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Hi everyone,

I’m in the midst of buying some books and DVDs for the daughters of a family friend. I’ve found some books, but I’m coming up short on ideas for TV shows (and movies). Do you have any recommendations for TV shows for girls ages 5, 9, and 13?

I want to get them to experience shows from different decades across different genres that are friendly to young girls and have female leads. I was thinking along the lines of shows like Madeline, Babysitters Club, and maybe Lizzie McGuire. Any recommendations would be great. Thanks in advance!

Hi everyone, I’m in the midst of buying some books and DVDs for the daughters of a family friend. I’ve found some books, but I’m coming up short on ideas for TV shows (and movies). Do you have any recommendations for TV shows for girls ages 5, 9, and 13? I want to get them to experience shows from different decades across different genres that are friendly to young girls and have female leads. I was thinking along the lines of shows like Madeline, Babysitters Club, and maybe Lizzie McGuire. Any recommendations would be great. Thanks in advance!

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I don't know if today's youth can sit through black and white programs without special effects, etc. but the teenager might like a favorite of mine: Beverly Garland in "Decoy," a 1950s drama about a female police officer. The first-ever police show with a female lead. Plus you get to see NYC in 1957.

I'd recommend all women (who haven't seen it) watch an episode or two for free on imdb just because it was so groundbreaking.

Thank you for the recommendation! It looks like the full series is on Amazon Prime so I’ll give it a watch and let them know too. Thanks!

Some of them are on YouTube. I just watched the first episode. (I'd never heard of it before and it's interesting.)