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17 great kids’ TV shows on Amazon Prime Video

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From modern greats like Hey Duggee to classics like Bagpuss and The Trap Door, here are kids’ shows all ages can enjoy on Prime Video…

There comes a point in a household where the tinny sound of guffawing YouTubers leaking from a child’s headphones can be tolerated no more. A point when, after the possibilities of trees, nature, and industrial estate soft plays have been exhausted, it’s time for them, and you, to watch some proper kids’ telly.

Below is some proper kids’ telly, all of it currently available to Amazon Prime subscribers in the UK.

Avatar: The Last Airbender

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All three seasons of this acclaimed Nickelodeon animation are available to stream, along with all four seasons of its well-loved sequel The Legend Of Korra—see below. (In between both came the live-action M. Night Shyamalan film adaptation, but being as kind as possible, that’s probably one for completists only). Set in a fantasy world where people have the ability to psychically manipulate the classical elements, Avatar: The Last Airbender is the story of a young boy and his pals who attempt to bring an end to the destructive war raging across the world, told with complex, satisfying characterisation and beautiful artwork.

Clangers (2015)

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When the remake of Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin’s The Clangers was first announced, fans of the much-loved early seventies stop-motion animation expressed their doubts. Would a new version take away the original’s imagination, whimsy and homemade feel? No, is simple the answer. This new take on the strange race of pink, knitted space creatures is a charming and beautifully made tribute to the original, from the models to Michael Palin’s avuncular narration. Twenty six episodes are available on Prime Video, and at eleven minutes each, they make the perfect pre-bedtime routine for all ages.

Hey Duggee

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Nominated by some (okay, by us) as the best cartoon on television in 2016, Hey Duggee belongs in everyone’s life. It’s a CBeebies delight that’s very funny and extremely charming, with plenty for adults to enjoy (not least a voice cast including Morgana Robinson). Hey Duggee is the story of The Squirrel Club play group and the seemingly endless list of activity badges its children earn under the supervision of their barking leader, Duggee. A good forty of its seven-minute episodes are available for Prime subscribers to stream, so if you’re one of them and yet to have the pleasure, fill your boots.

Horrible Histories

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One of the greatest children’s television programmes of all-time, Horrible Histories is a work of comic brilliance. The TV show added songs and parodies to the premise of Terry Deary’s popular UK history book series, performed by a comedy cast well on its way to national treasure status. The first four of the five series featuring the original cast (Jim Howick, Mathew Bayton, Martha Howe-Douglas, Simon Farnaby, Ben Willbond, Laurence Rickard) are available to stream, which is where a lot of the best stuff resides. Here’s a rundown of some of its greatest songs.

Moomins

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This one has Moomins fans in a bind. It’s a HD-remastered version of the original seventies-eighties stop-motion series, which means it looks spick, span and bright as a button. It doesn’t however, have the original UK narration by Richard Murdoch. Instead it has a US voice cast (who pronounce ‘Thingumy’ with a hard ‘g’ in the middle, not that I’m pedantic) and a different script. Anyway, you can decide whether it’s for you. There are eighteen episodes available to stream, running to under ten minutes each.

Ronja The Robber’s Daughter

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Astrid Lindgren’s 1981 Swedish book about a girl growing up in a clan of woodland robbers was adapted into this animated series by Studio Ghibli in 2016. It marked the Japanese animation greats’ first television show, and was praised on release for its characteristically beautiful Ghibli style. The English dub, narrated by Gillian Anderson, wasn’t quite as big a hit with fans of the studio, but if skilful artwork is your thing, then there’s plenty to admire here.

Rugrats

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The first two seasons, equalling almost forty episodes, of Klasky Gsupo’s hit children’s cartoon about the lives of a group of babies and one megalomaniac little girl are available here, and they’re as much a delight as they ever were. Join Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, the fearsome Angelica and Spike the dog in imaginative adventures wittily based around domestic life.

