Top Ten Reasons Why PBS Kids is Better for Kids Than Nick Jr.

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I have always cared about what's best for children. I want them to get a good education and to succeed in life. PBS is my favorite channel of all time because they care about educating people and not making a profit. After all, they are a public member station.

Nick Jr. USED to be good until 2012 when they got rid of Moose A. Moose. Ever since then, they have gotten extremely lazy and made several new shows, all of which are carbon copies of one another and most of them don't even TRY to teach kids anything and only exist to make them money. They have few good shows left on their channel.

This is why you should show your children or younger siblings PBS Kids instead of the wasteland known as Nick Jr. I hope the CEO of Nick Jr sees this and feels ashamed of themselves for what they've done.

The Top Ten

1 PBS Kids cares about educating kids, while Nick Jr. just wants to sell toys PBS Kids cares about educating kids, while Nick Jr. just wants to sell toys

Yes! I agree with this. Everyone, please see this list, it's actually correct in every way possible. - Cartoonfan202

Look, I know that Nick Jr. is a business, and they need to make money, but I remember when Nick Jr. was focused on educating kids and not on selling toys. A lot of their current popular shows, like PAW Patrol (the worst offender), Shimmer & Shine, and Blaze and the Monster Machines (which is still pretty educational in STEM, other than that it's a cash grab) are pretty much only made to sell toys. They also always develop shows with consumer products in mind. Nick Jr. tries to cover up their awful business practices by lying and saying that these shows provide educational value, when they really don't.

PBS Kids actually cares about kids. They don't develop shows with consumer products in mind. They don't care about selling toys. The toys are just a side thing. They care about getting kids ready for school. They actually care about reaching out to undeserving children, unlike Prick Jr, who only cares about emptying those poor kids' parents' pockets over cheap plastic toys. - Eraser

2 PBS Kids has a good schedule, Nick Jr. has a messy schedule PBS Kids has a good schedule, Nick Jr. has a messy schedule

PBS Kids operates differently than regular cable channels. Their schedule is different depending on where you live. But where I live, the schedule is very good. I'm talking about the 24/7 channel, and not the regular PBS channel. On the 24/7 channel, you can watch reruns of old shows like Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman, and you can watch newer stuff like Splash and Bubbles, Ready Jet Go!, and Nature Cat. One show isn't aired too much, they are all aired just enough.

Nick Jr's schedule is absolutely abysmal in every sense of the word. When the Nick Jr shows air on Nickelodeon, they take up way too much of the schedule. Which doesn't give enough room for Nickelodeon to air their big kid shows like SpongeBob and The Loud House. The block isn't very diverse either. It regularly only consists of Rusty Rivets, Blaze and the Monster Machines, Sunny Day (as of writing this) Bubble Guppies (even though it ended like a year ago, it's not relevant anymore Nick Jr! ), and a TON of Paw Patrol. I ...more - Eraser

3 PBS Kids teaches more than just social skills, while many of Nick Jr's shows try to teach social skills but fail PBS Kids teaches more than just social skills, while many of Nick Jr's shows try to teach social skills but fail

PBS Kids teaches everything. They don't just focus on one thing. They have taught about science, math, literacy, geography, social skills, health, language, the arts, everything that a kid needs to know. But it didn't feel as if it was tacked on at the last minute. When PBS Kids does create merchandise for shows, they reflect the curriculum of each show. Even toyetic series like Thomas the Train and Bob the Builder can be educational at times, teaching about machines, tools, and trains. And the shows aren't campy or in your face about the curriculum. These shows are designed to make learning fun for kids.

Nick Jr does have some real educational shows in their library such as Blue's Clues, Dora the Explorer, Go Diego Go, Blaze and the Monster Machines, Bubble Guppies, Team Umizoomi, LazyTown, Ni Hao Kai Lan, Pinky Dinky Doo, Toot and Puddle, Fresh Beat Band, Wallykazam, and Jack's Big Music Show, but look at how few those shows are compared to the massive library of PBS Kids ...more - Eraser

4 PBS Kids doesn't try to be hip and cool with the kids PBS Kids doesn't try to be hip and cool with the kids

Aside from in that one moment from the Peg + Cat movie "Peg and Cat Save the World", where the characters sing a parody of "All About that Bass" by Meghan Trainor, PBS Kids doesn't try to be hip and cool with the kids, not even on their social media or with their merchandise. Shows I used to watch when I was little like WordGirl and Cyberchase still hold up today because they don't try to cash in on then-current trends.

