Worried about what kids are watching? Here’s guilt-free content for kids this holidays

When schools close, screen time increases. As a parent, you can feel bad about it, or you can use this list of award-winning shows from Showmax to make sure it’s time well spent. Here are 10 shows that will make you feel like a great parent, knowing your child is watching the best content in the world – literally.

(TOP: Screenshot of the Puppy Dog Pals trailer. Image: YouTube). 

Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood (PBS Kids)

Storyline: Put on your stripes and join Daniel Tiger in the Neighbourhood of Make-Believe. Get ready for adventures with O the Owl, Katerina Kittycat, Prince Wednesday and Miss Elaina.

Age recommendation: Over 3 years, according to Common Sense Media

Accolades: Gold: Age 2-4, Parent’s Choice Awards, 2018

Here’s the theme song: 

Watch S1-2 now. 

Hey Duggee (CBeebies)

Storyline: Duggee is a big friendly dog who runs The Squirrel Club – a place where kids take part in all kinds of activities, have adventures and earn activity badges along the way.

Age recommendation: Over 3 years, according to Common Sense Media

Accolades: Best Pre-School Animation, BAFTA Awards, 2018


Watch S1 here now:

Peppa Pig (Entertainment One)

Storyline: Peppa explores her muddy-puddled world with her trademark blend of curiosity and cleverness, along with her little brother George and her best friend Suzie Sheep.

Age recommendation: Over 3 years, according to Common Sense Media

Accolades: Best Directing, Kidscreen, 2018


Watch S1-2 now, plus three specials.

Puppy Dog Pals (Disney Junior)

Storyline: Fun-loving pug puppies, brothers Bingo and Rolly, have thrill-seeking appetites that take them on exhilarating adventures in their neighbourhood and around the globe.

Age recommendation: Over 3 years, according to Common Sense Media

Accolades: Outstanding Individual In Animation, Daytime Emmys, 2018


Watch S1 now.

Doc McStuffins (Disney Junior)

Storyline: Doc McStuffins is a six-year-old girl who can communicate with her stuffed animals and toys, and knows just how to heal them.

Age recommendation: Over 4 years, according to Common Sense Media

Accolades: Best Animated Series: Pre-School, Kidscreen, 2018


Watch S4 now.

The Highway Rat (BBC One)

Storyline: An adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s bestseller, The Highway Rat is a swashbuckling tale of a greedy rat who craves buns and biscuits and comes to a sticky end.

Age recommendation: Over 4 years

Accolades: Children & Youth Award, Rose d’Or, 2018 & 3-6 Audience Award, New York International Children’s Film Festival, 2018


You can watch S1 now.

Elena of Avalor (Disney Junior)

Storyline: Princess Elena has saved her magical kingdom, Avalor, from an evil sorceress and must learn to rule as its crown princess.

Age recommendation: Over + years, according to Common Sense Media

Accolades: Outstanding Casting, Daytime Emmy Awards, 2018


Watch S1 now.

Revolting Rhymes (BBC One)

Storyline: Two half-hour animated films based on the much-loved rhymes written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake.

Age recommendation: Over years

Awards: Revolting Rhymes was nominated for an Oscar this year and won over 15 international awards, including Best Animated Special at the Annie Awards and Best One-Off Special at Kidscreen in 2018.


Watch here now.

Spongebob Squarepants (Nickelodeon)

Storyline: The misadventures of a talking sea sponge who works at a fast food restaurant, attends a boating school, and lives in an underwater pineapple.

Age recommendation: Over 6 years

Awards: Favourite Cartoon, Kids’ Choice Awards, 2018. Outstanding Children’s Animated Series, Daytime Emmys, 2018.


Watch S1 to 9 here now.

 Adventure Time (Cartoon Network)

Storyline: A 12-year-old boy and his best friend, a wise 28-year-old dog with magical powers, go on a series of surreal adventures.

Age recommendation: Over 10 years

Awards: Outstanding Individual In Animation, Emmy Awards, 2018

Due date: S1 coming to Showmax on 10 December 2018


This is just a small selection of the animated content on Showmax, which also includes 2018 Emmy nominees like Blaze and The Monster Machines, Mickey and the Roadster Racers and Wild Kratts. For more, check out the Kids’ section on the platform for more amazing content.


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