Sarah & Duck

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Like Hey Duggee, Sarah & Duck is a CBeebies cartoon well loved by adults and children alike. From its delightfully minimalist theme song (“quack!”) to the calming voice of Roger Allam as the narrator, Sarah & Duck is loveliness personified. Its stories of the friendship between a little girl and her mallard best friend are warm-hearted adventures with a beautifully British sense of humour. All four volumes of season one (forty x seven-minute episodes) are available to stream.

Shaun The Sheep

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More great work from Aardman Studios in the A Close Shave spin-off stop-motion series that paved the way for 2015's terrific Shaun The Sheep Movie. Featuring the baas of Mr Tumble’s Justin Fletcher as Shaun, and Vic Reeves on the theme song, these twenty-minute adventures are great fun. Meet Bitzer the dog, the Farmer, the mischievous pigs, the terrifying bull, and Shaun’s whole gang on the farm. For even younger kids too, plenty of episodes of the ten-minute spinoff-spinoff Timmy Time, featuring Shaun The Sheep’s youngest ovine, are also available to stream.

Steven Universe

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Created by former Adventure Time writer and storyboard artist Rebecca Sugar, Steven Universe is huge fun. Airing on Cartoon Network in the US, it’s the story of a boy who lives with three super-powered aliens, Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl. They protect Earth from attack while Steven struggles to activate and control the power of his magical gem. It’s inventive, kind-hearted and seasons one to three are available to stream.

The Complete Bagpuss

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All thirteen episodes of this Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin stop-motion children’s classic are available to stream. For those of a certain age, Bagpuss needs no introduction. For everyone else, it’s the story of an old, saggy cloth cat, and Emily, who loved him, and the strange collection of toys in her shop of lost items. A nostalgic treat.

The Legend Of Korra

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The sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender and one season longer than it, The Legend Of Korra is an animated fantasy set in a world where the classical elements can be harnessed by those with special powers and training. This acclaimed series is available in its entirety to Amazon Prime subscribers.

The Trap Door

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More stop-motion joy here, from Charlie Mills and Terry Brain’s plasticine creation The Trap Door. Silly, scary and gleefully gross, it’s a colourful horror for kids about a servant named Berk, his skull pal Boni, the demanding master he serves, and the slimy, wriggly, unexpected things that crawl out of the trap door… Willie Rushton did most of the voices, and the theme song was a cracker. Read a bit more here about why we love the cult monster show.

Thunderbirds Are Go

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When the first image of the Tracy brothers emerged from this 2015 Thunderbirds revival, the reception from fans of the original wasn’t altogether positive. When the full series arrived though, many admitted that the new version captured something of the adventure and fun of Gerry Anderson’s beloved supermarionation 1960s series. The first two series of this CGI remake are available to stream.

Wallace And Gromit’s Cracking Adventures

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You don’t need selling on Wallace and Gromit; they’reWallace and Gromit. They’ve been our companions through past Christmases and Easters on the BBC, and now, we can stream their complete adventures online. All four of Nick Park’s specials are here: A Grand Day Out, The Wrong Trousers, A Close Shave and A Matter Of Loaf And Death. If, on the off chance you’ve neglected your parental duties and not watched these with the kids, then do so forthwith, or Feathers McGraw will get you.

Wolfblood

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We called the first series ‘Buffy for the CBBC generation’ and Wolfblood only got better from there. This CBBC show is a fresh twist on the werewolf mythology, which weaves in Celtic legend and supernatural powers around honest, powerful storytelling about the difficulties and joys of teenage life. With strong writing, a great cast and a cohesive world, Wolfblood is up there with the best of them. It expanded its universe nicely across its run, even flourishing after a shift in location and leads. The first four of five series are currently available to stream.

Yo Gabba Gabba

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It seems fitting that only seasons two and four of Yo Gabba Gabba are currently available on the streaming service, because believe me when I say this is a show where logic doesn’t figure greatly. It’s colourful, fun and a cult hit among adults as well as being popular with kids, largely thanks to the comedy cameos from the likes of Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Rhys Derby, Amy Sedaris, Rachel Dratch, Fred Armisen and many, many more, as well as a bunch of hip band appearances. Warning: watching for any length of time may require a headache pill and a lie-down in a dark room.

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