Top 10 Educational Kids Show Cliches

There's a reason why educational shows like Mr. Roger's Neighborhood and Sesame Street were so successful. The main thing is that they didn't follow these cliches.

The Top Ten

1 Annoying Theme Song

I can at least tolerate Sesame Street for having a catchy theme. But some others have annoying repetitive theme songs that make you want to cut your ears off.

The creator of this list passed away - PatrickStar3

For example: Yo Gabba Gaba

2 Every Episode is Structured the Same

Too many preschool shows are formulaic. Dora, Super Why, Barney, and so many more follow the exact same plot line every episode.

I'm thinking of Dora here - TwilightKitsune

Seriously, like I said, Sesame Street is incredibly successful because they have variety.

Take Bo on the go and the Bubble Guppies stories for exapmle. Even Masha's Spooky Stories. No matter how different they seem, they're all the same.

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3 Mary Sue/Gary-Stu Protagonists

These protagonists are the smartest, coolest, and kindest people in their worlds. They have tons of superpowers, abilities, can solve every problem, always win everything, always gets to be the hero, and everyone loves them. They also NEVER make mistakes and if they do, everyone forgets about it in 2 seconds.
Dora (Dora the Explorer)
Blaze (Blaze and the Monster Machines)
Mickey Mouse (Clubhouse/Roadster Racers)
Captain Jake (Jake and the Neverland Pirates)
Sofia (Sofia the First)
Milli, Geo, and Bot (Team Umizoomi)
Barney (Barney and Friends)

4 Pointless Obstacles

3 words DORA THE EXPLORER same with Go Diego Go too

Team Umizoomi and Oso.

"Oh no, there's a [harmless object] blocking our path! What do we do? "

"I know! Lets do some crazy thing to move it out of the way instead of just going around it! " - Pieclone

5 Cringeworthy Dialogue

Seriously, some shows (Oobi) just have the absolute worst dialogue.

If you watch Daniel Tiger, there are so many cringey and cheesy lines..

6 Repetitive Messages of Friendship

Some preschool shows suck for being too campy and preachy with their messages.

Friendship is Magic is in the Title.


7 Constant Fourth Wall Breaks

Yeah fine, I'll admit sometimes you have to grab the viewers' attention. But if a kids show does this every other scene, then the viewers will just be confused.

Sometimes breaking the fourth wall isn't bad.

Like SpongeBob - PatrickStar3

Hate these - blackflower

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8 Stupid Villains

For example: the villains from Bubble Guppies, Swiper the Fox, and so many more. They get instantly reformed by having a talking to which is very unrealistic. The only preschool villain that is good is Robbie Rotten

Never have I seen an educational kid show talk about taking action when things get bad (other than Lazy Town).

I like them if they're funny - TwilightKitsune

Like I said Pj Masks!

9 Slow Pacing

At least Mister Rogers did well with its gentle slow pacing. But others are TOO slow.

Peppa Pig especially.

10 Musicals

While some shows like Wonder Pets actually managed to make this work, for the most part this is one of the most frustrating for me. We want to see what happens next and they just sit there and sing for about 5 minutes. - Rocko

I'm thinking of Wonder Pets here. There's no need to cram 20 songs into an 11 minute episode

Some shows just have maybe one or even no song in an episode. Others just keep going on with songs.

Yeah - PatrickStar3

The Contenders

11 Smile With Me!

Sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows all day? I don't think so.

So cringeworthy...

12 Too Many Side Characters

Well, you wouldn't want your show to have 3 people in it.

I regret putting this one.

Yeah to many - PatrickStar3

13 Lame Villains

Pj masks for example.

Pj masks in a nutshell "I'm gonna steal all the toys in town! DUR! "
So dumb!

14 Kid Characters Without Adult Supervision

Hey a ten year old boy travels with two teens, to catch and battle. Its one of the longest running Animes if you watched, know and enjoyed the original 90s version the most you are labelled a genwunner. Not forgetting the songs. I heard kids had seizures once?

Examples: Pj Masks
Dora The Explorer
Sofia The First

15 Talking to the Audience


16 Weak Writing
17 Generic Themes
18 Poor Animation

*cough cough* Caillou

19 Talking to Screen for Help

Example: Dora

20 Learning ABCs

Because people think television should always be education not entertain.

21 What's gonna work? Teamwork!

Wonder pets reference and actual show

22 Annoying Side Characters

Like hob Goblin!

23 Ridiculous Songs
24 That One Completely Useless Helper
25 Little to No Humor
26 Annoying Songs
27 Annoying Voices
28 Talking Vegetables

Example: The VeggieTales Show

29 Dance with me!

For example: Waybuloo

30 Sing with Me!

Examples: Super WHY!
Monster Clubhouse
BeatBo & Friends

For example: Wee Sing - Cinus-Findus

31 Friendly princesses

Examples: Sofia the First
Shimmer and Shine
Whisker Haven

32 Whiny Kids
33 Singing Mermaids
34 Talking Flowers
35 That Was Fun!

For example: Monster Clubhouse

36 Learning Colors
37 Friendly fairies
38 Talking Pets
39 Whiny Preteens

Examples: Magical DoReMi
Hello Kitty

40 Singing Butterflies
41 Hairstyles
42 Pigtails
43 Yee-Haw!
44 Learning Numbers
45 Learning Shapes
46 Learning Opposites
47 Learning Animals
48 Singing Nursery Rhymes
49 Let's Play!

Raggs reference

50 Reading Fairy Tales
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