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03-06-2013 02:17 PM

Both DS and I really love Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood.  It's really the only show we watch with any regularity, other than an occasional Little Einsteins.

03-03-2013 08:17 PM

Pippi Longstocking movies - the ones with Inger Nilsson.  Our son adores Pippi.  It's all he's watched, besides TVO in Ontario, Canada (no commercials) when Dinosaur Train,  'Jack' (cartoon alien), or Dino-Dan are on.


Raffi in concert.

12-18-2012 10:09 AM

My 28 month old learned how to count to ten in spanish when she was 21 months old thanks to Dora - she now says Hola, and all sorts of words even I dont know! I'm SUPER impressed with Dora, TBH.


EDIT: My DD loves swiper because he says "Oh Maaaaannn" - we made it a funny sort of game to say it at times around the house so she isnt scared of him. She was afraid of some robots in an episode once but that was a long time ago.

12-18-2012 10:06 AM

Doc McStuffins, Dora, Little Bear, Team Umizoomi, Kai Lan, Goodnight Show - pretty much anything on Nik Jr I have been impressed with.

12-16-2012 09:39 PM
greenacresmama I honestly just want you to watch every show before your child does.. But these are ones that I know will be okay - some cases borderline - but okay; kipper and curious George, pocoyo, blues clues.. You need to be aware that this culture watches a ton of tv and it is super addicting and easy to fall on you as a help mate... It is super okay to let her watch it again and again.. But! I would seriously think about shows that are not about discover - but about emotions. Emotions from her are okay and even troubles - you can find a library book and read slowly and talk with her in between pages - shows do not work that way and my children can become very emotional and put through a dramatic and stressful roller coaster by a seemingly innocent ride.. Is the ride going up? Or is it only going up because it took them down?

My son is 5 and I have a daughter 3 - my family has been through some hard times so I have seen. Lot of shows- for every 1,000 episodes of children programming - 1 is happy, non violent and fun. It is so much about the antagonist and protagonist. Be careful and honestly - you can read to her and before she hears the words - you can change them and your voice to say what you want. It is a startling and alarming reality that most g and pg is so scary you would wait till they are 8 years old. Also, it is far better to have a show-less life because they do things on their own more creatively. I have been in the knee high deep in shows and the shallow - the shallow or none is where it is at!!! We like dinosaur train, hbo series on art, music, poetry, and the ones listed above. We have watched homeward bound recently and milo and Otis. It is rough in my case because my duo pair. My daughter is 3 and shows signs of stress because of our show viewing for the five year old - not good and I have really halted all of it lately!!
12-16-2012 08:51 PM

The first time I ever heard DD (now 5) laugh at a show (we only do Netflix and occasionally some online networks) was at Pingu.


Some favorites when she was in the 3 y.o. range:

Youtube videos of "I like Elephants"--a song that is silly, and youtube segments of laughing babies, dogs and cats making noises, and the babies who sing about farting in the bathtub. Santa babies was on the playlist too. We had the number songs from vintage Sesame Street in the loop, as well as the baker and the count and the pinball machine, the ladybug picnic and some other counting songs. I found that most of the youtube vids about nursery rhymes and whatnot were lame, as were the kiddie songs on youtube. I really haven't found many that toot my horn. For a while, and I still scratch my head over this one, she really really liked watching a horrifying rhythmic gymnastics training video in which a coach was slamming the girl's legs backward. She got such a huge kick out of this, and trying this coaching on mommy, that I rolled with it. Really, I was showing her rhythmic gymnastics for the RIBBONS. yeah. "I wanna see bajastics again, mommy". We watched ballet and Irish dance videos and some other random stuff. It seemed that if we had an interest in something I could always find an interesting vid there (but caution--sometimes they are not what is expected!) And---she really enjoyed watching home movies of herself and family too.


After we picked up Netflix while she was about 3:


Caillou sucks. During a time that kids are starting to whine anyway, it was double-bad when dd "caught" the whine bug from that kid. The stories are great, but they really did a disservice to a potentially great show by using the whine voice. She loved it, I barely tolerated it, and over time I think DD got tired of me saying "Caillou sure does whine a lot. I wonder what he needs" (She'd say "he needs to start over, Mommy"...LOL)


The Backyardigans sing a lot, and dd likes that part. Same with yo gabba gabba--but dd doesn't reach for that one often. The Wonder Pets are a huge hit too. But they bring on the "me-wantees" regarding pets, for sure. She worked on a lot of "is that real?" with the Wonder Pets. As a parent, I found myself kind of anxious about the show....I mean, here they were singing endlessly while a poor puppy just had to get out to potty, or a kitten was helpless and in trouble! The suspense was terrible! It was cute when she once said to someone who needed a toothpick at a restaurant "you could ask a pulver to help!"


