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6 shows for tweens you didn’t know you could find on CBC

Jun 14, 2019

It’s not all Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood and PJ Masks.

While CBC Kids is probably best known for preschool programming, a whole bunch of new shows have arrived (with more coming soon) for Canadian tweens — and you can stream them for free via CBC Gem.

And although they’re meant for tweens, many of these new titles are great to watch together as a family (especially Detention Adventure). We know most kids this age like to pick the shows they watch, but it never hurts to know about what's out there. Just in case, you know, you’re looking for something new to put in front of them.

Find Me In Paris

Begins streaming June 14, 2019. Watch it here.

Find Me In Paris is the show you need if your kid loved The Next Step. It’s about a ballet dancer from 1905 (Jessica Lord, of The Next Step), who is transported to the 21st century through the power of a magical necklace. It’s got dancing, it’s got romance and your tween will love it.

Thunderbirds Are Go

Begins streaming June 14, 2019. Watch it here

Based on the iconic '60 action-adventure series Thunderbirds, Thunderbirds Are Go is a fresh new take, re-invented for today’s kid. Produced by ITV,  in collaboration with the world famous Weta Workshop (Lord of the Rings, King Kong, Avatar), the animated series takes us to a hidden island base in the South Pacific where the five Tracy brothers pilot remarkable, cutting-edge Thunderbird vehicles from the depths of the oceans to the highest reaches of space. And it's all for one purpose: to help others in need. If your kid loves action, adventure, and cool vehicles, this is the show for them.

Detention Adventure

Streaming now. Watch it here.

A secret lab under the school that you can only access via detention? Lots of explosions and goo shooting out of lockers? Detention Adventure is the first original tween series produced for Gem, and follows three nerdy friends and the class bully as they try really hard to get into detention. Why would they do that? Well, because they want to search for Alexander Graham Bell’s lab, which may or may not be hidden under the school — directly under the room that detention is in. It’s like Harry Potter, but without the sorcery, and it's getting great reviews across the board.

CBC Kids News

Streaming now. Watch it here.

CBC Kids News is a brand-new voice from Canada’s national public news and information service, bringing you daily news for kids aged 9 - 13 years old. Check it out for trending and timely stories from the day’s headlines in news, pop culture, sports, science, technology and the environment. And in breaking news (see what we did there?), coming this fall, look for CBC Kids News: The Show.

The Thrillusionists

Streaming now. Watch it here

OK, what kid doesn’t love magic? Meet The Thrillusionists: Brad, Maya and Joey are kid illusionists who like to go to different locations and blow people's minds with their magic tricks. 

Super Agent Jon le Bon

Streaming now. Watch it here.

Super Agent Jon le Bon was originally a French comic book series by Quebec author and illustrator Alex A. Now available in English and perfect for the YouTube generation, Jon le Bon and his agents must save the world (every single episode) in under 90 seconds.

CBC Gem is available for free as an app for iOS and Android devices and online at Currently available on TV screens via Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV and Android TV.

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