Viewing a fun program with your kids is a great way to relax together — and if it has some built-in educational value, even better. Sometimes a fun, fictional show provides the perfect opportunity to talk to your kids about real life themes; like their friendships, hobbies, academic skills, or future goals.
In today’s connected world, you’re just a click away from accessing shows your kids will love — the trick is finding shows that you enjoy, too!
If you’re looking for a new, family-friendly option to watch with your little ones that goes beyond basic entertainment value, here are some to consider:
1. Hey Duggee
Best for ages 3 to 5
The British import may remind you of another hit from across the pond: Peppa Pig. Hey Duggee was created by the same team of animators and even has some of the same voices, but the storyline is different. Title character Duggee, an oversized dog, watches after a “Squirrel” troupe who earn different badges based on their adventures.
2. The Stinky & Dirty Show
Best for ages 3 to 5
The Stinky & Dirty Show is fun-filled and thoughtful. Based on popular book characters, personified vehicles take viewers on adventures on this Amazon Prime Video original. Stinky, a garbage truck, and his best friend Dirty, a backhoe loader, rely on resourcefulness to solve everyday problems. And, what preschooler doesn’t love saying “stinky” and “dirty,” anyway?
3. Beat Bugs
Best for ages 4 to 6
This Netflix original combines the parent-friendly music of the Beatles with engaging stories for children. The Beat Bugs live in a typical American backyard and go on adventures through the grass, set to classic Beatles tunes that’ll take you back to the groovy days. You’ll enjoy the music, while your kids enjoy imagining what life is like for the bugs in their own yard.
4. The Lion Guard
Best for ages 4 to 7
Take a journey down memory lane with Kion, the son of the well-known Lion King Simba, as he and his friends work hard to protect their home — the pride lands. The Lion Guard is more than just a modern throwback to a Disney classic. Kion the spunky cub will remind parents of watching Simba as a curious cub years ago, learning about bravery, friendship, and leadership. Kion and his animal friends not only keep their home safe, but protect the environment, too.
5. Odd Squad
Best for ages 5 to 8
This PBS Kids show is about 2 years old, but still gaining momentum with audiences. The Odd Squad follows two young agents, Otto and Olive, who must rely on math concepts to save the day. It combines mystery and math, with endearing characters and situations to delight your kids and keep them mentally engaged, too!
6. Counterfeit Cat
Best for ages 7+
Brought to you by the Disney XD channel, this comedic cat has a penchant for mischief. Oh, and he is best friends with an alien who wears a purple cat suit to fit in. For a fun escape from reality, spend some time with your elementary schoolers enjoying the Counterfeit Cat.
7. Legendary Dudas
Best for ages 9+
Graduate from animated shows to this new Nickelodeon sitcom, and watch the comedy and drama that unfold when brothers end up in the same homeroom class. In Legendary Dudas, two brothers experience typical sibling rivalry while finding ways to come together — designed with tweens in mind.
8. Jagger Eaton’s Mega Life
Best for ages 9+
This adrenaline-infused Nickelodeon program follows 15-year-old skateboarder Jagger Eaton as he tries out new and exciting activities, like water skiing or mountain climbing. The aim of the show is to encourage viewers to stretch boundaries and take risks. This one is especially good for parents to watch with kids, as it provides a springboard to larger conversations about life goals and dreams.