A longtime favorite of children and adults, and a staple of PBS, "Sesame Street" bridges many cultural and educational gaps with a fun program. Big Bird leads a cast of characters teaching children numbers, colors and the alphabet. Bert and Ernie, Oscar the Grouch and Grover are just a few of the other creatures involved in this show, set on a city street full of valuable learning opportunities.
Curious aliens get to experience everyday life for a typical suburban family in this CGI-animated series that takes place in a real house. The aliens, who are each 4 inches tall, are observing Earth as part of their first mission away from their home planet, Floog, which means everything they experience is new to the pint-sized Floogals. Even a simple task like using a toothbrush takes a lot of ingenuity for the aliens to figure out. They must keep their true identities a secret when they are discovered by an 8-year-old fan of science fiction, who thinks their spaceship -- which landed in a yard-sale box -- is a toy that he hangs in his room alongside other toy spacecraft and stars. Each day the Floogals surreptitiously explore the household to find out about the peculiar behavior of the "hoomans" and their belongings as part of their mission. By the end of each episode, they compile a report about their latest findings, which they send back to Floog.
Sarah is a 7-year-old girl with big eyes and a green hat. She lives with her best friend, a quacky, slightly manic fowl appropriately named Duck. Each episode features the pair setting out on simple but exciting adventures as they explore the world in their own imaginative way. The animated series focuses on the experiences of childhood as seen through Sarah's eyes as she learns new things every day. The show's objectives are to help kids learn about friendship, imagination and problem solving.
Morning show "Sunny Side Up" features Chica, a chicken who is joined by human co-hosts who encourage viewers to participate in activities that often involve learning. They try to get preschoolers to celebrate birthdays, play games, make crafts and participate in other fun activities that usually revolve around a particular theme that changes each week. Viewers become part of the show's content, which includes the hosts reading messages from viewers, celebrating viewers' accomplishments with the Good Egg Awards, and Sproutlet Stories, which lets kids tell their own tales.
From their "Octopod" home base, a team of undersea explorers is always ready to dive into action to explore new underwater worlds, rescue amazing sea creatures and protect the ocean. The group is led by Captain Barnacles the bear, and also includes Kwazii the kitten, Peso the penguin, Dr. Shellington the sea otter, Dashi the dog, Tweak the bunny, Professor Inkling the octopus and Tunip the `vegimal' (part vegetable, part animal). The animated series, geared toward preschoolers, is based on a book series of the same name.
Boj, a rare marsupial from the Australian Outback, has moved to Giggly Park, where he lives in an underground burrow with his musical parents, Mimi and Pops. There's always something new for young Boj to discover or a problem for him to solve in his new neighborhood. He uses unique, upside-down and topsy-turvy methods to solve them. Part of Boj's skills involve the ability to fix anything that needs it. He is also able to cheer anyone up through silly games, giggly fun, and hugs.
Tom is a boy with the power of movement magic -- tree fu -- which can transform him into a small-but-mighty superhero. As a superhero, he travels to Treetopolis, an enchanted kingdom -- really a tree in his backyard. It is in that magic place that Tom meets his friends: his sidekick Twigs, an energetic acorn sprite, an eccentric inventor Zigzoo, and others. Tom, Twigs and the gang go on action-filled adventures that usually encounter trouble, disaster or near catastrophe. When things get out of control, Tom relies on viewers to help save the day by performing tree fu moves of their own and passing their magic through the TV screen.
Kate is a young girl with a wild imagination. It's that imagination that attracts a bunny named Mim-Mim, who becomes a larger-than-life playmate for Kate as they travel to the fantasy world of Mimiloo. Kate goes there whenever she has a problem at home that she needs to solve. In Mimiloo, Kate can be whatever she wants, from a princess to a pirate. Other residents of Mimiloo include gardener Gobble, inventor Tack and mischievous Boomer. When each adventure ends, Kate has solved her problem and is anxious to get home to tell her parents about it.
Clangers are inquisitive creatures who live on a blue planet in outer space. The critters, who communicate with high-pitched whistles, are supportive of one another as they embark on surreal adventures, meet peculiar new friends, and explore curiosities they experience in the world. The stop-motion animated series aims to teach kids such qualities as inventiveness and kindness. Veteran actor William Shatner serves as narrator of the show, which is a remake of a British series that originally premiered in 1969.