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The Best Educational Television Shows  

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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 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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#56 of 729 The Best Cartoons of All Time #51 of 383 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Timefeaturing 21 Things About the Magic School Bus You Never Realized Are Super Messed Up

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Sesame Street is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Educational Television 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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#74 of 1,177 The Greatest TV Shows Of All Timefeaturing Dark 'Sesame Street' Fan Theorieslisted on Longest Running Children's TV Shows

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Mister Rogers' Neighborh... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Educational Television 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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#96 of 129 The Best Cartoons of the '90s #6 of 51 The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time #139 of 146 The Most Annoying Kids Shows of All Time

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Bill Nye the Science Guy... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Educational Television 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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#347 of 1,177 The Greatest TV Shows Of All Time #10 of 51 The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time #140 of 146 The Most Annoying Kids Shows of All Time

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Reading Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Educational Television 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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#571 of 1,177 The Greatest TV Shows Of All Time #9 of 51 The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time #206 of 408 The Best TV Shows to Rewatch

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Schoolhouse Rock is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Educational Television 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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#267 of 729 The Best Cartoons of All Time #34 of 383 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #36 of 249 The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids

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MythBusters is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Educational Television Shows
Jon Lung, Brian Louden
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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Zoboomafoo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Educational Television Shows
Chris Kratt, Martin Kratt, Gord Robertson
Zoboomafoo is an American / Canadian children's television series that aired from January 25, 1999 to November 21, 2001 and is still currently shown in syndication and it is regularly shown on ...more

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#11 of 51 The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time #65 of 123 Shows That Turned 20 in 2019 #9 of 88 The Most Chill Nature & Animal Shows To Watch High

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Wild Kratts is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Educational Television Shows
Chris Kratt, Martin Kratt, Athena Karkanis
Wild Kratts is an American/Canadian educational children's animated series created by Chris and Martin Kratt. The Kratt Brothers Company and 9 Story Media Group produce the show, which is ...more

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#347 of 729 The Best Cartoons of All Time #209 of 383 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #1,026 of 1,177 The Greatest TV Shows Of All Time

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Dinosaur Train is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Educational Television Shows
Dinosaur Train Tabitha St. Germain, Kathleen Barr, Ian James Corlett
Dinosaur Train is an American/Canadian/Singaporean animated series created by Craig Bartlett. The series features a curious young Tyrannosaurus Rex named Buddy who, together with his adopted ...more

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#198 of 383 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #22 of 51 The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time #18 of 37 The Most Annoying Kids Shows Currently On TV

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Super Why! is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Educational Television Shows
Super Why! 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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#372 of 729 The Best Cartoons of All Time #169 of 383 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #27 of 51 The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time

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Cyberchase is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Educational Television 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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#286 of 729 The Best Cartoons of All Time #192 of 383 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #14 of 51 The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time

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Go, Diego, Go! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Educational Television Shows
Rosie Perez, Jake T. Austin
Go, Diego, Go! is an American animated educational television program that originally aired on the Nickelodeon children's cable network in the United States and produced by Nickelodeon Animation ...more

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#416 of 487 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #15 of 146 The Most Annoying Kids Shows of All Time #23 of 30 25 Nick Jr. Cartoons That'll Make You Wish You Were 7 Again

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Dirty Jobs is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Educational Television 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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WordWorld is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Educational Television 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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#25 of 68 The Best Nick Jr. TV Shows #32 of 78 The Best PBS Kids TV Shows Ever, Ranked #49 of 53 The Best CBeebies TV Shows

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WordGirl is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Educational Television 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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#16 of 51 The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time #323 of 487 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #432 of 482 The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

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Between the Lions is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Educational Television Shows
Ruth Westheimer, Fred Newman, Kathryn Mullen
Between the Lions was a PBS Kids puppet television series designed to promote reading. The show was a co-production between WGBH in Boston and Sirius Thinking, Ltd., in New York City, in ...more

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#15 of 51 The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time #219 of 238 The Greatest Cartoon Theme Songs of All Time #109 of 374 The Best Children's TV Shows

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Liberty's Kids is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Educational Television Shows
Liberty's Kids 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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#377 of 729 The Best Cartoons of All Time #28 of 51 The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time #256 of 487 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

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Team Umizoomi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Educational Television 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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Little Einsteins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Educational Television Shows
MoonshadowRachel added Little Einsteins Bill Farmer, Tony Anselmo, Erica Huang
Little Einsteins is an American animated television series on Disney Junior. The educational preschool series was developed for television by Douglas Wood who created the concept and characters, ...more

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#327 of 729 The Best Cartoons of All Time #271 of 383 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #1,041 of 1,177 The Greatest TV Shows Of All Time

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Zoom is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Educational Television Shows
Zoom Jared Nathan
Zoom is an American television program for ages eight and up, created almost entirely by children. It originally aired on PBS from January 4, 1999 to June 24, 2005. It was a remake of a 1972 TV ...more

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#42 of 51 The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time #65 of 80 The Best After School Shows from the '90s #169 of 374 The Best Children's TV Shows

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The Electric Company is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Educational Television Shows
The Electric Company 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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#813 of 1,177 The Greatest TV Shows Of All Time #37 of 140 The Best, Most Fab Cartoons from the 70s #31 of 51 The Best PBS Cartoons of All Time

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Man vs. Wild is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Educational Television 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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Cosmos: A Space-Time Ody... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Educational Television Shows
Neil deGrasse Tyson, Carl Sagan, Stoney Emshwiller
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is a 2014 American science documentary television series. The show is a follow-up to the 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which was presented by Carl ...more
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Meerkat Manor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Educational Television 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