Almost since the earliest days of television there has been been programming specifically aimed at children, both to entertain and educate.
Children represent a large, impressionable audience with a great deal of free time, and these facts have led advertisers and producers to bank heavily on the demographic. The result has been countless timeless kids shows over the decades.
Since the early of television programming, children were entertained by pioneering shows like “Howdy Doody” and “Captain Kangaroo,” which paved the way for many children’s shows. If it was through purely entertaining programs like “Scooby Doo” and “Looney Tunes” or more educational shows such as “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and “Sesame Street,” kids remained glued to the TV throughout the decades.
The 90s-era Nickelodeon programs were no different and continued to help build the imaginations of young people who are now adults. The characters, plots, gags, and theme songs of these programs often remain burned in our memory long after other — arguably more important — memories fade.
For the current generation of young people, modern hits like “Adventure Time” and “Steven Universe” will likely fill the same place in their hearts.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed the ratings of hundreds of television programs throughout history directed at children to identify the 50 most-loved kids’ shows of all time. Every reader is likely to have never heard of some of these, while others on this list they will probably never forget.
We ranked all programs based on their average user rating on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb). We considered all shows listed on IMDB with a “Family” tag, as well as all programs listed by the website commonsense.com tagged as appropriate for children eight and under. To make the list, the show needed to have received at least 3,000 ratings on IMDB.