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Your Guide to Top TV Programs for Kids

Options to entertain your little ones have never been so extensive. From gaming to streaming movies on your wireless devices, kids have it easy these days when it comes to finding entertainment.

Luckily, there are plenty of entertainment options that are educational for the kids and fun for parents too. A moderate dose of appropriate TV programming is one of the best ways to disguise learning.

Check out this ultimate guide to the best TV programs for kids—from preschoolers to preteens, there’s something for everyone:

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

This animated TV series invites kids to join Mickey and his friends on adventures. The show was intended for preschool age children and is available to watch on Disney Junior and Disney Channel networks.

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!

Dr. Suess’ Cat in the Hat makes a TV debut with this popular animated kid’s show. The episodes are educational and quirky for little kids to enjoy. Listen to Martin Short as the voice of The Cat in the Hat on the PBS Kids network.

Super Why!

Catch this educational TV series on the PBS Kids network and pair the experience with the Super Why! interactive website for extra fun. The show is CGI animated and helps kids ages 3-6 learn reading and other great skills.

Spongebob Squarepants

A favorite to kids of many ages, Spongebob Squarepants is an animated series on the Nickelodeon network. Memorable characters and good comedy writing make this a popular choice for kids and adults alike.

Blue’s Clues

Blue’s Clues ran for ten years on the Nick Jr. network and featured an unforgettable pairing of animation and real-life acting. It was one of the first TV shows to use American Sign Language as a learning tool and invited viewers to participate in the activities.

Wonder Pets!

Also on Nick Jr. network, Wonder Pets! Is an animated series that uses a teamwork theme to educate young viewers. Watch a trio of heroes rescue baby animals in this hit TV show.

Curious George

Curious George is a popular animated TV series on the PBS Kids network. Based on the Curious George books by Margret and H.A. Ray, the Curious George TV series was designed for preschoolers and young viewers. The TV series and books both feature an adventurous monkey named George and The Man with the Yellow Hat.

Arthur

Everyone’s favorite eight-year-old aardvark stars in this long-running TV series on PBS Kids. The animated series focuses on the value of books and relationships.

Backyardigans

CGI animated animals team up to imagine great adventures in their backyard. Check out Backyardigans on the Nickelodeon network.

Paw Patrol

Paw Patrol is a children’s television show on the Nickelodeon network. This preschool series stars an animated pack of puppies that use problem solving skills and teamwork to be heroes. It’s rated Y and can be seen during weekdays on Nick Jr.

Mickey Mouse

These TV shorts can be seen Friday nights between programs on the Disney Channel. The Mickey Mouse animated miniseries is rated Y7 and follows the adventures of the traditional Walt Disney characters—like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Daisy Duck.

Peg + Cat

This unique animated math series premiered Fall 2013 on PBS Kids. Peg and her sidekick cat take preschooler viewers on adventures while learning math basics.

The Haunted Hathaways

The Haunted Hathaways is a non-animated family sitcom on the Nickelodeon channel. This original series tells the story of a single mother and two daughters that move into a haunted home with three ghosts (a single father and two sons). Watch it Saturdays at 8:30pm.

Masterchef Junior

Reality TV just got more interesting with Masterchef Junior on the FOX network. The show follows a younger group of aspiring chefs (ages eight to thirteen) in a culinary competition each week. It currently airs Fridays at 8pm.

Liv and Maddie

This sitcom features fifteen-year-old twin sisters, Liv and Maddie, which have opposing personalities. Catch the funny teen/family sitcom on Sundays on the Disney Channel.

Adventure Time

Also known as Adventure Time with Finn and Jake, this TV show is a hand-drawn animated series that first gained popularity on the web. Catch the viral Sci-Fi show on the Cartoon Network with your kids.

Sesame Street

This award-winning, long-running TV series uses sketch comedy to educate children. Muppets and animation drive the humor of this show, which can be seen today on PBS, Noggin, and PBS Kids Sprout.

Jessie

Jessie first premiered in 2011 and gained popularity as a teen sitcom. Watch it with your kids on the Disney Channel and sing along with the “Hey Jessie” theme song.

Phineas and Ferb

This hit animated TV series has been called a comedy-musical with many comedy elements aimed at adults (such as examples of pop culture references). Catch this successful show on the Disney Channel.

iCarly

Watch Carly Shay, a thirteen-year-old blogger, become Internet-famous because of her online show and great sense of humor. iCarly is a popular teen sitcom that can be seen on the Nickelodeon channel.

How do I watch DIRECTV on a mobile device?

If you are always busy and on-the-go, you might appreciate the ability to watch DIRECTV on a mobile device, so that you can keep up with the Kardashians (and any other entertainment you enjoy), no matter where you roam. With mobile television, you can enjoy your favorite movies and TV shows from almost anywhere – whether you are waiting at the doctor’s office or lounging by the pool.1

What do I need to watch DIRECTV on a mobile device?

