Top Ten Educational TV Shows
Let’s face it, television is not exactly kid-friendly. Violence, foul language, and mindless entertainment are broadcast on TV even in the morning, when children are present. The good news is that there are a lot of educational TV shows that children can enjoy. Most of these educational TV shows come from the early days of public television. Here are ten educational shows you may have grown up with:
10. Beakman’s World (1992-1998)
Science is a very popular topic in educational TV shows, mostly because children find themselves bored with such topics like chemistry and physics. “Beakman’s World” was a kid-friendly science show that starred Dr. Beakman (Paul Zaloom), a guy in a rat suit named Lester D. Rat (Mark Ritts), and various bubbly assistants like Josie (Alanna Ubach), Liza (Eliza Schneider), and Phoebe (Senta Moses). Beakman made science fun through interesting trivia in a segment called “Beakmania,” and through hilarious but scientific experiments and video clips.
9. Ghostwriter (1992-1995)
Children may find it boring to read books and write stories, but “Ghostwriter” made it fun. Reading and writing skills in this show were taught through detective stories and the everyday experiences of teenagers. Ghostwriter is a small, bouncing dot, who can only be seen by the “Ghostwriter Team.” The team is composed of Jamal Jenkins (Sheldon Turnipseed), Lenni Frazer (Blaze Berdahl), Alex Fernandez (David Lopez), Gaby Fernandez (Mayeteena Gonzales), and Tina Nguyen (Tram-Anh Tran).
8. Arthur (1996-present)
“Arthur” is a TV series where an eight-year-old aardvark named Arthur Timothy Read learned and taught valuable life lessons to kids. Arthur lives in the fictional town of Elwood City, where he is friends with Buster Baxter (a fun-loving rabbit), Francine Frensky (a bossy monkey), Muffy Crosswire (a fashion-loving monkey), Alan “Brain” Powers (a very intelligent bear), and many other neighborhood kids. Arthur is constantly pestered by his sister, D.W. The show is widely considered to be one of the most wholesome educational shows for children.
7. Lamb Chop’s Play-Along (1992-1997)
They say that you can’t learn anything from sock puppets, but Lamb Chop was the exception. Created in 1957 by the late puppeteer and comedian Shari Lewis, Lamb Chop was a sock puppet loved by children the world over. Lamb Chop, a six-year-old female sheep, is very curious, inquisitive, and loves to have fun with her friends Shari, Hush Puppy, and Charlie Horse. When Shari Lewis died in 1998, her daughter Mally Lewis took over the show. To this day, the antics of Lamb Chop, as well as “The Song That Never Ends,” is still enjoyed by children the world over.
6. The Magic School Bus (1994-1997)
Every kid likes field trips, but “The Magic School Bus” had the most awesome class outings. Miss Frizzle, an eccentric and wacky science teacher, took her third-grade class to field trips aboard the Magic School Bus. While Miss Frizzle’s class didn’t go camping at lakes and park grounds, they went to field trips to outer space, the inside of the human body, and even the center of the Earth. Accompanied by her pet lizard Liz, Miss Frizzle and the Magic School Bus made learning fun and enjoyable.
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