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Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds

Updated April 12, 2021 774 votes 109 voters 11.8k views52 items

List RulesVote up the best shows appropriate for a five year old to watch.

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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    Arthur

    J.T. Turner, Melissa Altro
    Arthur is a Canadian/American animated educational television series for children, created by...  more
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    The Magic School Bus Rides Again

    Kate McKinnon, Lily Tomlin
    The Magic School Bus Rides Again (Netflix, 2017) is a Canadian-American animated children's...  more
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    24
    4

    DuckTales

    Alan Young, Russi Taylor
    DuckTales is an American animated television series produced by Disney Television Animation....  more
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    Shaun the Sheep

    John Sparkes, Justin Fletcher
    Shaun the Sheep is a British stop-motion animated television series, a spin-off of the Wallace...  more
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    24
    4

    Phineas and Ferb

    Vincent Martella, Thomas Brodie-Sangster
    Phineas and Ferb is an American animated comedy-musical television series. Originally...  more
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    24
    12

    Doc McStuffins

    Lara Jill Miller, Kiara Muhammad
    Doc McStuffins is an animated children's television series produced by Brown Bag Films. It was...  more
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    16
    2

    Transformers: Rescue Bots

    Lacey Chabert, Elan Garfias
    Transformers: Rescue Bots is based on toy manufacturer Hasbro's Transformers. The Rescue Bots...  more
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    14
    2

    Tangled: The Series

    Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi
    Tangled: The Series (Disney Channel, 2017) is an American animated television series developed...  more
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    17
    7

    Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers

    Corey Burton, Peter Cullen
    Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers is an animated television series produced by Walt Disney...  more
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    Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman, sometimes shortened as Fetch!, is a children's television series on...  more
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    17
    6

    Aladdin

    Scott Weinger, Linda Larkin
    Aladdin is an animated television series made by Walt Disney Television Animation which aired...  more
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    Clifford The Big Red Dog (PBS Kids, 2019) is an American animated television series based on...  more
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    12

    Muppet Babies

    Dee Bradley Baker, Eric Bauza
    Muppet Babies (Disney Channel, 2018) is an American computer-animated television series...  more
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    18
    9

    Pinkalicious & Peterrific

    Kayla Erickson, Jaden Waldman
    Pinkalicious & Peterrific (PBS Kids, 2018) is an American half-hour children's television...  more
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    16
    7

    Maya & Miguel

    Beth Payne, Lucy Liu
    Maya & Miguel is a children's television animated series produced by Scholastic Studios. It...  more
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    16
    8

    Little House on the Prairie

    Merlin Olsen, Jason Bateman
    Little House on the Prairie (NBC, 1974) is an American western historical drama developed by...  more
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    2

    Milo Murphy's Law

    "Weird Al" Yankovic, Sabrina Carpenter
    Milo Murphy's Law (previously titled Mikey Murphy's Law) is an American animated television...  more
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    15
    8

    Super Monsters

    Elyse Maloway, Vincent Tong
    Super Monsters (Netflix, 2017) is an American-Canadian children's animated television series...  more
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    10
    2

    Popular Mechanics for Kids

    Elisha Cuthbert, Jay Baruchel
    Popular Mechanics for Kids was an educational Canadian television series based on Popular...  more
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    13
    6

    Danger Mouse

    Alexander Armstrong, Kevin Eldon
    Danger Mouse (CBBC, 2015) is a British animated television series, and a reboot of the 1981...  more
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    9
    2

    Llama Llama

    Shayle Simons, Jennifer Garner
    Llama Llama (Netflix, 2018) is an American children's animation web television series based on...  more
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    10
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    Lego Elves: Secrets of Elvendale

    Ashleigh Ball, Erin Mathews
    Lego Elves: Secret of Elvendale (Netflix, 2017) is an animated series directed by Kalvin Lee...  more
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    13
    8

    SciGirls

    Greg Cipes, Lara Jill Miller
    SciGirls is an American children's animated and live-action television series that premiered...  more
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    9
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    Wishbone

    Amy Acker, Melissa Archer
    Wishbone is a half-hour children's television show that aired from 1995 to 1998 in the United...  more
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    Mighty Med

    Bradley Steven Perry, Jake Short
    Mighty Med is an American Disney XD Original Series created by Jim Bernstein and Andy Schwartz...  more