I don’t know about you, but my boys always ask to watch the same shows and movies, over and over again. While it makes finding something to put on quickly, especially when a meltdown is in progress, it’s hard not to consider all of the other great options that are available to stream. If you had kids, you know this feeling all too well. Even on the nights we sit down to watch something as a family and decide to watch something new, it always takes far too long to decide on what to watch. And guess what? We end up going putting on something we’ve already seen.
Luckily, there are so many amazing streaming platforms out there to help switch things up. Our personal favorite is Netflix because it is overflowing with family-friendly options. If you get overwhelmed with all of the options they offer but don’t want to resort to the same thing your kid has watched over and over again, I’m here to help! Here are some of the best family-friendly movies and shows to add to your Netflix watch list.
Are There Any Clean Shows on Netflix?
When there are kids in the house, finding something to watch that is appropriate for everyone can be hard. With the kids, we always avoid shows and moves with bad language, violence, and even shows that promote any bad behavior. We don’t want the boys picking up on anything and if I’m being honest, I don’t want to feel dragged down by what I’m watching.
A few ways you can find clean shows and moves to watch:
Set up a Kid’s Profile
By doing this, you’ll instantly weed out any shows that aren’t appropriate for kids or are simply shows/movies they won’t be interested in.
Pay Attention to the Ratings
Netflix has ratings on every show and movie that you can stream on their platform. Keep an eye on these! For kids, consider the following ratings:
- TV-Y: Designed to be appropriate for all children
- TV-Y7: Suitable for ages 7 and up
- G: Suitable for General Audiences
- TV-G: suitable for General Audiences
- PG: Parental Guidance suggested
- TV-PG: Parental guidance suggested
Utilize Platforms for Finding Clean Shows
There are a bunch of resources out there for finding clean shows to watch with kids, which makes life so much easier! Common Sense Media is a really popular one that tells you about a movie or show’s content based on seven qualities: positive messages, violence, language (tells specific words and how many times), drinking/drugs/smoking, positive role models, sex, and consumerism.
Family-Friendly Shows on Netflix
Looking for a show to put on to watch with your kids? Here are some of our favorites!
Action Pack – This animated show follows the heroic kids of the Action Academy and how they work together to battle the baddies (and even bring out the good in them!) with hearts, smarts, and superpowers.
Charlie’s Colorforms City – This animated show follows Charlie has he creates fun stories using different shapes and he needs your kid’s help! Join Charlie on all of his kid-friendly adventures here, there, and everywhere.
Sharkdog – Half shark, half dog, with a big heart and a belly full of fish sticks! Together, Sharkdog and his human pal Max can take on any silly or messy adventure.
Tom and Jerry Tales – Chaotic cat-and-mouse duo Tom and Jerry are back and up to their old Tricks! They’re setting up tracks and causing trouble in this reboot of the classic series.
Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks – Raised by a human dad, a scrappy young musical chipmunk, and his brothers get into mischief and learn plenty of valuable lessons along the way.
The Creature Cases – In this animated show, special agents Sam and Kit hop the globe with their sleuthing skills, science facts, and cool gadgets to solve the animal kingdom’s many mysteries.
Not Quite Narwhal – Follow curious little Kelp as he finds out he’s actually a unicorn, not a narwhal as he’s thought his own life, in this animated show. He now has two worlds to explore and we’re joining him!
Go, Dog. Go! – Handy and inventive pup Tag chases adventure with her best pal, Scooch, solving problems and helping the citizens of Pawston along the way.
Bluey – Bluey is an inexhaustible six-year-old Blue Heeler dog, who loves to play and turns everyday family life into extraordinary adventures, developing her imagination as well as her mental, physical, and emotional resilience.
Spirit Rangers – Native American siblings Kids, Summer, and Eddy have a secret: they’re “Spirit Rangers” who help the national park they call home! Follow the siblings along on their journeys of protection and learning from one another.
Blippi – Fun and friendly Blippi is the perfect show for preschoolers! In this show, Blip takes you along on interactive and educational field trips, keeping you constantly curious about your world.
Octonauts – A team of brave underwater explorers known as the Octonauts comb the world’s oceans for aquatic creatures in desperate need of assistance.
