Kids TV Shows We Are Excited for in 2024

A complete list of the top Kids TV shows of 2024

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Eoin Hennessy

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Quality family viewing can be hard to come by. The Streaming Wars have created an increasingly competitive marketplace where it can be difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff. While the quality of television has undoubtedly improved over the years, this can make viewing decisions even harder as streaming platforms vie for viewers attention through reboots, remakes, spin-offs and A-list casts. The problem is not that the output isn’t good, the problem is that there are not enough hours in the day to watch it all! Below we’ve compiled a list of the family friendly shows we are looking forward to most in 2024. Whether they will be good or not is another question, but we are going to keep our hopes high and our eyes peeled. 

 

Our Top Picks

 

Star Wars: Skeleton Crew


While the sheer volume of Star Wars related content can seem daunting at times, this new expanded universe series, Skeleton Crew, promises to be a refreshing new romp. Starring Jude Law and created by Jon Watts, the creator of the most recent Spider-Man trilogy, Skeleton Crew follows the lives of four children “lost in in the vastness of the galaxy trying to find their way home.” We don’t know much about it so far, but we know it looks good and is out this year on Disney+.


Spider-Man: Freshman Year

 

This new Spider-Man series (there seems to be a debate over whether the show is called Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man or Spider-Man: Freshman Year) follows the adventures of Spider-Man prior to him joining the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). Not much is known about the new animated show so far, but we know that while Tom Holland won’t be playing the titular web-slinger, Charlie Cox is pencilled in to reprise his role as Daredevil. There have been a string of stellar Spider-Man releases recently and we’re hoping this will continue the trend! 


Time Bandits


Based on the 1981 Terry Gilliam film of the same name, Time Bandits follows an eleven-year-old boy who discovers a time travelling portal in his bedroom. The series is in the incredibly capable hands of Flight of the Conchords alumni Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi (also of Marvel fame), as well as The Inbetweeners creator/writer Iain Morris. Commissioned by Apple, the show describes itself as a “a comedic journey through time and space with a ragtag group of thieves” and stars Friends legend, Lisa Kudrow. Time Bandits has all the ingredients of a fun and exciting family show, we can’t wait.


Potendogs


Potendogs, a new animated series from RetroBot Animation Studios looks to make a splash this year.  Having already taken its home country (Korea) by storm, this “more grown-up PAW Patrol” is set to be dubbed in English this year by WAS2 Films. The show revolves around a boy and his superpowered rescue dog battling evil robotic canines and hovers between action and comedy. The show has already gone viral in Korea with its song “Stepped on Poop”, a valuable message about cleaning up after one’s dog. Adopting a similar, 3D/2D animation style reminiscent of A Scanner Darkly (2006), we look forward to seeing what this show has to offer.


Stan Can

 

Based on the popular pre-school book series Stanley by William Bee,  Stan Can is a new series developed by BBC Studios Kids & Family. It follows the adorable adventures of a resourceful hamster named Stanely and his various antics. The animation is clean, the colours are bright and it looks extremely cute. The BBC have said they are going to produce 52 7-minute episodes of this ravishing rodent and we think the kids’ will be glued to it.   

 

 


Knuckles


Following on from the 2022 film, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, comes a SEGA spin-off of everyone’s favourite echidna, Knuckles. Commissioned by streaming service Paramount+, Knuckles follows Idris Elba’s character where the film left off, as he is schooled in the art of becoming a warrior on Earth. Set to come out in the first half of 2024, Knuckles looks to bridge the gap between the second film and the forthcoming Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (2024/5). Like it or love it, it’s nice to see SEGA back in the spotlight again. We might even be lucky enough for a cameo from Jim Carey’s Dr. Robotnik.

 


Morphle

 

Morphle, the delightful, red, shapeshifting pet is making the move from YouTube to Disney+. A long standing favourite of ours, the show follows the adventures of MIla, her stepbrother, Jordie and Morphle, their magical pet, as they go on adventures and encounter other magical pets along the way. This is the first partnership between Disney and Moonbug (of CoComelon and Blippi fame) and we can't wait to see what they have in store.

 

 


Tiana

A new musical series based on the adventures of Princess Tiana, from The Princess and the Frog (2009). Following on from the film, the series will follow the Princess on various musical adventures between New Orleans and her fictional kingdom of Maldonia.  Anika Noni Rose will reprise her role as Tiana and show is due out on Disney+ this year along with other series follow-ups to films like “Zootopia,” “Big Hero 6,” “Moana,” and “Cars.


Avatar: The Last Airbender

 

This live-action remake of one of the most loved animated series ever has some big boots to fill. Even more so after the catastrophic failure that was The Last Airbender (2010). Regardless, we are trying to remain optimistic for this new Netflix series. Just like the animated programme, it follows a world where some people can control water, earth, fire, or air. Aang, the only one who can “bend” all four elements, is on a mission to end a war and bring peace (while getting into all sorts of hijinks on the way). Initially having involvement from the original’s producers/showrunners, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, the duo left the project after Netflix failed to “support their vision for the retelling” (gulp!).

 

 

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