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. - naFrovivuS

The creator of this list passed away - PatrickStar3

For example: Yo Gabba Gaba - Cartoonfan202

2 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) - Cartoonfan202

3 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. - Cartoonfan202

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

I'm thinking of Dora here - TwilightKitsune

Yep it gets annoying - PatrickStar3

4 Cringeworthy Dialogue

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

If you watch Daniel Tiger, there are so many cringey and cheesy lines.. - Cartoonfan202

5 Pointless Obstacles

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

6 Repetitive Messages of Friendship

Some preschool shows suck for being too campy and preachy with their messages. - Cartoonfan202

Barney. - naFrovivuS

7 Slow Pacing

At least Mister Rogers did well with its gentle slow pacing. But others are TOO slow. - Cartoonfan202

Peppa Pig especially. - naFrovivuS

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 - Cartoonfan202

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

I like them if they're funny - TwilightKitsune

Like I said Pj Masks!

9 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. - naFrovivuS

Sometimes breaking the fourth wall isn't bad. - Cartoonfan202

Like SpongeBob - PatrickStar3

10 Musicals

I'm thinking of Wonder Pets here. There's no need to cram 20 songs into an 11 minute episode - Cartoonfan202

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

Yeah - PatrickStar3

The Contenders

11 Smile With Me!

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

So cringeworthy... - Cartoonfan202

12 Too Many Side Characters

Well, you wouldn't want your show to have 3 people in it. - Cartoonfan202

I regret putting this one. - naFrovivuS

Yeah to many - PatrickStar3

13 Lame Villains

Pj masks for example.

14 Weak Writing
15 Generic Themes
16 Annoying Side Characters

Like hob Goblin!

17 Ridiculous Songs
18 Poor Animation

*cough cough* Caillou - naFrovivuS

19 Kid Characters Without Adult Supervision

Examples: Pj Masks
Dora The Explorer
Sofia The First

20 That One Completely Useless Helper
21 Little to No Humor
22 Talking to the Audience
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