culture The Best Kids Shows Grown-Ups Should Be Watching  

Amanda Tullos
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List Rules Vote up the television series for children that adults can enjoy the most

What makes a children's program stand out is when it can be enjoyed equally by both children and adults. A smart series offers kid-friendly storylines and humor that entertain the younger audience while also capturing the minds of the older audience.

Because parents are likely to watch along with their kids, it really does matter if the program appeals to adults, too. Not only does it make the viewing experience more enjoyable, but kids shows can bring older viewers back to an imaginative, joyous time in their life. And who doesn't want to feel like a kid again?

There are tons of cartoons and live-action series to choose from on TV today. To help you turn back time and pick the best shows to watch, we've gathered a list of some of the best current kids shows that grown-ups should be watching.
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Gravity Falls


Gravity Falls is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Kids Shows Grown-Ups Should Be Watching
Photo: Disney XD
Gravity Falls did just end after three seasons, but the series is still fairly new. The show follows twins Dipper and Mabel as they spend the summer with their Grunkle Stan in the mysterious town of Gravity Falls.

The series is a mixture between Twin Peaks and The X-Files, but appropriate for kids. It has humor for children, and it also includes smarter, subtle laughs that adults can truly appreciate. Gravity Falls has genuinely creepy moments to scare the kids, and heartwarming moments the entire family can enjoy together.

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Adventure Time


Adventure Time is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Kids Shows Grown-Ups Should Be Watching
Photo: Cartoon Network
Adventure Time is a series that takes place in a magical realm, and involves a boy, his best friend, and his magical dog - who can shapeshift. The characters live in a post-apocalyptic world called Land of Ooo, where strange and mysterious happenings are always going on. The series is another show full of randomness, creative storylines, and loveable characters.

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The Powerpuff Girls is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Kids Shows Grown-Ups Should Be Watching
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The Powerpuff Girls are back and better than ever! After more than 10 years off the air, Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup have returned to their crime-fighting ways on the Cartoon Network. 

Created with a mixture of sugar, spice, and everything nice - plus a mysterious chemical substance - by Professor Utonium, the girls were given super powers. Together they fight the evils that invade Townsville. 

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The Fairly OddParents is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Kids Shows Grown-Ups Should Be Watching
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At some point in a kid's life, they have wanted to have someone who could give them anything they've ever wanted. In The Fairly Oddparents, that fantasy is played out in the eyes of 10-year-old Timmy and his Fairy Godparents, who are supposed to grant him wishes. Things don't always turn out as planned, wishes go wrong, and chaos ensues. But it's all done with love. The funny series teaches kids important life lessons, and the multi-dimensional characters draw you in with their hilarious antics.

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#56 on The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time

#88 on The Best Shows Currently on the Air

#16 on The Best Cartoons of All Time

#36 on The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

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