The picture I uploaded is of a Shimmer and Shine fidget spinner. YES. It wasn't custom-made, it was actually made by Nickelodeon THEMSELVES. Making licensed fidget spinners just goes to show that Nick Jr just wants to cash in on current trends. Their parent channel is guilty of trying to be hip, too, for example they parodied the Whip/Nae Nae back in 2015. That was ultra cringe. And Nick Jr's social media, specifically their Facebook, tries to make "parent memes" but fails. Also a few months ago they made a post about Ryder from PAW Patrol doing the ...more - Eraser

5 Ready Jet Go, Wild Kratts, Nature Cat, and Odd Squad are more entertaining than PAW Patrol, Rusty Rivets, Nella the Princess Knight, and Shimmer and Shine Ready Jet Go, Wild Kratts, Nature Cat, and Odd Squad are more entertaining than PAW Patrol, Rusty Rivets, Nella the Princess Knight, and Shimmer and Shine

I like both

(NOTE: I'M NOW NEUTRAL OVER SEASON 1 OF SHIMMER AND SHINE, RUSTY RIVETS, AND NELLA THE PRINCESS KNIGHT)

Anyway, RJG, WK, NC, and OS are all objectively better than PP, RR, NTPK, and SAS. Ready Jet Go combines science facts with stellar musical numbers, clever comedy, and very likable characters. Whenever I watch a generic 2017 preschool show, I think "I'm too old to be watching this", but Ready Jet Go speaks to me, and doesn't make you dumb. Wild Kratts has great animation for a flash show, is very educational about animals, and has action and comedy. Nature Cat has voice actors from SNL, wonderfully-drawn backgrounds, curriculum, and some cool pop culture references. Odd Squad has action, likable characters, incredibly intelligent comedy, and it shows how you can apply logic and math to real world situations. These shows can attract both kids and adults because of all the things I mentioned. And all of these shows just so happen to be PBS Kids' most popular modern ...more - Eraser

6 PBS Kids has a better slate of upcoming shows PBS Kids has a better slate of upcoming shows

These are Nick Jr's upcoming shows: Butterbean's Cafe, Rainbow Rangers, Top Wing, Abby Hatcher, and allegedly, a reboot of The Bugaloos. I've never seen The Bugaloos, so I'm not going to say anything about it, but the only show in this pipeline that has potential is Butterbean's Cafe. Because it will teach kids about cooking, which might bring some real curriculum to Nick Jr. But the other shows look bad. Rainbow Rangers was obviously only made to sell toys and the characters look like they belong on a cereal box. Top Wing was made by a guy that worked on PAW Patrol and it seems like one of those shows that shoves morals down your throat. Abby Hatcher is made by Spin Master, so it's obviously a cashgrab. So Nick Jr's slate isn't too good.

This is PBS Kids' slate: The Ruff Ruffman Show, Luna Around the World, and Pinkalicious & Peterrific. The Ruff Ruffman Show is a digital, short-form series that will air on the PBS Kids Website and in commercial breaks. It is a reboot of the ...more - Eraser

7 People that work on PBS Kids shows pour more heart and soul into them People that work on PBS Kids shows pour more heart and soul into them

It seems like the people that work on modern Nick Jr. shows don't care. They don't put any effort into it. They don't read what they write. They just don't care. They only care about money. That's it. I don't even need to go on.

