Top 10 Best Kids TV Shows

The Top Ten
1 SpongeBob SquarePants SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series created by marine biologist and animator the late Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. SpongeBob is currently the most popular show on Nickelodeon, as well as the longest running show, running for 23 years, and is beginning its 13th season... read more

SpongeBob seasons 1-4 are really great and yes, the whole family can watch. But after season four, don't even watch it. Those seasons shouldn't even count. In my opinion, SpongeBob only ran for four seasons.

Counting seasons 1-4, I would put it at three or four on my personal list behind Avatar: The Last Airbender and Scooby Doo, and depending on the day, Tom and Jerry. It's a show that I really, really enjoyed as a kid and it's really funny and entertaining.

If I had to give a negative, it is that it's a better generic kids show. What I mean by that is the jokes are almost always better than other kids shows. A lot of the episodes are incredibly well written and creative. However, think of the template kids show and you are getting a much higher quality version of it.

It's like The Big Bang Theory. The show is great but it's a template sitcom, not widely different in structure and often content than How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, Friends, etc. Avatar is different and Scooby Doo/Tom and Jerry kind of invented the modern template so I give them a leg up.

2 Gravity Falls Gravity Falls is an American animated television series produced by Disney Television Animation that first aired on Disney Channel, and then on Disney XD from June 15, 2012 to February 15, 2016. The series follows the adventures of Dipper Pines and his twin sister Mabel in the fictional town of Gravity... read more

This is an excellent show with great humor, animation, music, and atmosphere. I really feel like I'm in a small town in Oregon! The characters are excellent, mainly the two main characters. Despite being pre-teens, they act quite childish and friendly, which isn't a bad thing.

Because of their younger nature, they are more accepting, positive, and forgiving, not like realistic pre-teens who are grouchy, rude, and disrespectful. Besides, those traits belong to other characters, so many, I won't even mention their names.

While Dipper and Mabel are already great (Mabel is the most relatable character to me from a T.V. show or movie since Luna Lovegood), Wendy takes the cake as the BEST character. Not only is she just as kind-hearted and fun-loving as Dipper and Mabel, but she's three years their senior.

Wendy is the prime example of what a teenager SHOULD be, but isn't: not embarrassed by hanging out with those younger than her, kind, fun-loving, goofy-yet-mature, hates drama, has a good relationship with her family, doesn't try to be skimpy with her clothes, accepts the fact Dipper has a crush on her, and has a job.

I have never seen a more perfect interpretation of a teenager, neither have I seen one more unrealistic. But it SHOULD be realistic. This is by far the best cartoon I've ever seen. I only came across it because I looked up "secrets in kid shows" on YouTube and clicked on the wrong video. I strongly recommend this to ANYBODY who is alive. I swear, you won't regret it!

3 Regular Show Regular Show is an American animated television series created by J. G. Quintel for Cartoon Network that premiered on September 6, 2010. The series revolves around the lives of two friends, a blue jay named Mordecai and a raccoon named Rigby—both employed as groundskeepers at a local park.

Regular Show is so peak, so underrated. Amazing story. Amazing characters. This is hands down the best animated show ever made.

In my opinion, it's even better than SpongeBob. The reason I like it is because it's not like a normal kids' show. It's dark at times, but so funny. It can be inappropriate, but that's what life is. I also like it because it makes fun of lots of stuff, so it's kind of satire, but also really sad at times.

Everything above this is pretty much junk. I honestly don't know why I like this show so much, but I think it has something to do with the characters. This should be in the top ten at least. I could watch this for hours.

4 The Amazing World of Gumball The Amazing World of Gumball is a British-Australian-German-American-Irish children's animated television series created by Ben Bocquelet for Cartoon Network.

This show is AMAZING! I grew up with this show and I hope my future kids will too! I could watch this show for hours and never get bored. The characters are never boring, and the show is just overall the best and should be #1.

As much as I love Spongebob, I gotta admit Gumball is better. It didn't go downhill, plus it knew when to end. Spongebob, however, did go downhill and didn't know when to end. Sorry, Spongebob, but Gumball is better. Also, have you guys noticed that Regular Show isn't on TV anymore? (I usually just use Netflix or Hulu, but every time I'm in a hotel and watching Cartoon Network, it's either Craig of the Creek or Gumball.)

5 The Fairly OddParents The Fairly OddParents is an American animated television series created by Butch Hartman for Nickelodeon.

The Fairly OddParents was one of the best cartoons until 2009 when Cosmo gave birth to Poof, a baby fairy. After that, there weren't enough ideas from the writers to make much more good episodes, and then it went down the bin.

This was a great show to watch when I was younger. It was so funny and silly!

"It's educational and violent but mostly violent. Yay, violence!" - Timmy Turner

"Goodbye, empty bus seat! I mean Timmy Turner!" - Trixie Tang
"She remembered my name!" - Timmy

This is the only good show still airing reruns on Nicktoons besides SpongeBob. I don't want to see Sanjay and Craig or Breadwinners EVER AGAIN!

6 Phineas and Ferb Phineas and Ferb is an American animated comedy-musical television series. Originally broadcast as a one-episode preview on August 17, 2007 and again previewed on September 28, 2007, the series officially premiered on February 1, 2008 and ended on June 12, 2015 on Disney Channel, and follows Phineas... read more

This deserves to be in the top 3! While SpongeBob and Regular Show are mindless cartoons without meaning, Phineas & Ferb is a great example of what every show should be. It has amazing music, great animation, and the most wonderful characters I've ever seen. They don't make gags about being mean to each other, getting hurt, or even the lame bathroom humor. The jokes are actually HILARIOUS, if you ask me.

Phineas is optimistic, cheerful, and tries his best to make sure everybody has a good time. He is a big part of sending good messages to kids about staying positive even when the going gets tough. People have said things about how the characters "break the law," but really they don't think they are doing anything wrong. Usually the adults providing materials to the children will ask if Phineas is too young to be doing what they are doing. Instead of lying, like most children do in T.V. shows, he outright states that yes, yes he is.

In the very first episode, there is a whole scene where the man providing equipment to Phineas & Ferb has a discussion with Phineas about how he looks awfully young to be building a rollercoaster, but all his papers are in order. I read reviews on this show saying that this show is repetitive, it DOES in fact follow a formula but that doesn't necessarily mean it is repetitive. The adventures that Phineas, Ferb, and the rest of the gang go on are always creative.

Then there's my favorite character who everyone seems to hate: Candace. In (almost) every single episode of Phineas And Ferb, Candace makes it her mission to "bust" her brothers to her mom about whatever they are doing. Her constant screaming can get annoying, but her efforts to bust Phineas and Ferb and just how far she will go to do it are always hilarious. She may seem like a rude, mean, stereotypical teenager, but in many episodes she is shown to care about her brothers.

In one episode, she reveals that the reason she tries to bust her brothers is... more

7 Adventure Time Adventure Time is an American animated television series created by Pendleton Ward for Cartoon Network. The series follows the adventures of a boy named Finn (voiced by Jeremy Shada) and his best friend and adoptive brother Jake (voiced by John DiMaggio)—a dog with the magical power to change shape... read more

Cool characters, interesting plot lines, and it's a fun show for kids and adults. What I really like about this show is that the main aspect is Finn and Jake's cool adventures, but the show doesn't always just focus on those characters. Almost every character has a backstory. Finn and Jake, Simon and Marceline, even Root Beer Guy! The Fionna and Cake episodes are great, and the Stakes series as well. Adventure Time is a show for everybody. There are funny episodes, sad episodes, episodes that expand the plot line, etc. I guess what I'm just trying to say is that ADVENTURE TIME ROCKS!

8 Pokemon Pokémon, abbreviated from the Japanese title of Pocket Monsters and currently advertised in English as Pokémon: The Series, is a Japanese anime television series, which has been adapted for the international television markets. It was first broadcast in Japan on April 1, 1997, in the United States... read more

Pokemon is my childhood, but I have something to say about it. I've watched loads of animes, and this one is probably the best (well, definitely season 1-5). Anyway, all the seasons are great. It was funny, and there were great adventures, and it's just great! But after season X and Y, it really went downhill... Ash's new voice is dumb, all his old Pokemon are basically gone, and there are a bunch of new, unoriginal characters.

But forget that, watch all of the Indigo League and the first movie, and that will do you. It's just amazing, those ones! So yeah, I love Pokemon except after XY.