I found Dora and Kailan and Diego to be pretty equal across the board in terms of interest and some of the things the OP is trying to avoid, but there are some pretty typical gender roles running amok there too in the peripheral characters.


Someone gave her an Angelina Ballerina DVD, and while we were watching it, I was pretty disgusted. That said, a few of those shows have introduced some interesting friendship themes, and we've talked about them a lot. She has an Angelina and Alice doll, and they do "interviews" with each other when there are upcoming changes in our lives....but of course they have to have an accent and sigh a lot. So that part is kind of sad...but I think it's a better show for the olders.


Kipper is awesome. dd got inspired to make her own robots and aliens and such with some of those episodes.


To avoid the commercialism--a little experience works wonders. I'm pretty anti-pinkplastictvtoys, but dd has gotten some as gifts over time. She figured out, all by herself, that "junky toys" break. They are frustrating, they break and they don't have good clothes to change to, and her dog eats them, etc. She's spent some allowance on those kinds of things, and has already learned the lesson about sparkly plasticy things and the waste of money...and I see it as quite valuable. She says "I like it better when you make the toy, mom, because then you can fix it". True that, sister.


DD refused to see Disney movies until just this year. She did not like that there was a villian. I was ho-hum about the whole thing, really. I understand that little girls are just about assaulted with those pastel demons, but at the same time if she and her cousin wanted to bond over a movie, I wasn't going to freak out too much. I was pleased that she made up her own mind about the quality of the thing, and when someone gave her the princess barbies, she just named them whatever she wanted and had no real clue about who they were "supposed" to be. Even now they just don't get much action in play and I'm waiting for them to be just cast aside and ignored long enough so they can go in the holding bin for donations.

12-16-2012 12:44 PM


12-15-2012 06:38 PM
mkksmom Yeah- Dora was too intense for my oldest. We like Doc McStuffins. There are some full episodes on the website. It is Disney, but I'm OK with that. I do use it as an opportunity to explain marketing to my kids.
12-14-2012 12:48 AM

I see Dora mentioned a few times, but that has violence on it. It has swyper trying to swype things :p and sometimes they get in binds and in troubled situations.

12-14-2012 12:46 AM

The Big Comfy Couch was a popular one with my 10 yr old when she was little.


Veggie Tales is a Christian based cartoon but a really good one.

12-12-2012 12:56 AM

I'm checking out some of those suggestions because right now my DD (26 months) only wants to watch Barney as far as kids shows go. We also don't have a TV so we watch it on Youtube a couple of times a week. Barney creeps me out but hey, I'm not exactly the target audience.


This is not a show, but we watched "March of the Penguins" with her. She got really excited about all the penguins, baby penguins and snow. It has some sad scenes but I personally find it ok and from the looks of it, she didn't even get that it was sad. I've been also trying to show her snippets of animal documentaries on Youtube. Elephants, zebras, lions, all of these are super interesting to her and she starts pointing in excitement at the screen at all the animals and saying their names, what sounds they make...

12-11-2012 08:30 AM

And to the original poster - we like Curious George, she loves Blues Clues and I used to watch Charolotte's Web with my son (although I am not sure if that meets your requirements). 


I do NOT like all those toys that come along with shows; I have been to birthday parties and the child who likes, Dora, for instance, ends up getting DORA everything for gifts. Ugh.  This never happened with my son, and hopefully I can avoid it with my daughter (just don't tell anyone what her favourite show of the moment is). Although, from my day, I have a little Gumby & Pokey toy (from 40 years ago), and I kind of like it, Dora toy may become the retro toy in 40 years. ha

12-11-2012 08:23 AM
Originally Posted by Honey693 View Post

For everyone who suggested Dora, is your kid scared of Swiper?  My 2 year old alternates between "Swiper scary mommy" and "oh man, no swiping" and laughing hysterically.


