Culture The Best Educational Television TV Shows  

Reference
3.3k votes 421 voters 56.5k views 49 items

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?"
list ordered by
1
162 31
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
2
154 42
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
3
152 43
Sesame Street is listed (or ranked) 3 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
4
122 29
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is listed (or ranked) 4 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
5
102 24
Reading Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 5 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
6
137 44
MythBusters is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Educational Television TV 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
7
106 31
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
8
86 43
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
9
72 35
Super Why! is listed (or ranked) 9 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
10
73 41
Dirty Jobs is listed (or ranked) 10 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
11
30 5
Zoboomafoo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Educational Television TV 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
12
31 6
Dinosaur Train is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Educational Television TV Shows
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
13
60 32
WordWorld is listed (or ranked) 13 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
14
63 36
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
15
57 32
Liberty's Kids is listed (or ranked) 15 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
16
26 5
Wild Kratts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Educational Television TV 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
17
25 8
Go, Diego, Go! is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Educational Television TV 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
18
50 37
The Electric Company is listed (or ranked) 18 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
19
40 28
Meerkat Manor is listed (or ranked) 19 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
20
18 6
Between the Lions is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Educational Television TV 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
21
44 34
Team Umizoomi is listed (or ranked) 21 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
22
17 6
Zoom is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Educational Television TV Shows
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
23
50 41
Man vs. Wild is listed (or ranked) 23 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
24
15 6
Odd Squad is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Educational Television TV Shows
Dalila Bela, Filip Geljo, Sean Michael Kyer
Odd Squad (PBS Kids, 2014) is a Canadian/American children's live action educational television series. Odd Squad, an organization run entirely by children, solves peculiar problems using math
25
34 29
Beakman's World is listed (or ranked) 25 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