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7 Best Kids' Show On Netflix, According to a Six-Year-Old

By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | January 27, 2014 | Comments ()


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On a typical weekday, my six-year-old son watches about two episodes of television. After he finishes his cello practice, he’s allowed 45 minutes before bed while his sisters are being put to sleep. Two episodes a night on Netflix obviously stacks up, and over the course of a year, my son has finally watched enough television to put together his very first seriously random list, which I obviously could not be more proud of.

Obviously, his tastes veer toward the animated, and there’s still plenty he hasn’t seen that other six year olds may have already, but we at least like to allow him enough television to assimilate into the various pop-culture discussions that must take place on the playground. “Iron Man is the best Avenger.” “Nuh, uh, poop-face. The Hulk is best.”

Your mileage may differ, based on the personality of your child. Mine is a little precocious, incredibly obsessed with birds, and insisted that I mention that his favorite thing is not watching TV, but doing other things, like playing outside, because he doesn’t want anyone to get the wrong idea.

Here are those seven best shows, ranked, and he was even kind enough (patient enough) to provide short blurbs and a rating for each show based on how funny they are, how educational they are, and how action-packed they are.

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7. Transformers Prime (Watch Here)

It’s a cool show that has really bad guys and really good guys. The baddest guy is Megatron except when Starscream took over after Megatron died but then (spoilers) Megatron came back alive and things got back to normal. My favorite Transformer is Optimus Prime, definitely.

Funny: 1 (out of 5)
Educational Value: O
Action: 5

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6. Adventure Time (Watch Here)

It’s about lots of stuff. There’s hundreds of things it’s about. They’re trying to defeat a guy whose name I don’t remember. Please don’t write that I don’t remember his name. It does not teach me anything, though. … It’s funny, like for one reason because of a scene where the prickly guys wanted to give Finn and Jake a hug. It’s half weird, and half not weird. It’s not always funny, though, because sometimes I like poop jokes and sometimes I don’t. (Adventure Time is easily the most enjoyable kid’s show on Netflix for adults.)

Funny: 3 (out of 5)
Educational Value: 1
Action: 5

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5. LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu (Watch Here)

It’s about ninjas and bad guys. The ninjas beat the bad guys with their Spinjitzu. Plus they’re all trying to be the Green Ninja who turns into the Golden Ninja. The first two episodes are very funny but it’s not very funny after that, but it’s exciting because there’s lots of adventure in it.

Funny: 2 (out of 5)
Educational Value: 2
Action: 5

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4. The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (Watch Here)

The Avengers are about people attacking New York City and so the Avengers keep having to stop them. The heroes always join the Avengers, but it’s kind of scary because the bad guys sometimes almost win. It’s a cool show to watch. There’s good action in it. My favorite Avenger is Captain America because he has a shield and he can bring it back to him just like Thor.

Funny: 3 (out of 5)
Educational Value: 0
Action: 5

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3. WordGirl (Watch Here)

It’s about defining words and fighting crime. It’s a good show because, I just like it, OK? Some of it is funny. The villains escape and WordGirl gets them. She has to define words that the villains don’t know and uses lots of techniques to get the bad guys, like fake jewelry to wrap them up. It’s a PBS show, but that doesn’t mean it’s lame.

Funny: 3 (out of 5)
Educational Value: 4
Action: 4

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2. Phineas and Ferb (Watch Here)

It’s about Phineas and Ferb doing their inventions and Perry the Platypus attacking Dr. Doofenshmirtz after Dr. Doofenshmirtz tells Perry his plan. And if you’re going to ask if it’s funny. It is. It’s seriously funny. It’s not educational. It’s just a show that people watch. My favorite part is when Dr. Doofenshmirtz says, ‘Curse you Perry the Platypus.’ It is so funny. Write down that I don’t like the zebra that calls everyone Kevin because he creeps me out.

