The 30 Best Shows on Netflix for Kids
These days, you can’t just hand your children the remote and let them choose a channel. Many channels and TV shows contain inappropriate content that your children don’t need to see. When you want to make sure your children are watching engaging shows that are as educational as they are entertaining, you can find plenty of family-friendly options on Netflix.
Need some help rounding up TV shows and movies you can feel comfortable letting your children watch? No problem! From cartoons to light-hearted dramas for teens, here are some of the best Netflix shows for kids.
Spirit Riding Free
DreamWorks' Spirit Riding Free centers around Lucky, a frontier girl and her band of friends. Lucky befriends a white horse named Spirit and experiences a classic coming of age story with her best friends, Pru and Abigail. The three friends take their horses on endless new adventures, exploring new relationships and new territory on the frontier.
Sofia the First
Sofia the First is a story about a little girl whose mother marries the king. This classic commoner to royalty story from Disney Junior follows Sofia on her journey through the Royal Training Academy. With the help of three fairies who run the school, Sofia must navigate normal little girl growing pains in addition to learning how to become a princess.
The Boss Baby: Back in Business
The Boss Baby: Back in Business series is a spin-off of the 2017 film starring Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel and Lisa Kudrow. The show centers around the suit-wearing baby boss of Baby Corp and his big brother, Tim. Boss Baby, Tim and their baby squad team fight to keep the world loving babies over everything else. Elderly people and the cat-loving Dr. Calico are frequent villains throughout the series.
If you’ve ever wondered what the kids of your favorite monsters would be like, this show has your answer. From Dracula to Frankenstein, the Super Monsters crew features the children of the world’s most infamous monsters. The premise of the show centers around the little monster Vida as she moves to her new school in Pitchfork Pines.
A Series of Unfortunate Events
A Series of Unfortunate Events from Netflix is a great show for both parents and older children. The premise focuses on the three Baudelaire children, who became orphans after their parents died in a mysterious fire. The children are met with bad luck and tribulations at almost every turn. Count Olaf, played by Neil Patrick Harris, is the arch-nemesis of the Baudelaire clan.
The LEGO Friends series on Netflix is aimed at children around 5 years old. This animated series follows a group of teen LEGO girls who serve as examples of kind-heartedness and friendship throughout the series. The series is based on the LEGO toy line of the same name.
Power Rangers Ninja Steel
If you loved Power Rangers as a kid, this series is a great way to introduce all the crime-fighting action to your kiddos. While Power Rangers is an action series, it doesn’t feature any more violence than you’d see in a typical animated kids’ show. In the recent adaptation of the series, the superhero teens tackle a new cyber villain.
Liv and Maddie
Liv and Maddie is a family-friendly show that focuses on relationships and the ins and outs of sibling rivalry. This family show centers around two twin sisters who have opposite personalities. As a tween-focused show, it tends to gloss over more in-depth issues teens face, making it a worry-free pick for both parents and kids.
Gnome Alone is an animated film from Netflix that features small, sharp-toothed monsters who eat everything in sight. These round little guys show their teeth to anyone who stands in their way. The story centers around a pair of siblings who move to a new home and soon discover that the garden gnomes in their new home are preparing to fight against them.
Barbie: Life in the Dream House
Barbie, Life in the Dream House is everything your Barbie lover could hope to watch. This CGI mini-series is set up like a mock reality show. For Barbie fans, there are a ton of iconic Barbie references and odes to Barbie products. A lot of the show feels commercialized, but it does pay tribute to lots of nostalgic Barbie products adults will remember.
Carmen Sandiego is a revamped version of the 1990’s game and TV character. This Robin Hood-style heroine takes historical items before the villainous V.I.L.E operatives get a chance to steal them. After she recovers the historical gems, Sandiego returns the valuables to their rightful owners.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is the animated spin-off of the live-action film of the same name. This superhero tale is full of combat, villains and a band of misfit heroes who strive to save the day. Although it has the fighting and hero-style violence typically found in comics-based media, the TV series is a lot tamer than the movies.
Jim Henson’s Word Party
Word Party from Jim Henson and Netflix is a great pick for toddler and preschool viewers. This fun sing-along show focuses on teaching vocabulary and words to preschool-age children. It’s an educational show packed full of positive messages, role models and mini-lessons that try to make vocabulary fun.
The remake of this fun, 1980’s classic definitely has multigenerational appeal. It’s a reboot of the old cartoon that has a similar plot to the original series. The detective with gadgets for every emergency faces off against the evil Dr. Claw, all while his niece, Penny, remains the real crime-stopper behind the operation.
