Good children's programming

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Use this thread to talk up shows your children enjoy that you like or that you feel are having a positive influence on their learning and behavior.

the Hannah Montana of the Korean War (DJP), Tuesday, 7 November 2017 15:28 (one year ago) Permalink

Where In The World is a great show -- just slice-of-life vignettes from kids in countries around the world. F loves it, and he chats happily about the stars and what they do/like

stet, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 15:31 (one year ago) Permalink

Likewise Do You Know?, a kind of "How is it made?" for tinies.

stet, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 15:33 (one year ago) Permalink

My twins are 3; these are the things we like for them to watch:

Current favorites from PBS/Nickelodeon/Youtube (unordered):

Wild Kratts
Super Why
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
Odd Squad
Peg + Cat
Word Girl
Nature Cat
Ready, Jet, Go!
Peppa Pig
Monica Toy (skip the zombie ones, though; they're cute for adults but WAY TOO SCARY for kids)
Super Simple Songs (this does require monitoring)
Kids Picture Show (ditto)

Of these, Peg + Cat and Odd Squad are the best "shows" and Monica Toy is by FAR the best Youtube discovery we've made

the Hannah Montana of the Korean War (DJP), Tuesday, 7 November 2017 15:34 (one year ago) Permalink

thanking you DJP, that's a great list for us to start with. Isolde is 3 1/2 now.

sleeve, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 15:36 (one year ago) Permalink

Odd Squad in particular is aimed at older kids but my attitude is that if they want to watch it, let them; the sooner they get acclimated to mathematical concepts, the better.

the Hannah Montana of the Korean War (DJP), Tuesday, 7 November 2017 15:42 (one year ago) Permalink

Mostly PJ Masks these days, but also Charlie and Lola, which was just put on Amazon Prime.

Jeff, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 15:43 (one year ago) Permalink

Also we did screens way before 2, judge away.

Jeff, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 15:43 (one year ago) Permalink

there's a lot of great Sesame Street songs on YouTube. my son is a big fan of the Usher and Feist ones. he recently made me play the Janelle Monae one like five times in a row, which made me proud.

frogbs, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 15:45 (one year ago) Permalink

oh duh PJ Masks

The boys even went as Gecko and Catboy for Halloween this year, lol

the Hannah Montana of the Korean War (DJP), Tuesday, 7 November 2017 15:48 (one year ago) Permalink

We also went through a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse phase but that ended when OnDemand paywalled all of the episodes.

the Hannah Montana of the Korean War (DJP), Tuesday, 7 November 2017 15:48 (one year ago) Permalink

Yep, we had a Halloween Catboy too. He was like a celebrity in the local park — loads of kids going "woah, it's catboy!" as he strutted along

stet, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 15:51 (one year ago) Permalink

We were an Owlette.

Jeff, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 16:04 (one year ago) Permalink

I don’t mind PJ marks, other than when you watch this stuff over and over, I keep wondering things. Like why are there no parents ? Why are the kids out all night? Are they getting enough sleep? Is it all a dream? Why don’t they put the criminal kids in jail?

Jeff, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 16:06 (one year ago) Permalink

We had Curse of the Were Rabbit on Netflix this morning - F was rapt and I was well entertained. Definitely going to try more Wallace & Gromit in the future.

The animated versions of the Gruffalo, Gruffalo's Child, Room on the Broom, Stick Man and We're Going On A Bear Hunt are all done brilliantly.

The Furchester Hotel, as mentioned on the Execrable thread, is amazing.

I forget how spoiled we are having CBeebies. No advertising, pretty good diversity, and mostly very high quality productions. And Bedtime stories read by the likes of Tom Hardy, Dolly Parton and David Hasselhoff.

Madchen, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 16:15 (one year ago) Permalink

^ and Josh Homme. That was a weird one.

nate woolls, Wednesday, 8 November 2017 10:22 (one year ago) Permalink

He was pretty good, I thought!

Madchen, Wednesday, 8 November 2017 12:30 (one year ago) Permalink

He was! It was just the "Hi. I'm Joshua." that was a bit weird.

nate woolls, Wednesday, 8 November 2017 12:48 (one year ago) Permalink

wallace and gromit has been brilliant for mine when he was really young as it's action-packed and only 30 mins. we've promised he can watch 'curse of the were rabbit' when he's 3. we tried him on Toy Story but it's actually quite talky at the start so he lost interest.

kinder, Sunday, 12 November 2017 19:44 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

I haven't watched the whole thing, but I've seen enough good eps of the Netflix Puss In Boots series that its existence may be enough to get me to stop bashing Shrek, a tradition I have maintained with personal pride since 2001. The season that was released last week supposedly wrapped the series, so it's all out there now.

how's life, Friday, 2 February 2018 14:49 (ten months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

We just revisited Puss-in-Boots and I still like it.

Also really good is Amazon's Lost in OZ series. It suffers a little, to my mind, from the "big heads and giant eyes" school of animation. But despite its aesthetic differences, I feel like it does a good job of modernizing and serializing the world while maintaining to a reasonable extent the tone from the original film. There's great character development and the story takes you on an adventure you can care about.

The girl who does Dorothy's voice is Ashley Boettcher, who played the little girl in Aliens in the Attic, which I maintain is an underrated family comedy movie.

how's life, Friday, 20 April 2018 11:40 (seven months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

New series of Lost in OZ is out now.

how's life, Saturday, 9 June 2018 13:04 (six months ago) Permalink

Oh, it's "Season One Part Two". Very good. Bingeing the hell out of it thos morning.

how's life, Saturday, 9 June 2018 13:42 (six months ago) Permalink

There are wheelers, like in Return to Oz, but they aren't as creepy

how's life, Saturday, 9 June 2018 13:44 (six months ago) Permalink

The Shadow Gnome is super creepy though.

how's life, Saturday, 9 June 2018 13:45 (six months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Just came on to mention Do You Know but see I am late to the party on that one! Really good, not just for kids. Although the 'fishcake factory' one has had my son asking 'how do water fish turn into eating fish?' (i.e. he's always known they are both called fish but not put 2+2 together before...)

kinder, Monday, 29 October 2018 20:13 (one month ago) Permalink


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