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List Rules Shows near the top must be only the best Educational Television TV series.

The very best educational television shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest educational television shows also includes pictures from the shows when available. Popular educational television TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining educational television show of all time is. Don't let your favorite educational television television programs in history get to the bottom of the list- be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. The list of educational television television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available.

This is a list that includes shows like Design Squad and Serving Through Science.

This list answers the questions, "What is the best educational television show of all time?" and "What are the greatest educational television shows?"
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The Magic School Bus is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Educational Television TV Shows
Lily Tomlin, Daniel DeSanto, Erica Luttrell The Magic School Bus is a Canadian–American Saturday morning animated children's television series, based on the book series of the same name by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen. It is notable for ...more

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Bill Nye the Science Guy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Educational Television TV Shows
Ed Begley Jr., Rachelle Carson, Bill Nye Bill Nye the Science Guy is a live action educational television program that originally aired from September 10, 1993 to June 20, 1998 and was hosted by Bill Nye. The show aired on PBS Kids and ...more

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MythBusters is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Educational Television TV Shows
Jamie Hyneman, Robert Lee, Adam Savage MythBusters is a science entertainment television program created by Peter Rees and produced by Australia's Beyond Television Productions for the Discovery Channel. The series is transmitted by ...more

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Sesame Street is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Educational Television TV Shows
Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney Sesame Street is a long-running American children's television series created by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett. The program is known for its educational content, and images communicated ...more

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Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Educational Television TV Shows
Keith David, Fred Rogers, Don Francks Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is an American half-hour children's television series that was created and hosted by namesake Fred Rogers. The series originated in 1963 as Mister Rogers on CBC ...more

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Reading Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Educational Television TV Shows
LeVar Burton, Jennifer Betit Yen, Arnold Stang Reading Rainbow is an American children's television series that aired on PBS Kids and PBS Kids Go! from June 6, 1983, until November 10, 2006, that encouraged children to read. In 2012 an iPad ...more

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Schoolhouse Rock is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Educational Television TV Shows
Blossom Dearie, Jack Sheldon, Grady Tate Schoolhouse Rock! is an American interstitial programming series of animated musical educational short films that aired during the Saturday morning children's programming on the U.S. television ...more

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Cyberchase is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Educational Television TV Shows
Novie Edwards, Annick Obonsawin, Jacqueline Pillon Cyberchase is an American animated television series that premiered on January 21, 2002, on PBS Kids. The series focuses around three earth kids, Jackie, Matt, and Inez, who are brought into ...more

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Dirty Jobs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Educational Television TV Shows
Mike Rowe, David M. Barsky, Doug Glover Dirty Jobs was a TV series on the Discovery Channel in which host Mike Rowe is shown performing difficult, strange, disgusting, or messy occupational duties alongside the typical employees. The ...more

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Super Why! is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Educational Television TV Shows
Siera Florindo, Tajja Isen, Zachary Bloch Super Why or The Reading Adventures of Super Why is an American children's CGI animated show developed by Angela C. Santomero and Samantha Freeman Alpert. The series is produced by New York ...more

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Liberty's Kids is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Educational Television TV Shows
Whoopi Goldberg, Liam Neeson, Billy Crystal Liberty's Kids is an animated educational historical fiction television series produced by DIC Entertainment, originally broadcast on PBS Kids from September 2, 2002 to April 4, 2003, although ...more

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The Electric Company is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Educational Television TV Shows
Morgan Freeman, Joan Rivers, Bill Cosby The Electric Company is an educational American children's television series that was directed by Bob Schwartz, Henry Behar and John Tracy, written by Christopher Cerf, Jeremy Steven and John ...more

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Man vs. Wild is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Educational Television TV Shows
Bear Grylls, Will Ferrell, Jake Gyllenhaal Man vs. Wild, also called Born Survivor: Bear Grylls, Ultimate Survival, Survival Game, or colloquially as simply Bear Grylls in the United Kingdom, is a survival television series hosted by ...more

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WordGirl is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Educational Television TV Shows
Dannah Feinglass Phirman, Ryan Raddatz, Maria Bamford WordGirl is an American children’s animated television series produced by the Soup2Nuts animation unit of Scholastic Entertainment for PBS Kids. The show began as a series of shorts entitled The ...more

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WordWorld is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Educational Television TV Shows
Marc Thompson, Veronica Taylor WordWorld is an American CGI animated television series that debuted on PBS Kids. It was created by Don Moody, Jacqueline Moody, Peter Schneider and Gary Friedman. WordWorld was produced by The ...more

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Meerkat Manor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Educational Television TV Shows
Flower the Meerkat, Mozart the Meerkat, Bill Nighy Meerkat Manor is a British television programme produced by Oxford Scientific Films for Animal Planet International that premiered in September 2005 and ran for four series until its ...more

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Beakman's World is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Educational Television TV Shows
Paul Zaloom, Mark Ritts, Eliza Schneider Beakman's World is an educational children's television show. The program is based on the Universal Press Syndicate syndicated comic strip You Can with Beakman and Jax created by Jok Church. The ...more

