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21 Best Children TV Series on Netflix Right Now

May 1, 2019
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Binge-watching is not an adult thing any more. Streaming platforms are replete with shows from different genres for people with different tastes. In fact, they also cater to kids. Each streaming platform is keen to add the best kids shows to its roster. From horror to fun, from superheroes to thugs and from princesses to witches, these shows unravel an amazing world of imagination for toddlers. Netflix is regularly updating its lineup for kids to lure the large and complex subcategories of toddlers, kids and teens. Kids shows include several sub-genres like musicals, fantasy or adventure drama and so on. With all that said, here’s the list of really good kids shows on Netflix that are available to stream right now:

21. Super Monsters (2017 – )

Super Monsters‘ follows a group of preschool children. During the daytime, they are like any normal human kids. But when night falls, they change into monster kids, sons and daughters of the world’s most famous monsters. The wannabe monsters practice their monster skills with intense training. Unlike senior monster flicks, ‘Super Monsters’ is a heartwarming tale of six monster kids who want to be better people and good monsters like their parents. Their major obstacle in developing a good-natured monster persona is their instincts and natural emotions. Two expert teachers help the kids to tame their dangerous emotional outbursts as monsters.

Each episode features one of the students and the harmful act that causes problems for themselves or their friends. The teachers allow the student to realize the consequences and help to straighten it out. The aim of the preparation is to nurture self-esteem and better interpersonal relationships between the monster kids. The show is created by Avi Arad. ‘Super Monsters’ stars Erin Mathews, Alessandro Juliani and Vincent Tong in major roles. All the episodes of season 1 and 2 are available for streaming on Netflix now.

20. PJ Masks (2015 – )

‘PJ Masks’ is an animated series for kids based on the book series ‘Les Pyjamasques’ by Romuald Racioppo. The show follows three 6-year-olds who turn into superheroes at nights. Magical bracelets attached to their pyjamas turn them into superheroes and the trio act under the cover name ‘PJ Masks.’ The plot follows their adventures together. At nights, PJ Masks solve mysteries that happened by day and learn important lessons to live life as better persons. They fight evil forces like Romeo, Luna Girl and Night Ninja to keep the city safe from doom. Created by Romuald Racioppo, ‘PJ Masks’ features Addison Holley, Kyle Breitkopf and Brianna Daguanno in the voice cast. Seasons 1 and 2 are available for streaming on Netflix now.

19. Oscar’s Oasis (2011 – )

‘Oscar’s Oasis’ consists of animated episodes without any dialogue. The nonverbal show follows a desert lizard named Oscar. He lives in the middle of a god-forgotten desert and finds himself in total mess whenever he tries a little bit of adventure. Each episode depicts Oscar’s misadventures and encounters with dangers in the desert. An oasis inhabited by a horde of crocodiles is the only source of drinking water in the area. But the presence of crocodiles prevents everyone from going near the water. Though Oscar tries to get some water from the sidelines of a concrete highway, he isn’t happy about people who throw garbage around from moving cars. Oscar’s neighbors are the trio, Popy, a fox, Buck, a vulture and Harchi, a hyena, who live in a nearby run-down school bus. They are also in dire water and food crisis. The plot follows the neighbors’ ingenious techniques to keep themselves alive in extremely hostile situations. ‘Oscar’s Oasis’ is directed by Benjamin Townsend. The show stars Martial Le Minoux and Jeremy Prevost in major roles. 33 episodes of season 1 are available for streaming on Netflix now.

18. Goosebumps (1995 – 1998)

The horror anthology series ‘Goosebumps’ is based on the best-selling books by R.L. Stine. Each episode follows different kids who embark on a scary adventure which involves monsters and other supernatural forces. The focus of the stories is how normal kids from middle-class background kid deal with scary situations. They treat their fears with courage and try to overcome it using a practical approach. According to the master of kid horror author, R. L. Stine, his novels never depict death and hence the characters are never exposed to hazardous situations in his novels. Created by R.L. Stine, ‘Goosebumps‘ features R.L. Stine, Kathryn Short and Cody Jones in the voice cast. Almost all the episodes of the first four seasons are available for streaming on Netflix.

