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Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds 

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Updated January 17, 2020 3.4k votes 640 voters 17.7k views 34 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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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 6

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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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 5

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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Greenhouse Academy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
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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Anne with an E is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds

Premiered: 2017

Anne with an E (2017, Netflix) is a Canadian television series based on the 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Anne Shirley (Amybeth McNulty) is a good-hearted, earnest ...more
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Liv and Maddie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

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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Bunk'd is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
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
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

Premiered: 2016

The Good Place (NBC, 2016) is an American fantasy comedy television series created by Michael Schur. Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) wakes up to discover she has entered the afterlife. When ...more
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Andi Mack is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
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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SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 10

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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Diary of a Future Presid... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
Diary of a Future President (Disney+, 2020) is an American comedy television series. Told from the narration of her diary, the show follows a 12-year-old girl Cuban-American as she navigates ...more
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Agent Carter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
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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Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds

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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Fresh Off the Boat is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds

Premiered: 2015

Fresh Off the Boat (ABC, 2015) is a comedy series starring Randall Park, Constance Wu, Ian Chen, Hudson Yang, and Forrest Wheeler that is inspired by the life of chef and food personality Eddie ...more
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Regular Show is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 4

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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Everybody Hates Chris is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 4

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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Wolfblood is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Naruto Shippūden is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 14

Naruto Shippuuden is the continuation of the original animated TV series Naruto.The story revolves around an older and slightly more matured Uzumaki Naruto and his quest to save his friend ...more
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Endlings is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds

Premiered: 2020

Endlings (CBC/Hulu, 2020) is a Canadian television science fiction series. Set in a near future, Endlings centers around four foster children who discover they're not alone following the ...more
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Dance Academy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 1

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
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One Day at a Time is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds

Premiered: 2017

One Day at a Time (Netflix) is a 2017 sitcom loosely based on the 1975 Norman Lear series of the same name. Penelope Alvarez (Justina Machado) is a newly-single Army Nursing Corps veteran ...more
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Beware the Batman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Beware the Batman is an American computer-animated television series based on the DC Comics superhero Batman. The series premiered in the United States on Cartoon Network on July 13, 2013, as ...more
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Rocko's Modern Life is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 4

Rocko's Modern Life is an American animated television series created by Joe Murray for Nickelodeon. The series centers on the surreal life of an anthropomorphic Australian-immigrant wallaby ...more
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Bunheads is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 1

Bunheads is an American comedy-drama television series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino and Lamar Damon, that aired on ABC Family from June 11, 2012 to February 25, 2013. Starring Sutton Foster, ...more
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Project Runway: Junior ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
Project Runway: Junior (Lifetime, 2015) is an American reality television series hosted by Tim Gunn and Hannah Jeter. Twelve teen contestants under the age of 18 compete to win a full ...more