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Good TV Shows for Tweens

Updated November 4, 2020 4.1k votes 373 voters 12.8k views71 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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    Anne with an E
    132
    62

    Anne with an E

    Amybeth McNulty, Geraldine James

    Premiered2017

    Anne with an E (2017, Netflix) is a Canadian television series created by Moira... more on Wikipedia
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    A Series of Unfortunate Events
    127
    63

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Liv and Maddie
    106
    51

    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 on Wikipedia
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    High School Musical: The Musical: The Series
    61
    20

    Premiered2019

    High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (Disney+, 2019) is an American mockumentary web... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Victorious
    87
    46

    Victorious

    Victoria Justice, Leon Thomas III

    Premiered2010

    Victorious (Nickelodeon, 2010) is an American sitcom created by Dan Schneider. The series... more on Wikipedia
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    Stuck in the Middle
    80
    41

    Stuck in the Middle

    Jenna Ortega, Ronni Hawk

    Premiered2016

    Stuck in the Middle (Disney Channel, 2016) is an American comedy television series developed... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    The Baby-Sitters Club
    38
    2

    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 on Wikipedia
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    Andi Mack
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    77

    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 on Wikipedia
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    Greenhouse Academy
    30
    11

    Greenhouse Academy

    Ariel Mortman, Finn Roberts

    Premiered2017

    Greenhouse Academy (Netflix, 2017) is a tween drama television series, based on the Israeli... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    The Voice
    60
    46

    The Voice

    Adam Levine, Blake Shelton

    Premiered2011

    The Voice (NBC, 2011) is an American reality television singing competition hosted by Kelly... more on Wikipedia
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    Project MC²
    60
    47

    Project MC²

    Mika Abdalla, Ysa Penarejo

    Premiered2015

    Project Mc2 (Netflix, 2015), pronounced "Project MC-squared ", is an American educational... more on Wikipedia
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    Fresh Off the Boat
    45
    35

    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 on Wikipedia
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    Black-ish
    70
    65

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 14
    SpongeBob SquarePants
    79
    76

    SpongeBob SquarePants

    Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass

    Premiered1999

    SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series created by marine biologist... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    The Healing Powers of Dude
    27
    14

    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 on Wikipedia
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    The Loud House
    62
    57

    The Loud House

    Grant Palmer, Collin Dean

    Premiered2016

    The Loud House (Nickelodeon, 2016) is an American animated television series created by Chris... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Malibu Rescue: The Series
    44
    36

    Malibu Rescue: The Series

    Abby Donnelly, Ricardo Hurtado

    Premiered2019

    Malibu Rescue: The Series (Netflix, 2019) is an American adventure comedy television series... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Mighty Med
    33
    23

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Diary of a Future President
    28
    18

    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 on Wikipedia
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    Speechless
    41
    36

    Speechless

    Minnie Driver, John Ross Bowie

    Premiered2016

    Speechless (ABC, 2016) is an American sitcom television series created by Scott Silveri. The... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Boy Meets World
    28
    21

    Boy Meets World

    Ben Savage, Rider Strong

    Premiered1993

    Boy Meets World (ABC, 1993) is an American television sitcom created by Michael Jacobs and... more on Wikipedia
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    Odd Squad
    40
    36

    Odd Squad

    Dalila Bela, Filip Geljo

    Premiered2014

    Odd Squad (PBS Kids, 2014) is a Canadian/American children's live action educational... more on Wikipedia
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    MasterChef Junior
    36
    33

    MasterChef Junior

    Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi

    Premiered2013

    MasterChef Junior (Fox, 2013) is an American cooking competition. 24 of the best junior home... more on Wikipedia
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    Agent Carter
    34
    30

    Agent Carter

    Hayley Atwell, James D'Arcy

    Premiered2016

    Marvel's Agent Carter, or simply Agent Carter, is an American television series created for... more on Wikipedia
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    Supergirl
    32
    28

    Supergirl

    Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks

    Premiered2015

    Supergirl (The CW, 2015) is an American superhero action-adventure television series developed... more on Wikipedia