Images: CBeebies / The Furchester Hotel
We have already reviewed the best kid's movies and the best TV shows for mothers that are currently on Netflix. So now it's time to look at some of the best kid's TV shows on America's most popular streaming service. As parents, we all know that it is very difficult to choose between TV shows that are good for kids. Many TV shows are marketed towards children but they have content that is inappropriate for young children. Other shows can be addictive for young children without offering any lasting lessons. The shows listed in this article range from toddler to older kids. These shows teach children various lessons, including science, foreign language, problem-solving, reading, and emotional intelligence.
Some of these television shows are throwbacks that you may have grown up with during your childhood (we see you, The Magic School Bus). Others are shows that are based on hit animated movies, such as Boss Baby and Trolls. And some are brand new series that you should give a chance, such as Motown Magic and Cleo and Cuquin. Either way, both you and your children would be able to appreciate these exciting television series. Read on to find out about more TV series on Netflix that you absolutely must watch with your family:
Images: PBS / The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That!
If you and your kids like Dr. Seuss's zany character, you would love this TV companion to the popular children's book. Also, the good news is that it is definitely kid-friendly (unlike the Mike Myers' The Cat In the Hat movie). This PBS show does not only focus on The Cat, Things One and Two, The Fish and Sally and her friend, Nick. It also teaches children about different science topics, such as animals, space, and the human body. The series even won various awards including a Parents' Choice Award, a Cynopsis: Kids !magination Awards, and a WGC Screenwriting Award. It was also nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award and a Youth Media Alliance Award in 2011.
Images: Ánima Kitchent / Cleo and Cuquin
Did you ever think about teaching your child another language? Cleo and Cuquin is a preschool television show that first aired in Mexico in 2018. It has episodes in English and Spanish, so it can supplement your child's Spanish Immersion classes. Episodes are no longer than ten minutes so it can definitely hold your toddler or preschooler's short attention span. It is also short enough that several episodes would not exceed your child's one to two hour screen time limit. Aside from teaching your child a different language, Cleo and Cuquin can teach your child problem-solving abilities. In each episode, Cleo and Cuquin work together to solve problems and in the process, Cleo discovers a new possible career.
Images: Netflix / Llama Llama
Llama Llama Red Pajama is probably one of your toddler or preschooler's favorite children's books. If it is, your child would love the Netflix original series, Llama Llama that is based on the children's books. Jennifer Gardner is even part of the show; she voices the reassuring Mama Llama. There is an episode of Llama Llama that focuses on the classic Llama Llama Red Pajama. But they also have episodes that are based on other Anna Dewdney children's books, such as Llama Llama Shopping Drama, Home with Mama, and Time to Share. The Netflix series was successful since it was renewed for a second season in June 2018.
Images: The Hub / My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is one of the most popular children's show currently. It is so popular that it even developed a cult following consisting of adult fans who call themselves Bronies. But if you watch the series with your kids, you will see why it became so popular. The show is brightly animated and has complex characters, such as Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, and Pinkie Pie. Throughout the show, the main six ponies teach the audience to work together as a team and to remain positive. My Little Pony released a movie in theaters based on the cast in October 2017. It also won a TV.com award in 2013 for Best Kids Animated Series. It started its last season in April 2019.
Images: Netflix / Spirit Riding Free
You were probably a child or a teenager when Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron came out in theaters. Spirit was voiced by Matt Damon and the movie focused his relationship with a Native American man named Little Creek. Spirit was a beautiful movie that was so inspirational, it even got nominated for an Academy Award. Unfortunately, Spirit never got a movie sequel, but thanks to Netflix, it got a spin-off series titled Spirit: Riding Free in 2017. The series follows Spirit's relationship with a 12-year-old girl named Lucky. If your children love animals, they would enjoy seeing Spirit running around through the series. Spirit: Riding Free is now on its 8th season.
Images: Netflix / Motown Magic
Motown Magic is a Netflix Original series that came out in November 2018. It focuses on an 8-year-old boy named Ben who is affectionately named after the song by the Jackson Five. He shares a love for the Motown genre. The series features music from artists including The Jackson Five, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, The Supremes, and The Temptations. They even feature the Jackson Five's ABC as the opening and closing theme. The series received positive reviews from The Rolling Stone for introducing young children to songs that are staples from the baby boomers generation.