Mia and Me
Mia and Me is a series that follows a young girl who plays a mysterious game to travel to another land filled with unicorns, dragons and magic. This CGI fantasy series uses both animation as well as live-action to emphasize the different worlds. In the fantasy world, the main character, Mia, turns into an elf.
Ask the StoryBots
Ask the StoryBots by Netflix is an animated series with a focus on education. Even though it’s intended for tiny viewers, parents will enjoy watching along with them. The show centers around the StoryBots who try to answer the big question of the episode. Each episode is in magazine format and features songs, rhyming, music videos and trips to different places.
Chip and Potato
Chip and Potato is a sweet animated series about a young puppy who has a secret friendship with pals that encourage her to tackle new experiences. With her best pal, Potato, tucked in her pocket, Chip goes to school, makes new friends and starts to learn independence. Your toddler and preschooler will enjoy the easy-to-follow lessons, songs and lovable characters.
Free Rein is a British drama series that is great for the whole family. The show features Zoe, a strong female role model, as the lead character. Zoe moves with her sister and mother to live with their grandfather in England for the summer. She rises to the occasion and becomes a pillar of strength for the family.
Hasbro joins Netflix for this animated series based on the popular 1970’s action figure Stretch Armstrong. The show centers around three teens who accidentally discover they have superpowers. The superhero teens take on their newfound powers with gusto. Kids who like action, superheroes and adventure are sure to enjoy this series. Parents or grandparents who remember Stretch Armstrong can enjoy the nostalgia while they watch.
Shrek’s Swamp Stories
Shrek and his pals return in this spin-off series. With Shrek and the gang heading out on a host of adventures, little Shrek fans can follow along with new storylines and new friends. Shrek celebrates Halloween, and Puss in Boots gets captured by soldiers. Kids will also enjoy a kingdom-wide singing competition.
Splash and Bubbles
Splash and Bubbles is a Jim Henson and PBS show centered around two fish friends that introduce ocean science to small children. This preschool show breaks down marine biology and ocean science concepts, making them fun and age appropriate. The characters act as guides teaching viewers about different fish and sea creatures.
Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia
Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia is a series based on the Guillermo del Toro book in which a teen finds a secret world of trolls. The mild-mannered protagonist becomes the hero in both his regular life and in this newly discovered dimension. Viewers can follow the story’s hero from the halls of his high school to the world of trolls, where he saves lives on a daily basis.
Walt Disney Short Films
The Walt Disney Short Films Collection represents everything you love about Disney films. The 12 short films are great for the whole family and include stories for Frozen and Tangled as well as a tale about a loyal puppy named Feast and an adorable cat named Lorenzo.
Trolls: The Beat Goes On
The beat goes on for your favorite Trolls characters. This series picks up where the Trolls feature film left off, allowing your little trolls to follow Poppy, Branch and the rest of the fun-loving bunch on new adventures. Although this show has an entirely new cast of voices, they do the characters justice.
PJ Masks centers around pajama-wearing superheroes who go from being regular kids during the day to animal-based crime fighters at night. This preschool series is chock full of messages about manners, thinking before you act, teamwork and being a role model.
You Can Tutu
You Can Tutu is a story about a single dad who is raising his daughter. The show deals with some tough social issues, including single parenting, bullying, racism and relationships. Although there are some drama and stereotypes in this film, older kids can benefit from some of the deeper meanings.
Alexa and Katie
Alexa and Katie is a drama series about two best friends, one of whom is diagnosed with cancer. The series doesn’t dive too deeply into cancer treatments and death, but it does lightly touch on some of the problems faced by teens undergoing cancer treatment. In addition to cancer, the show touches on normal teen drama and relationships.
A 2nd Chance
A 2nd Chance is a light-hearted tween drama about a young girl who tries to make the National Australian Gymnastics squad. This series appeals to gymnasts of all ages. From relationships to dealing with adversity, key life lessons are packed into every episode.
Bunk’d is a spin-off of Jessie, a popular Disney series. The show centers around Emma, Ravi and Zuri Ross and their adventures at summer camp. It’s a silly comedy with a villain that used to have a crush on Mr. Ross when they were kids. She tries to sabotage the kids’ time at the camp out of jealousy.
Charlie’s Colorforms City
Charlie’s Colorforms City on Netflix is great for preschoolers and toddlers. Your little one can learn about creativity, problem-solving, colors and shapes watching a show inspired by the classic Colorforms toys. Kids learn simple life lessons on self-confidence and overcoming challenges in a fun and entertaining way.