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Adam Ruins Everything is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Educational Television TV Shows
AndrewNull added Adam Conover Adam Ruins Everything (truTV, 2015) is an American comedy television series, based on the CollegeHumor webseries. Comedian Adam Conover deconstructs common misconceptions, introducing sketch ...more

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Team Umizoomi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Educational Television TV Shows
Donovan Patton, Jennifer Twomey, Chris Phillips Team Umizoomi is a computer animated fantasy musical series with an emphasis on preschool mathematical concepts, such as counting, sequences, shapes, patterns, measurements, and comparisons. The ...more

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Survivorman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Educational Television TV Shows
Les Stroud Survivorman is a Canadian-produced television program, broadcast in Canada on the Outdoor Life Network, and internationally on Discovery Channel and Science Channel. The show aired 5 seasons and ...more

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Watch Mr. Wizard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Educational Television TV Shows
Don Herbert Watch Mr. Wizard is an American television program for children that demonstrated the science behind ordinary things. The show's creator and on-air host was Don Herbert. Marcel LaFollette said ...more

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Discovery Atlas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Educational Television TV Shows
James Spader Discovery Atlas is a documentary television series on the Discovery Channel and Discovery HD Theater which focuses on the cultural, sociological, and natural aspects of various countries by ...more

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Hi5 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Educational Television TV Shows
Karla Cheatham Mosley, Kimee Balmilero, Jenn Korbee

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DragonflyTV is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Educational Television TV Shows
DragonflyTV DragonflyTV is a science education television series produced by Twin Cities Public Television, broadcast on most PBS stations. Seasons 1-4 were co-hosted by Michael Brandon Battle and Mariko ...more

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Let's Get Inventin' is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Educational Television TV Shows
Luke Nola added Let's Get Inventin' is a New Zealand reality television series that takes young inventors and helps them to create inventions. If successful they go into a prize pool, as well as having a chance ...more

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Big Blue Marble is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Educational Television TV Shows
Big Blue Marble was a half-hour children's television series that ran from 1974 to 1983 on numerous syndicated and PBS TV stations. Distinctive content included stories about children around the ...more

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A Place of Our Own is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Educational Television TV Shows
B.B. King, Debi Gutierrez, Alina Rosario A Place of Our Own is a daily program about child care that airs on PBS, produced in Los Angeles by KCET. It was hosted by Debi Gutierrez and has been recently hosted by Elizabeth Sanchez. The ...more

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DinoSquad is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Educational Television TV Shows
DinoSquad is an American animated television series that was produced by DIC Entertainment and aired on the KEWLopolis block on CBS from November 3, 2007 - September 12, 2009. Reruns of the show ...more

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The Magic Garden is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Educational Television TV Shows
The Magic Garden The Magic Garden was a live-action children's television program that aired Mondays through Thursdays from March 6, 1972, to September 14, 1984, on WPIX-11 in New York City. Produced and ...more

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Awesome Adventures is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Educational Television TV Shows
Awesome Adventures is an award-winning adventure/travel series which takes teens on incredible journeys all over the world to experience a wide range of destinations and diverse activities. The ...more

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Betsy's Kindergarten Adventure... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Educational Television TV Shows
Nancy Cartwright Betsy's Kindergarten Adventures is a slice of life cartoon intended for young children. The show premiered on January 19, 2008 on PBS Kids. The show follows a girl named Betsy as she starts out ...more

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Lemur Street is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Educational Television TV Shows
Lemur Street is a British television show produced by Oxford Scientific Films for Animal Planet International which is based on the successful format of Meerkat Manor. The series ...more

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The New Yankee Workshop is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Educational Television TV Shows
Norm Abram, Bill Wallick, Gary Sullivan The New Yankee Workshop is a woodworking program produced by WGBH Boston, which aired on PBS. Created in 1989 by Russell Morash, the program is hosted by Norm Abram, a regular fixture on ...more

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Newton's Apple is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Educational Television TV Shows
Craig T. Nelson, Su-chin Pak, Ira Flatow Newton's Apple is an American educational television program produced and developed by KTCA, and distributed to PBS stations in the United States that ran from October 15, 1983 to January 3, ...more

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Panwapa is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Educational Television TV Shows
Kevin Clash, Leslie Carrara-Rudolph, Carmen Osbahr Panwapa is a Puppet television show from Sesame Workshop. The show premiered on the digital cable/on demand channel, PBS Kids Sprout in January 2008.

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Cake is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Educational Television TV Shows
Christa B. Allen, Anna Maria Perez de Taglé, Emily Rose Everhard Cake was a sitcom and How-to television series that originally aired on the KOL's Secret Slumber Party and KEWLopolis lineup on CBS. The show was broadcast from September 16, 2006 to December 9, ...more

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Omnibus is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Educational Television TV Shows
Marlon Brando, James Dean Omnibus is an American, commercially sponsored, educational television series.