Fall TV Lineup: Our Picks for Kids of all Ages

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by: Erin Dower
Are you wondering what your children will be asking to watch on television this season? Check out our top picks for the best family-friendly shows premiering this fall (or returning after their first season last year) and enjoy some funny, educational, and heart-warming entertainment with your kids.
The Muppets 2015 TV show
The Muppets
ABC
Rated TV-PG

Kermit, Miss Piggy, and friends are back... but the famous frog and pig duo's romance is more on-and-off than ever! This new primetime show has a contemporary, documentary style and exposes more of the personal lives of the beloved Muppets, including their relationships, work achievements, and home lives — making it fun for parents and older kids alike.

When to watch: Tuesdays at 8 p.m. (EST), starting Sept. 22

Nina's World TV show
Nina's World
Sprout
Rated TV-Y

In this new animated prequel to Sprout's popular series The Good Night Show, viewers meet Nina as a curious 6-year-old who enjoys many adventures in learning — including frequent trips to her local library (the wise librarian is voiced by actor Mandy Patinkin). Dialogue includes English, plus some Spanish and sign language.

When to watch: Premieres
Sept. 26; check local listings

Nature Cat TV show
Nature Cat
PBS KIDS
Rated TV-Y

When Fred's family leaves for the day, he transforms from an ordinary house cat into Nature Cat, "backyard explorer extraordinaire." This new animated series will air daily and aims to inspire kids and families to get active and go on their own outdoor adventures.

When to watch: Premieres
Nov. 25, check local listings

Shimmer and Shine TV show
Shimmer and Shine
Nick Jr.
Rated TV-Y

In this enchanting new series, Leah is a little girl with two secret genies — fraternal twins Shimmer and Shine. Sounds pretty cool, right? The trouble is, the genie sisters tend to mess up Leah's wishes, so the three of them need to work together to problem-solve and turn around the mistakes.

When to watch: Saturdays at
12 p.m. (EST)

Game Shakers TV show
Game Shakers
Nick
Rated TV-G

Gamers will love this one! Three friends, Babe, Kenzie, and Hudson, launch a multi-million-dollar gaming company called Game Shakers, with rap star Double G as their business partner. They created their first video game app, Sky Whale, as a school science project. The games portrayed on the show will be released in real-life online and through apps.

When to watch: Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. (EST)

Supergirl TV show
Supergirl
CBS
Not Yet Rated

Based on the DC character created in 1959, this new live-action series follows the adventures of Kara Zor-El, the caped cousin of Superman. Kara, who hails from the planet Krypton, keeps her superpowers a secret until a disaster strikes and forces her to embrace them at age 24.

When to watch: Mondays at 8:30 p.m. (EST), starting Oct. 26

Best Time Ever TV show
Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris
NBC
TV-PG

Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris hosts this live one-hour variety show featuring celebrity appearances, stunts, comedy skits, talent performances, mini game shows, audience giveaways, and hidden camera pranks. There's something for everyone!

When to watch: Tuesdays at
10 p.m. (EST)

black-ish, TV show
Black-ish
ABC
Rated TV-PG

The hilarious and heartwarming Johnson family is back in the second season of this hit show, rounding out ABC's Wednesday night lineup of family-friendly shows (airing after The Middle, The Goldbergs, and Modern Family). Dre and Bow continue to raise their teens — popular daughter, Zoey, and nerdy son, Marcus — in upscale suburbia.

When to watch: Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. (EST), starting
Sept. 23

Startup U TV show
Startup U
ABC Family
Rated TV-14

This new reality show documents 10 students in a techie entrepreneur program at Draper University in the Silicon Valley. Their business ideas range from a matchmaking app to a 3D printing tool that will transform the affordable housing industry. Note: The show has some strong language (bleeped out) and references to medical marijuana.

When to watch: Thursdays at
5 p.m. (EST)