->''"Well, Itchy & Scratchy are gone, but here's a cartoon that tries to make learning ''fun''! ...Sorry about this kids, but stay tuned; we've got some real good toy commercials coming right up, I ''swear''".''
-->-- '''Krusty the Clown''', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''

As the trope's title implies, the Edutainment Show combines educational content with entertainment. As such, most shows in this genre are aimed at children; of course, some more mature fare may fit this definition, such as ''Series/MythBusters''. {{Cooking Show}}s, {{Science Show}}s, {{Nature Show}}s, and other TVDocumentary formats (especially DocuDrama programs) may also count, if they are entertaining enough. Additionally, the definition has become somewhat blurred - these days networks often pass children's programs in particular as "edutainment," when their only actual educational content is pro-social themes, such as "[[TeamSpirit work together as a team]]", "{{Reading Is Cool|Aesop}}", or "be a good friend to others."

Many Edutainment Shows appear on PBS, the most famous example being ''Series/SesameStreet''. Nickelodeon also has had quite a few in their "NickJr" block, such as ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues'' and ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'', as do specialized fact-oriented cable networks as The Learning Channel, the many Discovery channels, the History Channel, and Animal Planet. At least until NetworkDecay sets in.

In the United States, since 1990, networks are required to have 3 hours of educational material a week; the tag "E/I" (for "Educational/Informative") was created to denote such shows (though in the case of stations carrying Series/SavedByTheBell, the rules are susceptible to LoopholeAbuse if AnAesop is fit into the show in just the right way, and they can count as E/I). Now you know what the AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle is referring to.

For the VideoGame counterpart, see EdutainmentGame. See also PropagandaPiece.

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!!Other examples:
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* Series/ThreeTwoOneContact
* WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins
* Series/AdamRuinsEverything
* WesternAnimation/AdventuresFromTheBookOfVirtues
* Series/AmazingAnimals
* AngelinaBallerina
* Series/AnimalArmageddon
* Literature/AnneOfGreenGables: The Animated Series.
* ComicBook/AnselmeLanturlu (French edutainment ''comic'')
* TheArchers was originally conceived as a way to make British farms more productive by teaching good practice; it's long since [[GenreShift outgrown this]] and become a straight SoapOpera, but still [[ShownTheirWork takes pride in the accuracy of its farming-related storylines]], retaining an "Agricultural Story Editor" for this purpose.
* WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}} - This program also [[LampshadeHanging Lampshades]] this trope with an in-universe example. Buster claims that a program that he's making is going to be "edutainment." The characters respond to this with an "ew." The chapter-book adaptation of that episode goes even further, with Brain stating that edutainment is supposed to be a blend of education and entertainment, but often ends up being the worst of both.
* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' teaches history (questionably) and a little bit about culture between (often with) all the HoYay and gags. (Although the manga's depiction of Korea has sparked controversy in SouthKorea.)
* Baby Einstein
* Literature/TheBabySittersClub: the 1990 edutainment program, aimed towards pre-teen girls, finds the young girls (led by Kristin Amanda "Kristy" Thomas, the girls' lead baby-sitter) on a wide array of mis-adventures while teaching life lessons to kids. First shown on HBO in the 90s.
* WesternAnimation/TheBackyardigans
* Series/BarneyAndFriends
* Series/BBCHistoricalFarmSeries
* BeakmansWorld
* Series/BearInTheBigBlueHouse
* WebVideo/TheBenHeckShow
* Series/BetweenTheLions
* Series/TheBigComfyCouch
* Series/BillNyeTheScienceGuy
* BlackHoleHigh
* WesternAnimation/BlastersUniverse: Based on an EdutainmentGame series.
* WesternAnimation/BluesClues
* WesternAnimation/BobTheBuilder
* Series/BoyMeetsWorld: a 90s edutainment program aimed at pre-teen girls. A spin-off series was also introduced as a ''DisneyChannel'' exclusive (''Series/GirlMeetsWorld'').
* WesternAnimation/{{Bowlopolis}}
* BrainGames: HBO's take on the learning program, and it was even marketed on VHS tapes in a period when television programs on home video was an exception, not a rule.
* Series/BrainiacScienceAbuse...sometimes.
