As an Adult, What Kids' TV Do You Enjoy Watching?

I genuinely love watching Bluey each day with my daughter, especially with the start of season 3. I'd probably watch it even if she weren't around.

This got me thinking, what kids' TV/movies do you love watching as an adult?

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  • +3

    Loud house

  • +34

    Shrek

    • +12

      It's more fun to watch the series as an adult lol

      Too many jokes here and there you wouldn't have understood if you were a kid

      • +3

        i re-watched married with children…. oh my…

    • +13

      "Lord Farquad" 😂

      • +2

        "You're a monster."

        Shrek is one of the few movies I could probably quote to you in it's entirety, word for word.

    • +2

      "Well someone better be dying!"

    • +1

      "Believe me, Donkey, if it was me, you'd be dead". very relatable.

  • +6

    Hilda

    • Came here to say this! S1E6. So good!

  • +1

    Dog Star

    • Yes! My favourite too.

  • +8

    Arthur and Bluey

  • +3

    Flintstones
    Brady Bunch (How bad was there life without mobiles and computers back then)
    Oggy
    Wacky Races

    • +5

      My understanding is that the Flintstones was an adult's cartoon of its day, much like the Simpsons.

    • +4

      Where do you watch Wacky Races??? Loved that cartoon.

      • +1

        There is a remake of it on Foxtel now/Binge as for the original would need to find it on DVD or sail the high seas. I use justwatch.com/au to see what show is on what service, comes in handy a lot.

        • Have been searching for Wacky Races since a long time….. thanks for the tips. This used to be one of my favorites along with Duck Tales and Tales Pin :)

          • @Austin 316: I detested that show when I was a kid. Another was HR Puff & Stuff and Sigmund & The Sea Monsters was even worse with every episode just people in costumes running and bumping into each other. Then there was the original Ghostbusters where all I remember is someone in an ape suit that looked like a rancid old rug my grandmother had. Which in turn reminds me of Grape Ape… ARGH it used to make me so ANGRY when that stupid show jingle came on, that they had put that CRAP on instead of something else. Then some stupid thing I forget the name of with dinosaurs that talked and had shooting laser beams. Same thing on the screen over and over. What absolute tripe.

            I don't know why anyone would want to kill their brain cells off with this, but you might need to try some different search methods given it's only been available for 14 years, lol: https://thepiratebay.org/description.php?id=3625713

            • @Faulty P xel: Lol… not everyone has to like everything so you can go easy on the comments. Anyways, I wasn't talking about downloadable torrents or other methods for PC viewing. I just searched on the likes of Netflix, Youtube, Prime, etc. for TV viewing.

  • +1

    Rocky ——-> Rocky V

    • There is a directors cut of Rocky V with 34 minutes extra footage.

      • +1

        I think you meant Rocky IV

        • +1

          yes sorry, just like Bart in the lions den.

  • +3

    Bluey
    Hilda

  • +4

    Spirited Away / Death Note

    • +31

      Death Note

      Not sure that's for kids.

      • +20

        Hey kids lets watch Grave of the fireflies!

        • +2

          An uplifting tale for the whole family.

        • +1

          And then we'll binge Made in Abyss!

    • +1

      Death Note is amazing.

      More for high schoolers + i'd say

  • +6

    Peppa Pig, short & sharp.
    .

    • I have watched 2 episodes, and I enjoyed it from a quirky point of view, I should catch it more.

    • +14

      She's such a brat tho lol

      • +6

        I thought that, then I had kids.

    • +7

      I hate peppa pig compared to bluey. Such rubbish

      • +1

        I can't compare, our children are late teens so missed the Bluey boat
        .

        • You don't need young kids to watch Bluey, but having kids will make Bluey totally relatable!

      • It's such crap. I hate the way they depict the father - fat, dumb and useless.

    • I love Peppa Pig too. For some reason I find it hilarious

      • I enjoyed it initially but eventually when you need a bit more depth as your kid gets older it falls a bit flat in its overly optimistic and unrealistic depiction of the world. I did appreciate some of the subtle/cheeky jokes though.

  • +14

    An old one, Bear in The Big Blue House.
    Just a beautiful show that now reminds me of my kids being little. Wish it was still on.
    Bear always "sent" my kids a birthday present for years.