17. Animaniacs (1993 – 1998)

The animated comedy series ‘Animaniacs’ features the three siblings, Wakko, Yakko and Dot. The show depicts the mess caused by the trio, who are the agents of chaos. They live inside a water tower in the Warner Brothers Studio. The other characters in the show include Pinky and the Brain, two lab mice, Rita and Runt, a cat and dog who always sing a song, and Bobby, Pesto, and Squit, knowns as the Goodfeathers, who work as gangsters in a New York City mob of pigeons. Bobby, Pesto and Squint have a godfather above them called The Godpigeon and they are devotees of Martin Scorsese. Slappy is a squirrel who starred in some popular cartoon shows and now lives a retired life. Skippy Squirrel is her nephew. The watchdog Buttons keeps a watch on the restless baby Mindy. Chicken Boo is a giant chicken fascinated by the ways of humans. Created by Tom Ruegger, ‘Animaniacs’ takes the viewers into the wild world of Wakko, Yakko and Dot. Five seasons of the show are available for streaming on Netflix now.

16. Beat Bugs (2016 – )

‘Beat Bugs’ tells the story of five insect friends Jay, Kumi, Crick, Buzz, and Walter. They live in the backyard of a suburban township called Village Green. The backyard teaches them several important life lessons. They learn important things to live in a better way through their various adventures. Different episodes are connected together by the Beatles tracks like ‘Come Together’ and ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.’ The lyrics often imply the life lessons the insect band learn. Aimed at five to seven-year-olds, the show uses the Beatles tracks and the backyard community as a parable to teach kids. Created by Josh Wakely, the series features Ashleigh Ball, Charles Demers and Rebecca Husain in the voice cast. Two seasons of ‘Beat Bugs‘ are available for screening on Netflix now.

15. DreamWorks Dragons (2013)

The animated series ‘DreamWorks Dragons’ is based on the 2010 movie ‘How to Train Your Dragon.’ The plot unfolds between the events of ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ and ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2.’ Dragons and Vikings have started a cohabitation system and a Dragon Training Academy. Hiccup tries to keep a balance between Dragons and Vikings as his team struggles to tame the new batch of Dragons. To make things messier, some enemies are trying to create clashes between the Dragons and Vikings. The show bridges the first movie with its 2014 sequel. ‘DreamWorks Dragons‘ is developed by Linda Teverbaugh and Mike Teverbaugh. The show features Jay Baruchel, Craig Ferguson and America Ferrera in the voice cast. Seasons 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 are available for streaming on Netflix now.

14. Ever After High (2014 – 2016)

‘Ever After High’ is an animated series based on the doll franchise of the same name. The story is set in Ever After High, a residential school for the children of Bible characters and superheroes. All fairy tale characters join the school as students where they fall into two categories — Royals and Rebels. The show is presented as various chapters with each chapter narrating a different event in the school. ‘Ever After High’ is a new doll franchise introduced by Mattel in 2013. The brand also has a YouTube web series and a range of products and books among others, alongside the Netflix series. Seasons 1 and 3 of ‘Ever After High’ are available for streaming on Netflix now. The voice cast of the show includes Valerie Arem, Todd Haberkorn and Jamieson Price.

13. R. L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour (2010 – 2014)

The anthology horror series ‘R. L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour’ is based on the 2007 movie ‘R.L Stine’s The Haunting Hour: Don’t Think About It.’ Master horror writer R. L. Stine tells different stories with a different cast on every episode. The characters are on the verge of danger with ghosts, aliens, witches, zombies, monsters, and other bizarre creatures threatening their lives. Unlike the writers’ previous ventures for kids, ‘Goosebumps’ and ‘The Nightmare Room,’ ‘The Haunting Hour’ isn’t reluctant to depict death. Even the protagonists die in some stories. Moreover, the show evokes chills, thrills and scares in a darker way. There are some episodes that have happy endings. However, the focus of the show is to provide the kids with a taste of real horrors of the world and show them how to deal with scary situations. ‘R. L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour Jeny Cassady’ features Jeny Cassady, Dan Payne and Emma Grabinsky in the voice cast. 18 episodes of season 2 are available for streaming on Netflix.

