Children of today watch more TV than their parents did at that age. So, instead of making this a regular parenting headache, why not turn it into an enjoyable co-viewing practice with your kids? Here are a few kid-focused shows that are enjoyable for grown-ups too.
Bluey (for 4+, on Disney+)
Australian preschool series Bluey was once hailed as “the best kids’ show of the time.” Interestingly, it manages to be just as entertaining for adults too. The story follows a family of Aussie pups, dad Bandit, mom Chilli, and daughters Bluey and Bingo, as they play imaginative games together. Only seven minutes long, each episode is packed with silly and sweet moments.
The Loud House (for 8+, on Paramount+)
The Loud House is a fun commentary on big family dynamics. With his nine other siblings, Lincoln lives in a “loud” house, and Loud is also his family surname! Each episode follows Lincoln Loud’s journey as he struggles to get by, trying to find himself and fit in with his large family.
Star Wars: Rebels (for 8+, on Disney+)
This show is for the fans of Star Wars, old or young! Taking place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, Star Wars: Rebels follows the story of Ezra Bridger, an orphan citizen of the planet Lothal. The series features amazing characters, story arcs, battles, and relationships. It’s an exciting show for both young kids and grown-ups.
The Magic School Bus Rides Again (for 5+, on Netflix)
The ’90s generation undoubtedly remembers the excitement of watching The Magic School Bus with Miss Frizzle’s memorable science lessons. Now, Netflix has rebooted the beloved show for those parents’ kids with the name The Magic School Bus Rides Again. One major perk here is that Ms. Frizzle, the younger sister of the original teacher, is voiced by Saturday Night Live-famed Kate McKinnon.
The Owl House (for 8+, on Disney+)
The Owl House is a Common Sense Selection show with beautifully detailed plotlines and character developments. The story centers on a human girl named Luz Noceda, who accidentally stumbles upon the “Demon Realm” and creates an unlikely friendship with the rebellious Eda Clawthorne. The show embraces all things magical, mythical, weird, and wacky, yet remains very relatable.
Ask the StoryBots (For Ages 3+, Available on Netflix)
Ask the StoryBots is a humorous and highly-rated educational series enjoyable for both young children and their parents. In each episode, the characters seek to answer a question by a real kid, like “Why is the sky blue?” Making it more engaging and interesting, the show includes music videos, catchy songs, and even celebrity cameos!