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Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds  

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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 TV series for 5-year old kids that are missing.

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Muppet Babies is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Dee Bradley Baker, Eric Bauza, Matt Danner
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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Doc McStuffins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Lara Jill Miller, Kiara Muhammad, Jaden Betts
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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Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Scott Weinger, Linda Larkin, Dan Castellaneta
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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Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Corey Burton, Peter Cullen, Jim Cummings
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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The Magic School Bus Rides Aga... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Kate McKinnon, Lily Tomlin, Lynsey Pham
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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Pinkalicious & Peterrific is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Kayla Erickson, Jaden Waldman, Molly Lloyd
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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Arthur is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
J.T. Turner, Melissa Altro, Daniel Brochu
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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SciGirls is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Greg Cipes, Lara Jill Miller
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
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Transformers: Rescue Bots is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Lacey Chabert, Elan Garfias, Maurice LaMarche
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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Little House on the Prairie is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Popular Mechanics for Kids is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Elisha Cuthbert, Jay Baruchel, Vanessa Lengies
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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Maya & Miguel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Beth Payne, Lucy Liu, Elisa Bocanegra
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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Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Jim Conroy
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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DuckTales is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Alan Young, Russi Taylor, Terence McGovern
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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Danger Mouse is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Alexander Armstrong, Kevin Eldon, Stephen Fry
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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Shaun the Sheep is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
John Sparkes, Justin Fletcher, Richard Webber
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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Phineas and Ferb is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Vincent Martella, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Dan Povenmire
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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Wishbone is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
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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Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Norm... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Sloane Morgan Siegel, Ashley Boettcher, Drew Justice
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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Beat Bugs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Ashleigh Ball, Lili Beaudoin, Rebecca Husain
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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Lego Elves: Secrets of Elvenda... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Ashleigh Ball, Erin Mathews, Kyle Rideout
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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Super Monsters is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Elyse Maloway, Vincent Tong, Erin Mathews
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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The Loud House is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Grant Palmer, Collin Dean, Catherine Taber
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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Tangled: The Series is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Eden Espinosa
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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Motown Magic is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds
Kelly Jean Badgley, Avia Fields, Shawn Michael Howard
Motown Magic (Netflix, 2018) is an animated children's television series, created by Josh Wakely. The series follows Ben, a wide-eyed 8-year-old with a big heart and an amazing imagination,” who ...more