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Good TV Shows for 5 Year Olds

Updated February 18, 2021 671 votes 95 voters 10.9k views47 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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  • Arthur1
    36
    7

    Arthur

    J.T. Turner, Melissa Altro

    Premiered1996

    Arthur is a Canadian/American animated educational television series for children, created by...  more
  • DuckTales2
    23
    2

    DuckTales

    Alan Young, Russi Taylor

    Premiered1987

    DuckTales is an American animated television series produced by Disney Television Animation....  more
  • The Magic School Bus Rides Again3
    28
    12

    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
  • Shaun the Sheep4
    19
    2

    Shaun the Sheep

    John Sparkes, Justin Fletcher

    Premiered2007

    Shaun the Sheep is a British stop-motion animated television series, a spin-off of the Wallace...  more
  • Phineas and Ferb5
    19
    4

    Phineas and Ferb

    Vincent Martella, Thomas Brodie-Sangster

    Premiered2007

    Phineas and Ferb is an American animated comedy-musical television series. Originally...  more
  • Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers6
    17
    5

    Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers

    Corey Burton, Peter Cullen

    Premiered1989

    Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers is an animated television series produced by Walt Disney...  more
  • Little House on the Prairie7
    Little House on the Prairie (NBC, 1974) is an American western historical drama developed by...  more
  • Transformers: Rescue Bots8
    14
    2

    Transformers: Rescue Bots

    Lacey Chabert, Elan Garfias

    Premiered2012

    Transformers: Rescue Bots is based on toy manufacturer Hasbro's Transformers. The Rescue Bots...  more
  • Muppet Babies9
    20
    9

    Muppet Babies

    Dee Bradley Baker, Eric Bauza

    Premiered2018

    Muppet Babies (Disney Channel, 2018) is an American computer-animated television series...  more
  • Pinkalicious & Peterrific10
    17
    8

    Pinkalicious & Peterrific

    Kayla Erickson, Jaden Waldman
    Pinkalicious & Peterrific (PBS Kids, 2018) is an American half-hour children's television...  more
  • Super Monsters11
    15
    5

    Super Monsters

    Elyse Maloway, Vincent Tong

    Premiered2017

    Super Monsters (Netflix, 2017) is an American-Canadian children's animated television series...  more
  • Aladdin12
    16
    6

    Aladdin

    Scott Weinger, Linda Larkin

    Premiered1994

    Aladdin is an animated television series made by Walt Disney Television Animation which aired...  more
  • Maya & Miguel13
    14
    5

    Maya & Miguel

    Beth Payne, Lucy Liu

    Premiered2004

    Maya & Miguel is a children's television animated series produced by Scholastic Studios. It...  more
  • Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman14

    Premiered2006

    Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman, sometimes shortened as Fetch!, is a children's television series on...  more
  • Doc McStuffins15
    18
    11

    Doc McStuffins

    Lara Jill Miller, Kiara Muhammad

    Premiered2012

    Doc McStuffins is an animated children's television series produced by Brown Bag Films. It was...  more
  • Tangled: The Series16
    12
    2

    Tangled: The Series

    Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi

    Premiered2017

    Tangled: The Series (Disney Channel, 2017) is an American animated television series developed...  more
  • Danger Mouse17
    13
    5

    Danger Mouse

    Alexander Armstrong, Kevin Eldon

    Premiered2015

    Danger Mouse (CBBC, 2015) is a British animated television series, and a reboot of the 1981...  more
  • Lego Elves: Secrets of Elvendale18
    10
    2

    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
  • Popular Mechanics for Kids19
    10
    2

    Popular Mechanics for Kids

    Elisha Cuthbert, Jay Baruchel

    Premiered1997

    Popular Mechanics for Kids was an educational Canadian television series based on Popular...  more
  • Milo Murphy's Law20
    9
    1

    Milo Murphy's Law

    "Weird Al" Yankovic, Sabrina Carpenter

    Premiered2016

    Milo Murphy's Law (previously titled Mikey Murphy's Law) is an American animated television...  more
  • Clifford The Big Red Dog21
    8
    1

    Premiered2019

    Clifford The Big Red Dog (PBS Kids, 2019) is an American animated television series based on...  more
  • Mighty Med22
    9
    2

    Mighty Med

    Bradley Steven Perry, Jake Short

    Premiered2013

    Mighty Med is an American Disney XD Original Series created by Jim Bernstein and Andy Schwartz...  more
  • The Loud House23
    9
    2

    The Loud House

    Grant Palmer, Collin Dean

    Premiered2016

    The Loud House (Nickelodeon, 2016) is an American animated television series created by Chris...  more
  • Dragons Rescue Riders24
    5
    0

    Dragons Rescue Riders

    Noah Kaye Bentley, Brennley Brown

    Premiered2019

    Dragons: Rescue Riders (Netflix, 2019) is an animated short adventure series in the How to...  more
  • SciGirls25
    13
    8

    SciGirls

    Greg Cipes, Lara Jill Miller

    Premiered2010

    SciGirls is an American children's animated and live-action television series that premiered...  more