My two year old was watching Diego for a few days; loved him, laughed while she watched, dressed like him and introduced herself as Diego, and then, one episode there was a big rodent with huge fangs and she walked away ... asked me to turn it off and claimed Diego was too scary for her and so ended the love affair.

12-10-2012 09:24 PM

For everyone who suggested Dora, is your kid scared of Swiper?  My 2 year old alternates between "Swiper scary mommy" and "oh man, no swiping" and laughing hysterically.

12-10-2012 09:13 PM

DS (27m) watches Sesame Street and Team Umizoomi.


I am looking for other shows that might be good, thank you for this thread.

12-10-2012 04:34 PM

My little pony and hello kitty. They are 2 of my girl's favorite too.

12-10-2012 04:02 PM
Originally Posted by Ma Cactus View Post

We love My Neighbor Totoro by Hayao Miyazaki.

Totoro is one of our family's favorite movies too. Our 3 yo loves it. She likes Ponyo too, although I don't think it's quite as perfect for preschoolers as is Totoro.


The rest of us - dh, our teenager, and me - are big fans of all of Miyazaki's movies. My older dd couldn't handle Spirited Away until she was quite a bit older - 8 or 9 at least - due to some of the imagery but they're all just wonderful films.

12-10-2012 01:57 PM

I hear you.. been there done this..

Here is a list that comes from the very same experience and needs, at this particular age this is

what we find very calming and non-violent.

  • Dora the Explorer.
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Baby Einstein she loved it up to some 3
  • Curious George - 110 thumbs up!!! this is such a calming and non violent movie for kids that you can't really help but smile. Don't do the big movie though because it has some non-typical elements, canning and that that is TOTALLY absent from the serial Curious George.
  • Baby Genius the same as above
  • Caillou - canadian serial about a boy, a sister his family, super super calm and family value based, teaches a child a good behavior in a good non violent way

by example of family life with calm parents, grandparents and friends and preschool situations, playgorund etc..

  • Charile and Lola is nice but too young for that in my opinion as there are some pretty snoty comments and behaviours and something that you don't want to give idea to your young child. I would not start it untill solid 4 years.
  • not my vote - don't like it  - You Gaba Gaba was way to flashy to attention deficit disorderish..
  • Blues Clues - a puppet and a real boy, boy followes clues and gives clues.. teaches shapes, letters etc.. educational and calm.
  • Check the Leap Frog series.. just put on Netflix Leap FRog and there is tons educational cartoons for toddlers.. math, reading, spelling yep.. toddlers.
  • Pingu, amazingly enough there is NO ONE word spoken in any real language but it is spoken in penguineese :) soooo hilarious you will never want to stop watching. Funny
  • Keeper was nice too, don't remember particular plot but it was gentle movie
  • WordsWorld - totally cool phonics movie with real characters anmials so funny and educational, perfect for her age and you will love it!


this should serve you for good three years :) without one single tv channel just Netflix. becuase most of those titels are shows that go on and on and on many seasons and episodes, Dora has some 200 episodes, Caillou some 200, Pingu some 50, Curous George maybe like 500?...


When your child is little naturally don't show any violence but when she will be little she might want to watch something that shows not so much violence

but some conflict solving problems.. for this is good Charlie and Lola, Angelina Ballerina, Diego .. as they show some two sides of conflict

and how the characters manage to solve the problem that is good too as long as it is not too violent for the age and a child can see through the

fiction and understand what is good and what is bad becuase otherwise it would pick the bad attitudes.


Then for older kids Tom and Jerry.. but this is only when a child is really in some 6 or so.. then it is hilarious and safe to watch because

the behaviorus are not going to be copied but only laughed at.

