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1. The Electric Company (1971–1977)

TV-G | 28 min | Family, Comedy

8.1
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A comedy variety show that teaches basic phonetic and grammar concepts using live-action sketches, cartoons, songs, and Spider-Man episodes.

Stars: Jim Boyd, Morgan Freeman, Judy Graubart, Skip Hinnant

Votes: 1,674

2. Mother Goose Club (2009– )

33 min | Family

7.2
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Mother Goose Club breathes new life into classic nursery rhyme characters to promote early literacy, mathematics, and more! Join in as they dance, sing, twirl, and rhyme through these ... See full summary »

Stars: Joseph Lopez, Liam Remick, Ivy Rhodes, Jessica Diaz

Votes: 141

3. The Joy of Painting (1983–1994)

TV-G | 30 min | Documentary, Family

9.4
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In this half-hour program, artist Bob Ross paints on canvas a beautiful oil painting.

Stars: Bob Ross, Steve Ross, Dana Jester, Peep

Votes: 3,786

4. Beakman's World (1992– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family

8.5
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A wacky scientist and his companions answer viewer questions about science.

Stars: Paul Zaloom, Mark Ritts, Eliza Schneider, Alanna Ubach

Votes: 2,241

5. Zoom (1997– )

TV-Y | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.1
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A group of older children do arts and crafts, cooking, science and technology, and games sent in by viewers.

Stars: Caroline Botelho, Kenny Yates, Alisa Besher, Zoe Costello

Votes: 1,082

6. Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1972–1985)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

6.8
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The educational adventures of a group of Afro-American inner city kids.

Stars: Bill Cosby, Gerald Edwards, Erika Scheimer, Lou Scheimer

Votes: 1,887

7. Zoom (1972–1978)

TV-G | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.6
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Middle School students teach kids how to do cool tricks.

Stars: Tracy Tannebring, John Covey, Nina Lillie, Kenny Pires

Votes: 282

8. Zoboomafoo (1999–2001)

TV-Y | 29 min | Comedy, Family

7.5
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Chris and Martin Kratt bring their enthusiasm for animals to the pre-school set.

Stars: Martin Kratt, Chris Kratt, Gord Robertson, Samantha Tolkacz

Votes: 2,298

9. Hi-5 (1999– )

Animation, Family, Music

6.4
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Australian weekly children's educational series.

Stars: Kellie Crawford, Nathan Foley, Charli Robinson, Tim Harding

Votes: 138

10. Tweenies (1999–2003)

40 min | Action, Family

4.9
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Four preschool-aged best friends have fun together in their playgroup and learn about the world around them through engaging songs, stories, crafts and more.

Stars: Colleen Daley, Justin Fletcher, Bob Golding, C.H. Beck

Votes: 809

11. 3-2-1 Contact (1980–1992)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Family

8.0
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A children's show explaining various principles of science and their applications.

Stars: David Quinn, Debra Shapiro, Todd A. Rolle, Ginny Ortiz

Votes: 442

12. The Voyage of the Mimi (1984– )

TV-G | 30 min | Adventure, Family, History

6.4
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The Voyage of the Mimi is a thirteen-episode American educational television program depicting the crew of the Mimi exploring the ocean and taking a census of humpback whales. Ben Afleck starred in the series.

Stars: Ben Affleck, Mary Tanner Bailey, Edwin De Asis, Victoria Gadsden

Votes: 314

13. The CBeebies House Show (2016– )

21 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

8.4
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Following a cast of characters from the CBeebies House in MediaCityUK Salford.

Stars: Warrick Brownlow-Pike, Cat Sandion, Ben Cajee, Rebecca Keatley

Votes: 7

14. Square One Television (1987–1992)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

8.0
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A kids anthology show that humorously illustrates various elements of mathematics.

Stars: Joe Howard, Larry Cedar, Cynthia Darlow, Beverly Mickins

Votes: 521

15. Tomorrow's World (1965–2003)

30 min | Documentary

7.6
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Long running BBC TV series looking at what's new in science and technology.

Stars: Judith Hann, Howard Stableford, Raymond Baxter, Michael Rodd

Votes: 83

16. Mr. Wizard's World (1983–1991)

Family

8.0
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With the help of his young assistants, Mr. Wizard starts each episode with a demonstration that at first glance should be impossible, but is actually based firmly on basic scientific ... See full summary »

Stars: Don Herbert, Michael Dicay, Christian Malcolm, Tanis Roese

Votes: 617

17. Biggleton (2017– )

TV-Y | 11 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.1
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Comedy Series, aimed at 4 to 5 year olds, in which town residents solve problems.

Stars: Eamonn Holmes, Bobby Donald, Ava Grimshaw, Frankie Nipah

Votes: 15

18. Löwenzahn (1981– )

30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

8.0
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Peter Lustig lives in a imaginative converted caravan. From there he goes on a journey of discovery, explaining to his young spectators the connections between nature, environment and technology.

