The Best Children's TV Series of the Early 2000s

For those born in the 90s, these TV series will certainly take us on a nostalgic journey into childhood.
The Best Children's TV Series of the Early 2000s

Last update: 06 April, 2020

Today’s children’s television series bear little resemblance to those of the past. This is due, in part, to how production techniques have evolved. One of the best memories you probably have of your childhood is when you used to watch the latest series on TV every afternoon or weekend. Today we’re going to focus on some of the best children’s TV series of the early 2000s.

We hope this will be a nostalgic look at those series that had you glued to the screen and that you couldn’t bear to miss a single second of when you were younger. In addition to enjoying the memories these series will bring back to you, we hope it will also be a great opportunity to revisit them and show them to your children. In that way, you’ll be able to spend some quality family time together.

The best children’s series from the 2000s

1. Scooby-Doo

The funniest dog on TV and his four teenage friends were a great attraction on afternoon TV. They entertained kids for years on end (and still do). Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma, together with Scooby, traveled the world in a van, with the mission of investigating supernatural events around the globe.

Due to the success of this series, it also hit the big screen with both cartoon and real-life movies. They were big box office successes.

The Best Children's TV Series of the Early 2000s

2. The Transylvanian Pet Shop

Many of us will remember tuning into enjoy the adventures that took place in a dismal castle located in the city of Transylvania. This was where Doctor Granudo and his assistants, the Exorsisters, had a strange pet shop.

A castle, supernatural events, and monsters were the perfect combination to hook hundreds of children to the TV screen for five full seasons.

3. The Rugrats, one of the best children’s television series of the 2000s

Without a doubt, this was one of the best children’s TV series of the 2000s. As a curiosity, it was the longest series on Nickelodeon until 2012. At that time, it was surpassed by another very prominent children’s series, Sponge Bob Square Pants.

This group of babies and the series that was created around them was nominated for 18 awards, and it won eight times. Such was the success of this series that Nickelodeon, along with Paramount, has decided to relaunch the series. It plans to air 26 new episodes starting from November 2020.

With new characters and plots, we’ll once again be able to enjoy Tommy, Angelica, the twins, and Chuckie, as if we were kids again.

More of the best children’s TV series from the early 2000s

4. Recess

It’s been 22 years since the premiere of one of the most-watched children’s television series of the 2000s. The adventures of a group of fourth-grade friends with their own different peculiar personalities, as well as the everyday things that happen at school, made the perfect ingredients for a great children’s series.

Like other children’s TV series, Recess also made the big screen. One of the four films was a particularly successful box office hit.

The Best Children's TV Series of the Early 2000s
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There’s currently a debate as to whether, like The Rugrats, this television series is going to return to our screen to entertain both young and old with some new adventures.

5. Kim Possible

Who doesn’t remember the famous “Call, shout, if you need me” line from the introduction song to this series? Kim Possible was one of the first children’s TV series of the 2000s to feature a strong female figure. The main character, Kim, is the world’s greatest spy who, in each of the episodes, had to battle to solve a new mystery.

6. Jimmy Neutron

Science is a great theme for kid’s TV series, and Jimmy Neutron is one of the best. Jimmy is a boy with a very high IQ who always gets into trouble when he carries out his big experiments. This series is great fun for kids who like science, but is appealing to all because of the fun way it’s written and presented.

7. Lizzie Mcguire

Finally, Lizzie Mcguire was one of the most popular teenage TV series of its time. Its success was due to the themes it brought up, such as love, friendship, high school or even more serious issues, such as eating problems. This series is also on the point of being revived, but its content may be too mature for young teens according to some accounts.


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