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Good TV Shows for Tweens  

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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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A Series of Unfortunate Events is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton, Malina Weissman
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
Dance Academy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Xenia Goodwin, Alicia Banit, Dena Kaplan
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
Regular Show is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
J.G. Quintel, William Salyers, Sam Marin
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
We Bare Bears is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Eric Edelstein, Demetri Martin, Bobby Moynihan
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
Andi Mack is listed (or ranked) 5 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
MythBusters is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Jon Lung, Brian Louden
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
Trollhunters is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Anton Yelchin, Kelsey Grammer, Ron Perlman
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
The Loud House is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Grant Palmer, Collin Dean, Catherine Taber
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
SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke
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
Victorious is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Victoria Justice, Leon Thomas III, Matt Bennett
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
Speechless is listed (or ranked) 11 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
Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi
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
MasterChef Junior is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi, Graham Elliot
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
Stuck in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 14 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
The Voice is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Carson Daly
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
Liv and Maddie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Dove Cameron, Joey Bragg, Tenzing Norgay Trainor
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
Steven Universe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Zach Callison, Deedee Magno, Estelle
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
Malibu Rescue: The Series is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Abby Donnelly, Ricardo Hurtado, Breanna Yde
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
Agent Carter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Hayley Atwell, James D'Arcy, Enver Gjokaj
Marvel's Agent Carter, or simply Agent Carter, is an American television series created for ABC. The series features the Marvel Comics character Peggy Carter, with Hayley Atwell reprising her ...more
Anne with an E is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Amybeth McNulty, Geraldine James, R.H. Thomson
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
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith
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
The Haunted Hathaways is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Chico Benymon, Amber Montana, Lil' P-Nut
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
The Substitute is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Jace Norman, Lilly Singh, John Cena
The Substitute (Nickelodeon, 2019) is an American reality television program. The program features pranks and celebrities going undercover as substitute teachers to surprise students, with ...more
The Casagrandes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Izabella Alvarez, Carlos PenaVega, Alexa PenaVega
The Casagrandes (Nickelodeon, 2019) is an American animated comedy television series and a spin-off of The Loud House. Ronnie Anne Santiago, her older brother Bobby, and their mother Maria move ...more
Mixed-ish is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Good TV Shows for Tweens
Arica Himmell, Tika Sumpter, Mark-Paul Gosselaar
Mixed-ish (ABC, 2019), stylized as mixed•ish, is an American single-camera sitcom created by Kenya Barris and Peter Saji, and a prequel spin-off of Black-ish and the second series to be spun-off ...more