Stars: Peter Lustig, Guido Hammesfahr, Helmut Krauss, Sanam Afrashteh

Votes: 611

19. Kratts' Creatures (1996– )

TV-Y | 30 min | Family

8.1
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Chris and Martin Kratt explore a variety of different animals' habitats and lifestyles each week, with help from Allison and her computer, and Ttark, an animated dinosaur.

Stars: Chris Kratt, Martin Kratt, Shannon Duff, Ron Rubin

Votes: 206

20. Signing Time! (2002– )

TV-Y | Family, Music

8.6
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Rachel, Alex, Leah, and Hopkins explore the world through basic American Sign Language with songs, movement, and examples.

Stars: Rachel Coleman, Alex Brown, Leah Coleman, Zachary Roger Brown

Votes: 46

21. Walking with Cavemen (2003)

100 min | Documentary, History

7.6
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The great follow-up to 'Walking with Dinosaurs' and 'Walking with Beasts', presented by Professor Robert Winston, explains the story of human evolution.

Stars: Robert Winston, Alec Baldwin, Christian Bradley, Alex Palmer

Votes: 1,169

22. Die Sendung mit der Maus (1971– )

30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

8.0
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A weekly show aimed at the education of children. Short movies explain different things of everyday life, (e.g. how cars work, how movies are made etc.), they are followed by a short sequence of animated clips.

Stars: Armin Maiwald, Atze, Peter Lustig, Bill Ramsey

Votes: 669

23. Baby Einstein (1997– )

Family

8.0
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TV Videos aimed at preschoolers. A Highly-Integrated cast of children interact with puppets and toys, often adding classical music.

Stars: Aspen Clark, Sierra Clark, Chloe Tyler, Toby Tyler

Votes: 5

24. Destinos: An Introduction to Spanish (1992– )

TV-G | 30 min | Drama, Family

5.9
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A man has just told his family about a secrete and they hire a lawyer to find out if it is true.

Stars: Liliana Abud, Arturo Puig, Yazmin Pereira, Alberto Delgado

Votes: 158

25. Winky-Dink and You (1953–1957)

Family, Animation

7.5
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"winky-dink and you" was the pioneer in interactive programming. The core of the program was children sent away for a kit. The kit had a plastic screen that stuck to the TV tube with static... See full summary »

Stars: Jack Barry, Dayton Allen, Mae Questel

Votes: 38

26. Big Bird in China (1983 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 75 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

7.3
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Big Bird and his Sesame Street companion, Barkley, the big, fluffy dog, travel across China in search of the legendary Feng Huang, the Phoenix Bird. Along the way they visit with Chinese ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Stone | Stars: Caroll Spinney, Brian Muehl, Lianzi Ouyang, Frank Oz

Votes: 403

27. Postcards from Buster (2004– )

TV-Y | Animation, Comedy, Family

6.2
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Buster Baxter of "Arthur" fame travels around the world with his family.

Stars: Daniel Brochu, Vanessa Abruzzo, Elizabeth Diaga, Stephanie Martin

Votes: 147

28. Playing Shakespeare (1982– )

Documentary

9.2
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John Barton holds a master class in how to play Shakespeare, using members of the RSC doing scenes, sonnets, and commentary as prime examples.

Stars: John Barton, David Suchet, Lisa Harrow, Alan Howard

Votes: 154

29. Don't Eat the Pictures: Sesame Street at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1983 TV Movie)

60 min | Family, Fantasy

8.1
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As the Metropolitan Museum of Art closes, Big Bird decides to leave his Sesame Street friends behind in search of Snuffy. Once locked inside for the night, educational hilarity ensues as ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Stone | Stars: Caroll Spinney, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Martin P. Robinson

Votes: 204

30. Chased by Dinosaurs (2002–2003)

29 min | Documentary, Animation, History

7.7
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This two-part series, a sequel to Walking with Dinosaurs featured Nigel and his "team of fellow explorers" encountering prehistoric life over a large range of time, and seeing creatures not featured in the original series.

Star: Nigel Marven

Votes: 594

31. Sesame Street Jam: A Musical Celebration (1993 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 56 min | Family, Music

7.7
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Everyone's invited as Sesame Street celebrates its 25th birthday! The whole family will want to sing along with this special hour-long collection of favorite Sesame Street songs.

Directors: Mustapha Khan, Jon Stone, Ted May, Lisa Simon | Stars: Caroll Spinney, Martin P. Robinson, Fran Brill, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 38

32. Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego? (1996–1998)

TV-Y | 30 min | Family, Game-Show

7.1
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Contestants pursue the thief and her cohorts through time by answering questions about history.

Stars: Alaine Kashian, Paula Leggett Chase, Lynne Thigpen, Kevin Shinick

Votes: 119

33. Play with Me Sesame (2002– )

20 min | Family

6.6
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Early childhood series hosted by Sesame Street Muppet characters, whom invite viewers to participate in segments as per a child's playdate.

