PBS, Disney XD, Disney Jr.
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The wealth of children's programming today is astounding. Too bad so much of it is so annoying to parents. All the sing-songy voices, the idiotic catchphrases, the canned laughter, and the over-acting — it can be enough to drive an adult nuts.
But there are a few programs that are palatable, even fun. Some are well known: Sesame Street remains an oldie but goodie, and Disney's Phineas and Ferb is fast becoming a modern classic. Even the love-it-or-hate-it Yo Gabba Gabba! on Nick Jr. deserves consideration for the way it courts adult viewers by featuring cool indie bands. When childless hipsters DVR a kids show, it's time to take note.
Here are a few other programs that may be less well known, but could be just as important in helping parents keep their sanity. — Ryan E. Smith