* Website/BrainPOP
* WebVideo/TheBrainScoop
* WesternAnimation/BubbleGuppies
* TheBusyWorldOfRichardScarry
* WesternAnimation/{{Caillou}}
* CallingAllSafetyScouts
* WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers
* WebVideo/TheCartoonShow
* WesternAnimation/TheCatInTheHatKnowsALotAboutThat
* Series/LaCatrina
* WesternAnimation/TheCentsables
* Series/CharlieHorseMusicPizza: Follow-up series to ''Series/LambChopsPlayAlong''.
* WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts: Some DonaldDuck shorts of the mid-to-late 1950s had an educational bend, one of the most notable of which was ''Donald in Mathmagicland'', in which Donald, assisted by the True Spirit of Adventure, shows how "there's a lot more to mathematics than just two times two." There was also ''Scrooge Mcduck and Money'', in which Scrooge gives Huey, Dewey, and Louie a lesson in capitalism and the history of money, from the barter system to modern banking.
* WebOriginal/{{Chrontendo}}
* Literature/CliffordTheBigRedDog
* Series/{{Conquest}}
* WesternAnimation/CosmicQuantumRay
* WesternAnimation/TheCountryMouseAndCityMouseAdventures
* WebVideo/CrashCourse, hosted by the WebVideo/VlogBrothers, Music/{{Hank|Green}} and Creator/JohnGreen
* WesternAnimation/{{Cro}}
* WesternAnimation/{{Cyberchase}}
* WesternAnimation/DangerRangers
* WesternAnimation/DanielTigersNeighborhood
* Series/DeadliestWarrior gets into the nitty gritty of history: wars, different warriors, how they fought, and their weapons. Controversy or no, they dig up the most brutal aspects of humanity and pit them together in all their bloody glory.
* In a way, WebAnimation/DeathBattle. Not only does it educate the viewers on the combatants in question, but they also frequently discuss real world scientific calculations and feats to help determine the fighters' maximum performance.
* Series/{{Destinos}}: An Introduction To Spanish
** Before there was Destinos, there was Series/{{Saludos}}, a show teaching kids Spanish that was [[FollowTheLeader similar to Sesame Street]].
* WesternAnimation/{{Didou}}: Step-by-step instructions on drawing various items.
* Series/DinoDan
* Series/DinosaurRevolution
* WesternAnimation/DinosaurTrain
* Series/DirtyJobs: Mike Rowe travels around the country (and occasionally planet) finding jobs many would find too repulsive, physically strenuous, or both to work.
* WesternAnimation/DocMcStuffins
* Series/DoctorWho: As odd as it seems in retrospect, this show started out as edutainment. The show was originally meant to alternate between stories set in the past that would teach kids history, and those set in the future, or on other planets, that would teach science (hence the first two companions being a history teacher and a science teacher). Then the Daleks showed up, became massively popular, and changed the emphasis of the show to scary monsters rather than education.
** Some of the stories from the first two seasons of the original series illustrate what ''Doctor Who'' was intended to be chiefly most of the historical stories (e.g. "Marco Polo," in which our heroes meet Marco Polo in the Pamirs and travel all the way to Peking with him).
** Verity Lambert fought to get the Dalek story on TV by playing the edutainment card. According to modern accounts, she told her boss, Sydney Newman, that the story could teach us that we must curb our more belligerent tendencies, with the barren, radioactive wasteland of Skaro as their logical conclusion.
** Edutainment still shows up as late as Troughton, although sporadically - "The Moonbase", written by an actual scientist, contains a scene where Ben lectures Polly (and the audience) in how the design of spray bottles works, and a scene where Polly explains some basic organic chemistry to Ben concerning solvents, plastic and nail varnish.
* ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer''
** Its spin-off ''WesternAnimation/GoDiegoGo''
*** Its other spin-off ''WesternAnimation/DorasExplorerGirls''
*** Dora's Explorer Girls also has a spin-off: ''Dora And Friends Into The City''
* ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'' sometimes teaches viewers about things such as global warming, how to help homeless animals, the flat Earth theory and the history of Japan. Unfortunately, most of the educational bits are thrown away in the BangZoomEntertainment dub, but sometimes you'll get an explanation of a fairy tale not known by Americans such as "The Honest Woodcutter" or an episode set in a historical time period.
* ''Series/DragonsWagonsAndWax'': A 1977 series shown in Ohio classrooms, remembered for its ActionHoggingOpening.
