If your family is searching for the best clean family shows on Netflix we’ve got some suggestions for you!These family-friendly series are just what you’re looking for. (updated January 2023)
There’s nothing worse than sitting down to watch a show with your family, only to be mortified by what you are seeing on the screen. While it may seem like high quality family programs are hard to come by, we have managed to find a ton online that we really like.
Clean Netflix Shows for Families
A few years ago we gave up cable when we began our journey to simplify our lives.
Giving up cable allowed us to save money and also have more input on what programs our children had access to.
That being said:
We only have one television in our house, so when we do watch a tv show we are usually all watching it together. With two kids under 10 we are careful about what we choose to watch.
Over the past few years we have found a number of programs that we all enjoy watching that are entertaining for the adults but still interesting for the kids.
Before we get into the list, I just want to mention that these are TV shows that I have deemed “family-friendly” for my own household.
Depending on your beliefs or the ages of your children you may have a different opinion.
As an elementary school teacher, I think I have a pretty good idea of what is generally acceptable though. The list below includes my family’s favorites as well as suggestions from my friends.
I have tried to include the ratings for each program when they are available for you to use as a guide.
I also know that some families have older children, so I have included programs that are more appropriate for tweens and teens too.
Note: These programs can all be found on Netflix, however some of the images and the links provided are from Amazon.
When an 11-year-old Noah has to start middle school with social anxiety disorder, he finds strength in a lovable comfort mutt named Dude. This family-friendly sitcom includes themes and topics like empathy, diversity, and mental health which are refreshing to see.
My kiddos LOVE this one! Full of fun STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) facts and lessons. You can even download copies of the Brainchild curriculum to go along with the series on Netflix. Perfect if you homeschool!
When 13-year-olds Emilio and Sophia are sent by their single parents to live with their estranged grandparents, they unexpectedly embark on one wild adventure after another. You'll be laughing along as these kids discover that life is better when you're part of a family.
A fantastic modern clean family sitcom. A professional football player decides to move his family back to his hometown to raise them around his family in a rural southern town. Parents will recognize many of the characters including Tia Mowry from Sister Sister.
We just discovered this new series on Netflix and it has been a hit with all of us.
Even my husband who typically doesn't get too excited about "family-friendly tv shows" loves this one.
The premise is that a young girl contacts and moves in with "distant relatives" after her parents are killed in a car accident....in reality she is a con artist. Sean Astin and Melissa Joan Hart play the parents who take her in and try to support her, along with their two teenage children.
I have to admit that the show has twists and turns that keep you interested and super intrigued to see how the story ends.
***Update - Season 2 was just released and the themes of this season are much more mature than Season 1. I still think this is a great family-friendly show to watch, but not for super young kids. There has been some mild violence and mild sexuality. Please watch at your own discretion***
Our entire family is OBSESSED with this show! I truly think the premise is revolutionary and is a creative and positive use of technology.
The show is hosted by Bear Grylls the survival expert, and IT'S INTERACTIVE!!!! That's right - as he goes through a survival situation you use your regular remote to make choices about what he does next.
For example, you get to choose if he takes the route through the river or through the forest - then the outcome of the show changes based on your decisions. I love that this is something that we can watch together again and again and it's different each time. We have taken turns choosing, done boys then girls, or even played rock, paper, scissors to see who gets to make the next choice. So fun!
While it was recently pulled from Netflix, a social media movement to bring it back has been successful and new seasons will return in 2020.This show is a modern-take on the classic version of the show by the same name from the 1970's.
In this version, a Cuban-American single mom is raising her family in So Cal, while dealing with PTSD as a result of her service in the Army. (TV-PG)
Famous "Friends" actor Matt LeBlanc (Joey) is back in this family-friendly sitcom that is relatable and hilarious. After years of being the breadwinner, Adam switches roles with his wife and takes over as the homemaker as she returns to work...it's really funny! (TV-PG)
Starring real-life husband and wife Russell and Justine Simmons, All About the Washingtons is very similar to the reality show "Running Russell".
The series begins "after Joey decides to retire from a long career as legendary hip-hop royalty, his wife Justine, takes advantage of the opportunity to pursue a career of her own now that Joey is available to focus on raising the kids and keeping the house in order. (TV-PG)
Twins Tia and Tamera were separated at birth but ran into each other at the mall as teenagers. Eventually, their adoptive parents move in together and raise the girls as a family. Funny and family-friendly for sure.
Such a fun and positive family-friendly show. If features cuisine from all over the world and is a great way to learn about other cultures. This would be a great series to include in a geography unit if you homeschool.
This reminds me of a show that I used to watch as a kid called "Hey Dude" on Nickelodeon. Set in rural Maine at Camp KiKiWaka your kids will love the humor and fun at this kids summer camp. I have to admit that I have laughed out loud a few times watching this one.
You will be amazed and entertained watching three home-bakers compete to win $10,000. The contestants are specifically chosen for not being very talented in the kitchen and the end results are hilarious.
I would best describe this as a mini-soap opera for older kids and tweens. The storyline follows a 15 year old girl as she travels to her mom's hometown near England and falls in love with horses. Great for anyone who loves horses and drama.
This is a new favorite in our family that the kids are really in to.
The best way to describe it is a super kid-friendly sitcom that is similar to The Brady Bunch in that it stars a mom and her daughters that move in with a father and his sons...only in this case the father's family are ghosts! Set in New Orleans and orginially aired on Nickelodeon this series is full of silliness, with just a touch of spooky.
If your family enjoys camping, hiking, backpacking and survival skills you will love this series. Follow 6 couples as they compete to survive in the Alaskan outback in order to win a homestead from the couple who built it with their own hands.
Watch as the creators of Battle Box (a survivalist gift box subscription brand) test out products to see if they make the cut for their customers. If your family is into outdoor tools, equipment and gear then this will be a hit. (TV-PG)
A docu-series program that follows what takes place in the week leading up to large events like the Kentucky Derby, Westminster Dog Show and a fashion show. Due to the topics this family-friendly series will most likely be enjoyed by older kids (TV-PG)
An inspiring and feel-good documentary that shows that our planet is absolutely amazing. The cinematography and information is presented that it will most likely captivate your attention and leave you in awe. (TV-PG)
Based on the books that were written by Ann M. Martin, the new series follows the adventures of Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, Stacey and Dawn who form a babysitting club. The girls show what it means to count on each other through thick and thin, even if their parents can't always understand them. A refreshing take on friendship and growing up.
An aspiring country star finds new life as a nanny for a handsome widower and his five lovely children after hitting the skids in her profession. This contemporary family comedy with music features Katharine McPhee ("American Idol") and Eddie Cibrian.
Hi, I'm Lauren Tingley; a working, teacher-mom of two who tried to "do it all" and ended up losing myself in the process. Determined to find joy in modern motherhood I discovered simplifying was the answer. Now I share tips for fun family activities, minimalist homemaking and simple parenting advice on Simply Well Balanced for families looking to create more balance in their homes. My ideas and advice has been shared by Parents Magazine, Good Housekeeping and Women's First.Read more about me! Or follow me on Pinterest or Instagram
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