12-10-2012 01:03 PM

The Jetsens, Powderpuff girls, Arthur, The Wild Thornberries, Pingu,

12-10-2012 01:01 PM

Oswald, Wow wow Wubzy, max and ruby, The Backyardigans, Little Bill, Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends, Maggie and the ferocious Beast, Ni Hao Ki-Lan

12-10-2012 12:58 PM


12-10-2012 11:01 AM
Ma Cactus

We love My Neighbor Totoro by Hayao Miyazaki.  The main characters are strong females, and it has amazingly beautiful imagery, and also periods of very slow non-action, which I feel are very helpful in not overly stimulating a little kid.  I have seen Kiki's Delivery Service but did not like it as much myself (although it is also a strong female lead), and do not remember much about it, so I have not shown it to DS yet.  Neither of these are on Netflix but I bought Totoro for myself even before I had a child.  I would definately recommend Totoro unreservedly.  Many of Miyazaki's movies are definately too violent for small children: Princess Mononoke, and Nausica of the Valley of the Wind especially, and Spirited Away (scary, though DS has seen and loves this one - I was able to prepare him for the scary scenes and assure him tha noone would be ultimately hurt) and Howls Moving Castle (war scenes somewhat disturbing), to a lesser degreee, but all have strong female characters and are among my own favorite movies. 


Another favorite is not a kids movie per se, "Microcosmos", but is amazingly beatiful imagery from nature (mostly insects), with almost no speaking (the phenomena seen are not explained in any way, so they can just be enjoyed, although I often wind up looking up diferent events because we become curious about them).  It does show a spider capturing a grasshopper, and I think also ants fighting, and a waterbug chasing other bugs, but none of this has proved insurmountable.  This is actually my go-to when DS is clamoring to watch something, but I do not want him to be glued to a screen for hours.  He finds it amazing and interesting, but since it has no plot and no suspense that lasts more than a few minutes, it is not so engrossing as to completely subsume his other interests.  He will watch for 15 minutes and then run off and play.  It is available on Netflix. 

12-10-2012 10:15 AM

I have wonderpets in my netflix queue, but haven't had a chance to watch an episode yet...  I'll have to take a look at one soon. :)

12-10-2012 10:02 AM
Storm Bride
Originally Posted by cww View Post

2) there is far more mention of cake, cookies, etc on all of these shows than I would prefer (our daughter hasn't really learned about sweets yet and when she does have something, we try to make it not a big deal - but when the characters on TV go on about how great some kind of dessert is, I get a bit uncomfortable about that message...). 


Wonderpets is a weird, weird show...but the snack the characters get super excited about is celery. It actually sparked a bit of a celery binge around here, but it didn't last long. smile.gif

12-10-2012 08:58 AM

Thanks again to everyone for all their suggestions - I keep coming back periodically and updating our list.  So far I quite like Little Bear because I find it so calm without being boring.  It would be nice if the gender roles of the parents weren't quite so traditional, but I love that it is not at all flashy and that the music is relatively peaceful and nice and not grating.  I hadn't really thought about it but two other issues that came up for me as I was looking at more children's programming is 1) so many of them are so loud, fast and flashy! and 2) there is far more mention of cake, cookies, etc on all of these shows than I would prefer (our daughter hasn't really learned about sweets yet and when she does have something, we try to make it not a big deal - but when the characters on TV go on about how great some kind of dessert is, I get a bit uncomfortable about that message...).  We haven't looked at very many of these shows yet, since we try not to watch too much TV in general, but so far we like Little Bear and the older Sesame St. episodes.  The new ones aren't bad - but I do find them a bit too loud and fast for my tastes, and as I think my DD is somewhat sensitive to noise and overstimulation, I always put on the old ones over the new ones.  


I'm trying not to be too uptight, but wow - there are so many things I never paid attention to before I had a kiddo around that I'm suddenly much more aware of... :)

12-06-2012 04:12 AM

I'm not 100% sure if all these are on Netflix, but we have a lot of these shows on DVD and cost about $10, so fairly inexpensive if they aren't :)

Backyardigan's, Dora, Diego, Arthur, Sesame Street, Barney, Doc McStuffin's, Mickey Mouse Club House, Bearenstein Bears...

12-05-2012 03:56 PM

dinosaur train

angelina ballerina



rocky & bullwinkle

super why

word world

bob the builder

12-05-2012 03:45 PM

caillou and martha speaks, older care bears


my kids love these, i have hulu plus, but i think you can watch it on regular hulu. very little commercials and nothing inappropriate

11-30-2012 08:08 PM

Oh yes! We also love Kipper, Shaun the Sheep, and Pingu! 

We haven't been watching much TV lately as our Son is much more into the iPad and is learning to read playing with it. So his screen time has switched to the iPad for the most part except for some Blues Clues and the occasinal family movie. 

11-29-2012 03:11 PM

Another Caillou hater over here.

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