Children's television series

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Children's television series are television programs designed for, and marketed to children, normally broadcast during the morning and afternoon. They can sometimes run in the early evening, for the children that go to school. The purpose of the shows is mainly to entertain and sometimes to educate.



Children's television is nearly as old as television itself, with early examples including shows such as Blue Peter, Play School, Captain Tugg, The Magic Roundabout, Howdy Doody, Clangers, Flower Pot Men, The Singing Ringing Tree and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood . In the United States, early children's television was often a marketing branch of a larger corporate product, such as Disney, and it rarely contained an educational element. Though there is some debate on the intended audience, later non-educational children's television programs included the science fiction programmes of Irwin Allen (most notably Lost in Space[citation needed]), the fantasy series of Sid and Marty Krofft, and the extensive cartoon empire of Hanna-Barbera.

Many children's programs also have a large adult following,[citation needed] sometimes due to perceived quality and educational value,[citation needed] and sometimes among adults who watched the shows as children or with their own children and now have a nostalgic emotional connection such as Nickelodeon's classic programming.[citation needed]


Since the mid 1980s, there have been teen comedies and teen dramas such as in the UK; Byker Grove and Grange Hill and that are geared toward older children (typically between the ages of 12 and 15).

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