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Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds

Updated August 7, 2020 8.5k votes 1.2k voters 37.1k views44 items

List RulesVote up the best shows appropriate for a twelve year old to watch.

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
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    Greenhouse Academy

    Ariel Mortman, Finn Roberts

    Premiered2017

    Greenhouse Academy (Netflix, 2017) is a tween drama television series, based on the Israeli... more on Wikipedia
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    The Flash is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
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    The Flash

    Grant Gustin, Candice Patton

    Premiered2014

    The Flash (The CW, 2014) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg... more on Wikipedia
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    Liv and Maddie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
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    Liv and Maddie

    Dove Cameron, Joey Bragg

    Premiered2013

    Liv and Maddie is an American teen sitcom created by John Beck and Ron Hart and produced by... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
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    Supergirl

    Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks

    Premiered2015

    Supergirl (The CW, 2015) is an American superhero action-adventure television series developed... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Bunk'd is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
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    Bunk'd

    Peyton List, Karan Brar
    Bunk'd (Disney Channel, 2015) is an American sitcom and a spinoff of Jessie. Siblings Emma... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Anne with an E is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
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    Anne with an E

    Amybeth McNulty, Geraldine James

    Premiered2017

    Anne with an E (2017, Netflix) is a Canadian television series created by Moira... more on Wikipedia
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    Stuck in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
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    Stuck in the Middle

    Jenna Ortega, Ronni Hawk
    Stuck in the Middle (Disney Channel, 2016) is an American comedy television series developed... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    The Good Place is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
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    The Good Place

    Kristen Bell, Ted Danson

    Premiered2016

    The Good Place (NBC, 2016) is an American fantasy-comedy television series created by Michael... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Alexa & Katie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
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    18

    Alexa & Katie

    Paris Berelc, Isabel May
    Alexa & Katie (Netflix, 2018) is an American television sitcom created by Heather Wordham.... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    The Baby-Sitters Club is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
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    24

    The Baby-Sitters Club

    Momona Tamada, Shay Rudolph

    Premiered2020

    The Baby-Sitters Club (Netflix, 2020) is an American family television series based on the... more on Wikipedia
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    SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
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    SpongeBob SquarePants

    Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass

    Premiered1999

    SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series created by marine biologist... more on Wikipedia
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    Andi Mack is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
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    Andi Mack

    Peyton Elizabeth Lee, Joshua Rush
    Andi Mack is an American comedy-drama series that premiered on Disney Channel on April 7,... more on Wikipedia
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    Diary of a Future President is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
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    Diary of a Future President

    Tess Romero, Selenis Leyva

    Premiered2020

    Diary of a Future President (Disney+, 2020) is an American comedy television series created by... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Wolfblood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
    Wolfblood is a British fantasy/supernatural drama television series aimed at teens. It is a... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
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    Black-ish

    Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross

    Premiered2014

    Black-ish (ABC, 2014) is an American sitcom created by Kenya Barris. A family man (Anthony... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Group Chat is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
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    Group Chat

    Annie LeBlanc, Jayden Bartels

    Premiered2020

    Group Chat With Annie and Jayden (Nickelodeon, 2020) is a talk show television series hosted... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Regular Show is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
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    Regular Show

    J.G. Quintel, William Salyers

    Premiered2010

    Regular Show is an American animated television series created by J. G. Quintel for Cartoon... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Agent Carter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
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    Agent Carter

    Hayley Atwell, James D'Arcy

    Premiered2016

    Marvel's Agent Carter, or simply Agent Carter, is an American television series created for... more on Wikipedia
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    Fresh Off the Boat is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
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    Fresh Off the Boat

    Constance Wu, Randall Park

    Premiered2015

    Fresh Off the Boat (ABC, 2015) is an American comedy television series created by Nahnatchka... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Everybody Hates Chris is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
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    Everybody Hates Chris

    Terry Crews, Tichina Arnold

    Premiered2005

    Everybody Hates Chris is an American sitcom based on the teenage experiences of African... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Being Reuben is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
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    Being Reuben

    Reuben de Maid

    Premiered2020

    Being Reuben (The CW, 2020) is a British reality television series starring social media... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Craftopia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
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    Craftopia

    Lauren Riihimaki

    Premiered2020

    Craftopia (HBO Max, 2020) is an unscripted television series hosted by Lauren Riihimaki, aka... more on Wikipedia
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    Amphibia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
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    Amphibia

    Brenda Song, Justin Felbinger
    Amphibia (Disney Channel, 2019) is an American animated television series created by Matt... more on Wikipedia
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    Dance Academy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
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    Dance Academy

    Xenia Goodwin, Alicia Banit

    Premiered2010

    Dance Academy is an Australian teen-oriented television drama produced by Werner Film... more on Wikipedia
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    One Day at a Time is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Good TV Shows for 12 Year Olds
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    One Day at a Time

    Justina Machado, Todd Grinnell

    Premiered2017

    One Day at a Time (Netflix) is a 2017 sitcom loosely based on the 1975 Norman Lear series of... more on Wikipedia
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