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Classic TV Shows for Boys (ages 7 to 12)

Updated on January 7, 2015

Why I Created This Page

As mom of a ten-year-old boy, I know that there are not many shows out there for this age group. Many of the programs are just a little too juvenile or a little too much for them. Many other moms have said they have this same dilemma and ask what our son likes to watch. Well, let me tell you...

Over the last few years, with the help of our Netflix and Amazon memberships, we've rented various shows. Based on the reaction from my son and his friends, I'd like to share some of the shows they've enjoyed, many of which they are happy to watch over and over, given the chance.

If you would like to recommend any series, please, leave a comment at that bottom of this page. Thank you!

Which show do you think boys would like the most?

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Daniel Boone


Updated December 2010:

My son's new favorite show is Daniel Boone starring Fess Parker. In fact, not only is this his new favorite show but my husband's as well. We stumbled across this series on Retro TV and started taping them. Each night the family gathers together to watch the next episode.

The show is very loosely based on the story of Daniel Boone but really incorporates quite a bit of history (pre-American Revolution). I wouldn't say the historical details are entirely accurate but our children do have a better grasp of early American life now as a result. Any way you look at it, though, the stories are fun and entertaining.

Daniel Boone Clips

Lost In Space


Perhaps a bit campy, this 1960s space version of the Swiss Family Robinson has been a hit with every boy who was visited this house. Most people know the show for the catch phrase (only uttered once by the Robot) "Danger, Danger, Will Robinson!"

On their way to check out Alpha Centauri for colonization, the Robinson Family's ship is set adrift in space by the a stowaway, Dr. Smith. In the beginning of the series, Dr. Smith, is the bad guy but as the series progresses, he grows to be more of a bumbling but lovable goof off.

Lost In Space ran three seasons.

Lost In Space Clips



This 1950s series is based on the comic book hero. Superman fights the never-ending battle for truth, justice and the American way. Yes, we get to see him faster than a bullet, outpower a locomotive and able to jump those high skyscrapers (in a single bound no less!), This series really is a comic book brought to life. And, while I have a hard time understanding how Lois and Jimmy can't tell Clark is Superman just because he wears glasses, my kids just enjoy these adventures.

Superman ran six seasons.

Superman Clips



Personally, one of my favorites as well. ALF, our wisecracking, cat-eating (although he never gets the opportunity to eat a cat on the series) alien, crash lands on earth. My son and his friends just laugh and laugh during these episodes. These DVDs have been loaned out more times that I can count.

ALF ran four seasons.

Gilligan's Island


Don't forget this classic series. Follow the castaways as they try for 98 episodes to escape their desert island. Children seem to take it for granted that the professor can invent or create anything imaginable under the sun yet they still cannot find a way to be rescued. I believe the slapstick comedy appeals most to young boys.

Gilligan's Island ran three seasons.

Get Smart


More silliness, slapstick and fun as Agents 86 and 99 battle KAOS.

Despite Maxwell Smart's bumbling ways as a secret agent, he always seems to win in the war against the bad guys. Of course, much of that is due to his partner 99's help.

Most boys just love the slapstick and just general silliness in this series.

Get Smart ran five seasons.

The Incredible Hulk


Another comic book character makes the jump to television. In the Incredible Hulk, Dr. Banner finds that extreme stress and anger turns him into the Hulk. This series may be a bit much for younger boys. My son started watching it when he was ten and I thought that was a good age for this show.

The Incredible Hulk ran for five seasons.

Incredible Hulk Clips


More Classic Television

your boys might enjoy

We've added Mr. Ed to our queue at Netflix. I think this could be hit or miss with some boys. Both my six-year-old daughter and my now-eleven-year-old son laugh and laugh with this show. This might be another series to consider.

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      blestman lm 3 years ago

      Lots of fun shows here. You can't watch Daniel Boone though without wanting one of those coonskin caps ;)

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I gave birth to my son in 1996. But I grew up enjoying "Lost in Space" and the 1966 "Batman".

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      teelover 4 years ago

      Great selection! Lost in space is may favorite one ;)

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      msksiva 4 years ago

      nice, for more indian tv shows

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      smartshops1 4 years ago

      How funny the old school clip of Batman and Robin took me down memory lane... as a child I never missed a show. :)

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      Your choices are my choices as well. Wonderful walk down memory lane:)

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      Digory LM 5 years ago

      I absolutely loved Get Smart. Thanks for the ideas

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      Kay 5 years ago

      @ohcaroline: I don't know that I've seen that one. Off to check out any Youtube clips. Thanks!

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      ohcaroline 5 years ago

      I would add the Rifleman to that list. It has a young boy in the series they could relate to.

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      JJNW 5 years ago from USA

      My kids (now nearly grown) loved and still love the old classics. Thanks for sharing these wholesome choices!

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      Stacy Birch 5 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Oh, yes! These are really cool tv shows!

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      Laura Schofield 7 years ago from Chicago, IL USA

      This is a fantastic listing - retro shows are so much fun! I've got smaller kids (aged nearly 2 and nearly 4) and they love the old Gumby claymation.

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      Derrayjac 8 years ago

      I love Alf myself and all Alf stuff, and Lost in Space, great lens cheers Deirdre

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I have a 9 year old grandson and never thought that he might enjoy these shows. I sure enjoyed them when I was growing up. He mostly likes wrestling and the Discovery Channel. I will have to see what he thinks of these.

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      Sniff It Out 9 years ago

      I don't have any boys but I used to love Lost In Space as a kid, we also used to get Land of the Giants which kept me glued in front of the TV. :-)

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      luvmyludwig lm 9 years ago

      I have an 8 year old boy, thank you for doing this lens.

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      luvmyludwig lm 9 years ago

      I have an 8 year old boy, thank you for doing this lens.

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      Treasures By Brenda 9 years ago from Canada

      Nicely done lens with some interesting recommendations. My boys are older now but I know others will be looking for ideas and it is always good to read what someone else thought!Brenda