    • +1

      We must be of the same gen. I used to sing this word for word with my kids. Great times.

      • I don't think the CD left the car player for years.
        Thanks Jim Henson.

      • +4

        When I left my job in childcare 16+ years ago to move interstate, the kids and teachers sang this to me, since we watched it all the time. I still get choked up when I hear it.

        • +1

          I'm sure the tears were flowing even with 20 out of tune/key kids.

          I'm tearing up just thinking about it 😀

          • +1

            @MS Paint: Haha! Yeah, good point. They really could have sang anything and it would have had the same effect. ;)

        • Everytime I hear the ending song I get a bit teary, something about it makes me miss the time when I was a kid with no worries and care for the world. Such a great show

  • +6

    Bluey

    Then most others are old ones to reminisce
    Blinky Bill (the really old one with the puppets) love the old Aussie accents
    Mr Squiggle
    The Ferals (was too old for it when I started watching it but still like it now 20+Years on)

  • Peppa Pig

  • +22

    Shaun the Sheep.

    • Shaun the Sheep
      Those cheeky sheep. Makes you wonder what sheep get up to when we are not watching….. ;-)

    • +1

      There’s a new movie coming to Netflix in December

      • books tickets for the "Kids"

      • There's already been two movies I think

        • Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas (2021) N – When a raid on the farmhouse for bigger stockings for the flock at Christmas results in Timmy going missing, Shaun must find him in time before he becomes someone else’s present on Christmas.

  • +5

    Phineas and Ferb I think it was called had some funny parts. Star vs Forces of Evil back in the day also. Oh yeah, and always up for Sponge Bob

  • +14

    Pingu. This bit is when I went from an accidental observer to "Kids, what is the name of this show?"

  • DAE get blippi’s dinosaur/excavator song stuck in their head from time to time?

    • You mean Steezy Grossman?

  • go jetters
    they travel the world and u learn some funky facts :)

  • +4

    Bluey for sure, then Shaun the Sheep.

    In the Night Garden is what I assume people feel like when they're high.

  • +8

    OG Scooby Doo!

    • +3

      Was just about to type the same.
      Original Scooby Doo…

      • +1

        Who's your favourite monster?
        Mine is definitely the creeper

        • +1

          Creeper or the Spaceman. Both scary as kid.

          • +1

            @PVA: Ooo, the space guys laugh used to scare the shit out of me haha

  • +5

    The very best kids shows these days are actually better than my faves from my childhood in the 80s and 90s.

    The top ones, just as enjoyable for the parents (or more so), ordered by ideal-kid-age, from young to old:

    Bluey
    Daniel Tiger
    The new DuckTales (and if you like it try the old one)
    Gravity Falls (and if you like it try The Owl House)
    Gumball
    Avatar: The Last Airbender (and if you like it, try Korra, and/or The Dragon Prince)
    Infinity Train

    • +3

      Avatar & Korra are incredible. Truly masterpieces, can’t wait to see what their creators put out next.

      • +1

        Agree avatar was amazing.
        People are working on a netflix live action.
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avatar:The_Last_Airbender(upcoming_TV_series)

        I suspect it will definitely be better than the Movie .

        I have been recently watching live action of Cowboy Bebop on netflix. Great anime series which was an inspiration for the creators of Avatar. I have to say netflix have done a decent job with the Cowboy Bebop adaptation from what I've watched so far so I am optimistic about the avatar live action adaptation.

  • +1

    Little Lunch on ABC… I do casual work at a school and this show hits the nail on the head.

    • +1

      School of junior diesel mechanics, locksmiths and roulette dealers?

    • Oh yes!! The whole family loved Little Lunch and also recently The Inbestigators

  • +2

    My kids introduced me to The Amazing World of Gumball and each episode cracks me up.

  • +4

    Sponge Bob
    Courage Cowardly Dog
    Ed Edd n Eddy
    Few other classics

  • +4

    Happy Tree Friends.