PBS Kids creators actually care. They test their shows with children before airing them. They have advisory boards. They put a lot of thought and effort into their curriculums, world-building, songs, and characters. The voice actors and writers love doing what they do. They don't care about money. They care about entertaining and informing the youth. - Eraser

8 PBS Kids doesn't treat their shows like trash PBS Kids doesn't treat their shows like trash

Nick Jr, much like it's parent channel, treats show that don't make the best ratings like absolute garbage. PAW Patrol is Nick Jr's highest rated show. They will usually premiere a new show on the Nickelodeon channel. If that show doesn't make PAW Patrol ratings, it will get canned after 2 seasons and will be banished to the 24/7 Nick Jr. channel for eternity to air the rest of it's episodes. For example: Wallykazam, The Fresh Beat Band franchise, Dora and Friends, Julius Jr, Lalaloopsy, and Peter Rabbit all premiered on Nickelodeon, but they were all canned due to low ratings and aired their final eps on the 24/7 channel. I don't know if Wallykazam is cancelled yet, but it airs new episodes at awkward timeslots as of making this list. The biggest insult in Nick Jr history was on September 8, 2006. On Sept. 8, 1996, the greatest Nick Jr show in history, Blues Clues, premiered. AND THE CHANNEL DIDN'T EVEN HONOR IT ON IT'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY! That just goes to show that Nick Jr. is pure ...more - Eraser

9 Nick Jr. airs inappropriate shows, PBS Kids doesn't Nick Jr. airs inappropriate shows, PBS Kids doesn't

KUU KUU HARAJUKU SUCKS! It's one of the worst cartoons I've ever seen. It used to air on Nickelodeon, but for some reason, it now airs on Nick Jr. WHY? It's a garbage show for weebs only, and it serves ZERO educational value to children. Nick Jr also has a long history of airing shows that are inappropriate for preschoolers too. They have aired Winx Club and Mia and Me, shows about fairies with revealing outfits. They have accidentally aired the Nicktoons Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, Harvey Beaks, and The Loud House on their channel (look it up if you don't believe me), and from 2012-2015, they had an awful night block called NickMom with inappropriate shows.

PBS Kids, unlike Evil Jr, actually uses their brains. Their shows all have advisory boards and they are tested with children multiple times before airing on television. They occasionally sneak in an inappropriate joke or too, but nothing too serious. According to PBS Kids,
"PBS’ children’s media invites ...more - Eraser

NickMom? More like "NickSlut or NickWhore"!

10 PBS is a better parent channel than Nickelodeon PBS is a better parent channel than Nickelodeon

I'm not saying that Nickelodeon is bad, but they make some awful business practices. Their schedule is absolutely abysmal. The Nick Jr block consists of nothing but PAW Patrol reruns, and the pointless Nick@Nite block is the same four sitcoms over and over. When they're not airing those blocks, they're pretty much drowning in SpongeBob, Loud House, Henry Danger, and Thundermans reruns. They have less variety than Cartoon Network at this point. Their other awful business practices include ignoring shows that don't make the best ratings, trying to be hip and cool with the kids, shoving JoJo Siwa down our throats, and airing live action shows on the NickToons channel.

PBS is the greatest channel on T.V.. PBS offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 100 million people through television and nearly 33 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, ...more - Eraser

The Contenders

11 Nick Jr. shows have bad morals

Peppa Pig teaches kids to be a spoiled brat. Peter Rabbit teaches kids to be naughty and steal. Little Charmers teaches kids to disobey their parents. Not very good lessons if you ask me.

Except for Caillou, PBS Kids shows have good morals for kids. - Eraser

12 PBS Kids has Arthur.

Arthur is a good slice of life show. I think the only slice of life shows that Nick Jr had were Franklin, Little Bill, Little Bear, and Max and Ruby, but Arthur is superior to all of them. I'm not saying they're bad though, I watched them in my childhood. - Eraser

13 PBS Kids is Over-the-air.
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1. PBS Kids cares about educating kids, while Nick Jr. just wants to sell toys
2. PBS Kids has a good schedule, Nick Jr. has a messy schedule
3. PBS Kids teaches more than just social skills, while many of Nick Jr's shows try to teach social skills but fail
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1. Ready Jet Go, Wild Kratts, Nature Cat, and Odd Squad are more entertaining than PAW Patrol, Rusty Rivets, Nella the Princess Knight, and Shimmer and Shine
2. Nick Jr. airs inappropriate shows, PBS Kids doesn't
3. PBS is a better parent channel than Nickelodeon
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