Images: PBS / The Magic School Bus
When you were a child, you probably dreamed of riding the Magic School Bus with Ms. Frizzle and her pet, iguana. (Or on another note, maybe not so much) Either way, watching Ms. Frizzle and her students on PBS made learning fun. The show taught us about different concepts, including outer space, the human body, animals, and geology. It's not surprising that The Magic School Bus has received critical acclaim and was crowned one of the highest rated PBS shows for school-age children, according to Broadcasting and Cable. Scholastic announced that The Magic School joined Netflix in 2013, and hopefully, it will be there to stay.
Images: Netflix / The Magic School Bus Rides Again
If you and your family have binge-watched all four seasons of The Magic School Bus, you are in luck! Netflix created an original series spin-off titled The Magic School Bus Rides Again in 2017. In this series, Ms. Frizzle, played by Lily Tomlin, retires and passes over the torch to her younger sister. The new series similarly focuses on STEM concepts, such as ecosystems, the rock cycle, and fossils. The new series has received a bit of backlash due to the new animation style and comparison to the 90's series. However, it is a “worthy successor” according to Common Sense Media. The TV series received both a Parent's Choice Silver Honor and a Common Sense “Great For Families” seal in 2018.
Images: Jim Henson Company / Splash and Bubbles
If your children love going to the aquarium, they would enjoy watching the television show, Splash and Bubbles on the days that they are at home. The television show came out on PBS in 2016. It focuses on best friends, Splash and Bubbles, who are fish, and their friends, Dunk, a pufferfish, and Ripple, a seahorse. The series educates preschoolers about different species of fish, the ocean, and the beach. The show also had a TV movie titled “One Big Ocean” in January 2017. Leslie Carrara- Rudolf, the voice of Bubbles, was even nominated for an Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Voice Acting in a Television Series in 2017.
Images: PBS / Super Why!
Toddlers and preschoolers would love watching Super Why!, a PBS television series that teaches young children how to read. It features storybook characters, such as Princess Pea, Little Red Riding Hood, the Pig, and Whyatt Beanstalk, Jack's younger brother. Each episode tells the story of classic fairy tales and nursery rhymes, such as Humpty Dumpty, The Three Little Pigs, and Hansel and Gretel. The show teaches the viewers to form words together using Super Letters. When the characters find all the Super Letters they spell out the words to reveal the Super Story Answer. This series can make reading fun for your child, as opposed to other methods, such as flashcards.
Images: YouTube / Little Baby Bum
Little Baby Bum is one of the best YouTube channels that create video companions to popular nursery rhymes. Some of their most popular videos are Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Open Shut Them, and of course, The Wheels On The Bus. Their main compilation with Wheels On The Bus is actually the 27th most viewed YouTube video of all time! This is because the songs are educational and calm and can be played as background noise while your kids are playing with toys. Children between one to five are entertained by the classic nursery rhymes. Watching it on the movie streaming website as opposed to YouTube can prevent little children from switching the channel to toy review channels, keeping their screen time purely educational.
Images: Disney Junior / PJ Masks
If you are a parent, you have definitely heard about the Disney Junior TV series, PJ Masks. The popular series features three six years olds who are ordinary first graders by day and superheroes by night. The television series is positive for toddlers and preschoolers because it teaches children how to work together as a team to achieve their goals. It also has short ten- minute long episodes that can hold a toddler's short attention span. Of course, the superhero-themed plot does a good job engaging toddlers as well. Since episodes are so short, it is not so bad to let your children watch “just one more episode” before going to bed.
Images: Netflix / Veggie Tales In the House
Whether you are a Christian or not, if you grew up during the '90s, Veggie Tales was probably a staple of your childhood. Veggie Tales told the story of various religious figures, including Esther, Daniel, and David. Now your children can also follow the adventures of Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber in two Netflix original series. Veggie Tales In the House ran from 2014 to 2018 and Veggie Tales In The City ran from 2017 to 2018. Although there are no Biblical figures in either of these series, these two shows focus on Christian principals such as forgiveness, compassion, and generosity.
