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Good TV Shows for 4 Year Olds  

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Figuring out the best TV shows for a 4-year-old to watch can be tough. A lot of those pre-school shows can feel too much like they're "for babies" instead of a kid getting ready to start school soon. Even the most voracious learner is still four and can benefit from shows that help bolster their learning in reading, math, and social skills. If you’ve been looking for good shows for 4-year-olds, this list of the best television shows appropriate for kids who are four will help find the right balance of fun to watch, age-appropriate and educational shows for 4-year-olds.

Every 4-year-kid kid is different and even though they're almost school-aged doesn’t mean they automatically are ready to jettison their favorite shows from when they were toddlers. The best shows for 4-year-olds to watch find a balance between educational and fun. Some good educational shows for 4-year-olds help teach reading (Reading Rainbow), science (Dinosaur Train), and even emotional intelligence and human respect (Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood).

Which television shows are the best for 4-year-old kids to watch? Vote up the best shows for 4-year-olds and add any good TV series for 4-year old kids that are missing.

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Reading Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Good TV Shows for 4 Year Olds
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
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WordWorld is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Good TV Shows for 4 Year Olds
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
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Clifford the Big Red Dog is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Good TV Shows for 4 Year Olds
John Ritter, Grey DeLisle, Cree Summer
Clifford the Big Red Dog is an American-British animated children's television series, based upon Norman Bridwell's famous children's book series of the same name. Produced by Scholastic ...more
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Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Good TV Shows for 4 Year Olds
Jake Beale, Heather Bambrick, Addison Holley
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood is an American-Canadian animated children's television series produced by The Fred Rogers Company, 9 Story Media Group and Out of the Blue Enterprises. It debuted on ...more
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Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Good TV Shows for 4 Year Olds
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
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Dinosaur Train is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Good TV Shows for 4 Year Olds
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
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Curious George is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Good TV Shows for 4 Year Olds
Jeff Bennett, Frank Welker, Rino Romano
Curious George is an animated television series based on the Curious George children's book series, which features Jeff Bennett as the voice of The Man with the Yellow Hat. Frank Welker, who ...more
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Clangers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Good TV Shows for 4 Year Olds
Clangers Michael Palin
Clangers (CBeebies, 2015) is a British stop-motion children's television series. The show consists of short films about a group of shrew-like creatures who live on, and inside, a small moon-like ...more
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Super Why! is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Good TV Shows for 4 Year Olds
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
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Dora the Explorer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Good TV Shows for 4 Year Olds
Clark Benson added Fatima Ptacek, Regan Mizrahi, Alexandria Suarez
Dora the Explorer is an American educational animated TV series created by Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh, and Eric Weiner. Dora the Explorer became a regular series in 2000. The show is carried ...more
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Caillou is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Good TV Shows for 4 Year Olds
Evan Smirnow, Ellen David, Jennifer Seguin
Caillou is a Canadian educational children's television series that was first shown on Télétoon and Teletoon, with its first episode airing on the former channel on September 15, ...more
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The Busy World of Richard Scar... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Good TV Shows for 4 Year Olds
Peter Wildman, Denis Akiyama, Carl Banas
The Busy World of Richard Scarry is a Canadian/French animated children's television series, produced by CINAR Animation and France Animation in association with Paramount Television, which ...more
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Kipper is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Good TV Shows for 4 Year Olds
Martin Clunes, Chris Lang
Kipper (ITV, 1997) is a British animated children's television series based on the characters from Mick Inkpen's Kipper the Dog book series. The series follows Kipper the Dog as he goes on many ...more
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WordGirl is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Good TV Shows for 4 Year Olds
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
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Harold and the Purple Crayon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Good TV Shows for 4 Year Olds
Sharon Stone, Connor Matheus
Harold and the Purple Crayon (HBO, 2002) is an American animated children's television series. This show focuses on Harold using his purple crayon to explore a new world. Each episode has Harold ...more
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The Furchester Hotel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Good TV Shows for 4 Year Olds
The Furchester Hotel Julia Frost, Sarah Burgess, Ryan Dillon
The Furchester Hotel (CBeebies) is an educational puppet television series for CBeebies and a British spinoff of Sesame Street. The Furchester Hotel is a half-star hotel in England that is owned ...more
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Little Einsteins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Good TV Shows for 4 Year Olds
Bill Farmer, Tony Anselmo, Erica Huang
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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The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Good TV Shows for 4 Year Olds
Martin Short, Alexa Torrington, Jacob Ewaniuk
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! is a Canada–UK co-produced animated television series that premiered August 7, 2010 on Treehouse TV in Canada, on September 6, 2010 on PBS Kids in the ...more
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The Adventures of Paddington B... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Good TV Shows for 4 Year Olds
Michael Hordern, Jade Williams, Cyril Shaps
The Adventures of Paddington Bear was a Canadian/French animated children's television series. It was based on the book Paddington Bear by Michael Bond and written by Bruce Robb. It was produced ...more
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The Backyardigans is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Good TV Shows for 4 Year Olds
LaShawn Jefferies, Jonah Bobo, Sean Curley
The Backyardigans is a Canadian CGI-animated musical TV series that premiered in 2004 and was created by Janice Burgess. It features five animal children, who imagine that their backyard becomes ...more
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Busytown Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Good TV Shows for 4 Year Olds
Julie Lemieux, Catherine Disher, Joanne Vannicola
Busytown Mysteries, also known as Hurray for Huckle!, is a Canadian animated television series created by Cookie Jar Entertainment. Currently the series airs in Canada as part of the Kids' CBC ...more
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Franklin and Friends is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Good TV Shows for 4 Year Olds
Franklin and Friends
Franklin and Friends is a Canadian CGI children's television series produced by Nelvana. It is the second adaptation of the classic characters from the Franklin the Turtle series of children's ...more
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The Octonauts is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Good TV Shows for 4 Year Olds
Clark Benson added Keith Wickham, Simon Greenall, Rob Rackstraw
The Octonauts is a British children's television series, produced by Silvergate Media for the BBC channel Cbeebies. The series is animated in Ireland by Brown Bag Films but uses British voice ...more
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Tumble Leaf is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Good TV Shows for 4 Year Olds
andyvaughters added Christopher Downs, Brooke Wolloff, Jodi Downs
Tumble Leaf (Amazon Video, 2014) is a stop motion animated series created by Drew Hodges, and based on the short film Miro. Fig and his caterpillar friend, along with other residents of the ...more
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Wishenpoof! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Good TV Shows for 4 Year Olds
andyvaughters added Addison Holley, Scott McCord, Hope Cassandra
Wishenpoof! (Amazon Video, 2015) is an American-Canadian animated series created by Angela Santomero. The series centers on Bianca, a young fairy girl who has magical adventures and who can also ...more