Curious George (PBS Kids) This gentle show—narrated by actor William H. Macy—goes down like a glass of chocolate milk: sweetly addictive for kids, wholesome enough for parents not to mind. Just be prepared for some monkey see, monkey do: My 4-year-old wanted candy after George indulged.
Class of 3000 (Cartoon Network) No question, the funkiest theme song of any kids' show on the air. Cocreator André "3000" Benjamin (OutKast) lends his voice as a star turned music teacher for a group of rubbery-looking students. The show may get older kids grooving, but mine were a tad bored.
Handy Manny (Playhouse Disney) "Let's get to work—muy rapido!" says Handy Manny (voiced by Wilmer Valderrama), a kind of younger, Latino version of Bob the Builder (minus the heavy machinery). A cute show that's perfect for tool-crazed tykes—and muy handy for sipping your coffee in peace.
The Upside Down Show (Noggin) Me, I'm not a Little Einsteins mom. Sure, it'd be nice if TV taught my kids to appreciate classical music. But even better is the sound of a bellylaugh coming from the couch, and this show—starring Aussie comedians David Collins and Shane Dundas—is pure slapstick fun.