Images: Kika / Super Wings
If you were a millennial, the talking airplane of your childhood was most likely Jay Jay the Jet Plane. For your children, the talking airplane of their childhood is a red, sleeker airplane named Jett, who can deliver anything anywhere with speed. He has many different airplane friends, including Dizzy, Donnie, Jerome, and Paul. This TV series is great for children because it teaches them about world geography. Jett visits a different country in each episode, including Spain, Italy, India, and China. The short ten-minute videos make it easy for young children to learn about many different countries in a short period of time. Just a warning, if your children get hooked on the show, they will want you to buy them the very popular accompanying merchandise.
Images: Disney / The Three Little Pigs
Although Disney's The Three Little Pigs came out in 1933, it still remains a classic today. If you grew up on Disney's Three Little Pigs, you probably remember all of the words to the little pig's theme song “Who's Afraid of The Big Bad Wolf?”. Now you can watch Disney's The Three Little Pigs on Netflix, which includes the episode with The Little Red Riding Hood, the Three Little Wolves, Chicken Little, and The Blind Mouseketeers. Your children would love this version of The Three Little Pigs due to the music, dancing, and seeing the scary wolf chase around the little pigs.
Images: Disney / Mickey and the Beanstalk
Mickey and the Beanstalk is a Disney classic. The Netflix video features the namesake that was originally part of the 1947 movie, Fun and Fancy Free, but it also features other shorts including The Brave Little Tailor, Gulliver Mickey, and Mr. Mouse Takes A Trip. The short, Mickey and the Beanstalk, tells the story of Mickey and his famous pals Donald Duck and Goofy who go on a journey to rescue a magic harp from the aggressive but aloof Willy The Giant. Your children will enjoy watching their favorite Mickey Mouse characters in action but would also enjoy listening to the Giant's song.
Images: Disney / The Prince and the Pauper
If your children have watched practically ever Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episode on repeat by now, there is a solution. Disney's The Prince and the Pauper is a classic cartoon with Mickey Mouse and the gang that came out in 1990. Adults will love it because it tells the classic story of a prince and a commoner who discover that they look alike and switch lives. But children will love it because it uses their favorite Mickey Mouse characters to tell the story. Other titles included on this volume include The Pied Piper, Old King Cole, and Knight for A Day.
Images: Kika / Masha and the Bear
The TV show, Masha and the Bear, is based on Russian folklore with the same name. The animated series came out in Russia in 2009 and the show has been translated into 25 different languages since. The series follows a young girl named Masha who gets into adventures and her bear friend who keeps her away from trouble. It is no surprise that Masha and the Bear became popular worldwide. The series won a Kidscreen Award for Best Animation in 2015. Animation Magazine also deemed it as a “TV Show Destined To Be A Classic” in the same year. And one of its episodes, “Recipes for Disaster” became the fourth most viewed video of all time on YouTube as of April 2019.
Images: Netflix / Trolls The Beat Goes On
Trolls was a very successful animated movie that adults and children both enjoyed. The movie, which came out in 2016, was nominated for many awards including an Academy Award, an Annie Award, and a Critics' Choice Award. It won a Grammy in 2017 and a Hollywood Film Award and a Hollywood Music in Media Award in 2016 for Best Original Song. Therefore it is no surprise that Netflix created an original series after the popular movie in 2018. Like the movie, you and your children will enjoy the songs featured in the series. There are plenty of episodes to stream; as of 2019, the series has five seasons.
Images: Dargaud Media / The Garfield Show
You definitely read the Garfield comic series about a fat, lazy, and witty cat who loved his owner, Jon, and lasagna but couldn't stand Odie the Dog. If you would like to introduce the lovable cat to the children, there is no better way than streaming the series on Netflix. The Garfield Show announced its release in 2007 to celebrate the comic's 30th anniversary. This show came out in 2009 and ran until 2016. It is currently on hiatus. This series features the typically cast, Garfield, Jon, Odie, Liz, and Arlene. It also features new characters, such as Vito, a talented chef, and Squeak, a mouse who Garfield plays with.
