Top 10 Worst 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.

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.

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.

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

The Backyardigans but who can blame them? They are little kids who go on adventures.

3 Pointless Obstacles
4 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.
Examples:
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)

5 Constant Fourth Wall Breaks

Let's face it. This is kind of unnecessary, considering that it's impossible to interact with a Television show, so all it really does is slow down it's pacing, by just waiting for the kids to perform some action, assuming they even do.

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.

The Backyardigans but Austin is so cute!

6 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..

7 Repetitive Messages of Friendship

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

Friendship is Magic is in the Title.

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).

9 Slow Pacing

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

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.

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

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

The Contenders
11 Smile With Me!

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

12 Too Many Side Characters

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

I regret putting this one.

13 Talking to the Audience

You mean kids 3-5 years of age have never talked to the television?
Its also been a long time since you was that age.

The Backyardigans but who cares. They NEED to talk to the audience other wise I would be SAD.

They CAN see and hear you through that screen. They just need to know the right time to...leave...

14 Lame Villains
15 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?

The Backyardigans but we never see their parents.

16 Weak Writing
17 Generic Themes
18 Poor Animation
19 Talking to Screen for Help
20 Whiny Kids
21 Yee-Haw!
22 Learning ABCs

Because people think television should always be education not entertain.

23 What's gonna work? Teamwork!
24 Reading Stories
25 Annoying Side Characters
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