Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Series

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1. Zoom (1972–1978)

TV-G | Comedy, Drama, Family

Middle School students teach kids how to do cool tricks.

Stars: Tracy Tannebring, John Covey, Nina Lillie, Kenny Pires

Votes: 279

2. Captain Kangaroo (1955–1992)

TV-G | 60 min | Family

Daily children's program hosted by Captain Kangaroo (Robert Keeshan).

Stars: Robert Keeshan, Hugh Brannum, James E. Wall, Deborah Weems

Votes: 1,056

3. Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1972–1985)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The educational adventures of a group of Afro-American inner city kids.

Stars: Bill Cosby, Gerald Edwards, Erika Scheimer, Lou Scheimer

Votes: 1,860

4. Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973–1975)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The further adventures of Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise, as they explore the galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets.

Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, George Takei

Votes: 5,380

5. The Pink Panther Show (1969–1976)

TV-G | 90 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The Pink Panther is a heroic, moral cartoon cat with pink fur and the manners of an English aristocrat. He only becomes flustered or angry at obtuse or offensive humans who try to disrupt ... See full summary »

Stars: Rich Little, Paul Frees, Dave Barry, Mel Blanc

Votes: 14,387

6. The Big Blue Marble (1974–1983)


The lives, homes and cultures of children around the world are explored.

Stars: Daphne Youree, Ali, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Barbara Card

Votes: 79

7. Once Upon a Classic (1976–1980)


Bill Bixby hosts this anthology series featuring serialized adaptations of literary works.

Stars: Bill Bixby, Lloyd Anderson, Jeremy Bulloch, Bernard Cribbins

Votes: 22

8. Kids Are People, Too (1978–1988)

TV-G | 90 min | Family, Talk-Show

A teen oriented variety show.

Stars: Billy Dee Williams, Irene Cara, Bob McAllister, Martha Lambert

Votes: 34

10. ABC Weekend Specials (1977–1995)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

A youth anthology series focusing primarily on adaptations of children's literature.

Stars: Willie Tyler, Frank Welker, Hal Smith, Janet Waldo

Votes: 219

11. The Smurfs (1981–1990)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

The Smurfs are little blue creatures that live in mushroom houses in a forest inhabited mainly by their own kind. The smurfs average daily routine is attempting to avoid Gargomel, an evil man who wants to kill our little blue friends.

Stars: Don Messick, Danny Goldman, Lucille Bliss, Frank Welker

Votes: 14,284

12. Schoolhouse Rock! (1973–2009)

TV-Y | 3 min | Animation, Short, Family

A series of shorts illustrating various songs that teach multiplication tables, grammar, science, American history, computers, economics, and environmentalism.

Stars: Bob Dorough, Jack Sheldon, Lynn Ahrens, Val Hawk

Votes: 2,927

13. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968–2001)

TV-Y | 30 min | Family, Fantasy, Music

Fred Rogers explores various topics for young viewers through presentations and music, both in his world and in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

Stars: Fred Rogers, Betty Aberlin, David Newell, Joe Negri

Votes: 6,195

14. Sesame Street (1969– )

TV-Y | 55 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

On a special inner city street, the inhabitants, human and muppet, teach preschool subjects with comedy, cartoons, games, and songs.

Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 11,113

16. Dear Alex and Annie (1978–1982)


Teenagers Alex and Annie answer real-life kid problems submitted via viewer mail through song and dance.

Stars: William Bingham, Donna Drake

Votes: 5

17. The Metric Marvels (1978–1979)

3 min | Animation, Family, Musical

Using their superpowers to teach American children about the metric system, the Metric Marvels--Liter Leader, Meter Man, Super Celsius and Wonder Gram--musically explained the ins and outs of metric measurement.

Votes: 11

18. The Electric Company (1971–1977)

TV-G | 28 min | Family, Comedy

A comedy variety show that teaches basic phonetic and grammar concepts using live-action sketches, cartoons, songs, and Spider-Man episodes.

Stars: Jim Boyd, Morgan Freeman, Judy Graubart, Skip Hinnant

Votes: 1,656

21. Animals, Animals, Animals (1976–1980)

Documentary, Family

Various animals groups and their natures are explored as well as their influence on human culture.

Star: Hal Linden

Votes: 25

22. 30 Minutes (1978–1982)

30 min | Family, News

A youth oriented newsmagazine show.

Stars: Betsy Aaron, Christopher Glenn, Betsy Ann Browser

Votes: 6

23. In the News (1971– )

Short, Family, News

Contemporary news stories and commemorations of historical events are presented for a children's audience.

