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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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  • 1

    Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

    Jake Beale, Heather Bambrick

    PremieredSeptember 3, 2012

    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 most...  more
  • 2

    Clifford the Big Red Dog

    John Ritter, Grey DeLisle


    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 Studios, it...  more

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  • 3

    The Backyardigans

    LaShawn Jefferies, Jonah Bobo

    PremieredOctober 11, 2004

    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 an...  more

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  • 4

    Little Einsteins

    Bill Farmer, Tony Anselmo

    PremieredOctober 9, 2005

    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, and...  more
  • 5


    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 fun...  more
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    Marc Thompson, Veronica Taylor

    PremieredSeptember 3, 2007

    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
  • 7

    Dinosaur Train

    Tabitha St. Germain, Kathleen Barr

    PremieredSeptember 7, 2009

    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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  • 8

    The Octonauts

    Keith Wickham, Simon Greenall

    PremieredOctober 18, 2010

    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 actors....  more
  • 9

    Dora the Explorer

    Fatima Ptacek, Regan Mizrahi

    PremieredAugust 14, 2000

    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 on the...  more

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    Super Why!

    Siera Florindo, Tajja Isen

    PremieredSeptember 3, 2007

    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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    Reading Rainbow

    LeVar Burton, Jennifer Betit Yen

    PremieredJuly 27, 1983

    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 and...  more

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    Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

    Betty Aberlin, Joe Negri

    PremieredFebruary 19, 1968

    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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    Harold and the Purple Crayon

    Sharon Stone, Connor Matheus

    PremieredDecember 1, 2001

    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
  • 14

    Tumble Leaf

    Christopher Downs, Brooke Wolloff

    PremieredApril 19, 2013

    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 island of...  more
  • 15

    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 books...  more
  • 16

    PremieredSeptember 4, 2000

    Clifford The Big Red Dog (PBS Kids, 2019) is an American animated television series based on Norman Bridwell's children's book series of the same name and a reboot of the 2003 PBS Kids television...  more
  • 17

    The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That

    Martin Short, Alexa Torrington

    PremieredAugust 7, 2010

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  • 18

    Curious George

    Jeff Bennett, Frank Welker

    PremieredSeptember 4, 2006

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  • 19

    Ni Hao, Kai-Lan

    Zachary Gordon, Khamani Griffin

    PremieredFebruary 7, 2008

    Ni Hao, Kai-Lan is an American children's television series which premiered on Nickelodeon on November 5, 2007, and on Noggin on December 15, 2008. It also premiered on the Canadian Television...  more


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  • 20

    The Busy World of Richard Scarry

    Peter Wildman, Denis Akiyama

    PremieredMarch 9, 1994

    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 aired...  more
  • 21

    The Adventures of Paddington Bear

    Michael Hordern, Jade Williams

    PremieredSeptember 4, 1997

    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 by...  more

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    Dannah Feinglass Phirman, Ryan Raddatz

    PremieredSeptember 3, 2007

    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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  • 23

    The Furchester Hotel

    Julia Frost, Sarah Burgess


    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 by a...  more
  • 24

    Henry Hugglemonster

    Lara Jill Miller, Hynden Walch

    PremieredJanuary 18, 2013

    Henry Hugglemonster is an Irish-British animated television series produced by Spiffy Pictures. It is based on the best selling book I’m a Happy Hugglewug written and illustrated by Niamh Sharkey....  more
  • 25

    Go! Go! Cory Carson

    Alan C. Lim, Paul Killam

    PremieredJanuary 4, 2020

    Go! Go! Cory Carson (Netflix, 2020) is an American pre-school CGI animated television series. Based on the Go. Go. toy line from VTech, the cartoon follows the adventures of the titular Cory Carson....  more

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