Bunk’d – The Ross siblings from Disney’s hit series “Jessie” spend a summer full of fun and adventure on Maine’s Camp Kikiwaka, where their parents first met.
The Magic School Bus – In this 90s classic, we join Ms. Frizzle as the Magic School Bus travels to outer space, under the sea, through an anthill, and even inside the human body.
Izzy’s Koala World – Young koala caretaker Izzy Bee and her family rescue cuddly creatures in need and help them head back into the wild on Australia’s Magnetic Island.
Ada Twist, Scientist – Pint-sized scientist Ada Twist and her two best friends are asking big questions — and working together, they discover the truth about everything!
Henry Danger – A new part-job job forces Henry Hart to balance two lives, one as a typical teenager and the other as a secret superhero sidekick to Kid Danger.
Grizzy & The Lemmings – Grizzy the Bear loves to snack and relax in a Canadian forest cabin, where a pack of adorable, thrill-seeking lemmings is always making mayhem.
The Great British Baking Show Juniors – Britain’s most talented young bakers wow judges with cakes, biscuits, breads, and more in this kid-focused spinoff of “The Great British Baking Show.”
Maya and the Three – A spirited princess with the heart of a warrior embarks on a missions to fulfill an ancient prophecy and save humanity from the wrath of vengeful gods.
My Dad The Bounty Hunter – An intergalactic bounty hunter takes dad duty to new extremes when his two kids accidentally hitch a ride with him to outer space and crash his mission.
Sonic Prime – When an explosive battle with Dr. Eggman shatters the universe, Sonic races through parallel dimensions to reconnect with his friends and save the world.
Gigantosaurus – In this animated show, four prehistoric friends go on an array of adventures while trying to unravel a mystery about a big, fierce creature.
Dinotrux – Half dinosaur, half construction truck, full-on fun! Watch giant Ty Tux, his little buddy Revvit and the crew come face-to-face with evil D-Structs in Dinotrux.
The Thundermans – A twin sister strives to be a superhero as her brother aspires to be a supervillain, but they and their family must keep their superpowers secret.
Trash Truck – In this animated show, we follow six-year-old Hank and his best pal, a giant trash truck, as they explore the world around them on fantastical adventures with their animal friends.
Puffin Rock – Life is sweet on beautiful Puffin Rock, where puffing Oona, her baby brother Baba and their pals learn about nature, friendship, and family.
What is the Best Movie for Family Night?
Netflix has one of the best selections of movies, especially for a family movie night. If you’re looking for something to watch this weekend, grab your favorite movie snacks and settle in with one of these movies.
Sing 2 – Buster Moon and his musically gifted friends must persuade the reclusive rock star Clay Calloway to join them for the opening of their new show.
The Sea Beast – When a young girl stows away on the ship of a legendary sea monster hunter, they launch an epic journey into uncharted waters — and make history to boot.
How to Train Your Dragon – Shy teen Hiccup must prove to his father and his village that he can still be a Viking warrior — even if he’d rather befriend a dragon than slay one.
Shark Tale – A tiny white lie turns a little fish into an unlikely hero in this animated movie! But when the truth finally comes out, he teams up with an outcast great white shark for protection.
Minions: The Rise of Gru – Rejected by his supervillain idols, 12-year-old Gru sets out to prove his despicable nature with the help of his bumbling team of Minions.
Home – When misfit alien Oh mistakenly sends a party invite to the entire galaxy, he goes on the run to avoid trouble and befriends a sunny human girl named Tip.
Benji – A determined dog comes to the rescue and helps heal a broken family when a young boy and his sister stumble into some serious danger.
Vivo – A music-loving kinkajou embarks on the journey of a lifetime to fulfill his destiny and deliver a love song for an old friend.
Boss Baby – A kid finds himself at the center of a sinister corporate plot when his parents bring home a baby who only talks business when they’re not around.
Whether you’re looking for a show for your kids to watch during the day or a movie to watch on family movie night, all of these family-friendly options are Netflix are worth the watch! Make sure you save this post for later or add this list to the notes app on your phone for easy access and quick decision-making.
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