9 Blue's Clues Blue's Clues is an American children's television series that premiered on Nickelodeon in 1996. Producers Angela Santomero, Todd Kessler, and Traci Paige Johnson combined concepts from child development and early-childhood education with innovative animation and production techniques that helped their... read more

This is by far the best show aimed at preschoolers of all time. Not only did it have a formula that some found repetitive, but they used that formula in one of the most welcoming environments I have ever seen. First off, the animation style is one of the coolest I have ever seen. It's Traci Page Johnson doing paper and felt cut-outs for the backgrounds, and it shows that kids' shows can be super creative in terms of their animation.

Also, I love the fact that this show blends animation and live action into one unique entity, creating something that I really wish were in more kids' shows nowadays. Additionally, I love how, because it was a mix of animation and live action, the characters can have a lot more expression and feelings, allowing the voice actors to bring more expressions to their characters.

Here's a fun fact about me: I never really replied to Steve or Joe when I was watching this show. I always wanted to be the guy who was the host of the show. Yeah, I was a weird kid back in the day.

Another thing that I liked about the show is how, due to its interactivity with the home viewer, the hosts Steve Burns and/or Donovan Patton were able to build a relationship with the viewers, kind of like how Fred Rogers did with his show "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood". That was, without a doubt, super beautiful, and in my opinion, it helped me say that this show is the best recent show aimed at preschoolers of all time.

10 Teen Titans Go! 'Teen Titans Go!' is an American animated television series produced by Cartoon Network. The show follows a superhero group called the Teen Titans, and shows what happens when they go home and have silly adventures. This show is Cartoon Network's revival of the popular 2003-2006 American animated television... read more

When I first watched it, I enjoyed it with all my love, but now, it doesn't have the same spark of joy. That's when I realized that this show stopped entertaining me as I grew up. I noticed that there was no true or direct plot to make a story. I also realized that this show was for younger audiences, where they would be more entertained by the wackiness and weird humor, which is what a children's show is going for. So, in my opinion, this show isn't the best, but will definitely entertain younger viewers, most likely under 10 years old.

The Contenders
11 Avatar: The Last Airbender Avatar: The Last Airbender is an American animated television series that aired for three seasons on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008. Avatar: The Last Airbender is set in an Asiatic-like world in which some people are able to manipulate the classical elements by use of psychokinetic variants of Chinese... read more

This show should be number one. Come on, this is like the most complete show of all time. I just absolutely grew up with this show. It's just perfect.

What could I even say that would be worthy of being said about the greatest cartoon ever created? First of all, it is a show that can be thoroughly enjoyed by both adults and children. There are so many nuances to this show that I could never have the ability to name them all in one review. The characters are so real and become so fully developed that sometimes you forget that you're watching a kid's cartoon.

The plots and themes are so well thought out and cohesive - if you were to remove one character or even one element (wink, wink), then the show wouldn't be as great as it is. I cannot flaw any one thing about this TV show, nor can I give any one piece of advice that would improve it even slightly. I can confidently say, without a shadow of a doubt, that this is THE GREATEST CARTOON EVER CREATED.

12 Arthur Arthur is a Canadian/American animated educational television series for children, created by Cookie Jar Group and WGBH for PBS.

For a show that tackles many realistic subjects to be this low is baffling. Arthur can tackle subjects like trauma, dyslexia, and even cancer with maturity for children! If you don't believe me, please go watch the episode "April 9th" or at least a review of it. Trust me, you won't regret it.

Very underrated. One of my favourite shows from the ages five to seven, without a doubt. Everything about it taught a great message, from each separate episode to even the theme song. It has so many quirky, lovable characters, and even a few characters that made me want to tear my eyes out (D.W., I'm talking about you). But it's so funny and enjoyable and very realistic for a kids' TV show. So much better than a lot of the shows on TV now.

13 Tom and Jerry Tom and Jerry is an American animated series of comedy short films created in 1940 by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Best known for its 161 theatrical short films by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the series centers on a rivalry between the title characters Tom, a cat, and Jerry, a mouse. Many shorts also... read more

When I think about this show, it brings me true nostalgia of the old and new episodes of Tom and Jerry, having the same feel of greatness instead of worsening over time like Spongebob or The Simpsons.