12. Lily’s Driftwood Bay (2014 – )

‘Lily’s Driftwood Bay’ is a 2D animated mixed-media series. The plot follows the daily chores and daydreams of a sea-treasure hunter girl named Lily and her father. They live in a hut on an abandoned beach. Lily has only a seagull for company. In order to overcome the loneliness and boredom, Lily creates a fictional island and a world of her own on out of her imagination. She names it ‘Driftwood Bay’ because she believes all toys and little things wash ashore on the beach are coming from ‘Driftwood Bay.’ Every day, a new treasure washes up on the beach. Those are Lily’s cues for an event happening on the imaginary island. Soon, Lily embarks on an adventure across the straight to her imaginary world accompanied by her best friend Gull. Created by Colin Williams, ‘Lily’s Driftwood Bay‘ features Orlagh O’Keefe, Peter Mullan and Stephen Fry in the voice cast. 59 episodes of season 1 are available for streaming on Netflix now.

11. Pee-wee’s Playhouse (1986 – 1991)

‘Pee-wee’s Playhouse’ is known as the evergreen cult show for kids. Paul Reubens’ iconic character Pee-wee Herman popularized the show which ran for five years in a row. The show is based on Reubens’ popular stage and TV versions of ‘The Pee-wee Herman Show.’ ‘Playhouse’ centers around Pee-Wee Herman’s wonderful playhouse and the weird characters appear as guests. The playhouse is full of various toys, talking furniture, puppets, and a head living inside a box!

The puppet characters are Conky The Robot, Pterri the baby Pteranodon, and Jambi the Genie. The regular guests include human characters like Miss Yvonne, Reba The Mail Lady, Captain Carl, Cowboy Curtis, and the kids known as The Playhouse Gang. Pee-Wee uses animation clips, puppetry and live-action sequences to tell his stories. The show is also popular for its recurring gags like ‘the secret word.’ In each episode, viewers are told to scream out ‘the secret word’ of the day aloud whenever a character appears onscreen uttering the word. Pee-wee concludes each episode with screaming the word aloud himself.

10. Booba (2014 – )

‘Booba’ centers arouond the titular character, a hairy, white monster having big blue eyes. Though he never speaks, he can communicate his feelings and emotions by making a series of grunts. The show follows an inquisitive Booba who explores the world around him like a kid. Booba is beaming with energy and enthusiasm to learn every interesting aspect of the world. But his attempts often end up in embarrassing results. But the unrelenting Booba is in no mode to turn back from his mission to learn all about the world around him. Each episode of the show runs for 5-10 minutes. Booba’s curiosity about the mysteries of the world around him connects all the episodes together. The voice cast includes Roman Karev, Elena Kareva and Valeriy Pankov.

9. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 – 2020)

George Lucas‘ 3D animated series ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ is set in the Star Wars universe established in ‘Star Wars’ movie franchise. The series depicts three years between events of the movies ‘Episode II: Attack of the Clones’ and ‘Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.’ The Jedi knights Yoda, Mace Windu, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Anakin Skywalker assemble the Grand Army of the Republic in the series. On the other side, the droid army of the Separatists also prepare for the mega war. ‘The Clone Wars’ introduces new characters like Ahsoka Tano, and Captain Rex. ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ went on to become the most-watched series in Cartoon Network with an average of 3 million total viewers. The ensemble voice cast includes Tom Kane, Matt Lanter and Dee Bradley Baker.

8. Huntik: Secrets and Seekers (2009 – 2012)

The Italian animated series ‘Huntik: Secrets and Seekers’ centers on the secret organization named Seekers. Lok Lambert, a young man in his ’20s, discovers a hitherto unknown legacy of his father. Though his father disappeared without a trace, he left a mysterious book for his son. Soon, Lok realizes that some evil members in Seekers are after the secret book and his life is in grave danger. To save his life and find his father, Lok teams up with some good-natured Seekers members. Led by the explorer Dante and lone wolf Zhalia, the group starts their adventurous journey to the heart of the secrets. ‘Huntik: Secrets and Seekers’ is created by Iginio Straffi. The voice cast consists of Marc Thompson, Karen Strassman and Rebecca Soler.

