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Watching television is a great opportunity for family bonding.
Not only does watching a show together bring members of your family closer together, it is also a chance for you and your kids to learn new stuff, discuss challenging issues, and create great memories that you will all cherish.
Netflix is one of the most accessible ways to have a fun and relaxing time with the whole family. It offers a vast library of shows that are family friendly.
Today, we’ve rounded up the best family shows on Netflix that you can binge-watch on your next family movie night.
The list includes shows that are great for co-viewing with young children, bigger kids, tweens, and teenagers.
Here are our recommendations.
What You Will Learn
- 1. The InBESTigators
- 2. Family Reunion
- 3. Fuller House
- 4. Brainchild
- 5. Free Rein
- 6. A Series of Unfortunate Events
- 7. The Last Kids on Earth
- 8. Anne With an E
- 9. One Day at a Time
- 10. Our Planet
- 11. The Big Family Cooking Showdown
- 12. The Loud House
- 13. The Bureau of Magical Things
- 14. Adventure Time
- 15. Raising Dion
- 16. Merlin
- 17. Avatar: The Last Airbender
- 18. Floor Is Lava
- 19. Battlebots
- 20. The New Legends of Monkey
- 21. Good Witch
- Final Thoughts
Your family will love this hilarious mockumentary of elementary school kids who establish their own detective agency and solve mysteries in their school and neighborhood.
Although the show appeals to younger kids, there are many laugh-out-loud moments courtesy of the lines delivered by the actors.
Enhance your bonding time with your kids while you help them figure out the whodunit in each episode.
This heartwarming show introduces viewers to the McKellan family, who came from Seattle and moved to a new life in Georgia.
Follow their adventures as the family adjusts to small-town life that seems totally different from the big-city life they had in Seattle.
Although the show may come across as old-fashioned, there are episodes that are great openers for discussing social issues with your kids.
3. Fuller House
This spinoff of Full House, a wholesome, late 1980s and early 1990s show, provides a touch of nostalgia for those who watched the original when they were younger.
Fuller House follows D.J. Tanner, her sister Stephanie, their friend Kimmy, and their respective children who now live in the old Tanner family home.
Many of the original cast members of Full House have reprised their roles for this sequel.
This show shares the same values as the original, and there are fun moments in every episode.
Looking for a show that you can watch with your tweens or teens? Brainchild is a great choice.
This show, which is produced by Pharrell Williams, explains STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) concepts, with experiments adding an engaging aspect to the explanations.
The show’s host, Sahana Srinivasan, connects with the audience beautifully, engaging them without being patronizing.
Brainchild discusses topics that you or your kids might already know about, but the way the topics are presented in the show keeps you interested. Some topics include:
5. Free Rein
Free Rein won the award for Outstanding Children’s or Family Viewing Series in the Daytime Emmy Awards in 2018.
The show is targeted mainly toward older kids and teenagers and is like a soap opera for kids, except in a positive way.
Free Rein follows the story of Zoe, a 15-year-old girl from Los Angeles who visits her mother’s hometown in England, and the bond she forms with a wayward horse (the wildest in the stables) named Raven.
This coming-of-age story is great not only for those who love horses, but also for kids who are in the process of exploring and forming their identities, as they will identify with Zoe and her experiences.
In this series, you are introduced to the Baudelaire orphans: Violet, Klaus, and Sunny. Their lives have taken a strange turn after the mysterious death of their parents.
The Baudelaire children are under the guardianship of a greedy relative known as Count Olaf (played by Neil Patrick Harris). Count Olaf is intent on getting his hands on the Baudelaire children’s fortune.
The series takes you on a wild, sometimes dark, weird, and funny adventure with the Baudelaires as they find ways to thwart Count Olaf’s greedy intentions.
If you have kids who are into animated shows, how about giving this one a try?
The Last Kids on Earth follows the adventures of 13-year-old Jack Sullivan and his friends as they try to survive an apocalyptic event that caused their town to be infested by zombies.
The adults are missing and the kids must learn how to survive on their own.
There’s enough adventure to be riveting for older kids, and the character development is impressive even by adult standards.
This show is an adaptation of the bestselling books of the same title written by Mark Brallier.
This is an adaptation of the beloved classic Anne of Green Gables,written by Lucy Maud Montgomery.
Anne With an E is the story of a redheaded orphan girl adopted by aging siblings Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert.
