castellaneta

Premiered: 1994

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 86

Network: Toon Disney

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Adventure film, Comedy-drama, + more

Aladdin is an animated television series made by Walt Disney Television Animation which aired from 1994 to 1995, based on the original 1992 Disney film of the same name. It was animated at the ...more
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Danger Mouse is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Alexander Armstrong, Kevin Eldon, Stephen Fry

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Animation

Danger Mouse (CBBC, 2015) is a British animated television series, and a reboot of the 1981 series. Danger Mouse, the "world's greatest secret agent", and his hamster sidekick Penfold, ...more
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Arthur is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
J.T. Turner, Melissa Altro, Daniel Brochu

Premiered: 1996

Number of Seasons: 16

Number of Episodes: 195

Network: PBS Kids Go!, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CBC Television, Public Broadcasting Service, PBS Kids, + more

Genres (Tv): Animation, Humour, Sitcom, Children's television series, Comedy, + more

Arthur is a Canadian/American animated educational television series for children, created by Cookie Jar Group and WGBH for the Public Broadcasting Service. The show is set in the fictional ...more
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Shaun the Sheep is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
John Sparkes, Justin Fletcher, Richard Webber

Premiered: 2007

Number of Episodes: 87

Network: CBBC, BBC One, Disney Channel, BBC HD

Genres (Tv): Animation, Children's television series, Comedy

Shaun the Sheep is a British stop-motion animated television series, a spin-off of the Wallace and Gromit franchise. The series stars Shaun, a sheep previously featured in the 1995 short film A ...more
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Lego Elves: Secrets of E... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Ashleigh Ball, Erin Mathews, Kyle Rideout

Genres (Tv): Animation

Lego Elves: Secret of Elvendale (Netflix, 2017) is an animated series directed by Kalvin Lee and Cindy Akers. When the Goblin King kidnaps her sister, Emily Jones and her Elf friends head deep ...more
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Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rang... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Corey Burton, Peter Cullen, Jim Cummings

Premiered: 1989

Number of Episodes: 65

Network: Rede Globo, Disney Channel, American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Animation, Children's television series, Mystery, Adventure film, Comedy, + more

Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers is an animated television series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation. Created by Tad Stones and Alan Zaslove, it featured the established Disney characters ...more
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Muppet Babies is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Dee Bradley Baker, Eric Bauza, Matt Danner

Premiered: 2018

Network: Disney Jr., Disney Channel

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Adventure, Musical, Family, Animated

Muppet Babies (Disney Channel, 2018) is an American computer-animated television series featuring toddler versions of the Muppets characters and a reboot of the original 1984–1991 animated ...more
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DuckTales is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Alan Young, Russi Taylor, Terence McGovern

Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 100

Network: Toon Disney, Disney Channel

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Mystery, Comedy-drama, + more

DuckTales is an American animated television series produced by Disney Television Animation. It premiered on September 18, 1987 and ended on November 28, 1990 with a total of four seasons and ...more
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Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Jim Conroy

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 100

Network: Public Broadcasting Service, PBS Kids

Genres (Tv): Animation, Children's television series, Game show, Reality television

Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman, sometimes shortened as Fetch!, is a children's television series on PBS during the PBS Kids Go! block of educational programming. It is a reality-game show that is ...more
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Transformers: Rescue Bot... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Lacey Chabert, Elan Garfias, Maurice LaMarche

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 26

Genres (Tv): Animation, Children's television series, Adventure film, Action

Transformers: Rescue Bots is based on toy manufacturer Hasbro's Transformers. The Rescue Bots respond to Optimus Prime's message for any active Autobots in outer space to come to Earth.
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Tangled: The Series is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Eden Espinosa

Genres (Tv): Animation, Fantasy

Tangled: The Series (Disney Channel, 2017) is an American animated television series developed by Chris Sonnenburg and Shane Pigmore, based on the 2010 film. Since being freed from Gothel and ...more
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Pinkalicious & Peter... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Kayla Erickson, Jaden Waldman, Molly Lloyd

Genres (Tv): Animation, Family

Pinkalicious & Peterrific (PBS Kids, 2018) is an American half-hour children's television program based on the Pinkalicious books by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann. Pinkalicious and her ...more
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Doc McStuffins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Doc McStuffins Lara Jill Miller, Kiara Muhammad, Jaden Betts

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 2

Doc McStuffins is an animated children's television series produced by Brown Bag Films. It was created and executive produced by Chris Nee and premiered on March 23, 2012 on Disney Channel and ...more
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Wishbone is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Wishbone Amy Acker, Melissa Archer, Shelley Duvall

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 48

Network: Public Broadcasting Service

Genres (Tv): Children's television series

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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Mighty Med is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Bradley Steven Perry, Jake Short, Paris Berelc

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 6

Network: Disney XD

Genres (Tv): Children's television series, Comedy

Mighty Med is an American Disney XD Original Series created by Jim Bernstein and Andy Schwartz and produced by It's a Laugh Productions for Disney XD. It stars Jake Short and Bradley Steven ...more
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Beat Bugs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Ashleigh Ball, Lili Beaudoin, Rebecca Husain

Premiered: 2016

Network: 7TWO (Australia), Netflix (International)

Genres (Tv): Animation, Family

Beat Bugs (Netflix, 2016) is an Australian-Canadian animated children's television series created by Josh Wakely. Featuring music by the Beatles, the show revolves around five young bugs who ...more
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The Loud House is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Grant Palmer, Collin Dean, Catherine Taber

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Animation, Comedy

The Loud House (Nickelodeon, 2016) is an American animated television series created by Chris Savino. As the only boy and middle child, Lincoln Loud makes creative plans to improve his life ...more
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Gortimer Gibbon's Life o... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Sloane Morgan Siegel, Ashley Boettcher, Drew Justice

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Supernatural, Drama, Family

Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street (Amazon Video, 2014) is an American live action family television series created by David Anaxagoras. Gortimer Gibbon (Sloane Morgan Siegel) and his two ...more
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Super Monsters is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Elyse Maloway, Vincent Tong, Erin Mathews

Premiered: 2017

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Animation, Family

Super Monsters (Netflix, 2017) is an American-Canadian children's animated television series created by Avi Arad. A group of preschool kids whose parents are the world's most famous monsters try ...more
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SciGirls is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Greg Cipes, Lara Jill Miller

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Children's television series

SciGirls is an American children's animated and live-action television series that premiered on February 13, 2010 on PBS Kids Go!. It is produced by TPT Productions, Soup2Nuts, and Saban Brands. ...more