Television has always been a favorite with kids. And there is still something special about cuddling together after dinner in the living room or snuggling early Saturday morning to watch favorite family shows.
But sometimes as a parent it is tricky to keep up with the hit new shows for kids and what is actually safe and good for your little ones to be watching. Especially, and children reach the preteen age, it becomes important to monitor what comes on TV.
To help with the TV challenge, here is a great list of family shows for big kids and preteens. From animal shows to classic comedies, there’s sure to be something for everyone.
Disney Fun for All
Dog with a Blog
Stan the talking canine helps unite step-siblings Avery, Tyler and Chloe in Dog with a Blog. A family centered comedy, this show ranked in the top five series for children between 6-11 years old. Sitcom hilarity from the family pet’s point of view has both kids and parents excited for season three which, according to the Hollywood Reporter, is a go for production.
Girl Meets World
The highly anticipated spin off of the classic Disney sitcom Boy Meets World, Girl Meets World picks up years later and tells the story of the next generation. Cory and Topanga are now married with two children. Their daughter Riley will be the protagonist of this new series which carries over the original actors.
Super Hero Cartoons Are Still Cool
Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.
Perfect for little one’s who are enthusiastic about adult super hero movies but not quite old enough to handle the intense real life action, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. is an animated TV series based on the Marvel Comic characters. This comic action series tells the story of Hulk, She-Hulk, Red Hulk, A-Bomb, Skaar and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. (also known as the Supreme Military Agency of Super Humans).
Avatar: The Legend of Korra
Another action animated series, The Legend of Korra is set in the popular Avatar universe and is a sequel to The Last Airbender. The protagonist Korra is a feisty young lady who comes from the Southern Water Tribe and faces the adventure and challenges of being an Avatar.
Crazy about the Classics
The Andy Griffith Show
Starring classy guys Don Knotts, Andy Griffith and a young Ron Howard, The Andy Griffith Show teaches beautiful life lessons in the small town of Mayberry where Sherriff Andy Taylor keeps the peace. Whether you find it on Netflix or TV Land, this black and white classic is a must see for the whole family.
Another oldie but goodie, Gilligan’s Island tells the story of a group of unlikely castaways on their own private desert isle. Gilligan is the outrageous first mate along with the skipper, Maryann, the Professor, Ginger and Mr. and Mrs. Thurston Howell III, the millionaire couple.
The Dick Van Dyke Show
A brilliant family classic starring Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke, this inventive comedy will have modern kids and parents in stitches at the sweet but funny moments between the Petrie clan, their goofy neighbors and co-workers.
For the Young Chef
Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives
Lots of kids love cooking shows, and Guy Fieri’s fun cross country trips are a blast to follow. Watch as this professional chef travels around trying some of the best diner food in America.
Master Chef Junior
To inspire your own kids to jump into the kitchen, watch a season of Master Chef Junior. The kid version of the popular cooking competition, this fun show crowns a winning kid cook.
Wild Life Adventurers
A new show starring the famous dog trainer Caesar Millan, Caesar911 takes the dog whisperer into real life situations with problem pooches to help train both wayward dogs and their owners.
A fun addition to the PBS Kids line up, Wild Kratts is an animated adventure with the voices of real life wilderness experts the Kratts brothers. Education and entertaining, Wild Kratts teaches about exotic animals all over the world.
With all these fantastic options, you can find family friendly programming to enjoy with your kids. And if these networks don’t already come to your home, check out this link for expanded TV packages.
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