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Children's television series are television programmes designed for, and marketed to children, normally broadcast during the morning and afternoon. They can sometimes run in the early evening, for the children that go to school. The purpose of the shows is mainly to entertain and sometimes to educate the young audience about basic life skills or ideals.

Programmes vary in their intended age group audience and style of presentation. Some take the form of game shows or comedies, and many take the form of animated series, although early animations were often intended for an adult audience.

Children's television is nearly as old as television itself, with early examples including shows such as Blue Petermarker, Captain Tugg, The Magic Roundabout, Howdy Doody, Clangers, Flower Pot Men, The Singing Ringing Tree and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood . In the United Statesmarker, early children's television was often a marketing branch of a larger corporate product, such as Disney, and it rarely contained an educational element. Though there is some debate on the intended audience, later non-educational children's television programmes included the science fiction programmes of Irwin Allen (most notably Lost in Space), the fantasy series of Sid and Marty Krofft, and the extensive cartoon empire of Hanna-Barbera.

Many children's programmes also have a large adult following, sometimes in appreciation of their quality and educational value, and sometimes among adults who watched the shows as children or with their own children and now have a nostalgic emotional connection.

TV programmes for older children

Since the mid 1980s, there have been teen comedies and teen dramas such as Byker Grove and Grange Hill and that are geared toward older children (typically between the ages of 12 and 17).


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