Images: Cartoon Network / Pokemon the Series
Before your children watch Pokemon Detective Pikachu, they must know about the original television series with Ash Ketchum. They have two different Pokemon series on Netflix. One is Pokemon: Indigo League, which is the original series that came out in 1997. This follows the adventures of Ash, Misty and Brock. Your children would love watching Ash's relationship with Pikachu while you would laugh at Team Rocket's constant trials and tribulations to defeat Ash and his team. After they finish watching the original series, they can stream the second series, Pokemon the Series: Sun and Moon came out in 2016. It has a different animation from the original series, but children will appreciate seeing more about Ash and Pikachu's relationship.
Images: Netflix / Word Party
Word Party is a television series that can help toddlers and preschoolers learn how to read. This television series released its first season in 2016 and has animal characters, such as Kip the Wallaby, Bailey the Elephant, Franny the Cheetah, and Lulu the Panda. Young kids will enjoy this television series because it has a lot of bright colors, dancing, and music. This will also challenge your toddler or preschooler because they will see the babies learning the words at the same speed as the word expert, Word Wally. A fourth season will come out later in 2019 and feature a turtle named Tilly.
Images: Netflix / Boss Baby Back In Business
Adults and children alike enjoyed the movie, The Boss Baby, which focused on the relationship between Ted, the business-man dressed baby and his older brother, Timmy. Therefore, it is no surprise that Netflix released an original television show called Boss Baby: Back In Action that served as a spin-off for the movie. In the TV series, their new conflict involves battling cute, but dangerous cats. The TV series was well-regarded and was even nominated for a Kidscreen Award and a Kids' Choice Award in 2019. You and your children will definitely binge through this series quickly, leaving you waiting for a new season or a movie sequel.
Images: BBC / Chuggington
When you were growing up, the most popular British train television series was Thomas the Tank Engine. Although the TV show, Thomas and Friends is still on the air, now he has a new competitor. The main characters, Koko, Wilson, Brewster, and Hoot live in a fictional town called Chuggington and learn lessons throughout the series such as friendship, honesty, and resolving conflicts without using violence. This is a positive television show for children because it teaches them emotional intelligence. With 10 minute long positive episodes, Chuggington will remain a staple in your household. Like Thomas and Friends, merchandise such as toys and accessories are very popular.
Images: Disney Junior / Sofia the First
You may know Sofia the First as Disney's first Hispanic princess. In the series that came out on Disney Junior in 2012, Sofia and her mother are commoners until she marries a king and they both become royalty. Sofia then finds out that being royalty isn't always easy. This series also features Disney princesses, such as Cinderella, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, and Aurora. It is not surprising that Sofia the First is a popular series. When it premiered in 2012, it was the #1 Cable Telecast of All Time for kids 2-5 and girls 2-5. It also had the #1 Preschool Cable TV telecast ever for adults between 18 and 49.
If your child watched practically every episode of Sesame Street, you're in luck! You can stream The Furchester Hotel on Netflix, which is a British spin-off of Sesame Street. It features familiar characters, such as Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and the Count. It also features Elmo's aunt, uncle, and cousin, Funella, Furgus, and Phoebe Furchester, who are the owners of the Furchester Hotel. The Furchester Hotel has two seasons so far. Like Sesame Street, this show teaches children positive values such as problem-solving, remaining persistent when facing adversity, and the value of hard work. Each episode is 11 minutes long, so that young children can remain engaged.
Images: Fox Kids / Goosebumps
If you were a millennial, you probably grew up on Goosebumps books and the Goosebumps television show. Of course, you would not introduce this television show to your toddler or preschooler. But if you have an eight-year-old child or older, you can introduce them to R.L. Stine's classic work. Some of the most popular episodes include The Haunted Mask, Night of The Living Dummy III, and Stay Out Of The Basement. If they are not too scared, you can even introduce them to the girl with the green ribbon around her neck from In A Dark, Dark Room afterward.
Images: Iconix Entertainment / Tayo the Little Bus
If your children like buses, they would love seeing Tayo and his friends interact with each other. Tayo the Little Bus is a Korean series that came out in 2010. It is in many different languages, including English, Korean, Spanish, German, and Russian. This show teaches toddlers and preschoolers emotional intelligence, how to be kind to one another, and how to solve problems. The series is so popular in Korea that the Seoul Metropolitan Government used the images of characters such as Tayo, Gani, Rogi, and Lani on public buses to teach children to ride the bus in 2014, which was a hit.