Best Family-Friendly Shows & Movies to Watch on Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video & More

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Keeping the kids occupied is getting hard. 

We’re sharing the very best kids TV shows and family-friendly movies to watch right now on Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video and more – because while there are many craftsactivities to keep them going all day long, sometimes we all need a moment to chill out on the couch.

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Hip Tip:  Be sure to check out all the ways you can watch your favorite TV shows, movies, and sports for cheap or even free!

Here are some of our team’s recommendations:

Trolls World Tour

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The Trolls are at it again with this brand new upbeat and music-filled new release!

“My four-year-old daughter is obsessed with everything Trolls so when this came out it was a total must-see!” – Sara

Archibald’s Next Big Thing

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Life is full of adventures in Archibald’s world! Kids will love following this happy-go-lucky chicken on all his endeavors.

“Such a cute show! My kids love watching multiple episodes… if I let them. Haha!” – Taylor

Despicable Me

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Watch Despicable Me on Hulu or Amazon Prime Video

With a total of 3 Despicable Me movies now rolling, your kids will stay entertained for a while with these cute and humorous minions.

“My kids love Despicable Me – it doesn’t matter how many times they’ve watched them either, they always enjoy watching them and have lots of laughs.” – Sara

Our Planet

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Wet your feet in these educational documentaries where anyone can be fascinated by our Earth’s beauty along with learning a thing or two about wildlife!

“My son is obsessed with sea life so my kids have watched a couple of the ocean documentaries on Netflix and are surprisingly really entertained by them! Chasing Coral on Netflix and Dolphin Reef on Disney+ are also great after you get through Our Planet.” – Taylor

Little Baby Bum

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Watch Little Baby Bum on Netflix or Youtube

You can stream these educational videos right to your TV! We can almost guarantee your little ones will be sucked right in with the bright colors and catchy songs.

“Honestly, as weird as the show is to watch as an adult, my 21-month-old has learned a ton from it. I can tell him to do ‘head, shoulders, knees, & toes’ he’s got it. He learns his ABCs, he’s counting… it’s pretty incredible for as silly as the show is. We haven’t let him watch TV in a while but he’s very, very cognizant now of those things.” – Kyle

Magic for Humans

This show will be sure to spark some curiosity and wonder with anyone!

“My older boys who are 8 and 9 love watching this show! Even when I watch it with them, I have no idea how he does these tricks. We could easily watch a few episodes at once and it never gets old!” – Sara

Nailed It!

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Part reality contest, part hot mess – home bakers with a terrible track record take a crack at re-creating edible masterpieces for a $10,000 prize.

LEGO Masters

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Watch LEGO Masters on Hulu or Amazon Prime Video

LEGO lovers unite! You’ll be awed by all of the incredible creations that come from this show.

Great British Baking Show

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Determined to find UK’s best bakers – this competition show has contestants battle it out for the ultimate title all while the hosts have quirky, funny banter.

“I binged a couple of seasons and then my mom got into it too. It’s on Netflix and there are like 8 or 9 seasons so there’s plenty of deliciousness to watch if you’re just getting started. A great family-friendly show.” – Emily 

Bella and the Bulldogs

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Watch Bella and the Bulldogs on Netflix or Amazon Prime Video

Cheerleader, Bella, has made her dreams come true when she gets the opportunity to try out for the new football quarterback position. Even though everyone makes it hard for her, she still prevails.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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Watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine on Hulu or on Amazon Prime Video

Detective, Jake Peralta, and his diverse and lovable colleagues police the NYPD 99th Precinct.

“My 15-year-old loves this show!” – Jennifer


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Already a fan of Friends? Then we think your kids will love watching it too and you’ll even get to reminisce on old episodes that are probably long forgotten.

“My soon to be 13-year old really enjoys watching Friends! I don’t mind either since it’s a great throwback show that we can watch together.” – Cass


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A timeless classic, you will never go wrong introducing your kiddos to some Scooby-Doo!

Full House

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Watch Full House on Hulu or Amazon Prime Video

An oldie, but a goodie – Full House is what family dreams are made of. Whether you’re rewatching it yourself or introducing your kids to it, it’s one show to be loved by many.

Fuller House

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Watch Fuller House on Netflix or Amazon Prime Video

Full House is back and in case you can’t get enough of Full House, now you can binge-watch Fuller House where the shenanigans and real-life will keep going even after the cast is all grown!

“There’s a lot of Full House and Fuller House happening with my 12-year-old daughter. It’s like one big giant loop. Lol!” – Lina

Hip Tip: Grab a Cinemood to enhance your kid’s favorite shows!