  • +3

    Bluey and Hey Duggee

    • These are the two I end up watching even if the kids aren’t around. Duggee is the best

  • +1

    little house on the Prairie

  • +14

    Round The Twist

    • +3

      Wait, you're right… they don't have to be new/current shows. It seems like cheating, but there's nothing holding you back from buying the complete series on DVD, find them off YouTube, or download them in another way. There have been lots of great classics from my era ranging from: ABC, Anime, Cartoon Network, Cheez TV, Hannah Barbara, MTV, and Nickelodeon etc etc.

      I have to ask, what age group are we talking about here? Cartoons and shows vary greatly from ones that are appropriate for 5 year old toddlers, all the way to 20 year old adults.

      One blind suggestion: Bob's Burgers
      (it's wholesome, funny, and lots of adult jokes thrown in that will go over kids heads)
      (so this one goes good with a wide age gap, highly recommend it)

      (more childish)
      Blues Clues, Pingu, Pepa Pig, Tom and Jerry, Bluey, Blinky Bill,
      Rugrats, Arthur, We Bare Bears, Flintstones, Jetsons, Scooby Doo,
      Dexter's Lab, Cow and Chicken, CatDog, Angela Anaconda, Hey Arnold,
      Pinky and Brain, Powerpuff Girls, SpongeBob SquarePants, Kim Possible,
      He Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Street Sharks, Spiderman, Earthworm Jim,
      Art Attack, Genie Down Under, Round the Twist, Horrible Histories, Magic School Bus,
      Captain Planet, Rocko's Modern Life, Courage Cowardly Dog, Ren Stimpy, Regular Show,
      Johnny Bravo, Steven Universe, Adventure Time, AW Gumball, Pokemon, The Simpsons,
      King of the Hill, Daria, Batman Animated, Batman Beyond, Justice League, Samurai Jack,
      Sailor Moon, Power Rangers, Godzilla, Animals Farthing Wood, Digimon, OnePiece, Gargoyles, X-Men, Futurama,
      Neon Genesis Evangelion, Dragon Ball Z, Happy Tree Friends, American Dad, Family Guy, South Park, Archer, Invincible,
      (more adult themes)

      edit: I have bolded some of the shows you which are memorable. I also added a few Cartoons I missed, thanks to suggestions/reminders from others.

      Technically a 17yo is still recognised as a child, so South Park may be okay whilst Pinky and the Brain may be too childish, and for a 11yo the Pinky and the Brain may be okay whilst Blues Clues may be too childish, and for a 5yo Blues Clues may be okay but Invincible is totally inappropriate and dangerous.

  • -1

    The old Playschool was awesome (Noni, John, etc). Lots of sneaky "adult" content!

    Newer stuff isn't as good, IMO. Lots of the "classics" like Rugrats now look 3D. Meh.

    I like most kids movies, but I think they're mostly made with the view that adults will also be sitting through them, so they've usually got stuff to keep both groups entertained.

  • He-Man 2021 (aka Masters of the Universe: Revelation).

  • +7

    Rewatching Rocko's modern life. Loved that series when I was a kid. Still holds up today.

  • +5

    Penguins of Madagascar

    • +1

      Mada-who-ha?

    • +3

      Smile and wave boys… smile and wave

  • Recently bought Lego Jurassic World Legend of Isla Nublar on DVD after catching an episode on TV one weekend. Found it surprisingly entertaining with the occasional hidden joke for adults. That said, I do enjoy myself kids movies and television as a whole.

  • +9

    Adventure Time
    Amazing World of Gumball
    Amphibia
    Avatar: The Last Airbender
    DuckTales
    Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends
    Gravity Falls
    Hilda
    Infinity Train
    Kim Possible
    Octonauts
    Ok K.O.
    The Regular Show
    Rocko's Modern Life
    Pokemon
    Sponge Bob
    Star Vs Forces of Evil
    Summer Camp Island
    We Bare Bears

    • These are great. Will check some out to watch with kids.

    • +1

      You read my mind! You should check out the new Voltron series on netflix, amazing!

  • Some of the kids programs have gold nuggets of intelligent adult humor tucked in that will go completely over the kids heads, but I guess specifically there to appeal to the parents. Best example is Shaun the Sheep and also Penguins of Madagascar, my kids used to look as me strangely and wonder why I was laughing sometimes

  • In addition to some of the ones already listed I'd add Clarence into the mix as well.

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