Funny: 5 (out of 5)
Educational Value: 1
Action: 4

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1. Wild Kratts (Watch Here)

It has lots of animals and I like animals so I like that show. I can learn about animals and it’s just a lot of fun, because it has a lot of fun facts. Like, I learned there’s a type of lizard that can walk on water called the basilisk. It stars Chris and Martin. Martin’s favorite color is blue and Chris’ is green because he has a green creature power suit. (I should also mention that Wild Kratts is also on PBS, and blends animation with live-action. Older people may know these guys from their 1999 children’s series, Zoboomafoo.)

Funny: 4 (out of 5)
Educational Value: 5
Action: 2

Header Photo is the work of Nik Sardos, who you can follow on Twitter.

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  • Chris

    I think your son has made quite a great list! My kids are definitely on the #6, #2, and #1 kick. Like him, they have limited access to viewing (3-4 hours a week) so they make it count. They like Transformers too, but the original series from the 80's! Netflix actually has a lot of great 80's cartoon's but they're normally found through a search instead of on the main "kids" page. Tell your son he might enjoy peppering these into his viewing rotation: "Voltron - Lion Force", "G.I. Joe", "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" (Netflix has both the 80's and 00's versions streaming). For laughs: "Garfield and Friends", "Scooby Doo", and my kids love the "Dinosaurs" sitcom that aired from the early-mid 90's. May as well throw in some "Munsters" while he's at it for good measure (assuming he can take the black and white). Everyone always complains about there being nothing to watch on Netflix . . . there's plenty, sometimes you've just got to do some digging. It helps to pay attention to the "You might also like" suggestions on any given description page. Thanks for the article.

  • YackBacker

    The artist who made the Adventure Time picture is my friend Nik Sardos. He's the cat's PJs. http://niksardos.com/fan-art/

  • T16skyhopp

    Thanks, sexy.

  • His work is better than three-quarters of the content currently on the Internet.

  • Uriah_Creep

    I love that he keeps giving his editor specific instructions about what to include (instructions which the editor sometimes disregards).

  • googergieger

    They still have Rugrats on there right? Not to mention some Cartoon, cartoons!

  • Melina

    My sons are obsessed with Wild Kratts too :) and we ALL love Adventure Time, especially any Simon and Marcie story line.

  • ingridtodayy

    Is Avatar still on Netflix?

  • starkersinyeg

    Because if Avatar is still on Netflix, it is definitely the best kids' show on Netflix. It's the best kids' show of all time.

  • casagomezgirl

    Wild Kratts ranks pretty high in our house too, but it's slightly beat out by Riders/Defenders of Berk (which, unfortunately, isn't on Netflix - but I broke down and bought it from iTunes after watching the Book of Dragons on Netflix way, way too many times)

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    Phineas and Ferb is possibly one of my top five shows, right after Justified. I was introduced to it via my nephew, but now I could watch Perry and Doof battle all day.

  • alannaofdoom

    Help, where is the [LIKE] button for this post? Because I need to click it approximately one million times.

  • Maya

    Wait, your six year old plays the cello? Is that a thing six year olds do nowadays or is your son just a prodigy?

    Anyway, based on these reviews he sounds like an awesome kid.

  • AvaLehra

    I have two words for him, in two years: Regular Show. He'll love it when he's 8. My nine-year-old thinks it's boss. In the meantime, party on Party Pat.
    https://31.media.tumblr.com/9b...

  • AvaLehra

    P.S. Tell your son that we recreated Card Wars at my house. It has all of the cards minus the lasers. If you want to win, just make sure you always floop the pig.

  • eag46

    Your son has fine taste in television and I hope he'll review other things soon as well, like books and toys.

  • JenVegas

    Thank your son for this. My precocious 3 year old is rapidly aging out of the Disney Jr crap and is more and more obsessed with watching Netflix on the Kindle or the desktop. I think he's FINALLY getting tired of Mater Tales (whew, seriously thank Godtopus) and I've been looking for some new stuff for him. One of our other friends recommends The Super Hero Squad Show, just FYI.

  • Sara Habein

    Super Hero Squad is quite funny.

  • birdgal

    Obsessed with birds you say? You're raisin' em right Dustin! My kids (5&8) are currently enamored with the very 90's (very Canadian) Goosebumps on Netflix (and I guess the Hub plays the episodes too on occasion). They seem to love all that scary stuff (my oldest has always been very morbid for her age), though they also enjoy most of the shows on this list as well (or have in the recent past).

  • Captain America has long been my favorite Avenger as well. Also, point out that in addition to walking on water, the basilisk will kill you stone dead with one glance.

    Or maybe don't, if you want him to sleep tonight.

  • Snath

    My son told me just last night that he wants to change his name to Martin, after Martin Kratt. He's obsessed with the show, and pretends to be about five different animals a day. Of course, he then pretends to fight ninjas as the animals, so he's not exactly sticking to canon.

    This is definitely a good list, though my kids would probably also add Ultimate Spider-Man in place of Word Girl.

  • NateMan

    Ultimate Spider-Man is pretty good. Every time my 2.5yr old daughter sees a superhero jumping around (Like me playing Infamous 2) she shouts "It's Spider-Man!"

  • Captain_Tuttle

    Your top 2 is the same as ours. Throw in Peg + Cat (have you seen this show? It's on PBS Kids and it is fantastic) and Dino Train, and you've got a fun evening at my house.

  • Brian Merritt

    Nice list! Love watching blocks of Adventure Time and Regular Show. Very funny.

  • KaGe

    I was going to ask if the Kratt Brothers hang out with real animals on that show. PBS was my jam growing up, between the Brothers/Zaboomafoo, Arthur, Wishbone, and Reading Rainbow.

  • bonnie

    Yes to all of those things. I also really enjoyed Where in the World is Carmen San Diego? and the Zaboomafoo predecessor, Kratts' Creatures.

  • "It’s a PBS show, but that doesn't mean it’s lame."

    *flips table*

    Kid just stole a quarter of the television reviews I write.

  • That really was the best line. Dustin's son is ready to introduce his friends to Sherlock!

  • Target_Blonde

    That was my favorite line too. I was into Downton Abbey before all my friends were and telling them that b/c it's on PBS does NOT mean it's lame was my selling point too.

    Glad to see I have the same sensibilities as a 6 yo boy. That sounds about right.

  • Uriah_Creep

    Also: you're fired, SLW. Your services are no longer required.

  • Kristen Mc

    We lumpin LOVE Adventure Time at my house.

  • Tinkerville

    Phineas and Ferb is just amazing. I have no problem admitting I love that show as an adult with no kids.

    PS: Your son seems awesome but we'll have to agree to disagree re. the zebra. That zebra's hilarious.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    I am an adult that owns a Perry the Platypus, not because of children, but because Perry is the greatest. I could watch that show all day.

  • AudioSuede

    Adventure Time is barely a kids' show. I'm glad to hear kids like it, because as an adult, I adore it.

  • Nail Polish Color

    Adventure Time is hands down one of the best shows on TV. Made up curse words, lessons on values and friendship, plus random moments that made me laugh so hard I cry. When Jake made a sandwich with "lobster soul" I cried laughing for about ten minutes.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Word up!

  • NateMan

    Your son made a good list! I'd argue with you, however; no way is Adventure Time more accessible for adults than Phineas & Ferb. P&F saved my sanity, walking circles in my living room at 3am with a screaming baby.

  • L.O.V.E.

    I think it depends on whether you are high/drunk as fuck at 3 a.m., or your level of sleep deprivation at that point. P&F is for mild buzzing and general tiredness. A.T. is only more accessible when you are floating on an herbal cloud or reach a point when you're not sure if you are actually awake.

  • Snath

    Or you're that particular kind of nerd. While I've enjoyed P&F on occasion, AT speaks to the D&D and roleplaying geek that makes up most of my soul.

  • NateMan

    Hmm, good to know. Now I have a plan for Friday night!

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