Top TV for kids 10-12
Phineas and Ferb
Two genius step-brothers, who are both science geeks, try to do something new every day of summer vacation, usually leading to them building an impossible and whimsical device. They have a pet platypus Perry, who leads a double life as a secret spy, and an older sister Candace, who tries to expose the boys' dangerous antics to their parents but always fails and ends up being the butt of many jokes. A light-hearted, clever show complete with multiple musical rock numbers that will have kids laughing and singing along.
Finn, a human, and Jake, a dog are adoptive brothers and best friends who live in a tree house and go on adventures in a fantasy world full of princesses, evil kings and punk vampires. This clever show doesn't shy away from violence and uses mild slang, but subtly drops good lessons for kids with storylines like Finn getting upset about books being mistreated. Finn and Jake's adventures provide challenges, and creative problem-solving skills are needed to work through them.
Living in that TV land world where parents aren?t around, tween Carly runs a webshow out of the Seattle apartment she shares with her twentysomething brother, Spencer. Her best friends Sam (Jeanette McCurdy) and Freddie (Nathan Kress) are also a part of the show and together they encounter numerous oddball people and situations. Once you get past all the yelled-dialogue, it?s funny enough for parents to enjoy.
Wizards of Waverly Place
This series, starring Selena Gomez, focuses on a bi-ethnic wizard family living in NY. The Caucasian father is a wizard, the Hispanic mother is not, and the three children learn magic from their father while preparing to compete to see who will get to keep the family?s magic. Their goofy magical mishaps are hilarious but the real draw of the series is its portrayal of sibling and familial relationship, as they often fight amongst each other, but always come together when it counts.
Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman have been making the scientific method fun and taking on urban legends, movie myths, etc. for years now. And they manage to do it in a way that keeps kids engaged more than science class usually does. It doesn't hurt that there are often explosions.
Sponge Bob Square Pants
Spongebob Squarepants, the sea sponge that lives on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, is optimistic and outgoing. Things work out for him because he's positive and loyal, sending a wonderful message to the audience. The characters remain consistent and are all caricatures of their personality traits (Mr. Krabs is always greedy, Squidward is always angry, etc). The jokes are a mix of clever puns and slapstick humor that can keep a wide variety of ages interested.
Think Fame 2010s but with a laugh track, and you'll have a good idea what this one's like. Victoria, a very good singer, and her sister (a not-so good anything) recently joined Hollywood Arts High School, and along with their new group of talented friends, there's always an opportunity to sing, dance, or put on a show. And, of course, get into trouble.
They're young, brilliant and have a knack for hijinks. They're the students of in the Advanced Natural Talent program at Webster High School. Before Chyna Parks (China Anne McClain) joined their group, they were happy to sit on the sidelines. But Chyna doesn't know how to do anything small.
Big Time Rush
Life is always interesting for this real-life boy band living in a fictional setting where they're a boy band living in a hotel, managed by a semi-psychotic. Yes, interesting and often loud.
Shake It Up
Odd couple best friends CeCe and Rocky are living the dream as dancers on local show Shake it Up, Chicago! Much of their time is spent managing that and school, with lots of dance breaks.
Good Luck, Charlie
The premise of the show is that the eldest sister in this ever-expanding bustling family of four kids was keeping a video diary for the youngest member. The many scrapes they get into serve as cautionary tales to young Charlie. Now that they have a fifth child, we're guessing it's just more diaries to come.
Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide
Because who wouldn't need a survival guide for middle school?
Judges come and go but this hit singing competition still has the power to get teen and tween girls galvanized behind a fan favorite. And that's powerful.
Austin & Ally
This singer/songerwriter duo push each other's buttons but also push each other along, while on their sunny California existence