Looking for Mandarin language shows for kids that are educational and not cartoons? This is a select list of live-action Chinese shows for kids that are our favorites. Educational content includes non-animated shows about nature, science, and kid life. You can watch these shows for free on the YoyoTV app, YouTube, and Netflix.
Netflix Shows with Mandarin Audio
Netflix boasts over 40 live-action shows and movies that you can watch in Mandarin Chinese. Many of these also have the option for Cantonese Audio. Here are my picks for “real-people shows”, as my kids call them, that they will actually watch.
This is an action-packed adventure show where you can choose the ending and learn basic skills to survive in the wild. My son has been a Bear Grylls fan since he was about 2 years old.
My kids were bouncing off the couch with excitement while they watched this fun science show. They couldn’t wait to recreate the experiments at home.
Brainchild explains STEM-focused topics to children in ways that will keep them interested. There will be lots of funny and gross moments that kids love. The show features a diverse cast with a female host. You can also download their entire curriculum for free!
Two curious friends are traveling the world on a mission to learn about food. It’s the tastiest adventure of their lives!
A talking dog helps a boy with his anxiety disorder as he navigates life at a new school.
What child doesn’t dream of having a pet koala? Follow Izzy as she lives the dream and cares for her exotic friends.
Tag along and these kids solve mysteries and get their friends, and themselves out of sticky situations.
Based on the book series by Ann M. Martin, Babysitter’s Club addresses social issues in a way that young children can understand.
Prince of Peoria is a wholesome comedy full of pranks and jokes. This is another show dubbed in Mandarin. My kids don’t quite understand that yet so what I love about it is that they are seeing a diverse cast all speaking Mandarin.
YoYo TV Taiwan
YoYo TV is the a children’s television network in Taiwan. It’s one of the most popular choices for parents looking for educational programs for preschoolers and young children. YoYo currently offers 13 live-action shows for kids in Mandarin with Chinese subtitles. You can also download the YoYo app for iPad or tablet and avoid the inappropriate content on YouTube.
大頭小狀元 – Big Head and Banana Brother
大頭 (big head) and his friend 香蕉哥哥 (banana brother) take kids behind the scenes of various jobs. The garbage man is my son’s favorite. Watch on YouTube or the YoyoTV App
好好玩自然 – Fun Nature
This show explores the natural ecology of Taiwan. Discover the many animals and insects across the beautiful landscape of Taiwan. Watch on YouTube or the YoyoTV App
好好玩 寵物當家 – Pet Master
Meet different household pets and learn how to take care of each animal. Watch on YouTube or the YoyoTV App
就是要Play – Just Want to Play
Activities and DIY ideas for kids. Watch on YouTube or the YoyoTV App
地球的孤兒 – Orphans of the Earth
A documentary series about endangered species around the world. Watch on YouTube or the YoyoTV App
超級總動員 – Children’s Talent Show
Students can register their class to compete in this talent show. Watch on YouTube or the YoyoTV App
Momo Kids TV Taiwan
Momo Kids is a children’s television network in Taiwan that offers over 20 live-action shows for kids in Mandarin with Chinese. They have a series of bilingual shows to teach children basic English words and phrases, but could also teach Chinese for beginners.
Bond with your kids while learning about ingredients and cooking techniques. These recipes are easy and fun to make with kids.
Learn Traditional Chinese characters through the stories
A show for younger children that love animals. Suitable for preschoolers.
This is a great show that teaches children basic safety skills in daily life. A must for all young kids!
A great show for kids interested in cooking to learn culinary words. Although this show is intended for English learners, the hosts speak in English and Mandarin .
This show is intended to teach preschoolers basic English, the hosts speak in English and Mandarin so it’s a great way to learn Chinese vocabulary as well.
Looking for more Mandarin Chinese language shows? Check out my full list of YouTube shows for kids or learn how to find Netflix shows with Mandarin audio. Looking for shows to watch after the kids are in bed? Check out my list of 14 Mandarin Dramas to binge-watch.