If your kids are like most, they get stuck in viewing ruts. It's not that they don't know what to watch, it's that they watch the same thing over and over and over again. Don't worry: we've pulled together the best kids' shows on Hulu to help you *ahem* "gently encourage" some new favorites. Because you work hard... too hard to have to be able to recite every line of your child's current obsession because it’s all. they. ever. watch.
Screen time can get a bad rap. But, honestly, above and beyond giving tired parents a bit of of a necessary break from time to time, it can also be a great opportunity to relax and engage with your child. Sometimes, the memories you make watching a fun new story with your kid can be just as meaningful as reading or playing together. That's why we made sure to include some shows that parents can actually enjoy, too!
'90s throwback favorites to inclusive modern stories, we've got your viewing time covered. Oh, and of course we took your kids into consideration, too. (We guess their opinions count for something...) We've included some familiar favorite characters and some new (and old) friends we just know they're going to love. Pikwik Pack Pikwik Pack follows the adventures of Suki the hedgehog, Axel the raccoon, Tibor the hippo, and Hazel the cat as they bring packages to everyone in town. Heartwarming, entertaining, and educational, the show teaches viewers about following directions, weather, and geography as well as the need to come together to achieve common goals. Rated TV-Y Curious George
Everyone's favorite little monkey (and his very patient friend, the Man with the Yellow Hat) gets into wacky, well-intentioned mischief and learns a few STEM lessons along the way.
Rated TV-Y Madagascar: A Little Wild
In this prequel to the
Madagascar movies franchise, we get to see Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo as they grow up in a rescue habitat at the Central Park Zoo. Rated TV:Y Nina's World
Six-year-old Nina lives in a vibrant neighborhood in Chicago, where she's always exploring and trying new things.
Rated TV-Y; Spanish language version also available Doc McStuffins
Doc wants to be a doctor, just like her mom. Fortunately she has lots of practice in her magical playhouse, where her toys come to life and regularly need her loving care to feel better.
Rated TV-Y; Spanish language version also available Miles From Tomorrowland
Miles Callisto is a space adventurer who travels the universe with his family and his robo-ostrich (you read that right). Together, they explore new planets and galaxies and accomplish every mission through teamwork.
Rated TV-Y The Bravest Knight
Cedric wasn't always the greatest knight in the realm. In fact, long before he married a prince, he was a simple pumpkin farmer. Now he tells the story of how he achieved his goal to his 10 year old daughter, Nia, who wants to follow in her father's footsteps.
Rated TV-G Little Baby Bum
These nursery rhyme songs will be a favorite for your toddler (and preschooler and, yes, even your grade schooler even though they might not admit it). Classics like
the Wheels on the Bus play alongside originals to teach kids about colors, shapes, numbers, letters, and feelings. Rated TV-Y Doozers
Remember the industrious little Doozers from
Fraggle Rock? This show follows the adventures of new friends Daisy Wheel, Flex, Spike, and Mollybolt as they build and problem-solve in their idyllic community of Doozer Creek. Rated TV-Y; Spanish language version also available Dot
Dot is an energetic 8-year-old with a love of (and knack for) technology. She and her friends Hal, Ruby, Nev, Dev, and her dog Scratch used her abilities to solve problems (and teach lessons to young viewers).
Rated TV-Y My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic
Pony friends Apple Jack, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, and Twilight Sparkle (along with baby dragon Spike) have adventures throughout the magical land of Equestria. While they can face dangers and challenges, there's nothing friendship can't solve!
Rated TV-Y; Spanish language version also available The New Electric Company
The Electric Company, a group of tween and teen friends, promote literacy through a series of funny adventures against neighborhood rivals called the Pranksters. Animated shorts and musical interstitials punctuate this educational and actually pretty funny gem. Fans of
The Good Place will recognize none other than William Jackson Harper (aka Chidi) as Danny. Fans of Hamilton will recognize Lin-Manuel Miranda (aka Alexander Hamilton himself) and his clever wordplay during educational raps sprinkled throughout the show! Rated TV-Y Rugrats
Look, we can pretend you don't know what
Rugrats is. We can even pretend that you're going to watch this "for your kids" and not for a comforting dose of childhood nostalgia. But why? (Enjoy!) Rated TV-Y Chuggington
Friends Koko, Wilson, and Brewster are three little engines who just know that can! They live in the town of Chuggington where they learn important lessons in teamwork, cooperation, and respect. Perfect for train-loving viewers.
Rated TV-Y TrollsTopia
Queen Poppy, armed with her dulcet voice and trademark positivity, invites delegates from the forest's funk, country, techno, classical, pop, and rock tribes to live together in a grand experiment she calls (what else?) TrollsTopia!
Rated TV-Y7; Spanish language version also available Where's Waldo
Waldo and Wenda are members of the WorldWide Wanderer Society. Sent on various missions by their mentor, Wizard Whitebeard, the two must use teamwork and problem solving skills to keep rival Odlulu from ruining their plans to become wizard-level wanderers!
Rated TV-Y Pororo the Little Penguin
Pororo is a baby penguin who lives with their friends in the snowy Porong Porong Forest. Together they have fun while learning about friendship and how to make smart and kind decisions.
Rated TV-Y Sophie La Girafe
If you’ve had a baby any time in the past 15 years or so, there’s a good chance you received a Sophie teether at your baby shower. Now your child’s favorite
girafe française is here to teach them all about colors, shapes, and other toddler lessons (wordlessly, with the help of a soothing narrator) that will help them in preschool and beyond. Each episode is quite short, which is good, because so is your toddler’s attention span! Rated TV-Y Hey Arnold!
