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Bringing Up Baby: 5 Animated TV Shows (That Won’t Make You Cringe)


Bringing Up Baby: 5 Animated TV Shows
(That Won’t Make You Cringe)

There is this show my 6 year-old daughter just loves…and I loath.

Every time I hear the theme music, I cringe. A little hint: It’s about a yellow sponge that: “lives in a pineapple under the sea.”

OMG the song is in my head now.

Let’s face it. Kids TV can sometimes make you want to poke your eyes out. There are however, some shows that everyone in the family can enjoy. NOTE: TV is NOT recommended for children under 2. For our 6 year old, we limit TV to one show every few days.

Here’s GEM’s list of the top 5 animated shows for kids 6-12 years old:

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Courtesy: PBS Kids

This animated series introduces grade-schoolers to the pronunciations and definitions of advanced vocabulary. Kids (and adults) can expand their word count while enjoying the young super heroine’s adventures.

Read more: The GEM Debate: Is SpongeBob Bad For Kids?



This show is a departure from the typical Disney programming. It is clever, the kids are not snarky to the adults, and it allows kids (and parents) to use their imagination. The show follows two co-protagonists, fraternal twins, Dipper and Mabel. During summer break, they are sent to live with their uncle in the strange town of Gravity Falls.

Read more: 10 From GEM: 10 Lessons To Teach Kids Of All Ages



Doc McStuffins fixes broken toys in her backyard playhouse clinic with the help of her friends. This show is not only cute (look at Docs pigtails!) it also has a creative storyline and indulges the imagination. This show is great for young and older audiences.

Read more: The GEM Debate: Would You Put Your Kids On Reality TV?



This PBS show is high energy and competitive. It is a game show hosted by a dog named Ruff Ruffman. The show challenges real life guests – even as an adult you can learn a few things.

Read more: Our Story Begins: Why I’m Teaching My Kid To Face Reality, Not Chase Reality (TV)



This Disney show follows Phineas and his stepbrother Ferb on summer vacation. The two embark on a new adventure every day, which annoys their older sister. This series is clever and funny – I find myself laughing out loud.


What are your kids’ favorite animated shows?

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