* ''WesternAnimation/DragonTales''
* ''Series/TheElectricCompany'': Both the 1971 version and the 2009 version, though the 1970s version is more well-liked/remembered. Given that the 70s version managed to license Franchise/SpiderMan and features MorganFreeman, and managed to make both of them {{Narm}}y, being remembered is guaranteed.
* ''Anime/ElementHunters'': An anime that manages to teach chemistry in a MonsterOfTheWeek format.
* ''Ellen The Ellen [=DeGeneres=] Show'': a edutainment talk show hosted by and starring LGBT activist Ellen [=DeGeneres=] (due to appearances by Sophia Grace & Rosie).
* WesternAnimation/FatAlbertAndTheCosbyKids: A 1970s cartoon that does a good job teaching life lessons to kids.
* WesternAnimation/FetchWithRuffRuffman
* ''Website/FinFurAndFeatherBureauOfInvestigation''
* ''WesternAnimation/FiremanSam''.
* FoodDetectives: An attempt to do for foodstuffs what Series/MythBusters does for high explosives.
* Literature/{{Franklin}}
* WesternAnimation/FrannysFeet
* Series/TheFreshBeatBand
* Series/TheFriendlyGiant
* Series/FullHouse: a 1980s edutainment show set in San Francisco in which it teaches life lessons to kids.
* WesternAnimation/TheFunnyCompany
* ''Series/{{Futurescape}}'' with James Woods: Speculation on future technologies, and how they might actually be achieved.
* ''Manga/GAGeijutsukaArtDesignClass'' has definite elements of this; there are whole episodes spent on explaining various graphic techniques.
* WebVideo/GeographyNow
* WebVideo/TheGreatWar
* ''Series/GoodEats'': Half CookingShow, half straight-up Edutainment Show. Alton prefers to educate the viewer on food science and cooking theory, rather than simply giving out recipes as most TV chefs do.
* GordonTheGardenGnome
* ''Series/GullahGullahIsland''
* ''[[WesternAnimation/HappyNessTheSecretOfTheLoch Happy Ness: The Secret of the Loch]]''
* The HeadFirst books manage to do this in a book form. And they're both entertaining and educational. This being a series that deals with subjects like [[EverybodyHatesMathematics math]] and computer programming.
* Series/HeresHumphrey: A [[LongRunners long-running]] Australian TV show that taught social skills with dancing, singing and a big clumsy bear.
* Series/HiFive
* WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}
* WebVideo/HistoryBuffs
* WesternAnimation/HollyHobbieAndFriends
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Hopla}}''
* ''Series/HorribleHistories''
* Series/HowItsMade
* WesternAnimation/{{Humf}}
* Series/ILoveToyTrains
* Series/IkMikLoreland
* WesternAnimation/IlEtaitUneFois
* InfinityLimited
* Series/ItsABigBigWorld
* Series/ItsMeOrTheDog: Watch enough of this and you'll learn a ''lot'' about dog-training and dog behaviors in general.
** Series/MyCatFromHell does the same thing for cats.
* Series/JackHorkheimerStarGazer
* WesternAnimation/JakeAndTheNeverlandPirates
* WesternAnimation/JakersTheAdventuresOfPiggleyWinks
* Series/JamesMaysManLab
* WesternAnimation/JaneAndTheDragon: The American run includes a segment at the end called [[AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle "Dragon Talk"]] in order to earn the E/I rating.
* Series/JaneByDesign: A edutainment program aimed towards pre-teen girls. Centered only on Jane Quimby, a normal girl who leads a double life while attending high school and becoming a full-pledged fashion designer for Donovan Decker. Produced by ''Creator/{{ABC}}'' for ''Creator/ABCFamily''.
* Series/ElJardinDeClarilu
* WesternAnimation/JayJayTheJetPlane
* WesternAnimation/JellyJamm
* [[WesternAnimation/JoJosCircus JoJo's Circus]]
* WesternAnimation/JuliusJr
* Series/JurassicFightClub: Because EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs
* WesternAnimation/JustinTime
* Series/{{Kidsongs}}
* Series/KrattsCreatures
* ''WesternAnimation/LadyLovelyLocks'': a 1980s edutainment cartoon that teaches life lessons to kids while joining the cartoon's main protagonist on a wide array of mis-adventures of enchantment and romance.
* Series/LambChopsPlayAlong
* WesternAnimation/LeapFrog Learning [=DVDs=].
* WebAnimation/TheLebrons: A modern day Fat Albert.
* Series/TheLetterPeople: A puppet show that teaches phonics with surprisingly developed characters.
