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Good TV Shows for Tweens 

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Updated January 17, 2020 1.6k votes 201 voters 5.4k views 61 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

Genres (Tv): Drama

Anne with an E (2017, Netflix) is a Canadian television series based on the 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Anne Shirley (Amybeth McNulty) is a good-hearted, earnest ...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

Number of Seasons: 3

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama

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

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 11

Network: Disney Channel

Genres (Tv): Children's television series, Family, Comedy

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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Diary of a Future Presid... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Carmina Garay, Charlie Bushnell, Selenis Leyva

Network: Disney+

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Diary of a Future President (Disney+, 2020) is an American comedy television series. Told from the narration of her diary, the show follows a 12-year-old girl Cuban-American as she navigates ...more
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Dance Academy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Xenia Goodwin, Alicia Banit, Dena Kaplan

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 52

Network: ZDF, ABC3, ABC1

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Drama, Children's television series

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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Andi Mack is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Peyton Elizabeth Lee, Joshua Rush, Sofia Wylie

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama

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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We Bare Bears is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Eric Edelstein, Demetri Martin, Bobby Moynihan

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Animation, Comedy, Family

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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Stuck in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Jenna Ortega, Ronni Hawk, Isaak Presley

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Family

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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The Loud House is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Grant Palmer, Collin Dean, Catherine Taber

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Animation, Comedy

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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Regular Show is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
J.G. Quintel, William Salyers, Sam Marin

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 77

Network: Cartoon Network

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure, Adventure film, Comedy, Action, + more

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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SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 204

Network: Nickelodeon

Genres (Tv): Animation, Comedy, Family Film

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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Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi

Premiered: 2014

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

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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Victorious is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Victoria Justice, Leon Thomas III, Matt Bennett

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 61

Network: Nickelodeon

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Teen situation comedy, Drama, Children's television series, Musical, + more

Victorious is an American sitcom created by Dan Schneider that originally aired on Nickelodeon from March 27, 2010 through February 2, 2013. The series revolves around aspiring singer Tori Vega, ...more
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The Voice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Carson Daly

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 67

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Talent show, Reality television

The Voice is an American reality television singing competition broadcast on NBC. Based on the original The Voice of Holland, the concept of the series is to find new singing talent contested by ...more
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Trollhunters is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Anton Yelchin, Kelsey Grammer, Ron Perlman

Genres (Tv): Animation, Fantasy

Trollhunters (Netflix, 2016) is an American computer-animated fantasy television series created by Guillermo del Toro. An ordinary boy finds a magic amulet that turns him into the next Troll ...more
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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith

Premiered: 1963

Number of Seasons: 26

Number of Episodes: 798

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC America, BBC One, S4C, BBC HD

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Adventure, Drama

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
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MythBusters is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Jon Lung, Brian Louden

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 13

Number of Episodes: 142

Network: Discovery Channel

Genres (Tv): Non-fiction, Special Interest, Educational television, Science, Documentary, + more

MythBusters is a science entertainment television program created by Peter Rees and produced by Australia's Beyond Television Productions for the Discovery Channel. The series is transmitted by ...more
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The Haunted Hathaways is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Chico Benymon, Amber Montana, Lil' P-Nut

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 18

Network: Nickelodeon

The Haunted Hathaways is a Nickelodeon sitcom television series that began airing on July 13, 2013 and ended on March 5, 2015. It tells the story of a single mother and her two daughters who ...more
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Speechless is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Speechless Minnie Driver, John Ross Bowie, Cedric Yarbrough

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

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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Fresh Off the Boat is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Constance Wu, Randall Park, Hudson Yang

Premiered: 2015

Network: ABC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

Fresh Off the Boat (ABC, 2015) is a comedy series starring Randall Park, Constance Wu, Ian Chen, Hudson Yang, and Forrest Wheeler that is inspired by the life of chef and food personality Eddie ...more
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The Next Step is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Trevor Tordjman, Isaac Lupien, Victoria Baldesarra

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 30

The Next Step is a Canadian teen drama series shot in a reality television style. The show was created by Frank van Keeken. The series focuses on a group of dancers who attend The Next Step ...more
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Project MC² is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Mika Abdalla, Ysa Penarejo, Victoria Vida

Premiered: 2015

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Family

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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Malibu Rescue: The Serie... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Abby Donnelly, Ricardo Hurtado, Breanna Yde

Premiered: 2019

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Adventure, Comedy, Teen

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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MasterChef Junior is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi, Graham Elliot

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 7

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Game show, Cooking show, Reality television

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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Mighty Med is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Bradley Steven Perry, Jake Short, Paris Berelc

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 6

Network: Disney XD

Genres (Tv): Children's television series, Comedy

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