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Enjoy your favorite shows and movies from Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, AmebaTV, & MOOLT, or enjoy your own content through screen mirroring.

CINEMOOD not only gives you and your kids the ability to watch their favorite shows anywhere, but it also gives the eyes and brain a break by eliminating blue light and providing a safer viewing experience than tablets and TVs.

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Also included in your CINEMOOD – Frozen, Toy Story, Lion King, Beloved Whisker Haven Tales, The Lion King Wild, the Science of Imagineering (plus many more)! Their parent-curated library also has no commercials and includes hours of pre-loaded, kid-friendly reading and educational content.

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Check out our favorite shows for adults.

About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger & photographer and brings 9+ years of experience to her craft. Her work has been featured in numerous esteemed publications, spanning building, travel, and fashion. Beyond her creative pursuits, Sara’s primary mission is to empower others to embrace a toxic-free & sustainable lifestyle.

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Comments 27

  1. Kelli

    I have a 9, 9 and 7 year old and we love Imbestigators on Netflix and Just add Magic on Prime. Both are age appropriate and wholesome. Superbook Prime is awsome for a Christian show. Is Full House free on Prime? Any seasons? We were trying to find that one. Thanks

  2. elizabethbudny-buckley

    My kids some magic for humans! They have seen all the episodes. Very entertaining for adults too.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Glad to hear they have enjoyed that one! We haven’t watched it yet!

  3. candace

    The Shaun of the sheep show on Netflix is funny and family friendly. Theres also Trolls Holiday and a Trolls cartoon on Netflix (just not Trolls #1 weirdly). It’s $5/month but we added the PBS kids through Prime and u get all their shows. Kids love Wild Kratts.

    • peachcraze

      My kiddos love Shaun the Sheep! It’s one that all ages can enjoy.

  4. Sparrowfly

    $7.50 PER bag for that popcorn! Yikes!

    • mom

      I know… talking about help families save money

    • Cassie Sue

      It’s really special popcorn though if you’ve never had it, so I feel like it would be a nice treat and still cheaper than going to the movies. if you’re on a tighter budget you could get away with some regular popcorn and some candy for much cheaper though. But anyone I’ve ever gifted it to, has really appreciated moose munch.

  5. Travelqueen87

    Thanks for the suggestions – if anyone has suggestions for tweens and teens, I’m all ears!

    • Jackie

      My girls (11 & 13) love Primes Just add magic. I also have a 15 boy and all three kids just finished watching Netflix Series of unfortunate events and they all loved it.

    • thabal

      Troll hunters on Netflix is pretty good for tweens.

    • EM

      Locke and Key was a hit in our house. A few suspenseful/borderline scary parts but not really and everyone loved it

      • Cassie Sue

        I was going to recommend Locke and Key too.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the suggestion!

  6. Csandst1

    The Amazon shows listed here aren’t free. In most cases it’s cheaper to buy the DVD.

  7. reneecamello

    I don’t think Friends is an appropriate show for the younger ones, maybe high school and older

    • Ligjam

      I’m a HUGE “Friends” fan, know every episode by heart, and I definitely do not think it is “family friendly.” Although I appreciate Hip2Save so much for all that they do, and usually trust their opinions and the lists they send, having this on a list to watch with kids makes me wonder if I need to screen all of their other recommendations as well.

      • Justine

        I agree. Even though Friends is a comedy, there are lots of innuendos, adult jokes, and adult situations. So maybe it’s ok for mature teens but definitely not for kids.

  8. TJ

    Thank you for this list! Our kids range in age from 20 down to 8 and what’s ok for the oldest isn’t necessarily ok for the youngest. This is helpful.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re welcome, TJ! Glad these suggestions were helpful!

  9. Sarah

    My kids ( 8 and 10yo) love The Big Show Show on Netflix. I even caught my husband chuckling a few times. We also like Boy Meets World on Disney+

  10. MrsGarfield

    I had no idea that the Great British Baking Show was on Netflix. I have been recording it on PBS this whole time! And I used the opportunity to binge on Downton Abbey.

  11. mnemosyne786

    Cinemood seems awesome but almost $400?! Yikes…

  12. Dwilson19

    I got exited about the cinemood until I saw the price! 😯 cool concept not sure I would splurge on that!

  13. MamaBear

    I just can’t justify paying $20 to rent a movie at home.

  14. Kristen

    I would not recommend Magic for Humans for families with young children. I showed my children (ages 6 and 8) the trailer and they were excited to watch it. Thankfully, the cuss words were bleeped out. My husband and I decided to preview episode 1 of season 1 this evening, before our boys watched it. We were only into the introduction when we decided it would be inappropriate for our boys.

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