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Good TV Shows for Tweens

Updated April 14, 2021 5.1k votes 489 voters 17.7k views83 items

List RulesVote up the best shows appropriate for a tween to watch.

Finding the best TV shows for tweens to watch can be tricky. Sure they're almost teens (almost) and want to watch something other than "kid stuff" but that doesn't mean they're necessarily ready for more complicated themes. If you’ve been looking for good shows for tweens, this list of the best television shows appropriate for kids who are 8 to 12 years old will help find the right balance of fun to watch, age-appropriate and educational shows for tweens.

Every kid is different and just because a kid is officially a tween doesn’t mean they are ready yet to watch the same shows as older teens. The best shows for tweens to watch find a balance between complex and fun, stretching and expanding their world without offering too much too soon. This includes everything from sitcoms like Andi Mack and Speechless to sci-fi series such as Doctor Who and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Educational shows for tweens sometimes even include talent-based reality shows, thanks to kid versions of talent-based reality series such as MasterChef Jr. which is full of info a budding chef will want to learn. There are also plenty of classically educational shows like Project MC2 or Mythbusters, that this age group will love.

Which television shows are the best for tweens to watch? Vote up the best shows for tweens and add any good TV series for 8 to 12-year-old kids that are missing. Then, check out the best shows for tween girls and shows that young boys should watch.

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    The Baby-Sitters Club

    Momona Tamada, Shay Rudolph
    The Baby-Sitters Club (Netflix, 2020) is an American family television series based on the...  more
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    78

    A Series of Unfortunate Events

    Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton
    A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017, Netflix) is a black comedy-drama TV series based on the...  more
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    75

    Anne with an E

    Amybeth McNulty, Geraldine James
    Anne with an E (Netflix, 2017) is a Canadian television series created by Moira...  more
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    58

    Liv and Maddie

    Kali Rocha, Benjamin King
    Liv and Maddie is an American teen sitcom created by John Beck and Ron Hart and produced by...  more
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    53

    Victorious

    Daniella Monet, Matthew Bennett
    Victorious (Nickelodeon, 2010) is an American sitcom created by Dan Schneider. The series...  more
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    30
    High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (Disney+, 2019) is an American mockumentary web...  more
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    53

    Stuck in the Middle

    Jenna Ortega, Ronni Hawk
    Stuck in the Middle (Disney Channel, 2016) is an American comedy television series developed...  more
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    18

    Greenhouse Academy

    Ariel Mortman, Finn Roberts
    Greenhouse Academy (Netflix, 2017) is a tween drama television series, based on the Israeli...  more
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    41

    Malibu Rescue: The Series

    Abby Donnelly, Ricardo Hurtado
    Malibu Rescue: The Series (Netflix, 2019) is an American adventure comedy television series...  more
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    25

    The Healing Powers of Dude

    Raylene Harewood, Jace Chapman
    The Healing Powers of Dude (Netflix, 2020) is an American comedy television series created by...  more
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    57

    The Voice

    Adam Levine, Blake Shelton
    The Voice (NBC, 2011) is an American reality television singing competition hosted by Kelly...  more
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    Black-ish

    Peter Mackenzie, Jenifer Lewis
    Black-ish (ABC, 2014) is an American sitcom created by Kenya Barris. A family man (Anthony...  more
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    60

    Project MC²

    Danica McKellar, Mika Abdalla
    Project Mc2 (Netflix, 2015), pronounced "Project MC-squared ", is an American educational...  more
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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
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    93

    SpongeBob SquarePants

    Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass
    SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon, 1999) is an American animated television series created by...  more
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    28

    Diary of a Future President

    Tess Romero, Selenis Leyva
    Diary of a Future President (Disney+, 2020) is an American comedy television series created by...  more
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    1

    Secrets of Sulphur Springs

    Kelly Rae Caudle, Landon Gordon
    Secrets of Sulphur Springs (Disney Channel, 2021) is an American mystery family television...  more
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    34

    Agent Carter

    Shea Whigham, Chad Michael Murray
    Marvel's Agent Carter, or simply Agent Carter, is an American television series created for...  more
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    45

    Odd Squad

    Valentina Herrera, Jayce Alexander
    Odd Squad (PBS Kids, 2014) is a Canadian/American children's live action educational...  more
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    39

    MasterChef Junior

    Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi
    MasterChef Junior (Fox, 2013) is an American cooking competition. 24 of the best junior home...  more
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    Mighty Med

    Bradley Steven Perry, Jake Short
    Mighty Med is an American Disney XD Original Series created by Jim Bernstein and Andy Schwartz...  more
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    Fresh Off the Boat

    Lucille Soong, Randall Park
    Fresh Off the Boat (ABC, 2015) is an American comedy television series created by Nahnatchka...  more
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    Full House

    Andrea Barber, Jodie Sweetin
    Full House (ABC, 1987) is an American sitcom created by Jeff Franklin. The show chronicles a...  more
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    The Loud House

    Grant Palmer, Collin Dean
    The Loud House (Nickelodeon, 2016) is an American animated television series created by Chris...  more
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    Doctor Who

    Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant
    Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman,...  more