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

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

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.

Good list. Zoom (1999) an Yo Gabba Gabba are two of my. Favorite. Shows. But I prefer. The. Generic CBeebies over PBS Kids even though PK has Zoom. And. Arthur.

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

Yeah Teletubbies toys are good but nick jr just makes toys

2 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

Blue's clues at 4AM? Remember when that show was the big one for 4 years? Now it's in the graveyard slots.

I do agree. Nick Jr. Needs to tidy it up. Same with Cartoon Network.

No nick jr is better than pbs kids

3 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

4 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

Thomas the Train is now on Nick Jr, but it can be educational at times just like how it was on PBS. Blue's Clues is getting a reboot in 2018.

5 PBS Kids doesn't treat their shows like trash

I mean PBS Kids treated Thomas pretty badly, they aired it once at 6am on Sundays, but other than that they treat the shows good.

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

Nick Jr. thinks that Blue's Clues, a good show, is bad. PBS Kids doesn't care about that and lets things flow.

6 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.

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7 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


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

Ay rusty rivets is lit. but the villan is just annoying

8 PBS Kids has a better slate of upcoming shows

I saw Top Wing on the Nick Jr. app, and it was complete garbage. The Ruff Ruffman Show is over 50 million times better than Dumb Wing.

Luna Around the World is now called Let's Go Luna.

No? Dinosaur train has 2009-2018? Dimples

Yes! All lot them

9 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.

Peppa pig ripped of Arthur with Pedro pony

10 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.

PBS - Quality
Nick - Quantity
Fairly obvious reading this list.

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.

Well I used to watch nick and I love PBS and PBS p head and watch bees on PBS nurture and PBS is better
than nick but Viacom watchers say nick is better than PBS kids
and they must learn

Shimmer and Shine teaches kids to only call somoene their "friend" when they only appear when they need something

12 PBS Kids has better shows that have probably been in all of our childhoods.
13 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

I remember one time I stayed over at my friend's house and at some point Kuu Kuu Harajuku was on. I watched it because I was bored and had nothing to do. Around 2 minutes in and I already hated it. I was 13 at the time, so I wasn't in the target audience for this show, but even my 10 year old self would've thought this show was stupid. It's just a poor attempt to cater to weebs.

Actually... besides Universal Kids (aka Sprout), PBS does show some adult shows.

Poo Poo Hara-racistu.

14 PBS Kids is Over-the-air.
15 PBS Kids has shows for older kids

They have shows like Arthur, Fetch, Maya and Miguel, Wild Kratts, WordGirl, and Cyberchase, which target older kids.


16 PBS has Sesame Street which can be good for kids.

I am not talking about pre-Elmo the Musical but Sesame Street can teach kids everything from the ABCs to counting to literacy to math to science.

Nick J r has a Sesame Street ripoff

I mean post-Elmo the musical

17 PBS kids has Sagwa the Chinese Siamese cat
18 PBS Kids doesn’t have Dora

Boo Hoo she asks captain obvious questions to kids under 5 who have little knowledge

It does have Caillou tho

Nick Jr. doesn't have Barney or Caillou

Do you see the

19 Nick Jr. Decided to Reboot the Teletubies, While PBS Kids Had Done Away with the Teletubies in 2008 (And Their Sister Show the Boobahs).
20 Nick Jr. Doesn't Thank Viewers for Watching Their TV Programs
21 Nick Jr. doesn't thank their viewers while PBS Kids does

Already on there.

22 PBS kids doesn't have commercials
23 The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! is a Canadian/British/American co-produced animated television series that premiered August 7, 2010 on Treehouse TV in Canada, on September 6, 2010 on PBS Kids in the US and also in the UK on CITV and Cartoonito. The award-winning series is based on Random more.
24 Pbs kids has a better logo

Meanwhile, nick jr’s “logo” is just text. that's IT.

25 PBS Kids Shows Usually Have Better Animation Than Nick JR Shows

For instance, peppa pig. LOOK AT THAT ANIMATION. a fetus could have done better!

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