You may hear a lot of alarming statistics about children watching too much TV these days. While it is true that children today watch more television than in previous generations, parents can take a little peace of mind from the fact that there are more high-quality, fun, and educational programs on the air than ever before.

Here are some of the best educational TV shows for kids:

The Backyardigans
The Backyardigans

The Backyardigans

This colorful show features five animated animal friends who go on magical adventures together. Each episode focuses on a specific genre of music, from jazz to polka to reggae!

In addition to helping kids find their rhythm and learn about all kinds of music, it can also help children learn about different parts of the world, as well as how to get along with others.



Based on the bestselling children's books, this animated series can help preschool-aged kids learn about manners, getting along with others, and can encourage a love of reading. The characters are wholesome and likable, and parents will appreciate the messages in each episode.

Sesame Street
Sesame Street

Sesame Street

This show is a classic for a reason. For decades, Sesame Street has been setting the bar for educational children's programming. Although this show has been on the air since 1969, it has constantly evolved to meet the needs of the children in each generation.

The lovable, familiar characters discuss broad social issues, interact with current celebrities, and still manage to make learning numbers and letters fun. The show is broken into segments that capture kid's attention and stay in their memories.

Yo Gabba Gabba
Yo Gabba Gabba

Yo Gabba Gabba

This Emmy-winning show is a favorite of kids and adults. It is colorful, musical, and will get everyone dancing. There are several recurring features. There's a beatboxing segment, a super martian robot girl who solves everyday problems, joke-telling, and so much more to keep your child interested.

This show is designed to get kids engaged. It will teach your kids about music, and encourage lots of bold imagination.


These programs are designed to be interesting to children while engaging their senses and their minds. While some of these shows are available on network TV, many have found homes on cable, like Direct2TV.

Instead of mindlessly watching a TV show, the child is learning to count, improving their understanding of language, and developing a broader idea about different cultures and human experiences. Let your kids be entertained while they learn with these top four educational TV shows.



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  5. February 23, 2013 at 7:47 am — Reply

    My daughters watch ALL of these! MY favorites are Backyardigans and YoGabbaGabba!

    • February 23, 2013 at 7:49 am — Reply

      We just got hip to the Backyardigans. I love the background story of the show. It's kind of nice to hear "black voices" on a children's program.

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