Shows we like (and why you should too)...


Wonder Pets
Noggin
Animated
Ages: Pre-K and up

Opera for children..? If you haven't seen the "Wonder Pets," you really should. Linny the Guinea Pig, Ming-Ming the Duckling, and Turtle Tuck are, um, well "baby animal super heroes who answer the call to help baby animals in need." Unique photo-puppetry animation creates a different look. The great thing about this program is that each episode is a mini-opera. Well-known Broadway composers have created the wonderful music scores. You really should watch at least once. Visit Wonder Pets on the web for info about show times. Great for the littlest ones.




The Upside Down Show
Noggin
Live-Action
Ages: Pre-K and up

At first glance, hosts Shane and David seem like rather unlikely hosts for a kids' show. Keep watching. This show is a real treat. If I'm flipping around and come across "The Upside Down Show," it's staying on. Shane and David interact with the children out there watching, urging them to press different buttons on their imaginary remote controls, such as the rotate button, the fast forward, rewind, and upside down controls. The show's goals include promoting out-of-the box thinking (which we endorse), problem solving, vocabulary, literacy, and various cognitive skills. Check out The Upside Down Show on the web for show times.

Discover the world around you with Shane and David.




Curious George
PBS Kids
Animated
Ages: Pre-K and up

Sweet animated show adapted from the wonderful Margret and H.A. Rey books. Watch George, the very curious little monkey, on his adventures as he explores the world around him. Narration by William H. Macy.




Cyberchase
PBS Kids
Animated
Ages: 8 through 12

If you can get past the garish animation (think purple and green), this show is wall-to-wall math, taught in an engaging manner such that the kids, if they even notice, won't mind. I remember when our son, at about age 6, was watching and learned the concept of symmetry. There aren't enough shows like this and we endorse it for its educational value. Features the voice talents of Christopher Lloyd as "Hacker," and Gilbert Gottfried as "Didget." The last segment of the show is called "Cyberchase for Real," in which a likeable guy and girl encounter various real-world scenarios that involve a math problem and solution.




Fetch with Ruff Ruffman
PBS Kids
Live action/animation

A combination quiz show/reality T.V. show, "Fetch with Ruff Ruffman" mixes education and fun. The same group of kids compete each week (the points being awarded on a seemingly-random basis) and engage in different challenges where they put their detective skills to work. Full of science concepts and general knowledge, this is one of the good ones.

Visit PBS Kids on the web for information on show times, plus games and much more.