By the 1960's, the hippie movement and social consciousness brought about a revolution in kids' educational TV programming -- with the premiere of Sesame Street -- as Jim Henson and the Muppets helped make the ABC's and even math concepts "go down more like ice cream than spinach."
Before the revolution of children's educational television, popular favorites of the 1950's included The Howdy Doody Show, Looney Tunes cartoons, and The Mickey Mouse Club.
By the late 1960's Sesame Street introduced "edutainment" TV, kicking off The Electric Company
(starring a young Morgan Freeman, top center) and Reading Rainbow, starring actor LaVar Burton.
With it's instant success on PBS, imitators like The Electric Company and Reading Rainbow were spawned to reach and teach a whole new generation of toddlers addicted to edutainment television.
Passed in 1990, the Children's Television Act helped further the quality of kids' programming resulting
in such popular hits as "Dora the Explorer" and later "Wonder Pets" and "Ni Hao, Kai-Lan."
most of adult TV may indeed be bubble gum for the mind, the
best of children's programming includes fun and instructional
content that teaches kids about the universe, the meaning of family
and friendship, or otherwise how to cope in the sometimes confusing
world of adults.
out our best guide to learning more about what the kids are watching,
how it effects their developent, along with what's recommended
by health and educational experts around the Web...
Children's television series - An extensive Wikipeida overview of kids' programming tracing its history and growth in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Europe
Child | Television - One of the best, hyperlinked guides
around - with extensive coverage of the benefits and pitfalls
of kids' TV - including discussions on parental issues and guidelines,
health and development concerns and more, with related resources,
from the UM Health System.