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Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds 

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Updated August 7, 2020 5.3k votes 1k voters 32.3k views 44 items

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Guiding what a 12-year-old watches (or at least trying to) can be complicated. They are right on the cusp of tween and teenager, but that doesn't mean they're ready for the heavy teen stuff. If you’ve been looking for good shows for 12-year-olds, this list of the best television series appropriate for kids who are twelve will help find the right balance of fun to watch, age-appropriate and educational shows for 12-year-olds.

A twelve-year-old kid may be almost a teen but they're still technically a tween and aren't necessarily ready to watch shows for older teens. The best shows for twelve-year-olds to watch offer complex stories that only veer as dark as fits the personality of the kid watching. Shows like Supergirl, Bravest Warriors, and One Day At A Time provide challenging storylines balanced with fun and adventure. There aren't many educational shows for 12-year-olds that aren't just the same science documentaries for adults - but there are great talent based reality shows like Project Runway Jr. and Cosplay Melee that can help spark creativity.

Which television shows are the best for 12-year-old kids to watch? Vote up the best shows for 12-year-olds and add any good TV series for 12-year old kids that are missing, then check out more good shows for tweens.

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Greenhouse Academy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
Ariel Mortman, Finn Roberts, Chris O'Neal

Premiered: 2017

Greenhouse Academy (Netflix, 2017) is a tween drama television series, based on the Israeli television series, adapted by Giora Chamizer and Paula Yoo. At an elite Southern California boarding ...more
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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker

Premiered: 2014

The Flash (The CW, 2014) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns, based on the DC Comics character. CSI Barry Allen (Grant ...more
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Liv and Maddie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
Dove Cameron, Joey Bragg, Tenzing Norgay Trainor

Premiered: 2013

Liv and Maddie is an American teen sitcom created by John Beck and Ron Hart and produced by It's a Laugh Productions for Disney Channel. The series stars Dove Cameron as two identical twins with ...more
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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh

Premiered: 2015

Supergirl (The CW, 2015) is an American superhero action-adventure television series developed by Ali Adler, Greg Berlanti, and Andrew Kreisberg, based on the DC Comics character. The adventures ...more
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Anne with an E is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
Amybeth McNulty, Geraldine James, R.H. Thomson

Premiered: 2017

Anne with an E (2017, Netflix) is a Canadian television series created by Moira Walley-Beckett, based on the 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Anne Shirley (Amybeth ...more
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Bunk'd is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
Peyton List, Karan Brar, Skai Jackson
Bunk'd (Disney Channel, 2015) is an American sitcom and a spinoff of Jessie. Siblings Emma (Peyton List), Ravi (Karan Brar), and Zuri (Skai Jackson) head off to Camp Kikiwaka for the summer.
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Stuck in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
Jenna Ortega, Ronni Hawk, Isaak Presley
Stuck in the Middle (Disney Channel, 2016) is an American comedy television series developed by Alison Brown and Linda Videtti Figueiredo. In the fictional town of Marshport, Harley Diaz (Jenna ...more
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The Good Place is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper

Premiered: 2016

The Good Place (NBC, 2016) is an American fantasy-comedy television series created by Michael Schur. Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) and three other individuals (William Jackson Harper, ...more
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SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke

Premiered: 1999

SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series created by marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. The series chronicles the adventures and endeavors of ...more
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Andi Mack is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
Peyton Elizabeth Lee, Joshua Rush, Sofia Wylie
Andi Mack is an American comedy-drama series that premiered on Disney Channel on April 7, 2017. Andi Mack is turning 13 when her older sister Bex returns home. Andi works through her teenage ...more
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The Baby-Sitters Club is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
Momona Tamada, Shay Rudolph, Malia Baker

Premiered: 2020

The Baby-Sitters Club (Netflix, 2020) is an American family television series based on the classic children's book franchise from Ann M. Martin. In this contemporary take on the beloved book ...more
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Alexa & Katie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
Idk123456789 added Paris Berelc, Isabel May, Tiffani Thiessen
Alexa & Katie (Netflix, 2018) is an American television sitcom created by Heather Wordham. Eagerly anticipating the start of their freshman year of high school, lifelong best friends Alexa ...more
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Wolfblood is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds

Premiered: 2012

Wolfblood is a British fantasy/supernatural drama television series aimed at teens. It is a co-production between CBBC and ZDF/ZDFE. So far three series have been aired. Series 1 aired from 10 ...more
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Diary of a Future Presid... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
Tess Romero, Selenis Leyva, Charlie Bushnell

Premiered: 2020

Diary of a Future President (Disney+, 2020) is an American comedy television series created by Ilana Peña. Told from the narration of her diary, the show follows a 12-year-old ...more
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Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi

Premiered: 2014

Black-ish (ABC, 2014) is an American sitcom created by Kenya Barris. A family man (Anthony Anderson) struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly ...more
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Group Chat With Annie an... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
Annie LeBlanc, Jayden Bartels

Premiered: 2020

Group Chat With Annie and Jayden (Nickelodeon, 2020) is a talk show television series hosted by Annie LeBlanc and Jayden Bartels. LeBlanc and Bartels — who have millions of followers on YouTube ...more
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Agent Carter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
Hayley Atwell, James D'Arcy, Enver Gjokaj
Marvel's Agent Carter, or simply Agent Carter, is an American television series created for ABC. The series features the Marvel Comics character Peggy Carter, with Hayley Atwell reprising her ...more
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Regular Show is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
J.G. Quintel, William Salyers, Sam Marin

Premiered: 2010

Regular Show is an American animated television series created by J. G. Quintel for Cartoon Network that premiered on September 6, 2010. The series revolves around the lives of two friends, a ...more
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Fresh Off the Boat is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
Constance Wu, Randall Park, Hudson Yang

Premiered: 2015

Fresh Off the Boat (ABC, 2015) is an American comedy television series created by Nahnatchka Khan. Louis Huang (Randall Park) relocates his family from Chinatown of Washington, DC to Orlando, ...more
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Craftopia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
Lauren Riihimaki

Premiered: 2020

Craftopia (HBO Max, 2020) is an unscripted television series hosted by Lauren Riihimaki, aka LaurDIY. On Craftopia, 9-15-year old contestants put their imaginations to the test and make their ...more
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Everybody Hates Chris is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
Terry Crews, Tichina Arnold, Tequan Richmond

Premiered: 2005

Everybody Hates Chris is an American sitcom based on the teenage experiences of African American comedian Chris Rock. The show is set between 1982 and 1987, but Rock himself was a teenager from ...more
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Being Reuben is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
Reuben de Maid

Premiered: 2020

Being Reuben (The CW, 2020) is a British reality television series starring social media influencer Reuben de Maid. The docuseries follows Reuben as he grows into his glamorous new life, while ...more
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Amphibia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
Brenda Song, Justin Felbinger, Bill Farmer
Amphibia (Disney Channel, 2019) is an American animated television series created by Matt Braly. The series chronicles the adventures self-centered 13-year-old Thai-American girl named Anne ...more
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Mira, Royal Detective is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
Leela Ladnier, Adi Ash, Jameela Jamil

Premiered: 2020

Mira, Royal Detective (Disney Junior, 2020) is an animated mystery-adventure series written by Becca Topol. A brave and resourceful girl becomes a royal detective in India after solving a ...more
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Dance Academy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
Xenia Goodwin, Alicia Banit, Dena Kaplan

Premiered: 2010

Dance Academy is an Australian teen-oriented television drama produced by Werner Film Productions in association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and ZDF. Series one premiered on 31 ...more