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 while still being appropriate for younger viewers.
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. The entire family will love this Netflix original series.
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 is now one of our favorite shows to watch together.
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)
A cute show about two teenage girls who are best friends and neighbors. The episodes are funny and while covering real life topics like what it means to support your friends through the ups and downs of life, including Alexa's cancer diagnosis.
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.
Based on the brand new book series, they updated the version of The Magic School Bus that we grew up with, and it's just as good as the original. Perfect for watching with younger kids to spark conversations and curiosity on a variety of subjects.
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.
Junior Bake Off has been a hit in our house! 40 bakers aged 9-12 go through the familiar series of challenges each week (signature, technical, and showstopper). Kids will be inspired to challenge themselves in the kitchen after seeing what their peers are capable of. This spinoff of The Great British Baking Show is fun and inspiring.
If you're a fan of Mr. Bean, you will love this show! You will laugh in disbelief as you watch the main character, who has a very hard time dealing with a bee as he works as a housesitter. Adults will enjoy this series as much as the younger audience does.
Now in its second season, Bake Squad is a fun baking competition-style show put together by Christina Tosi, owner of Milk Bar. Each member of her professional team creates a confectionary masterpiece to the specifications set my a potential client, but only one will win.
Based on the widely successful Lemony Snicket book series, this story follows the Baudelaire siblings - Violet, Klaus and Sunny - as they attempt to uncover what happened to their parents. But it isn’t easy; Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris) will do whatever he can to snatch up the Baudelaires' inheritance for himself.
***I personally feel that this series is too dark and scary for young children. Please see my age recommendation below***
Hosted by Antoni Prorowski from Queer Eye and drawing inspiration from Hasbro's celebrated Easy-Bake Oven, this competition pits talented home cooks against each other to demonstrate the fastest and tastiest meals they can make using their most ingenious kitchen hacks. The cook who creates the easiest dish will be deemed victorious!
This series will capture your attention from the get-go with its gorgeous scenery, vibrant music, and superb surf scenes. The bittersweet coming-of-age story revolves around some of the most good-natured surfers ever seen on screen who encounter a rebellious city slicker eager to cause as much chaos as possible - a charmingly familiar yet fresh storyline!
This show will be a hit amongst pre-teens who are ready for an entertaining and safe thrill. Parents can rest easy with the knowledge that there is no questionable content, such as sex, drugs, or alcohol, featured in this program.
The underdogs of the motocross world come together in MAVERIX to form a team with only one goal: winning a national title. This rag-tag group of riders has wildly different personalities and are fiercely competitive, all striving for greatness as they take on their toughest opponents yet.
This good, clean show offers a captivating plot for young viewers, plus the motocross team works to challenge gender stereotypes and defy expectations. The thrilling nature of this series is carefully balanced by age-appropriate drama that will keep kids and parents hooked!
Your whole family will enjoy this fun series that is part baking competition and part game show. Contestants create everyday items out of cake; then celebrity judges have to choose which one is the real deal. Will you be fooled?
I love this show because it reminds me of Guitar Hero.
It's quite entertaining to watch the contestants try to sing iconic songs as they try to hit as many of the notes correctly as possible - measured by a vocal analyzer. The closer they get to replicating the original version, the higher the score - and contestants are eliminated along the way.
Watch as this popular childhood game you played in your living room comes to life. Adult contestants try to make it through a series of rooms, navigating obstacles and trying to avoid falling into the lava floor.
Rated TV-PG Recommended for ages 8+
I have spent hours creating this list of clean tv shows, and I update it everytime I find a new non-trashy show that I think other families would enjoy.
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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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