* WesternAnimation/LibertysKids: A surprisingly sophisticated show that teaches about UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution.
* WebVideo/LifeHacksForKids
* Series/LiftOff
* WesternAnimation/TheLingoShow
* WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard: The show teaches life issues and features a lot of Swahili. It has some pretty glaring issues about how animals work - such as Fuli's spots being incorrect - however it also teaches zoology facts.
* Literature/LittleBear
* Series/LittlePeople
* WesternAnimation/LittleEinsteins
* LightNovel/LogHorizon: Financed by taxpayer-supported NHK and broadcasted on their Educational channel.
* Series/LookAndRead
* WesternAnimation/LunarJim
* WesternAnimation/{{Madeline}} (on the moral side only, show contains lots of factual mistakes)
* Literature/TheMagicSchoolBus
* WesternAnimation/MamaMirabellesHomeMovies
* WesternAnimation/MarthaSpeaks
* WebVideo/MatthewSantoro
* WesternAnimation/MayaAndMiguel
* Series/{{Mentors}}
* WesternAnimation/MickeyMouseClubhouse
* Series/MrDressup
* Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood
* Mr. Wizard's World
* Series/ModernMarvels: A closer look at the history of technology, including its failures.
* Anime/MujinWakuseiSurvive: Financed by NHK.
* ''WesternAnimation/MuzzyInGondoland''
* Series/MythBusters spells out how the myths are tested, so you can learn quite a bit from that show, in the middle of StuffBlowingUp.
* NASA Sci-Files, NASA Connect, and Destination Tomorrow: Series made by Virginia Tech for elementary school, middle school, and high school students, respectively.
* Series/NewZooRevue: 1970s children's show.
* Series/NewtonsApple: an educational show for kids about science that aired in the 1980s on Creator/{{PBS}}
* WesternAnimation/NiHaoKaiLan
* Series/{{NUMB3RS}}
* WesternAnimation/TheOctonauts
* Series/OddSquad
* Anime/OjamajoDoremi, known as ''Magical [=DoReMi=]'' in the United States, Latin America, and most of Europe
* Series/OzAndJames's ''Big Wine Adventure'' and ''Drink to Britain'' aim to give the curious adult the basic tools for appreciating wine and other drink while following an OddCouple of middle-aged blokes around on thinly-veiled drinking holidays.
* Series/ThePajanimals
* WesternAnimation/PBAndJOtter
* WesternAnimation/PegPlusCat
* Series/PennAndTellerBullshit
* Series/PennAndTellerTellALie
* Series/PeppermintPark: An obscure, almost blatant ''Sesame Street'' rip-off VHS series from TheEighties.
* Series/{{Pinwheel}}: The ''Sesame Street''-esque program that launched {{Nickelodeon}} into the limelight; the channel itself was known as "Pinwheel" until 1979.
* WesternAnimation/PipAhoy
* Series/PJKatiesFarm
* Series/PlaySchool
* Series/ThePolkaDotDoor
* Animation/PororoTheLittlePenguin
* WesternAnimation/PostmanPat
** WesternAnimation/GuessWithJess
* Franchise/PowerRangers, perhaps less so nowadays, was very edutainment back in the [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Mighty Morphin']] days. It still keeps up the social morals; especially that of teamwork. A 1995 movie, known as ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie'' was released, despite having a "PG" rating by the MPAA.
* Series/{{Powerhouse}}
* Series/ThePuzzlePlace
* PythagorasSwitch (''Pitagora Suichi''): A show much like ''Sesame Street'', from Japan, known for its {{Eye Catch}}es featuring intricate [[RubeGoldbergDevice Rube Goldberg devices.]]
* {{Readalong}}
* WesternAnimation/ReadyJetGo
* Series/ReallyWildAnimals
* Series/ReadingRainbow
* ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'' and Creator/RiyokoIkeda's other historical-themed mangas somewhat qualify, as [[ShownTheirWork the author was extremely accurate to the historical events]] (and ''Rose of Versailles'' even earned her the ''Légion d'honneur'' for it).
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' qualifies in the same vein as ''Rose of Versailles'', as the show provides plenty of information on the Meiji Era, and the Bakumatsu War that took place during the final years of the Edo period.
* WesternAnimation/SagwaTheChineseSiameseCat
* WesternAnimation/SchoolhouseRock: Animated shorts, set to music, that would play between {{Saturday morning cartoon}}s on Creator/{{ABC}}.
