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Good TV Shows for Tweens 

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Updated June 3, 2020 2.1k votes 264 voters 8.4k views 65 items

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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.

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Anne with an E is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Amybeth McNulty, Geraldine James, R.H. Thomson

Premiered: 2017

Anne with an E (2017, Netflix) is a Canadian television series created by Moira Walley-Beckett, based on the 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Anne Shirley (Amybeth ...more
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A Series of Unfortunate ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton, Malina Weissman

Premiered: 2017

A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017, Netflix) is a black comedy-drama TV series based on the children's novel series of the same name by Lemony Snicket (author Daniel Handler). The Baudelaire ...more
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Liv and Maddie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Dove Cameron, Joey Bragg, Tenzing Norgay Trainor

Premiered: 2013

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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Andi Mack is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Peyton Elizabeth Lee, Joshua Rush, Sofia Wylie
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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Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi

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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Stuck in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Jenna Ortega, Ronni Hawk, Isaak Presley
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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Fresh Off the Boat is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Constance Wu, Randall Park, Hudson Yang

Premiered: 2015

Fresh Off the Boat (ABC, 2015) is an American comedy television series created by Nahnatchka Khan. Louis Huang (Randall Park) relocates his family from Chinatown of Washington, DC to Orlando, ...more
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Victorious is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Victoria Justice, Leon Thomas III, Matt Bennett

Premiered: 2010

Victorious (Nickelodeon, 2010) is an American sitcom created by Dan Schneider. The series revolves around aspiring singer Tori Vega, a teenager who attends a performing arts high school called ...more
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SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke

Premiered: 1999

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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Project MC² is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Mika Abdalla, Ysa Penarejo, Victoria Vida

Premiered: 2015

Project Mc2 (Netflix, 2015), pronounced "Project MC-squared ", is an American educational comedy television series. Set in a fictional city called Maywood Glen, California, it revolves ...more
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The Loud House is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Grant Palmer, Collin Dean, Catherine Taber

Premiered: 2016

The Loud House (Nickelodeon, 2016) is an American animated television series created by Chris Savino. As the only boy and middle child, Lincoln Loud makes creative plans to improve his life ...more
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Diary of a Future Presid... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Tess Romero, Selenis Leyva, Charlie Bushnell

Premiered: 2020

Diary of a Future President (Disney+, 2020) is an American comedy television series created by Ilana Peña. Told from the narration of her diary, the show follows a 12-year-old ...more
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The Voice is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Carson Daly

Premiered: 2011

The Voice (NBC, 2011) is an American reality television singing competition hosted by Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Nick Jonas, Blake Shelton, and Carson Daly. Based on the original The Voice of ...more
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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh

Premiered: 2015

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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We Bare Bears is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Eric Edelstein, Demetri Martin, Bobby Moynihan

Premiered: 2015

We Bare Bears (Cartoon Network, 2015) is an American animated sitcom created by Daniel Chong. Three bear siblings, Grizzly, Panda and Ice Bear, awkwardly attempt at integrating with the human ...more
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High School Musical: The... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Joshua Bassett, Matt Cornett, Julia Lester

Premiered: 2019

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (Disney+, 2019) is an American mockumentary web television series based on the film series of the same name created by Peter Barsocchini. The series ...more
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Regular Show is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
J.G. Quintel, William Salyers, Sam Marin

Premiered: 2010

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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Speechless is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Speechless Minnie Driver, John Ross Bowie, Cedric Yarbrough
Speechless (ABC, 2016) is an American sitcom television series created by Scott Silveri. The family of a special-needs teen is good at dealing with the challenges he faces - and excellent at ...more
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Odd Squad is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Dalila Bela, Filip Geljo, Sean Michael Kyer

Premiered: 2014

Odd Squad (PBS Kids, 2014) is a Canadian/American children's live action educational television series. Odd Squad, an organization run entirely by children, solves peculiar problems using math
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Malibu Rescue: The Serie... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Abby Donnelly, Ricardo Hurtado, Breanna Yde

Premiered: 2019

Malibu Rescue: The Series (Netflix, 2019) is an American adventure comedy television series continuing the 2019 film of the same name. A ragtag group of aspiring junior lifeguards from The ...more
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Mighty Med is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Bradley Steven Perry, Jake Short, Paris Berelc

Premiered: 2013

Mighty Med is an American Disney XD Original Series created by Jim Bernstein and Andy Schwartz and produced by It's a Laugh Productions for Disney XD. It stars Jake Short and Bradley Steven ...more
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MasterChef Junior is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi, Graham Elliot

Premiered: 2013

MasterChef Junior (Fox, 2013) is an American cooking competition. 24 of the best junior home cooks in the country between the ages of eight and 13 will compete in the first audition round and ...more
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Steven Universe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Zach Callison, Estelle, Michaela Dietz

Premiered: 2013

Steven Universe is an American animated television series created by Rebecca Sugar, former storyboard artist, writer, and composer for Adventure Time. It is produced by Cartoon Network Studios, ...more
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Dance Academy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Xenia Goodwin, Alicia Banit, Dena Kaplan

Premiered: 2010

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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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith

Premiered: 1963

Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, and Donald Wilson. The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer ...more