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Good TV Shows for Tweens

Updated February 4, 2021 4.8k votes 436 voters 15.4k views79 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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  • A Series of Unfortunate Events1
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    A Series of Unfortunate Events

    Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton

    Premiered2017

    A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017, Netflix) is a black comedy-drama TV series based on the...  more
  • Anne with an E2
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    72

    Anne with an E

    Amybeth McNulty, Geraldine James

    Premiered2017

    Anne with an E (Netflix, 2017) is a Canadian television series created by Moira...  more
  • Liv and Maddie3
    118
    57

    Liv and Maddie

    Dove Cameron, Joey Bragg

    Premiered2013

    Liv and Maddie is an American teen sitcom created by John Beck and Ron Hart and produced by...  more
  • The Baby-Sitters Club4
    57
    10

    The Baby-Sitters Club

    Momona Tamada, Shay Rudolph

    Premiered2020

    The Baby-Sitters Club (Netflix, 2020) is an American family television series based on the...  more
  • Victorious5
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    49

    Victorious

    Victoria Justice, Leon Thomas III

    Premiered2010

    Victorious (Nickelodeon, 2010) is an American sitcom created by Dan Schneider. The series...  more
  • High School Musical: The Musical: The Series6
    74
    26

    Premiered2019

    High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (Disney+, 2019) is an American mockumentary web...  more
  • Stuck in the Middle7
    93
    50

    Stuck in the Middle

    Jenna Ortega, Ronni Hawk

    Premiered2016

    Stuck in the Middle (Disney Channel, 2016) is an American comedy television series developed...  more
  • Greenhouse Academy8
    48
    18

    Greenhouse Academy

    Ariel Mortman, Finn Roberts

    Premiered2017

    Greenhouse Academy (Netflix, 2017) is a tween drama television series, based on the Israeli...  more
  • Malibu Rescue: The Series9
    58
    39

    Malibu Rescue: The Series

    Abby Donnelly, Ricardo Hurtado

    Premiered2019

    Malibu Rescue: The Series (Netflix, 2019) is an American adventure comedy television series...  more
  • Andi Mack10
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    Andi Mack

    Peyton Elizabeth Lee, Joshua Rush

    Premiered2017

    Andi Mack is an American comedy-drama series that premiered on Disney Channel on April 7,...  more
  • SpongeBob SquarePants11
    95
    88

    SpongeBob SquarePants

    Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass

    Premiered1999

    SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon, 1999) is an American animated television series created by...  more
  • The Voice12
    67
    57

    The Voice

    Adam Levine, Blake Shelton

    Premiered2011

    The Voice (NBC, 2011) is an American reality television singing competition hosted by Kelly...  more
  • Project MC²13
    69
    60

    Project MC²

    Mika Abdalla, Ysa Penarejo

    Premiered2015

    Project Mc2 (Netflix, 2015), pronounced "Project MC-squared ", is an American educational...  more
  • Agent Carter14
    45
    33

    Agent Carter

    Hayley Atwell, James D'Arcy

    Premiered2016

    Marvel's Agent Carter, or simply Agent Carter, is an American television series created for...  more
  • Black-ish15
    77
    73

    Black-ish

    Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross

    Premiered2014

    Black-ish (ABC, 2014) is an American sitcom created by Kenya Barris. A family man (Anthony...  more
  • Diary of a Future President16
    35
    25

    Diary of a Future President

    Tess Romero, Selenis Leyva

    Premiered2020

    Diary of a Future President (Disney+, 2020) is an American comedy television series created by...  more
  • Odd Squad17
    50
    43

    Odd Squad

    Dalila Bela, Filip Geljo

    Premiered2014

    Odd Squad (PBS Kids, 2014) is a Canadian/American children's live action educational...  more
  • The Healing Powers of Dude18
    32
    22

    The Healing Powers of Dude

    Raylene Harewood, Jace Chapman

    Premiered2020

    The Healing Powers of Dude (Netflix, 2020) is an American comedy television series created by...  more
  • Mighty Med19
    38
    30

    Mighty Med

    Bradley Steven Perry, Jake Short

    Premiered2013

    Mighty Med is an American Disney XD Original Series created by Jim Bernstein and Andy Schwartz...  more
  • MasterChef Junior20
    45
    38

    MasterChef Junior

    Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi

    Premiered2013

    MasterChef Junior (Fox, 2013) is an American cooking competition. 24 of the best junior home...  more
  • Fresh Off the Boat21
    49
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    Fresh Off the Boat

    Constance Wu, Randall Park

    Premiered2015

    Fresh Off the Boat (ABC, 2015) is an American comedy television series created by Nahnatchka...  more
  • The Loud House22
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    The Loud House

    Grant Palmer, Collin Dean

    Premiered2016

    The Loud House (Nickelodeon, 2016) is an American animated television series created by Chris...  more
  • Doctor Who23
    45
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    Doctor Who

    Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant

    Premiered1963

    Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman,...  more
  • Boy Meets World24
    31
    28

    Boy Meets World

    Ben Savage, Rider Strong

    Premiered1993

    Boy Meets World (ABC, 1993) is an American television sitcom created by Michael Jacobs and...  more
  • Secrets of Sulphur Springs25
    8
    0

    Secrets of Sulphur Springs

    Kelly Rae Caudle, Landon Gordon

    Premiered2021

    Secrets of Sulphur Springs (Disney Channel, 2021) is an American mystery family television...  more