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 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

I'm thinking of Dora here - TwilightKitsune

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

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) - Cartoonfan202

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? " - naFrovivuS

5 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

6 Repetitive Messages of Friendship

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

Friendship is Magic is in the Title.

Barney. - naFrovivuS

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. - naFrovivuS

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

Like SpongeBob - PatrickStar3

Dora started this stupid cliché. - DoraTheHorror

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 Slow Pacing

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

Peppa Pig especially. - naFrovivuS

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 - 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 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

14 Talking to the Audience


15 Lame Villains

Pj masks for example.

16 Weak Writing
17 Generic Themes
18 Poor Animation

*cough cough* Caillou - naFrovivuS

To be honest, Caillou's animation was decent until they started using Flash. - ItsPisces

19 Talking to Screen for Help

Example: Dora

20 Learning ABCs

Because people think television should always be education not entertain.

21 Annoying Side Characters

Like hob Goblin!

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

Example: The VeggieTales Show

28 Dance with me!

For example: Waybuloo

29 Sing with Me!

Examples: Super WHY!
Monster Clubhouse
BeatBo & Friends

For example: Wee Sing - Cinus-Findus

30 Friendly princesses

Examples: Sofia the First
Shimmer and Shine
Whisker Haven

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

For example: Monster Clubhouse

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

Examples: Magical DoReMi
Hello Kitty

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

Raggs reference

50 Reading Fairy Tales
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