Stars: Christopher Glenn, Gary Shepard

Votes: 29

24. NBC Special Treat (1975–1986)


Anthology series of television specials geared towards teenagers.

Stars: Cheryl Arutt, Ricky Paull Goldin, Scott Baio, Chris Barnes

Votes: 19

29. Dough Nuts! (1981– )

1 min | Animation, Family

Animated poems about foolish people who waste their money and learn the hard way about basic advice about wise consumerism.

30. Willie Survive (1982–1983)


In this short-lived series of animated public service announcements for kids, Willie Survive, an African-American youth, overcomes dangers such as a house fire and becoming lost in the big city.

33. 3-2-1 Contact (1980–1992)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Family

A children's show explaining various principles of science and their applications.

Stars: David Quinn, Debra Shapiro, Todd A. Rolle, Ginny Ortiz

Votes: 434

34. Pryor's Place (1984–1985)

30 min | Comedy, Family

Richard Pryor tells educational stories of his youth at a special urban neighborhood.

Stars: Richard Pryor, Akili Prince, The Krofft Puppets, Cliffy Magee

Votes: 68

35. Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986–1991)

TV-PG | 30 min | Family, Comedy, Musical

Pee-Wee Herman and his friends have wacky, imaginative fun in his unique playhouse.

Stars: Paul Reubens, John Paragon, Phil Hartman, Laurence Fishburne

Votes: 3,836

36. Newton's Apple (1983–1998)

30 min | Talk-Show

Viewer questions about science are answered.

Stars: David Heil, Peggy Knapp, Nancy Gibson, Ira Flatow

Votes: 40

37. Reading Rainbow (1983– )

TV-Y | 30 min | Family

Levar Burton introduces young viewers to illustrated readings of children's literature and explores their related subjects.

Stars: LeVar Burton, Jennifer Betit Yen, Arnold Stang, Fred Newman

Votes: 3,396

38. Mother Goose Stories (1990–1993)

TV-G | Family, Fantasy

Mother Goose tells her three mischievous goslings the tales behind well-known nursery rhymes.

Stars: Victoria Shalet, London Kim, Laura Penta, Scott McAfee

Votes: 47

39. Lamb Chop's Play-Along (1992–1997)

TV-Y | 30 min | Family

An enthusiastic singing lady and her puppet animal friends go on a variety of adventures.

Stars: Amy Castle, Brian Ito, Shari Lewis, Amanda McAdam

Votes: 1,484

40. Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? (1991–1996)

TV-G | 30 min | Family, Game-Show, Music

Contestants pursue the international thief as junior detectives who must answer questions about geography.

Stars: Greg Lee, Lynne Thigpen, Rockapella, Sean Altman

Votes: 2,039

41. Barney & Friends (1992–2009)

TV-Y | 30 min | Family

From pretending to be a pilot on a make-believe airplane to pretending to be a pirate in search of buried treasure, Barney's friends discover that creativity lets them soar in the wings of imagination!

Stars: Bob West, Julie Johnson, Dean Wendt, Carey Stinson

Votes: 4,057

42. Nick News with Linda Ellerbee (1991– )

TV-Y | Family, News

A weekly news magazine for young adults.

Stars: Linda Ellerbee, Jennifer S. Rose, Gerald Ford, Magic Johnson

Votes: 135

43. Bill Nye, the Science Guy (1993–1998)

TV-Y | 30 min | Documentary, Comedy, Family

Scientist/comedian Bill Nye explores various aspects of science for young viewers.

Stars: Bill Nye, Pat Cashman, Michaela Leslie-Rule, Jaffar Smith

Votes: 6,254

44. Beakman's World (1992– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family

A wacky scientist and his companions answer viewer questions about science.

Stars: Paul Zaloom, Mark Ritts, Eliza Schneider, Alanna Ubach

Votes: 2,223

45. Really Wild Animals (1993– )

Documentary, Short, Family

Kids join a wild African safari with Spin, National Geographic's animated globe-on-the-go to experience the amazing ways that animals like cheetahs, crocodiles, rhinos and elephants survive... See full summary »

Stars: Dudley Moore, Billy West

Votes: 59

46. Animal Show (1994–1997)


Animal Show brings out the wild side of wildlife - as only The Jim Henson Company can! Your hosts Stinky the Skunk and Jake the Polar Bear welcome guests of the animal kingdom to the ... See full summary »

Stars: Steve Whitmire, Bill Barretta, Dave Goelz, Karen Prell

Votes: 22

47. The Crocodile Hunter (1996– )

TV-G | 60 min | Documentary, Action, Adventure