Family time can be a lot different if you have young children. After all, the options for a night in front of a TV have to be age-appropriate. However, you don’t want to settle on a show that only your youngest family members will enjoy because it’s boring for everyone else! These shows will keep your little ones learning and engaged when your family settles in to watch something new so you can all spend a little more time together!
1. Milo Murphy’s Law
Milo Murphy’s Lawcomes from the already successful creators of Phineas and Ferb. It has the same familiar animation style but an all-new plot and cast. The cast includes the main character, Milo Murphy, played by “Weird Al” Yankovic as well as Christian Slater, Vanessa Williams, and Sarah Chalke which will appeal to the adults and children alike.
The story follows Milo as he faces life as the unluckiest child with plenty of misadventures with his friends. The series doesn’t have any blatant educational themes but it does show off meaningful friendships and comedic entertainment. This has made it a family favorite. It is available on Disney XD, so you’ll need a cable service provider like DISH Network, DirecTV, or Comcast to access the show.
2. American Ninja Warrior Junior
American Ninja Warrior is already a wildly popular competition show in which contestants try to make it all the way through an obstacle course with the best time possible. Winners move on to the next round until one contestant is announced the winner. Older kids and adults can enjoy this together already, but for younger audiences they can now join in the fun with American Ninja Warrior Junior.
Not only does this showcase young athletes, but it also demonstrates the mentoring bond between older athletes and their young proteges. You can catch on Hulu or cable networks such as NBCwith a cable TV provider.
3. Masterchef Junior
Many adults already enjoy channels like The Food Network because they get the chance to see amazing culinary feats and even learn something new watching pros work in the kitchen. However, now kids can enjoy cooking shows that they’ll see themselves in!
In Masterchef Junior, the premise is nearly identical to Masterchef. A group of chefs competes to see who comes out on top as the next Masterchef. It features judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich, Aarón Sánchez, Graham Elliot, Christina Tosi, and Daphne Oz with Gordon Ramsay as the mainstay host. You can check this show out on FOX if you prefer cable or you can stream it on Hulu.
4. Family Game Night
Game nights among families are a time-honored tradition. Breaking out everyone’s favorite board games and making a night out of it is sure to be a blast. When it comes to TV, game shows are a classic too, but they aren’t always made for kids.
One game show that melds these ideas together is Family Game Night which takes Hasbro games such as Jenga and blows them into massive proportions as families compete to take home the grand prize. The show is available on Tubi and on the Discovery Family channel on cable.
5. Anne with an “E”
If you and your kids are a fan of period pieces, then you might want to give Anne with an “E”a try! The show is set in the 1890s and follows the story of Anne of Green Gables, a young orphan who’s finding her way in the world after a rough early childhood.
The 13-year-old still tackles the world with a child’s perspective despite her obvious character strength. Older viewers are also likely to feel nostalgia reminding them of Little House on the Prairie when they were younger as well. You can watch this show with a Netflix subscription.
All of these shows add varying degrees of education, drama, comedy, but above all, they provide family-friendly entertainment for everyone to enjoy. Try out any of these shows to find something that both you and your kids will love no matter what streaming service or cable TV provider you subscribe to.