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The 40 Best Netflix Family Shows To Watch in 2021

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.

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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.

The Best Family Series on Netflix

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The list below includes ideas for

  • Toddlers
  • Young Children
  • Big Kids
  • Tweens and Teens

Scan through the list to see suggestions that you think your family would enjoy.

You might also want to take a look at our recommendations for Good, Clean Family Movies and our Favorite Educational Kids Shows.

The Best Family Shows on Netflix

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Any of your favorites missing from the list? Please include them in the comments below!

The Best Family Series on Netflix in 2021


    1. You’re welcome Holly! I am glad you found this list of TV shows that my family loves helpful. I am always surprised by how many tv shows are recommended for young kids – that I would never allow them to watch until they are older. These are some of the best Netflix series for kids I have found!

  1. “Friends” & “Gilmore Girls” clean family fun?? There is lots of sexual themed episodes in those two. More so with “Friends”. Gilmore Girls (13+) Friends (16+) But I guess we all have different standards for what we let our under 10 crowd watch.

    1. Pretty surprised about those as well. As an adult I had some issues with Gilmore and mostly put it on as background noise when I was by myself at night. I COULD see it as a show where you could use it as an example of consequences with near-adult children or children who need/ready for a more complex understanding of how life works, especially the follow-up season after the original series was over. (Like “you get to choose your actions, you don’t get to choose the outcome.” Or “what happened that this could have been prevented” or “how could someone in this situation use help?”)

    2. I totally agree with you. I was shocked at the amount of shows that are on here that I don’t believe are good for kids to watch at all. Maybe, maybe when they are 16 and older.

  2. For preschoolers I’d add “True and the Rainbow Kingdom” and “Puffin Rock”. Both cute buddy and problem solving shows that are not obnoxious.
    My boys (3-11) all like Carmen Santiago.

  3. Thanks so much for the tips on family friendly shows! Some of these are already favorites of my fam. Definitely skip Gilmore girls for young people. Deffenitely an adult themed show.

    1. You are welcome! Glad you found the list helpful. I try to update it frequently. I agree that Gilmore Girls is for families with older kids for sure – that is why I added the ratings for most of the shows – so each family could make their own decisions based on what they think is appropriate. I haven’t watched it with my kids, but I know a lot of parents with teenagers have approved of it.

  4. Thank you for the list! I highly highly recommend Anne With an E. This is based on the classic book however they add some suggestive topics. I recommend for tweens-teens

    1. Anne with an E may not be good for kids (even though the main character is a kid). Subject matter gets quite a bit beyond child level.

  5. A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017)! Based on gothic style books, this series got us through some quarantine time together, my 8 and 10 year old love it! It could be scary for younger viewers, but I know many of my upper elementary students LOVE it. Neil Patrick Harris is amazing!

  6. Hey – Sorry to say, but Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is not a family friendly show. It has many sexual themes and other inappropriate things for children.

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