Great show for kids, just make sure that kids know that everything on the show is fake. Unless you want to be like someone I know and break an arm because of this show...

Slapstick violence, but it would never happen to your children so you don't need to worry about that. It's a show that is there to make you laugh.

14 Sesame Street Sesame Street is a long-running American children's television series, produced by Sesame Workshop and created by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett.

Come on, Sesame Street is the best kids' show ever made, and it's the first one as well. It was made by PBS, which stands for Public Broadcasting Service, where TV shows were first made and broadcasted worldwide. Sesame Street lets kids learn about everything that is happening and what people do and think about. It helps them get smart and entertained. It has lessons everywhere. It's heaven for TV and it's still running to this day.

Everyone knows that the PBS Sprout version wasn't as good, which somewhat ruined it, but go on WUCF, where the original one moved, and you'll see that it's the first and best kids' show of all time. If it gets cancelled, then kids' television would end forever.

15 Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends is an American animated television series created by Craig McCracken for Cartoon Network Studios.

Love this show! It shows kids that being creative and imaginative is okay.

16 iCarly iCarly is an American teen sitcom that ran on Nickelodeon from September 8, 2007 until November 23, 2012. The series, created by Dan Schneider, focuses on teenager Carly Shay, who creates her own web show called iCarly with her best friends Sam Puckett and Freddie Benson.

This show is awesome. I love it! If it could come back on TV, that would be awesome. I just don't understand why they would take it down from TV. I am a big fan of iCarly. My sister and I would watch it all day, every day, and my sister watched it so much because her name is Carly. I just want to see it again.

My brother, sister, and I all joke about this show! It's the best ever! We can quote it and everything! I have to tell them when it's on because it's so good!

I love this show. I used to not watch it because I was worried I wouldn't like it. But now, I LOVE IT!

17 Thomas & Friends Thomas & Friends is a British children's television series. In the United Kingdom, it had its first broadcast on the ITV network in Great Britain in 1984.

I used to love Thomas the Tank Engine when I was little, which I still do. I was born in 2009 on January 30. Thomas and Friends was sadly canceled in 2019. But Thomas and Friends is going to come back to life in 2028. I'm making a new Thomas series called Thomas The Loud Engine. I don't really like The Loud House, but everyone else does, so I had to do this. That's why it's called that.

The plot is about Thomas going to Royal Woods in Mexico to live with his friend Carlos of Mexico. You know, the Great Race. Oh, and I'm not trying to ruin the original Thomas and Friends.

18 My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is an animated children's television series based on the fourth incarnation of Hasbro's My Little Pony franchise. The show follows a studious unicorn (later an alicorn) pony named Twilight Sparkle (Tara Strong) and her friends Applejack (Ashleigh Ball), Rarity (Tabitha... read more

I used to love watching this as a child, and I don't get why people hate on this show. It's so cute, innocent, and has stayed consistent throughout the time it's been running. The morals it teaches about friendship can apply to all of us. So, all of you who are saying how dumb it is probably don't get what the show teaches us and what we can learn from a kids' show. It may not be as funny or entertaining as other shows, but it's a show that was made for kids, and the lessons it teaches are far more valuable than the laughs got out of some other show. This show is certainly not dumb. In fact, it's quite the opposite. It has a wide variety of lovable characters which most of the fans can relate to at least one, catchy songs, entertaining scripts, and non-repetitive storylines.

The main reason why I used to love this so much, and still do, is because one episode is just as good as another. Anyway, peace, have a good day, laugh out loud.

19 Courage the Cowardly Dog Courage the Cowardly Dog is an American animated horror comedy television series created by John R. Dilworth for Cartoon Network as part of the network's Cartoon Cartoons block.

This show is creepy, but creepily lovable. The reason why I couldn't watch this show is that my sister said it was creepy and always changed the channel. But if I could, I would watch it!

I've always thought this show was so creepy. It used to scare me a lot when I was younger, but for some reason, I gravitated towards it. It's very unique and atypical for a cartoon.

Courage in the middle of Chowder and MLP? No thanks. This show was and still is awesome. It may not deserve number 1 because of its dark themes, but this show is gold compared to most of the shows lower than this!

