The best children's TV shows on Prime Video

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We asked Mumsnetters to share their children's favourite TV programmes (and the ones that they secretly enjoy watching too) – you can check out the thread here or read on for their must-watch list

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All of the titles on this page are included free with your Prime Membership, unless otherwise stated.

Sarah and Duck

Sarah and Duck

Sarah is an extremely polite – and rather eccentric – seven-year-old girl, whose best friends include a duck (named Duck) and an old woman called Scarf Lady. Together they get up to all sorts of charming adventures and have won the hearts of Mumsnetters and their children.

“I love Sarah and Duck, so much so that I often watch it after my daughter has gone to bed!”

“Another vote for Sarah and Duck here. Lots of whimsy and in jokes, but sometimes just moments that catch you by surprise.”

Perfect for children aged 4+

The first four seasons of Sarah and Duck are included in your Prime Video subscription.

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Fireman Sam

Fireman Sam

The first season of vintage Fireman Sam (circa 1988) and three seasons of the animated reboot are included for free with your Prime Video subscription, so you can get the the whole family together to watch both and decide which is their favourite. Luckily, they both feature plenty of rescues and excitement – as well as those lovely Welsh accents.

“Fireman Sam! It's just a great show: good length and good themes. All round the least annoying show. I'll be sad when they grow out of it.”

“I have to agree with Fireman Sam! I love their Welsh accents, the characters, and the morals of the story – it's always educational. It's also very comedic – Elvis is so silly! I buy the books for bedtime stories too. Oh, what will I do when DS grows out of it?”

Perfect for children aged 2+

Seasons 1, 8, 9 and 10 of Fireman Sam are included in your Prime Video subscription.

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Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom

Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom

Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom was a popular choice too, thanks to its colourful animation and nods to the adult audience who inevitably end up watching with their kids. Nanny Plum even has a bit of a fan club among Mumsnetters – presumably due to her sarky comments and relatable frustration with Ben and Holly's antics.

“I love Ben and Holly. DD has gone off it though so I haven't watched it for ages, unfortunately. I love all the adult jokes that go over the kids' heads and the exasperated Nanny Plum.”

“Ben and Holly is the one that I sit and chuckle at the most.”

“I absolutely adore Ben and Holly. My DD is getting a bit old for it now and I'm so sad! #nannyplumforever.”

Perfect for children aged 3+

All 10 seasons of Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom are included in your Prime Video subscription.

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Hey Duggee

Hey Duggee

Hey Duggee is not only beautifully animated (and strangely soothing to watch), it's actually pretty funny too. From the vibrant colour palette to the running jokes, it seems that – no matter what age you are – there's something for everyone. Mumsnetters also love the fact that Duggee doesn't speak and only communicates in soothing “woofs”.

“I love Hey Duggee, and it's not even a secret. My kids are miles too old for it, but they appreciate it too.”

“I absolutely love Hey Duggee! I think it's great they've got a diverse range of characters with their own personalities and interests.”

“It's unanimous in our household: Hey Duggee is the number one show – we set our school run by it!”

Perfect for children aged 2+

Five seasons of Hey Duggee are included in your Prime Video subscription.

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Horrible Histories

Horrible Histories

Ostensibly for children, Horrible Histories has plenty of adult fans too – and even won a BAFTA for 'Best Sketch Show' in 2011, as well as a whole host of children's TV awards before and since. Educational and hilarious, with exactly the right number of gruesome bits, Horrible Histories is definitely something the whole family can watch together.

“Horrible Histories is fab and just the kind of thing I like liked.”

“I really like Horrible Histories, I've been known to watch that when the kids aren't even here.”

“Horrible Histories – both kids love it and we have all learnt a lot.”

Perfect for children aged 7+

Seasons 2, 3 and 4 of Horrible Histories are included in your Prime Video subscription.

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My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

If you don't mind very high-pitched voices, My Little Pony features inventive storylines (including a riff on Romeo and Juliet), celebrity cameos, catchy tunes and lovable characters. There are seven seasons to enjoy and most are included in your Prime Video subscription.

“I love My Little Pony; me and DD love singing and the songs are awesome. We have them on in the car too!”

“I secretly love My Little Pony… it's killing me inside that she's moved away from the pony phase back into the dinosaur phase.”

“My Little Pony is one of the best TV shows ever, not just out of kids shows either.”

Perfect for children aged 4+

Seasons 4 – 7 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic are included in your Prime Video subscription.

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Pingu

Pingu

Bizarre yet enchanting, this classic show is sure to inspire an interest in stop-motion animation as well as keep them absorbed for hours. Plus, the nonverbal communication of this family of penguins makes a nice break from the squeaky pitch of most children's TV. Some of the older episodes are a little unnerving though, so proceed with caution if your children are a little sensitive.

“I recently discovered all the episodes of Pingu on Prime and my four year old is really enjoying them, as am I – for the third time round!”

“Who doesn't love Pingu? I could watch him for hours!”

Perfect for children aged 4+

All seven seasons of Pingu are included in your Prime Video subscription.*

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Shaun the Sheep

Shaun the Sheep

Another great programme which doesn't suffer from its lack of dialogue, the hero Shaun manages to communicate his feelings using gestures and the occasional sassy eye-roll. This stop-motion animation will tickle the whole family and is a great way to introduce younger viewers to the brilliant world of Wallace and Gromit.

“Shaun the Sheep is my favourite and it’s absolutely not a secret. I love that woolly little fella. There is no dialogue, yet the characters manage to convey some profound truths about the human (and ovine, bovine, canine) condition. It’s a must watch!”

“Pre-kids and while bed-ridden with flu over ten years ago, I became addicted to Shaun the Sheep!”

The creator of Shaun the Sheep says it's aimed at viewers “aged 4 – 7, though in reality, the age range is 4 – 87.”

Five seasons of Shaun the Sheep are included in your Prime Video subscription.

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Spongebob Squarepants

Spongebob Squarepants

With its mixture of kid-friendly silliness and adults-only humour, Spongebob Squarepants is silly, oddly endearing and packed with puns galore – kids might not clock that Sandy Cheeks lives in Bikini Bottom, but parents definitely will. Younger children will enjoy Spongebob's infectious enthusiasm and distinctive giggle while teens and parents will enjoy Squidward's misanthropic grumbling and sarcasm.

“Spongebob rates highly too for the laughs (a lot of it goes over my kids' heads).”

“Spongebob because he has a great work ethic.”

“Spongebob Squarepants has been a firm favourite with all of mine – thankfully me and the husband enjoy it too!”

Perfect for children aged 6+

The first two seasons of Spongebob Squarepants are included in your Prime Video subscription.

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The Octonauts

The Octonauts

Perfect for budding naturalists, The Octonauts perfectly combines adventure and education to make an extremely watchable – and inspiring – programme. The Octonauts are a team of eight adventurers – led by the charismatic Captain Barnacles – who live on an undersea base and explore the ocean in aquatic vehicles. The show was developed with input from actual marine biologists – who also worked on Finding Nemo – so it's basically just like school, right?

“Octonauts – I’ve learnt loads about life in the ocean from this programme!”

“Octonauts for the mild tension and sea life facts.”

“Octonauts. It’s been so educational, they moved on from this to Blue Planet, it really triggered a genuine interest in marine life.”

Perfect for children aged 4+

In order to watch The Octonauts on Prime Video, you will need a Hopster account, too. Hopster are a streaming service designed for kids – more info here.

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Top tip

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