In order to watch DIRECTV on a mobile device, you will first have to download one of the DIRECTV Apps on your smart phone or tablet. With the DIRECTV mobile app, you can instantly watch your favorite shows and movies on your smartphone.2 And if you forget to record the new episode of The Bachelor or the season finale of Survivor, there is no need to fret: simply set your DVR with a few taps on your mobile device, and your show will be recorded to enjoy later.3

Can I watch NFL SUNDAY TICKET on my mobile device?

You can also use the NFL SUNDAY TICKET App to watch your favorite football teams and easily track your football fantasy league.4 With the NFL SUNDAY TICKET App, you can get every game and never worry about missing a play.5

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What do I need to watch 3D TV?

3D TVs have improved considerably over the past few years and many home televisions now include 3D capabilities. Of course, just because your television includes 3D features, doesn’t mean that you have to use them. But if you want to fully enjoy the perks of your 3D TV, you may need to take a few additional steps or even purchase additional equipment in order to watch 3D TV in your home. This will largely depend on the type of television you purchase.

For one, watching 3D television usually requires the use of 3D glasses. Many 3D televisions already come with 3D glasses, but in some cases you may need to purchase your own. There are two types of 3D televisions and, therefore, two types of 3D glasses: active and passive.  These 3D glasses range in both price and quality. Passive polarized glasses tend to be less expensive and lighter, but are also usually lower-quality than active shutter glasses. Passive glasses are more like the disposable glasses you get at movie theaters.

Why do I want 3D TV?

3D television features can transport you to new and exciting worlds – from Hogwarts to Gotham City to the front row of a Katy Perry concert. From HD to 3D, advanced television technology can enhance your viewing experience and make your favorite movies and video games more thrilling than ever before.

Can I watch 3D Blu-ray™ movies?

If you want to watch 3D Blu-ray™ discs, you will also need to purchase a 3D-capable Blu-ray™ player for your HD television. Some 3D televisions are also able to connect to the Internet, so you can download 3D movies, games and more straight to your television.1 In most cases, you will have to pay to watch 3D movies on TV, and 3D movies can often be more expensive than regular 2D movies. Of course, if you do not want to fork over the additional cost for 3D movies, you can always continue to watch good old-fashioned 2D movies on your home television.

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Top 5 Most Emotional Episodes of Flashpoint

How Flashpoint redefined the contemporary cop drama…

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Flashpoint was a critically-acclaimed Canadian police drama about a fictional tactical unit called the Strategic Response Unit. Each member of the SRU is equipped with advanced weaponry and technology as a last resort…their primary goal is diffusing hostile situations through profiling and negotiation. Episodes usually feature emotionally-charged situations where a split-second decision – or flashpoint – makes all the difference in the world.

What makes these episodes hit so close to home is how human they are, featuring real people making foolish decisions that place them at odds with the law. It’s a premise that defines the series as a whole for having great writing and even better acting. Most episodes focus on themes of redemption and the cost of heroism – emotional stories that truly distinguish this series from other cop dramas with episodes like these.

“First in Line”

Season 1, Episode 2

First in Line examined the ambiguity of morality and ethics by showing how far a devastated father would go to save his daughter. After having his hopes of a transplant dashed by a filing error, the father seizes a weapon and holds the hospital hostage. Greg, leader of SRU Team One, is able to talk him down and diffuses the situation, but the real payoff comes when the dying man in line for the transplant makes the sacrifice. Even after the father threatened his life, the ailing man gives up his claim to the transplant in favor of the daughter.

“The Perfect Family”

Season 2, Episode 5

A young woman gives her baby up for adoption just as the ex-boyfriend re-enters her life. Distraught, the two resolve to kidnap their baby, leading to a chase that ends at an amusement park. Greg and his team arrive, where they learn that the boyfriend is suffering from the trauma of witnessing his own father’s suicide. Greg is able to get the boyfriend to safely hand over the baby, however, he fails to prevent the suspect from following in his father’s footsteps.

“Fault Lines”

Season 3, Episode 13

Team One is in the midst of an inquisition during a routine psych evaluation when their conduct is called into question. Meanwhile, the team’s tactical leader in the field, Ed, is dealing with the threat of an impending divorce when he gets the call that his wife is going into labor. In a rush to beat the traffic, Ed unwittingly escalates a criminal driving in front of him, which leads to a devastating confrontation that lands Ed in the hospital. It was a disastrous cliffhanger that was immediately resolved in season 4 when we learn Ed survived his injuries.

“The War Within”

Season 4, Episode 9

Ryan, a high school student is “outed” by his peers leading to a desperate journey for revenge in hopes of winning his parents’ acceptance. When all hope seems lost, Ryan tries to end it all when Greg and his team finally show up. Able to reach the boy and his parents, Greg is able to help bridge the gap and create the potential for acceptance and healing. The experience also inspires greater courage within the team and their lives outside of the job.

