The Best Netflix Kids’ Shows Right Now
When it comes to children’s television, there’s something so convenient about streaming something on Netflix. It’s always on, the next episode is automatically at the ready, and you don’t have to deal with commercials for things that your kids will inevitably bug you to buy after getting the jingles stuck in their heads. You just fire it up and start watching whatever you want.
But what to watch? Thankfully, there’s a lot of choice, and the best Netflix kids’ shows can rival the quality of prestige television for adults. For the littlest ones, you can find shows that teach them new words, help them identify emotions, or introduce them to the music of the Beatles or Motown. Movie fans can find series spin-offs of their favorites, like Trolls, Boss Baby, Shaun the Sheep, or Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. Older kids can find ongoing sagas with more complex storylines and characterizations based on YA series. And parents might even find re-dos of some of their old favorites, like My Little Pony or She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. Throw one on, and you won’t have to feel so bad about screen time.
Another reason you don’t have to feel bad? Netflix is now introducing more parental controls to its service. New features let parents PIN-protect other profiles to keep kids from using them, filter the content based on age ratings, and see what their kids have been watching. To find out how to set the parental controls, visit Netflix’s website.
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Last Kids on Earth
Based on the book series, Last Kids on Earth follows a typical suburban 13-year-old — living in the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse. Together with his middle-school friends, he battles monsters and spends time in his treehouse. If you’ve already finished all the available episodes and are hungry for more, there’s good news: Season 2 premieres on Netflix on April 17.
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The creators of PAW Patrol are behind this preschool-favorite show, now on its third season (April 13). Hop on board Mighty Express for some super-exciting (but preschool friendly) fast-paced action in a world run by trains and their kids best buddies. At 11 minutes per episode, it’s perfect for little ones.
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Archibald’s Next Big Thing
Tony Hale, Rosamund Pike, and Jordan Fisher provide voices for this series, about a chicken who’s always getting into mischief (but who always finds his way home again). The series was created by Veep‘s Hale and started off as a web series, so it has a quirky sense of humor.
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Spirit Riding Free
The Oscar-nominated film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron inspired a number of Netflix series; the most recent is Spirit Riding Free: Riding Academy, following the characters as they leave their hometown and attend the tony Palomino Bluffs riding school.
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
This excellent version of She-Ra is a little bit more of an action heroine, leading a rebellion against an evil Horde. Don’t hold your breath waiting for He-Man to show up — this one is all about the ladies, and it offers a complex, nuanced look into the relationships between the heroes and the villains. The fifth and final season will premiere on May 15.
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The Boss Baby: Back in Business
Fans of the movie The Boss Baby will also love its spin-off series, which stars the same achievement-oriented infant as his plans to run Baby Corp bump up against his life as, well, a baby. (Stinky diapers happen to even the most powerful baby CEOs.)
Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated
If your family wants to pretend to be armchair detectives along with some meddling kids, there’s a lot of Scooby Doo on Netflix. In addition to two season of Mystery Incorporated, there are also three seasons of What’s New, Scooby Doo?, so you can get them into the Mystery Machine gang before Scoob comes out this year.
DreamWorks Dragons: Rescue Riders
If you have a How to Raise Your Dragon fan who is sad the movie franchise is complete, you can keep them in the world of dragons and vikings a little longer. This show follows twins who were raised by dragons and can speak their language.
DC Super Hero Girls
From the creator of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, this show re-imagines Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Green Lantern, Bumblebee, and Zatana as students of Metropolis High. The episodes are short — less than 15 minutes — so they’re good to throw on if you just have a minute.
When the sun goes down, a pre-K classroom full of kids become monsters — but this show is anything but scary. Instead, they learn about how to to master their monster powers, as well as their emotions.
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
It’s better than you remember from your childhood: Six ponies, all with different interests and abilities, learn a lesson about friendship in every episode. If your kids make it through all eight seasons, know that there’s a ninth one aired on TV already, and should make its way to Netflix at some point.
Adapted from a series of graphic novels, Hilda is a girl who is always having adventures with magical creatures, like elves and trolls, helping them solve some of their problems. The gentle stories are accompanied by some beautifully designed animation.
Green Eggs and Ham
Entering into the wacky world of Dr. Seuss, the Green Eggs and Ham series tells further stories about Sam-I-Am and Guy-Am-I. Veteran comedians like Keegan Michael Key, Adam DeVine, Ilana Glazer, Tracy Morgan, and Jillian Bell — along with talents like Michael Douglas — provide the voices.
Ask the Storybots
Five robots of different sizes and colors come together to answer questions like “Why is the sky blue?” — which they explain through songs, skits, and special guests that parents would appreciate (think Snoop Dogg, Jon Legend, Edward Norton, Whoopi Goldberg, and Ali Wong). The educational bent makes this appropriate for even the littlest watchers.
True and the Rainbow Kingdom
True and her best-friend Bartleby have wish-granting powers, and they use them to help their friends. This cute, colorful series is focused on kindness, compassion, and empathy.
Based on the beloved children’s book series by Anna Dewdney, this show follows Llama as he experiences things like losing a tooth, going on his first sleepover, and entering a town race. Parents might recognize the voice of Jennifer Garner as Mama Llama.
The Octonauts are a team of (adorable) animals who take part in deep-sea explorations. Each episode, they run into some kind of real-life undersea creature, and they give a musical report at the end of each mission with a rundown of real facts about what they’ve learned. It’s good for any budding marine biologist.
Sofia the First
For every kid that’s dreamed of becoming a princess overnight, Sofia the First is about an average girl who becomes princess when her mom marries the king. Only she tries to stay grounded, and stay true to herself despite her new royal surroundings.
The songs in this series are ones you definitely won’t get sick of: It’s set to the music of the Beatles. Somehow, the songs are worked into a show about a group of bugs learning about what’s going on in their backyard.
Kids love superheroes, but not every parent loves all of the punching and blasting that superheroes do. Enter the PJ Masks, who are three 6-year-olds who are normal kids by day, but heroes by night, taking part in some family-friendly adventures.
This show is from the creator of Beat Bugs, and follows a similar musical premise — only this time, it’s the music of the Motor City. It follows a boy who can bring Motown street art to life with a magic paintbrush.
Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts
A new Netflix series for 2020, this show follows a teenager and her ragtag crew as they make their way through a world of mutant animals. Will she last long enough to be reunited with her father?
Fast & Furious Spy Racers
The next Fast & Furious movie has been delayed until next year — and it won’t be child-friendly when it eventually comes out. Instead, you can gather the family and watch this series, about Tony Toretto — Dom’s cousin — and his adventures infiltrating an elite racing league for a government agency.
This show, created by the Jim Henson Company, is about four baby animals who are trying to learn new words. Your little ones get to play the part of the “big kids” who help them figure the new words out. (Way to make them feel smart!)
Masha and the Bear
This Russian import centers around a girl named Masha who befriends some woodland creatures, including a (friendly) bear. Kids relate to the mischievous Masha and the mischief she gets up to with her animal buddies. If your kids like Masha, there’s also Masha’s Spooky Stories and Masha’s Tales.
This simply animated series, originally done in Spanish but dubbed in English, centers around a curious 4-year-old. Each episode is composed of a couple of Pocoyo’s adventures, so if you’re looking to cut down on screen time, this one is easy to stop before the 30-minute mark.
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