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Top 10 Hottest Shows for Tweens


Tweens love TV, and we have seen what the power of the tween vote can do. Anyone heard of High School Musical or Hannah Montana? Here are some of the most popular TV series for kids ages 9-14, along with links and information to help parents learn about what kids are watching.

1. Good Luck Charlie

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Good Luck Charlie is a live-action comedy series for families. The show airs on the Disney Channel and has become highly popular with tweens and teens. Thanks to its family appeal, Good Luck Charlie is one that many tweens watch with their families. So not only are families spending time together, but also, parents can casually discuss things that happen on the show with kids, offering a great opportunity to instill family values and help kids learn to make wise choices.  (TV-G)

2. American Idol

American Idol
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Who can forget the first season of American Idol -- the reality TV show in which singers compete against each other to become an American Idol and win a recording contract -- when Kelly Clarkson wowed us all with her beautiful voice and became the first success story of the show. Since then, American Idol has become a pop culture phenomenon, and tweens are hooked just like the rest of us. (TV-PG)

3. iCarly

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In this live-action, integrated website/TV show, Carly Shay (Miranda Cosgrove) is a bubbly teen who lives with her twenty-something older brother, Spencer. After footage of her and best friend Sam (Jenette McCurdy) bantering back and forth accidentally winds up on the Internet, viewing kids clamor for more from the comedic duo, and a whole new web show is born. The show integrates footage from their real world website into the TV show as well, so viewing kids have a shot at participating on the show. iCarly has become so popular that many believe she has the potential to unseat Miley Cyrus as the queen of tweendom. (TV-Y)

4. Jessie - TV Show Review

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In this Disney Channel comedy for kids, Jessie is an aspiring actress and nanny to the Ross children: Emma, fashion savvy teen who is  the only biological child; Ravi, a 12-year-old from India; Luke, a clever and mischievous teen adopted at age five from Detroit; and Zuri, an adorably precocious nine-year-old adopted at birth from Africa. The show follows Jessie and the kids as they have comical adventures learning and growing together. While the cast of characters is original and interesting and the acting a joy to watch, the show contains a lot of sarcasm and rude behavior that is taken very lightly on the show but would not be cool if kids imitated in real life. (TV-G)

5. SpongeBob SquarePants

SpongeBob SquarePants
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Originally created for kids ages 6-11, the cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants became a pop culture phenomenon. According to Nickelodeon, the show has been the number one animated kids' show on television for over six years, but millions of viewers in every age category, including adults, tune in to watch the cartoon every month. Tweens love SpongeBob and his underwater neighbors in the deep-sea town of Bikini Bottom. SpongeBob's house looks like a giant pineapple, and his closest acquaintances include his best friend Patrick the Starfish, Sandy Cheeks the squirrel (who lives in an underwater air bubble), and his co-worker Squidward. SpongeBob works as a fry cook at a fast food type joint called the Krusty Krab. (TV-Y)

6. The Naked Brothers Band

Naked Brothers Band
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The Naked Brothers Band TV series follows real-life brothers 11-year-old Nat and 8-year-old Alex Wolff (ages at the time of the 1st season premiere in 2007), along with their friends/band members as they tour under the name The Naked Brothers Band. The mocumentary is based on the band that was started by Nat and Alex when they were in preschool, and focuses not only on the incredible musical talent of the band, but also on the friendships that get them through the challenges of life as kid rock stars. (TV-Y7)

7. Sonny with a Chance

Sonny with a Chance
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Allison "Sonny" Munroe (Demi Lovato) may be a Midwestern girl at heart, but she can make it anywhere, right? After posting some of her homemade comedy videos online, she is discovered by a real television producer and gets the opportunity of a lifetime -- a chance to star in So Random!, the most popular sketch comedy series for kids and tweens. Sonny and her mother relocate to sunny California, but when she meets the rest of the So Random! cast, she learns that things are not going to be all roses. The funny show within a show produces some good laughs, and kids adore Disney star Demi Lovato. (TV-G)

8. The Suite Life on Deck

The Suite Life on Deck
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In this spin-off series from The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Zack and Cody have grown up some, and they are starting a new adventure. Along with London Tipton, daughter of the Tipton hotel owner, they are off to cruise the world aboard the SS Tipton (also owned by London's daddy). The three are privileged to attend Seven Seas High, a school where they can sail through classes out on the open sea. (TV-G)

9. True Jackson, VP

True Jackson, VP
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In True Jackson, VP, Keke Palmer (Akeelah and the Bee, Jump In) plays the talented and accomplished 15-year-old True Jackson. Tapped to head the youth division of a major fashion label, True is capitalizing on her talent at a young age, but she doesn't let that go to her head. Despite her high power job in the world of fashion, True stays grounded and true to her friends. In situations fraught with challenges such as mean girls from school, cranky models, looming deadlines or problems getting her designs done, True's proactive drive and positive attitude help her shine. (TV-Y)

10. Wizards of Waverly Place

Wizards of Waverly Place
Siblings Alex (Selena Gomez), Justin (David Henrie) and Max (Jake T. Austin) masquerade as ordinary New York teenagers, but they are in fact descended from a long line of wizards (on their father's side), and magic is in their blood. Their father, Jerry Russo, had to relinquish his powers to marry their non-wizard mother, but he is determined to help his children master the magic arts. Wherever they go, the Russo siblings have magic wands and powerful spells at their disposal -- at least they would have, if their parents didn't set such strict limits on the use of magic in every day life. (TV-G)
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