Do you remember the kids' TV show Wishbone?
It was awesome and starred an adorable Jack Russell terrier named Wishbone who would act out tales of classic literature. Each episode would start in the real world, with Wishbone's young owner and friends (Wishbone would talk, but the kids couldn't hear him), and then you'd cut between Wishbone's re-telling of a story like Tom Sawyer or Oliver Twist, which had a parallel with the real-life storyline.
What made Wishbone particularly awesome was that its writers didn't shy away from using really hard literature or dark books to base their episodes on. Here, some that you'd be surprised to find used on a kids' TV show: