Top 10: non-animated kids TV shows

February 8, 2024 — by Kavya Patel
Graphic by Anamika Anand
The iconic logos of the top 3 kids shows of all time.
What I watched when I didn’t have to care about tests or homework and could spend my whole day glued to my Netflix screen.

10. “K.C. Undercover” (2015-2018)

Any show with Zendaya in it is an immediate yes — especially if she’s a spunky spy with a black belt. 

9. “Girl Meets World” (2014-2017)

In elementary school, all I wanted was to be like Riley when I went to middle school. My friends and I also became thoroughly obsessed with the “will they won’t they” romance between Josh and Maya despite their three year age gap — how could we not?

8. “Shake it Up” (2010-2013)

Zendaya strikes again. But this time, instead of doing martial arts, she is dancing — coincidentally, these were the two activities I was  participating in when I first watched the show. Watching her dance inspired me to continue pursuing it throughout high school. 

7. “Wizards of Waverly Place” (2007-2012)

The TikTok dance to the theme song is forever ingrained in my head. Alex Russo has also continued to be an icon years after the show first aired. 

6. “Good Luck Charlie” (2010-2014)

A childhood classic, including the holiday movie. However, I still, to this day, am confused how someone could ever name their son TJ. 

5. “Mighty Med” (2013-2015)

One of the most underrated shows … who doesn’t want to be a doctor for superheroes? Sometimes, the saviors need to be saved.

4. “Liv and Maddie” (2013-2017)

When I found out that Dove Cameron played both of the twins, I felt like my entire life was a lie. 

3. “Jessie” (2011-2015)

A hilarious show with the only Indian representation (more like internalized racism) I had ever seen pre-2015. The episode where Jessie, Bertram and the four kids somehow got stranded on an Indonesian island and thought they were getting hunted by monsters still stands as my all time favorite.

2. “Kickin’ It” (2011-2015)

Jack and Kim are, hands down, the best slow burn Disney couple. My friends and I would always watch in eager anticipation of what would happen next in their love lives, whether it was a sparring battle between them or the arrival of a new love interest. 

1. “Lab Rats” (2012-2015)

“The next generation of human beings”… no better theme song has ever existed. I would live in my basement for this show to have another season.

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