The story has an empowering message for children (especially young girls) about their abilities and their place in the world. The show also promotes anti-bullying.
For adults who loved Anne of Green Gables, this show will be a treat and a walk down memory lane.
In this remake of the 1970s sitcom of the same title, we get to see how each member of the Alvarez family works to find their authentic selves.
The family matriarch is Penelope Alvarez, a Cuban-American US Army nurse corps veteran. She has two children—a daughter named Elena and a son named Alex.
Penelope’s mother, Lydia, helps raise her grandchildren.
This show can be a jumping off point for discussing topics such as sexuality, race, and cultural heritage with your older children.
10. Our Planet
This documentary is an awe-inspiring look at our planet.
With its amazing cinematography and the valuable information it shares, viewers of all ages will develop an appreciation for the world we live in.
The show also features the ongoing destruction of natural resources happening around the world. Hopefully it will inspire viewers to act in mindful ways that help save our planet from further destruction.
If your family loves good food, cooking, and culture, here’s a show that’s a must-see.
The show features different types of cuisines from all over the globe.
Culinary delights provide insight into a country’s culture. This show provides just the right combination of visual feast and basic lessons in geography.
If you’re homeschooling your kids, this show is a great way to introduce lessons about geography and culture.
12. The Loud House
If your family’s looking for a goofy show to share some laughs, you might want to check out The Loud House.
It tells the story of 11-year-old Lincoln Loud and his daily misadventures, most of which are involve dealing with 10 sisters.
The show was awarded with two Daytime Emmys—one for Outstanding Children’s Series and another for Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program.
You and your teens can enjoy some bonding time while watching this series together. It’s funny and quirky, with just the right amount of action and adventure to keep you glued to your seats.
The premise of the series involves a teenager discovering an enchanted object that transports her to another realm, where she befriends magical creatures who help her save the world.
14. Adventure Time
Join Finn and his shapeshifting dog, Jake, on their surreal adventures in the Land of Ooo. Along the way, they meet interesting characters like Princess Bubblegum, Marceline, and The Ice King.
This show is a great example for kids on how they can embrace change and growth. Furthermore, it is a good jumping-off point for introducing children to the concept of growth mindset.
15. Raising Dion
What would you do if you discovered that your child was a superhero? How would it affect your parenting style? That is the premise of this show, which has recently been approved for a second season.
Raising Dion is an exciting and heartfelt take on how life would be different if a solo parent discovered that her young son had superpowers. How would she protect him?
The show is about Merlin, the warlock in Arthurian legends. In this retelling, Merlin is still in his youth and arrives at Camelot to learn how to harness his magical powers to protect and help King Arthur.
If your family loves historical, fantasy adventure shows, this is one that you might want to consider for the next family night.
This is one of those rare animated series that appeals to young and old audiences alike.
The series tells the story of a 12-year-old airbender named Aang, the avatar and the last remaining member of the Air Nomads.
Siblings Katara and Sokka of the Southern Water Tribe discovered Aang trapped in an iceberg. They befriend Aang, and, together with other members of their group, work together to fight the Phoenix King and save the world.
18. Floor Is Lava
Remember the game The Floor Is Lava that you played as a kid? There’s now a game show based on it!
In the show, teams compete to see who can be the first to navigate through an obstacle course where the floor is filled with red goop that’s made to simulate actual lava. Sound exciting? We think so, too!
Do you have kids who love robots? This show features robots fighting each other, with only one winner remaining at the end.
If your family loves science, robotics, and engineering, or is just looking for something new to watch on Netflix, you should give this show a try.
The New Legends of Monkey is inspired by a 1970s1980s Japanese show called Monkey. It follows the adventures of the Monkey King and his friends on their quest to find seven sacred scrolls and prevent demons from taking over the world.
The power of friendship and being true to yourself are two dominant themes of the series.
21. Good Witch
Finally, we have Good Witch. The main character is a widow who possesses a keen sense of intuition, as well as magical powers. She raises her daughter in the fictional town of Middleton, where she catches the attention of the town’s new doctor. The show follows the residents of Middleton and the ups and downs of their lives.
There you have it—some of the best family shows on Netflix this year.
Watching TV with your family can be a wonderful opportunity to grow closer.
Streaming services offer a vast selection of shows and movies that all members of the family can watch.
Hopefully you’ve found a series to watch with your family from our recommendations.
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