7. Leo & Tig (2017 – )

‘Leo & Tig’ is a cute story of a leopard cub named Leo and his best friend Tig, a tiger cub. Two friends travel around the forest, exploring several funny and curious things. Each of their trips into the hidden secrets of the dense forest leads the friends to new realizations. In one of their adventures, they come across an ancient legend. The animated series makes use of the ancient folk tales circulating around the forest as parables to feed the kids with ideas like mutual respect, love and care. The most beautiful thing about the series is the daily discoveries of Leo and Tig, which help them to be more friendly, kind and empathetic. ‘Leo & Tig’ is created by Nikolay Kozlov and Aleksandr Lyutkevich. All 16 episodes of season 1 are available for streaming on Netflix.

6. Motown Magic (2018 – )

‘Motown Magic’ is a Netflix original animated series created by Josh Wakely. The show tells the magical tale of a wide-eyed boy who paints the streets of his hometown. Ben is an 8-year-old with an eye for beauty and art. With the help of a magic paintbrush, he decorating every street and corner of Motown. Moreover, he brings the beautiful street art in the town to life. ‘Motown Magic’ also brings in 52 Motown hits from performers like The Jackson 5, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, and Smokey Robinson. Each episode in the series runs for 11 minutes and features a plot inspired by Motown songs. The voice cast of the series includes Kelly Jean Badgley, Avia Fields and Shawn Michael Howard.

5. The Deep (2015 – )

Based on Gestalt Comics’ comic book created by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer, ‘The Deep’ follows the deep sea adventures of the Nekton family. Their family mission is to unravel mysteries and treasures of the deep sea. As daring diving experts, the family has an advanced submarine, named the Aronnax, as their home. The Nekton family legend says that the family ancestors sacrificed their lives to solve the riddle of the lost city of Lemuria. The family never leaves an opportunity to solve a riddle since then. The series is created by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer.

4. Power Rangers (1993 – )

‘Power Rangers’ is a cult classic among kids and enjoys a long legacy of 26 years. The franchise has been around since 1993. The original plot follows a group of teenagers who turns into fully-equipped superheroes. A covert organization recruit them to protect Angel Grove from an evil witch named Rita Repulsa. The teen superheroes went on to become instant fan favourites with their colourful helmets and gadgets. ‘Power Rangers’ is created by Haim Saban. ‘Power Rangers Beast Morphers,’ twenty-sixth season of ‘Power Rangers’, premiered on Nickelodeon on March 2, 2019. All 25 seasons of ‘Power Rangers’ are available for streaming on Netflix now.

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3. Hilda (2018 – )

Based on the graphic novel series by Luke Pearson, ‘Hilda‘ follows a young girl living in a fictional snowy country. The blue-haired Hilda and her best friend Twig, a deerfox, moves to the city of Trolberg along with her mom. She befriends a small elf, Alfur, in the woods on the way. She also finds two new friends, Frida and David, in the new city. Soon, Hilda and her mother find themselves in the middle of a magical universe full of elves, giants, murmurs, and spells. The curious girl realizes that there are more to the city for her to explore. ‘Hilda’ is created by Kurt Mueller, Luke Pearson and Stephanie Simpson.

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2. Puffin Rock (2015 – )

The Irish animated series for children, ‘Puffin Rock’, follows a young puffin named Oona and her little brother Baba. The siblings explore their world of the mysterious Irish island, Puffin. The show chronicles the daily chores, secrets and challenges of the islanders through the eyes of Oona and her brother. The kids learn important lessons of life, family bond and mutual respect from their family, nature and animals. ‘Puffin Rock’ is created by Lily Bernard, Tomm Moore and Paul Young.

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1. The Ollie & Moon Show (2017 – )

The Ollie & Moon Show‘ is a French animated series for kids based on the ‘Ollie & Moon’ book series. Ollie and Moon are two 6-year-old cats who travel around the world to know people, life and culture. Each episode starts with Ollie and Moon stumbling upon a riddle and they set off in search of the solution to some unknown land. The trip involves unexpected meetings, conflicts and realizations. The focus of the show is discovering our true self and the world around us. Along with their travel companion Stanley, the snail, Ollie and Moon take kids to the vast world of stories, riddles and songs.

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