* WesternAnimation/ScienceCourt
* ''[=SciGirls=]'': a spin-off of Newton's Apple that is a hybrid animated/live-action edutainment program in which it is aimed towards pre-teen girls.
* WebVideo/SciShow, hosted by Music/{{Hank|Green}}[[WebVideo/VlogBrothers Green]].
* ''Series/{{Screenwipe}}'', and its spin-off, ''Series/{{Newswipe}}''.
* Series/DieSendungMitDerMaus: The most notable German language example.
* Series/SesameStreet: It's probably the longest Edutainment Show that's still currently running (even if it is on HBO Saturday mornings).
** Series/ElmosWorld
* WesternAnimation/SidTheScienceKid
* WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst
* WesternAnimation/SpotTheDog
* Series/SquareOneTV
* WesternAnimation/{{Stanley}}
* Series/StormChasers
* Series/{{Storylords}}
* WesternAnimation/SuperWhy
* Series/SwampCritters
* [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1312022/ Time Warp]]
* Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote series is a ChildrensLiterature published on a Chindren's imprint. Its anime adaptation was financed by public broadcaster NHK and aired in its education channel. As expected, there're quite a bit of life lession, plus a lot of expositions, some of which may go over the head of its tween readership. For example, the twentieth novel ''The Youkai Computer Knows'' introduces a large number of computer science terms, ranging from the several flavours of C, to Deep Learning, and to cybersecurity terms such as [=DDoS=]. In the same novel, synthetic cannabinoids was also discussed.
* WesternAnimation/TeamUmizoomi
* WesternAnimation/TennesseeTuxedoAndHisTales is an early example of this trope, being created in response to the "TV is a vast wasteland" speech.
* WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine became this after Series 7, sadly for some veteran fans.
** Series/ShiningTimeStation
** Britt Allcroft's other show, ''WesternAnimation/MagicAdventuresOfMumfie'', teaches such lessons as how to care for animals, French words, how to brush your teeth, manners and most importantly, the importance of friendship.
* Series/ThroughTheDragonsEye
* Animation/TicketyToc
* WesternAnimation/TinyPlanets
* Series/TodaysSpecial
* WesternAnimation/ToddWorld
* ''Series/TooCute'' educates us about the different breeds of cats and dogs, as well as entices us with the cuteness of their babies.
* ''WesternAnimation/TootAndPuddle'' presents basic sciences and geographical facts, as well as moral issues, in a SliceOfLife manner.
* Series/{{Tweenies}}
* ''Series/UnnaturalHistory'' occasionally bases its episodes on history like Sputnik, the Pony Express, and the history of vikings in America. Unfortunately, the line between fact and fiction gets a bit murky (most likely to encourage kids and teens to do some research themselves).
* The early seasons of ''UpinAndIpin'' were supposed to teach children about the Ramadan.
* ''ComicStrip/USAcres'': The first three seasons had a moral in each episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales''
** ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTalesInTheHouse''
* WebVideo/VSauce
* WesternAnimation/WallyKazam
* Blog/WhatIf, a blog rather than a TV show, written by Randall Munroe of ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' fame.
* WesternAnimation/WhereOnEarthIsCarmenSandiego (based on the series of {{Edutainment Game}}s)
* ''Series/WhereInTheWorldIsCarmenSandiego'', though in a game-show format.
* Series/{{Wilbur}}
* WesternAnimation/WildAnimalBabyExplorers
* WesternAnimation/WildKratts
* Series/WimziesHouse
* Series/{{Wishbone}}
* WebVideo/WonderQuest
* WesternAnimation/WordGirl
* Series/TheWorldOfJonathanSingh
* Series/YoungIndianaJones: Taught kids about history and people who changed the world through the young eyes of everyone's favorite [[Franchise/IndianaJones whip-wielding hero]].
* WebVideo/ZinniaJones
* Series/{{Zoboomafoo}}
* Series/{{Zoom}}
* WesternAnimation/ZulaPatrol
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-->'''[[TheStinger Statler:]]''' Say, Waldorf, do you think this show counts as edutainment?
-->'''[[JustForFun/StatlerAndWaldorf Waldorf:]]''' Don't see why not. After all, it encourages people to quit watching and read books!
-->'''[[Series/TheMuppetShow Together:]]''' Doh-ho-ho-ho-ho-ho!
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