The 20 Best Children’s Television Characters of All Time


Television has provided education and entertainment to children for nearly a century, creating many lovable and iconic characters along the way. This list of the 20 best children’s television characters of all time consists only of the most recognizable, inspiring, and fun-to-watch characters from kids’ TV. Only one character per show is included on the list. Characters are listed chronologically. The year included is the year the television show was released – not necessarily the year the character was introduced.

2Popeye: Popeye the Sailor, 1960

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If anyone in history was able to convince children to eat their vegetables, it was Popeye the Sailor Man. With his rough-and-tough attitude and obsession with spinach, Popeye can also be found in comic strips, films, and toys, among other forms of media and merchandise. He was ranked #20 on TV Guide’s 2002 list of the greatest cartoon characters of all time, and for good reason.