“Keep the Peace”

Season 5, Episodes 12 + 13

The final two episodes of the series involved a massive terror attack on Toronto being orchestrated by a single individual. Emotional tensions were ratcheted up to the breaking point as Ed’s son was nearly lost to a collapsed structure and Greg faced an intense showdown with the bomber. While Greg and his team were able to stop the terrorist and save the city, the episode marked the retirement of Greg as leader of the team and conclusion of series as we know it.

A fresh spin on a classic genre…

The cop drama as it is often seen today is pretty formulaic. You get the good guys who face the bad guys and we get a taste for what it’s like to stand against evil. Few shows, however, really make you feel the kinds of hardships and the costs required to be a hero like Flashpoint. The series, itself, is filled with real and emotional characters fully aware of the humanity of those they are tasked with apprehending. It’s less of a show about the divisive nature of lawful and unlawful and more of an examination of how these individuals are handled and what can be done to truly keep the peace.

Can I have DIRECTV and Time Warner Internet?

Yes, if you so choose, you can enjoy DIRECTV services alongside Time Warner Internet service. However, DIRECTV does partner with industry leaders in Internet and you might save more money by bundling your Internet service along with DIRECTV.

What are the benefits with splitting services between the companies?

If you are more comfortable using the services of, say, Time Warner Cable along with the services of DIRECTV, that can be beneficial. However, if you choose to bundle with one of DIRECTV’s partners when you order your TV package, you could save money. You can also check our comparison on DIRECTV vs. Time Warner to learn more.

Can I get DIRECTV in my apartment?

Yes, you can get DIRECTV in your apartment. DIRECTV is available to 100% of American households, as long as there is a clear view of the southern sky to receive satellite signals.

Do I need landlord permission?

Yes, you will need to get your landlord’s permission for any standard or custom installation. Be sure and talk it over with your landlord before scheduling an installation. In some areas, you might be able to schedule an installation for the following day, if available.

What if I cannot mount the dish?

Some apartments have restrictions when it comes to mounting dishes. Discuss this with your landlord and see what can be done about this.

My apartment recommends cable, is DIRECTV better?

For 13 years in a row, DIRECTV has had a higher customer satisfaction rating than cable – As compared to the largest national cable & satellite TV providers, according to the 2013 American Customer Satisfaction Index. DIRECTV offers more channels in HD and is more widely available than cable. If you need more, consult our comparison of DIRECTV vs. cable to learn about the offerings of both TV services.

What is the DIRECTV Cinema Connection Kit?

The DIRECTV Cinema Connection Kit is an adapter for the HD DVR. It lets you stream thousands of movies to the HD DVR via DIRECTV On Demand and DIRECTV Cinema.

Why would I want DIRECTV Cinema?

If you are a huge movie buff then DIRECTV Cinema is a great movie service to consider. DIRECTV Cinema includes a library of hundreds of the newest releases for you to order and watch any time.

What do I need besides the Connection Kit?

Aside from the Connection Kit, you need an HD DVR and access to DIRECTV Cinema programming. You can learn more about this by calling today.

Can I get DIRECTV in my area?

In most cases, yes. Unlike cable, DIRECTV satellite programming relies on the open sky rather than ground lines. Call our number to learn more.

Where is DIRECTV available?

DIRECTV programming is available to 100% of U.S. households with a clear view of the southern sky. As long as a satellite can be mounted with an unobstructed shot at the sky, you can access DIRECTV programming in your home, SUV, RV and boat.

What would prevent me from getting DIRECTV?

If you are living in an apartment and your landlord does not want a dish mounted, this could prevent access to DIRECTV. Living in a region with a lot of trees or even a mountain range could prevent access if the dish is being obstructed.

Can you get DIRECTV signal through trees?

Living in a densely-forested region could limit the quality of the signal.

Can I get DIRECTV in a condo?

Yes, you can receive DIRECTV programming anywhere with a clear view of the southern sky. This can include your condo. If you are leasing, however, you will need permission from the owner or landlord before setting up an installation appointment.

What if I cannot mount my dish? What are my options?

There could be a number of reasons why you can’t mount the dish – the owner (if you are leasing) is against it, or perhaps they don’t want it mounted. If your owner won’t let you mount the dish, discuss it with them. You can learn more about installation by calling today.

If you are leasing and the owner agrees to the service but does not want the dish mounted, you can ask about a stand for the satellite as an alternative.

Can I get DIRECTV in my RV?

Yes, you can get DIRECTV service in RVs and mobile homes.

Why is DIRECTV the best option for RV owners?

The accessibility offered by DIRECTV mobile packages is ideal for RV owners. All you really need is a clear view of the southern sky in order to receive DIRECTV programming while on-the-go.

What are DIRECTV’s on-the-go options?

Whether it’s on land, sea or air, customers can enjoy DIRECTV programming through mobile packages. The DIRECTV CHOICE MOBILE package works for SUVs, RVs and boats. If you are looking for programming options for airliners, the AIRBORNE OFFICE CHOICE package offers over 185 channels.


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