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Updated October 23, 2019 4.7k votes 569 voters 62.7k views 51 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?"
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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

Premiered: 1994

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 52

Network: Public Broadcasting Service, Fox Kids, PBS Kids, Fox Broadcasting Company, Discovery Kids

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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Sesame Street is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Educational Television Shows
Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney

Premiered: 1969

Number of Seasons: 42

Number of Episodes: 4327

Network: Public Broadcasting Service, Noggin, National Educational Television, PBS Kids Sprout

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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Bill Nye the Science Guy... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Educational Television Shows
Ed Begley Jr., Rachelle Carson, Bill Nye

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 100

Network: Public Broadcasting Service

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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Mister Rogers' Neighborh... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Educational Television Shows
Keith David, Fred Rogers, Don Francks

Premiered: 1968

Number of Episodes: 895

Network: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Public Broadcasting Service, National Educational Television, PBS Kids Sprout

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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MythBusters is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Educational Television Shows
Jon Lung, Brian Louden

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 13

Number of Episodes: 142

Network: Discovery Channel

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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Reading Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Educational Television Shows
LeVar Burton, Jennifer Betit Yen, Arnold Stang

Premiered: 1983

Number of Seasons: 21

Number of Episodes: 155

Network: Public Broadcasting Service

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 Shows
Blossom Dearie, Jack Sheldon, Grady Tate

Premiered: 1973

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 52

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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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Super Why! is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Educational Television Shows
Super Why! Siera Florindo, Tajja Isen, Zachary Bloch

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 65

Network: Viacom International Media Networks, Public Broadcasting Service, PBS Kids Sprout

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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Cyberchase is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Educational Television Shows
Novie Edwards, Annick Obonsawin, Jacqueline Pillon

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 94

Network: PBS Kids Go!, PBS Kids, Qubo

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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#101 of 145 The Most Annoying Kids Shows of All Time #63 of 374 The Best Children's TV Shows

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Dirty Jobs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Educational Television Shows
Mike Rowe, David M. Barsky, Doug Glover

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 169

Network: Discovery Channel

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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WordGirl is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Educational Television Shows
Dannah Feinglass Phirman, Ryan Raddatz, Maria Bamford

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 48

Network: PBS Kids Go!, Public Broadcasting Service

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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Zoboomafoo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Educational Television Shows
Chris Kratt, Martin Kratt, Gord Robertson

Premiered: 1999

Network: PBS Kids Go!, Public Broadcasting Service, Hub Network, PBS Kids, Qubo, + more

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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WordWorld is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Educational Television Shows
Marc Thompson, Veronica Taylor

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 46

Network: Nick Jr., Public Broadcasting Service, PBS Kids Sprout

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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Dinosaur Train is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Educational Television Shows
Dinosaur Train Tabitha St. Germain, Kathleen Barr, Ian James Corlett

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 40

Network: Public Broadcasting Service

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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Wild Kratts is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Educational Television Shows
Chris Kratt, Martin Kratt, Athena Karkanis

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 66

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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Liberty's Kids is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Educational Television Shows
Liberty's Kids Whoopi Goldberg, Liam Neeson, Billy Crystal

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 40

Network: Public Broadcasting Service, MyNetworkTV, The WB Television Network, The CW Television Network, Qubo, + more

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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#120 of 236 The Greatest Cartoon Theme Songs of All Time #116 of 374 The Best Children's TV Shows

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Team Umizoomi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Educational Television Shows
Donovan Patton, Jennifer Twomey, Chris Phillips

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 65

Network: Nickelodeon

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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Go, Diego, Go! is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Educational Television Shows
Rosie Perez, Jake T. Austin

Premiered: 2005

Number of Episodes: 76

Network: Nick Jr., Nickelodeon

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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The Electric Company is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Educational Television Shows
The Electric Company Morgan Freeman, Joan Rivers, Bill Cosby

Premiered: 1971

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 780

Network: Nick Jr., Public Broadcasting Service

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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Between the Lions is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Educational Television Shows
Ruth Westheimer, Fred Newman, Kathryn Mullen

Premiered: 2000

Network: Public Broadcasting Service, PBS Kids Sprout

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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Man vs. Wild is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Educational Television Shows
Bear Grylls, Will Ferrell, Jake Gyllenhaal

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 28

Network: Discovery Channel

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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Zoom is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Educational Television Shows
Zoom Jared Nathan

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 201

Network: PBS Kids Go!, Public Broadcasting Service, PBS Kids

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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Meerkat Manor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Educational Television Shows
Flower the Meerkat, Mozart the Meerkat, Bill Nighy

Premiered: 2005

Number of Episodes: 53

Network: Animal Planet

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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Little Einsteins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Educational Television Shows
MoonshadowRachel added Little Einsteins Bill Farmer, Tony Anselmo, Erica Huang

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 57

Network: TV Tokyo

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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Cosmos: A Space-Time Ody... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Educational Television Shows
Neil deGrasse Tyson, Carl Sagan, Stoney Emshwiller

Premiered: 2014

Number of Episodes: 13

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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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