Emmy Nominees: Are Critical Faves Also Kid Faves?

If everything you knew about kids' television was based solely on nominees for the Daytime Emmy Awards, you'd think PBS was the most popular network for kids, followed not-so-closely by Nickelodeon. Further back would be small contributions to the genre from The Disney Channel and Cartoon Network.

But alas, popularity and quality in kids' media are two different lists (I don't recall the superlative WordGirl winning any Kids' Choice Awards), and we know the market craves the former more than the latter. So, at least once a year, it's nice that children's shows that transcend their audience's sometimes shallow entertainment appetites are recognized. (And these aren't exactly slouches in the ratings department anyway.)

Until the winners are revealed on CBS on June 27, check out the diverse list of nominees in some of the biggest kid categories (and here's hoping Ruff Ruffman doesn't pull a "Kanye" on WordGirl at the event!):

Outstanding Children's Animated Program
WordGirl - PBS
The Backyardigans - Nickelodeon
Curious George - PBS
Sid the Science Kid - PBS

Outstanding Children's Series

Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman - PBS
Design Squad - PBS
The Electric Company - PBS

Outstanding Preschool Children's Series
The Wonder Pets! - Nickelodeon
Between The Lions - PBS
Sesame Street - PBS

Outstanding Special Class Animated Program
SpongeBob SquarePants - Nickelodeon
The Penguins of Madagascar - Nickelodeon
Ni Hao, Kai-lan - Nickelodeon
Sid The Science Kid – PBS

Outstanding Performer In A Children's Series
Kevin Clash (Elmo), Sesame Street - PBS
Caroll Spinney (Big Bird), Sesame Street - PBS
Chris Knowings (Chris Robinson), Sesame Street - PBS
Joey Mazzarino (Stinky, Murry & Blogg), Sesame Street - PBS
David Rudman (Baby Bear), Sesame Street - PBS

Outstanding Performer In An Animated Program
Ed Asner, WordGirl - PBS
Eartha Kitt, The Wonder Pets! - Nickelodeon
Amy Poehler, The Mighy B! - Nickelodeon
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Arthur - PBS

Outstanding Directing In an Animated Program
The Mighty B! - Nickelodeon
Spongebob Squarepants - Nickelodeon
The Penguins of Madagascar - Nickelodeon
Fanboy and Chum Chum - Nickelodeon

Outstanding Writing in Animation
WordGirl - PBS
Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman - PBS
The Fairly Oddparents - Nickelodeon
Back At the Barnyard - Nickelodeon
The Penguins of Madagascar - Nickelodeon
Phineas and Ferb - Disney Channel

Outstanding Writing In a Children's Series
Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman - PBS
The Electric Company - PBS
Sesame Street - PBS

PLUS: Kids' Choice Awards Most Slime-Tastic Moments!

Which is your favorite nominee? Chime in now!

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