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Curious George (PBS, check local listings)
Ages: 2 to 5
Story line: That famous monkey is at it again in this educational and Emmy winning animated series, now in its sixth season. Curious George, originally found in the beloved books of Margret and H. A. Rey, continues his adventures (and mischief-making) with the man in the yellow hat and other friends as he explores the world around him.
Why you won't hate it:This is Zen television at its best. The narrator's tones are soothing, the accompanying music is never obnoxious, and lessons are imparted without being heavy-handed. Parents will be surprised at how many times they find themselves chuckling at the clever writing and how much they still love this irrepressible character. By the end, you'll be hooting and howling just like George.