Yet, Netflix has so many titles, it can be easy to miss even some highlights–including those geared to families with kids.
Admittedly, I grew up on Disney and know their library far better than Netflix offerings … which is partly why I devour articles here on Kids & Family titles, to get up to speed.
Best Family Shows on Netflix for All Ages
A twist on the children’s game, features various obstacles that teams of three must navigate. While some dismissed it as hokey and overly simplistic, many families enjoyed it as undeniably fun.
Consistently the highest-ranked Netflix Original series on IMDB, Netflix mimics the style of BBC’s –and perhaps outclasses it.
With a nine-figure budget, stole away behind-the-scenes BBC talent and narrator David Attenborough for this educational docuseries. Vistas are jaw-dropping and up-close visuals of the natural world eye-opening.
The rarely seen art of glass-blowing involves the careful layout of colored shards heated to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, then twisted by an artisan into elaborate shapes.
In , the world’s top glass artists assemble at a custom-built “hot shop” with 10 blazing furnaces in Ontario, Canada. It’s wildly unpredictable as artists race against the clock, with the best creations sometimes broken.
Perfect for casual watching with aspiring young artists.
Best Family Shows on Netflix for Ages 3 and Up
Without question the best franchise to come out of DreamWorks, goes far beyond a thrilling trilogy of theatrical films.
Between those installments, hours of TV adventures (voiced by most of the same cast as the movies) reveal a much larger world.
“Please let this be a normal field trip!” But with Miss Frizzle as your teacher, kids of the 90’s knew it never would be–as scientific concepts came to life through fun, frantic adventures … often involving the bus and kids shrinking down to bug-size or even entering the human body.
Best Family Shows on Netflix for Ages 7 and Up
During the height of COVID lockdowns in summer 2020, Netflix smartly dropped the entire run of the 21st century’s most notable animated TV series–and it became a massive hit.
Drawing on hero’s journey templates akin to just chill. or , this multi-season journey perfectly balances intriguing villains, fantasy elements, and justice-driven heroes who often take a break to
Similar to Star Wars, Christian families need to navigate elements of Eastern mysticism present in some stories.
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A sharply written reimagining of the beloved edutainment franchise, this spy series introduces plucky Carmen as a student at VILE only to defect once she realizes their nefarious schemes.
It’s a globe-trotting serial that name-checks dozens of countries and key facts, just like the popular PC games from the 80’s. The real twist comes in how characters and relationships evolve over multiple seasons.
Starting with author Michael Crichton and director Steven Spielberg, dozens of storytellers have been involved in bringing the Jurassic franchise to life.
Surprisingly, this TV extension of 2015’s arise from how their personalities (i.e. the jock, the nerd, the social influencer) respond in peril from massive dinos. franchise revival isn’t a cheap rip-off. Introducing a core group of teens stranded on Isla Nublar among other locales, conflicts on
Best Family Shows on Netflix for Ages 10 and Up
From hoverboards to super-fast cars to even hot-air balloons, it’s a series that reveals how science and technology are full of exciting possibilities.
You never knew so much thought, strategy, and love went into children’s playthings. To be sure, serious critics dismiss this show’s hyperactive editing and frequent record-scratch cuts as gimmicky.
But that style seems to hit a sweet spot for the Gen Z YouTube generation, who will learn a lot from this series.
Definitely skip around in the lineup to franchises you know and love … but don’t miss their third-season episode on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which is surprisingly moving and a series high point in storytelling.
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This article originally appeared at What's On Netflix.
Josh M. Shepherd covers culture, faith and public-policy issues for various media outlets. He and his wife are raising two children in Northern Virginia.