Stars: Fran Brill, Eric Jacobson, David Rudman, John Tartaglia

Votes: 43

34. History Bites (1998–2008)

Comedy, History

7.8
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Important periods of history humourously illustrated in a television format.

Stars: Rick Green, Ron Pardo, Bob Bainborough, Jeremy Winkels

Votes: 249

35. Sesame Street, Special (1988 TV Movie)

Unrated | 45 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

7.4
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The stars come out on Sesame Street in this fun-filled special featuring the show's most memorable moments. Sing-along in this star-studded celebration.

Director: Jon Stone | Stars: Linda Bove, Northern Calloway, Emilio Delgado, Loretta Long

Votes: 119

36. Earth to Luna! (2014–2017)

Animation

7.3
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Luna is an imaginative kid with a love of science and nature who learns how stuff works with her little brother and pet ferret. At the end of each episode they act out what they learned to their parents.

Stars: Alexia Avila, Raul Gomez, Eric Anderson, Paul Louis

Votes: 31

37. PicturePages (1984– )

Family

8.3
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PicturePages was a short (10-15 minutes, I think) program in which Bill Cosby helped kids with activities in an activity book. You could buy the activity book and play along.

Star: Bill Cosby

Votes: 84

38. The Studio K Show (2017– )

Comedy, Family, Game-Show

10.0
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Following a cast of characters from Studio K in the Canadian Broadcasting Centre.

Stars: Todd Doldersum, Kira Hall, Jason Hopley, Tony Kim

Votes: 5

39. Mr. Wizard (1951–1972)

30 min | Family

8.2
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Mr. Wizard performed interesting scientific experiments for a young audience using materials found around the home.

Stars: Don Herbert, Alan Howard, Rita Walter, Bruce Lindgren

Votes: 110

40. Rua Sésamo (1989–1994)

Family

8.1
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Portuguese version of the famous American children's television show 'Sesame Street'.

Stars: Lúcia Maria, João Canto e Castro, Luís Mascarenhas, Ana Luís

Votes: 91

41. Sesame Street Stays Up Late! (1993 TV Movie)

G | 56 min | Family

7.6
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It's New Year's Eve on Sesame Street and around the world! Anchorman Elmo and the Monster News Network provide special reports showing us the New Year's customs and celebrations.

Director: Chuck Vinson | Stars: Alison Bartlett, Linda Bove, Ruth Buzzi, Annette Calud

Votes: 19

42. Wild About Animals (1995– )

30 min | Documentary, Family

7.3
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Traveling the globe to deliver young viewers fascinating stories about animals around the world.

Star: Mariette Hartley

Votes: 27

43. Flower Pot Men (1952–1954)

12 min | Family

7.8
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This programme was part of a BBC children's television series titled Watch with Mother, with a different programme each weekday, most of them involving string puppets. The Flower Pot Men ... See full summary »

Stars: Maria Bird, Peter Hawkins, Gladys Whitred, Julia Williams

Votes: 54

44. Poko (2003– )

30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

6.2
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Poko is a stop-motion animation show for young children which deals with simple strategies to help them cope with everyday childhood frustrations and mishaps (while laughing out loud).

Stars: Elisabeth Øien Eiksund, Cory Bowles, Owen Pattison, Cameron Davidson

Votes: 54

45. Sesame Street (1983– )

30 min | Family

7.4
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An Israel version of Sesame Street.

Stars: Sarai Tzuriel, Chaim Jeraffi, Gabi Amrani, Yona Atari

Votes: 116

46. C'est pas sorcier (1993– )

26 min | Documentary, Family

8.3
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Two historians go back to historic sites and explain science and history in a comedic way.

Stars: Frédéric Courant, Jamy Gourmaud, Patricia Saboureau, Philippe Barthelet

Votes: 152

47. The Why Why? Family (1996– )

5 min | Animation, Family

7.4
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Quickie children's cartoon series about the inquisitive Why Why family, whose father is a scientist. In each episode, one member of the family asks another a question regarding some ... See full summary »

Stars: Jan Rabson, Heidi Lenhart, Derek Patrick, Mendi Segal

Votes: 452

48. EKN Teen Kids News (2003– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Family, News

5.5
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Also known as EKN Worldwide Kids News

Stars: Erika Wester, Kristen Wester, Kennedy Zimet, Laura Guzman

Votes: 19

49. Jardim da Celeste (1997–2000)

Animation, Family, Musical

6.8
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An educational magazine that intends to teach and entertain children of preschool age which is presented by Ana Brito e Cunha. The educator Celeste and the dog Sócrates go to various places... See full summary »

Stars: Ana Brito e Cunha, Filipe Duarte, José Jorge Duarte, Peter Michael

Votes: 30

50. Connect with English (2007– )

30 min | Drama

7.7
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Connect with English is a series that brings that same effective method to speakers of other languages who are learning English. Through the story of Rebecca, an aspiring singer on a ... See full summary »

Stars: Karin Anglin, Willy O'Donnell, Carlos Lacamara, Mark Consuelos

Votes: 34



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