Nine-year old Arnold lives in a boarding house with his eccentric grandparents in a neighborhood full of similarly off-beat friends. Their adventures run from the mundane to the fantastic, and are always full of humor and fun. (Just be prepared with the following caveat for your kids: “We do not call people ‘football head.’”)
Rated TV-Y Unikitty!
Princess Unikitty, the hilarious fan favorite from
The Lego Movie, is ruler of the Unikingdom. Joined by her brother Prince Puppycorn, scientist Dr. Fox, bodyguard Hawkodile, and advisor Richard (just Richard), they must stand against the forces of Master Frown. Rated TV-Y7; Spanish language version also available Animaniacs Amblin Television/Warner Bros. Animation
The Warner Brothers (and the Warner Sister!) Yakko, Wakko, and Dot live in the water tower on the Warner Brothers Studio lot and general amuse themselves by wreaking havoc for all they encounter. (Also, see my notes for
Rugrats: you're watching this for you and that's OK!) Choose from either the original series or new episodes! Original series rated TV-Y7 New episodes rated TV-PG The Powerpuff Girls
When Professor Utonium mixed sugar, spice, and everything nice along with the secret Chemical X, he made the perfect little girls... who just so happen to have incredible superpowers. Now sisters Bubbles, Blossom, and Buttercup fight monsters and villains to protect their beloved city of Townsville. (Also, just admit that you want to watch this show for nostalgia.)
Rated TV-Y7 The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack
Flapjack and his surrogate father, Bubbie, happily live in Stormalong Harbor but when Captain K'nuckles comes along telling stories of the mythical Candied Island, it sets them on a series of wacky misadventures.
Rated TV-Y7 Gravity Falls
Twins Dipper and Mabel Pines are spending the summer with their great uncle (and renowned huckster) in the mysterious town of Gravity Falls, Oregon, helping him run The Mystery Shack, a local tourist trap. But while the Mystery Shack is a hoax, there are strange things afoot in this unusual town, starting with a strange and cryptic journal...
Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends
Mac and his imaginary friend Bloo live in a world where imaginary friends are very real indeed. When Mac's mother says he is too old for Bloo, they venture to Foster's Home, where the proprietors promise Mac Bloo can stay indefinitely (and avoid adoption by another child) as long as Mac always comes to visit daily.
Rated TV-Y7 Star vs. the Forces of Evil
When Princess Star Butterfly proves irresponsible with the magic wand her parents gave her for her 14th birthday, her parents send her to the thoroughly unmagical planet Earth to live with the Diaz family: maybe this mundane world will help her grow up a bit. She and her new foster brother, Marco, work together to battle villains, from intergalactic monsters to mean kids in their high school.
Rated TV-Y7 The Amazing World of Gumball
Gumball and his best friend turned adopted brother, a goldfish named Darwin, live with their parents and little sister in a whimsical world of strange creatures and hilarious hijinks.
Rated TV-Y7; Spanish language version also available We Bare Bears
Grizzly, Panda, and Ice Bear are three siblings who awkwardly try to live in the human world in the San Francisco Bay Area. But no matter what totally normal human things they’re trying to do, from looking for food to becoming Internet famous, they can always depend on one another.
Rated TV-Y7; Spanish language version also available Wander Over Yonder
Wander is a starry-eyed optimistic and intergalactic traveler who loves nothing more than doing nice things for others. Along with his beloved and fiery best friend/horse, Sylvia, they travel throughout the galaxies on adventures, making new friends and battling the forces of evil, including Lord Hater and his army of Watchdogs.
Rated TV-Y7 Steven Universe
Galactic superhero trio the Crystal Gems live in Beach City with quirky young Steven — the son of their fallen comrade — and Steven's father, ordinary human Greg. They use their powers to fight against monsters trying to destroy Earth, and poignantly grapple with the pain of their past.
Rated TV-PG; Spanish language version also available Adventure Time
A 12-year-old boy named Finn the Human and his BFF and brother, a dog named Jake, live in the post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo. The two use their magical powers to time travel where they meet up with surreal friends Marceline the Vampire Queen, Ice King, and Lumpy Space Princess (she's made out of lumps) among others.
Rated TV-PG Chowder
Chowder dreams of becoming a chef. That’s why he works for the great and famous chef Mung Daal, who always has a word of advice for his aspiring apprentice. Chowder works alongside Panini (who thinks he is her boyfriend), Kimchi (his best friend), and Shnitzel (a rock monster); they have a lot of fun even though they have a lot to learn!
Rated TV-Y7 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Your favorite heroes in a half-shell – Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael – are here to kick some bad guy butt! If you remember the original series from the ‘80s and ‘90s, you’ll find this one has a similar jokey, fun tone, but does go into more serious plot lines as well.
Rated TV-Y7 Teen Titans Go!
In this comedic series, the Titans – Beast Boy, Robin, Cyborg, Raven and Starfire – live together (without annoying adults) in Jump City. They spend their time goofing around, getting into hijinks, and saving the world.
Rated TV-PG Over the Garden Wall
Half-brothers Greg and Wirt become lost in a strange forest called simply “The Unknown” and must find their way home, facing many strange situations along the way. Come for the adventure, stay for the atmosphere of whimsical but creepy Americana!
Happy viewing, everybody!