20 Scooby-Doo Scooby-Doo is an American animated franchise that originated with a television series created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, first airing in 1969. The show features a group of teenagers and their Great Dane, Scooby-Doo, who solve mysteries involving supposedly supernatural creatures. Over the years, the... read more

This is the best show ever written! In the gang, there is Scoobert Scooby-Doo, Velma Dinkley, Fred Jones, Daphne Blake, and Shaggy Rogers! I know everything about Scooby-Doo and Mystery Incorporated.

If you saw the movie Scooby-Doo and the Curse of the Lake Monster, you would find out that Daphne and Fred were never meant to be. For some reason, Shaggy gets a crush on Velma in that movie after he falls off the Mystery Machine.

It's so easy to remember the things of Mystery Incorporated because I own every movie, every series, and every episode from them. So if you have any questions, do your best to answer me. Figure it out yourself to tell me. Because, I'm always available to tell you something about Scooby-Doo without looking on the internet like people that are on computers every day.

Anyway, a big secret is that Shaggy's future wife is Velma and Daphne's husband is Fred. But in the Curse of the Lake Monster, they say that Daphne and Fred are not meant to be.

21 The Backyardigans The Backyardigans is a Canadian–American CGI-animated musical TV series created by Janice Burgess, It is a co-production of animation studio Nelvana and Nickelodeon Animation Studios.

This show is AMAZE-BALLS!

The music is WAY better than the music that kids listen to nowadays. The plots may be jolly, but they can get edgy like a foggy island occupied by a Flying Dutchman-like ghost who wanted her boot back, perilous bodies of water, or a murky city occupied by a supervillain who was afraid of flowers. Tasha may be a bit bossy, but she's overall a good character and Uniqua's best friend.

Too bad it was cancelled. Now we deal with childish superheroes, Simpson rip-off family of cats and rabbits, and a Stewie Griffin rip-off whining about how life as a middle child stinks.

22 Mad MAD is an American animated sketch comedy series that aired from 2010 to 2013. Based on the humor magazine of the same name, the show features parodies of popular movies, TV shows, and other aspects of popular culture. Its rapid-fire delivery and wide array of comedy styles have made it a hit among... read more

People don't like this show because it parodied shows that they liked. That's stupid! That's the point of it! I didn't care when they poked fun at my favorite celebrities, I actually laughed along! People are too sensitive these days. Every word you say has to be so PC.

It was really funny! I liked "Flammable" and "Doctor Whose Line Is It Anyway". It ended too early! But maybe the writers ran out of ideas, and maybe it's a good thing that it ended.

This show scares me, especially that Katy Perry commercial about fireworks. And she got arrested. Was it based on Mad? Because I don't know.

23 Bill Nye: The Science Guy William Sanford "Bill" Nye, popularly known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, is an American science educator, television presenter, and mechanical engineer.

Bill Nye: The Science Guy is a show that I personally would watch even if it wasn't for a school assignment. Bill Nye adds so much enthusiasm and humor to this show, making it much more humorous and entertaining for younger students than documentaries (not including The Magic School Bus).

The best show to let your kids watch. It is an excellent way for them to learn and experiment. Bill Nye himself is a wonderful person.

This show was alright, but I only watched it in science class when I was in school.

24 Rugrats Rugrats is an American animated television series created by Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain for Nickelodeon.

Haters just hate because they think they are 'so cool'. They are never going to know what fun is. Rugrats should be right next to Gravity Falls. By the way, who cares if they are ugly? They're so funny.

I love this show so much!
My Top 5 Best Shows:
#5: SpongeBob
#4: Gumball
#3: Adventure Time
#2: Fairly Odd Parents
#1: My Favorite Show Rugrats!
Let's keep on voting for this until it reaches Number 1!

This show is awesome! Please bring our Rugrats back right now!

25 Wizards of Waverly Place Wizards of Waverly Place is an American fantasy teen sitcom which ran from October 12, 2007 to January 6, 2012 on Disney Channel. The series was created by Todd J. Greenwald, and stars Selena Gomez, David Henrie and Jake T. Austin as three wizard siblings with magical abilities competing to win sole... read more

A family of wizards learning spells. Alex Russo is determined to be the family wizard. Watch it!

The show was kind of funny. The brother was hot, and there was that weird girl who wore strange clothes.

Sorry, but I don't get half of it, so don't hate me!

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