Family TV Shows to Watch Together

Watching TV as a family can't replace the value of face-to-face interaction, but it can be a good way to get conversations started after the show. Here are some choices we think provide opportunities for shared entertainment or jumping-off points for important discussions. Whether you're looking for a show that your sons and daughters can enjoy together regardless of their age or a show to watch with your teen, you're sure to find something that fits everyone's interests. For even more inspiration, be sure to check out our Essential TV Guide.

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Beat Bugs TV Poster Image
Beatles songs + engaging stories = fun family entertainment.
Network: Netflix
(2016)
(2016)
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Family Game Night TV Poster Image
Classic board games come to life in family-friendly show.
Network: Discovery Family Channel
(2010)
(2010)
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Little Big Shots TV Poster Image
Amazing kids wow in funny, family-friendly talent display.
Network: NBC
(2016)
(2016)
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Odd Squad TV Poster Image
Lively mixed-media series solves mysteries with math skills.
Network: PBS Kids
(2014)
(2014)
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DuckTales TV Poster Image
Woo-oo! Adventure, fun, and laughs abound in Disney reboot.
Network: Disney XD
(2017)
(2017)
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Just Kidding TV Poster Image
No-frills, kid-staged pranks make for funny family comedy.
Network: Disney XD
(2012)
(2012)
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Kids Baking Championship TV Poster Image
Friendly foodie contest is fun for the whole family.
Network: Food Network
(2015)
(2015)
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Planet Earth TV Poster Image
Stunning high-def series spotlights world wonders.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2007)
(2006)
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Fractured Fairy Tales TV Poster Image
Retro series' satire still offers cross-generational laughs.
Network: Hulu
(2012)
(1959)
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Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street TV Poster Image
Delightful family series with outstanding positive themes.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2014)
(2014)
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Looney Tunes TV Poster Image
Classic 'toons are violent but still wildly entertaining.
Network: Boomerang
(2015)
(1930)
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SciGirls TV Poster Image
Smart series ignites girls' interest in science and math.
Network: PBS
(2010)
(2010)
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Good Witch TV Poster Image
Family-friendly series centers on charming, helpful witch.
Network: Hallmark Channel
(2015)
(2015)
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We Bare Bears TV Poster Image
Hilarious bear bros. try to fit into tech-heavy human world.
Network: Cartoon Network
(2015)
(2015)
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Star Trek: The Original Series TV Poster Image
A cultural icon that's lived long and prospered.
Network: G4, Syndicated, TV Land
(2005)
(1966)
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Star Wars Rebels TV Poster Image
Exciting series is violent but has positive messages, too.
Network: Disney XD
(2014)
(2014)
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Big Star Little Star TV Poster Image
Fun, family-friendly game show great for tweens and parents.
Network: USA
(2017)
(2017)
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MythBusters TV Poster Image
Witty team puts urban legends to the scientific test.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2005)
(2003)
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The Amazing Race TV Poster Image
Stressful global race features tense moments, teamwork.
Network: CBS, Travel Channel
(2006)
(2001)
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All in with Cam Newton TV Poster Image
NFL great cheers on kids' efforts to achieve their goals.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2016)
(2016)
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Antiques Roadshow TV Poster Image
PBS gem mixes appraisals, history, and suspense.
Network: PBS
(2005)
(1997)
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Chopped TV Poster Image
Drama-free cooking show that's great for family viewing.
Network: Food Network
(2012)
(2009)
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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey TV Poster Image
Update of Sagan classic is smart, visually spectacular.
Network: Fox, National Geographic Channel
(2014)
(2014)
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Dancing with the Stars TV Poster Image
High-kicking series has cross-generational appeal.
Network: ABC
(2006)
(2005)
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Doctor Who TV Poster Image
Long-running British sci-fi series still thrills fans.
Network: BBC America, Syfy
(2006)
(1963)
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Guy's Grocery Games TV Poster Image
Shop-and-cook challenges serve up fun and tasty moments.
Network: Food Network
(2014)
(2013)
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The Librarians TV Poster Image
Goofy fantasy-adventure is perfect for whole-family viewing.
Network: TNT
(2014)
(2014)
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MasterChef Junior TV Poster Image
Kids cook and compete in this whole-family treat.
Network: Fox
(2013)
(2013)
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The Muppets TV Poster Image
Witty office comedy is fun but can get risqué.
Network: ABC
(2015)
(2015)
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NOVA TV Poster Image
Stellar science series expands curious minds.
Network: PBS
(2005)
(1974)
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A Series of Unfortunate Events TV Poster Image
Exceptional, spooky book adaptation is best for tweens.
Network: Netflix
(2017)
(2017)
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The Twilight Zone TV Poster Image
Classic morality tales still make you think.
Network: Syfy, Syndicated
(2005)
(1959)
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Who Do You Think You Are? TV Poster Image
Celebs' genealogical journeys are inspiring and educational.
Network: NBC, TLC
(2010)
(2010)
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Project Runway: Junior TV Poster Image
Seamless spinoff has less drama, more positive mentoring.
Network: Lifetime
(2015)
(2015)
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Survivor TV Poster Image
Plotting and scheming in paradise for $1,000,000.
Network: CBS
(2003)
(2000)
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Black-ish TV Poster Image
Race is tackled gently in fresh family friendly sitcom.
Network: ABC
(2014)
(2014)
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Lip Sync Battle TV Poster Image
Celebs let loose, have fun in silly game show.
Network: Spike
(2015)
(2015)
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Supergirl TV Poster Image
Strong female lead shoulders the weight of superhero series.
Network: CBS
(2015)
(2015)
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The Voice TV Poster Image
Fun singing contest features genuine talent, encouragement.
Network: NBC
(2011)
(2011)
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Fresh Off the Boat TV Poster Image
Fierce memoir about Asian family makes fresh, sweet sitcom.
Network: ABC
(2015)
(2015)
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Marvel's Agent Carter TV Poster Image
Strong female lead defies stereotypes in tantalizing series.
Network: ABC
(2015)
(2015)
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The Middle TV Poster Image
Funny look at average family is OK for older tweens and up.
Network: ABC
(2009)
(2009)
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Once Upon a Time TV Poster Image
Fresh take on fairy tales is moody fun for families.
Network: ABC
(2011)
(2011)
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The Simpsons TV Poster Image
Clever, fast-paced cartoon with edgy humor.
Network: Fox
(2004)
(1989)
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Star Trek: Discovery TV Poster Image
Darker, more violent Trek still has positive messages.
Network: CBS
(2017)
(2017)
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Xena: Warrior Princess TV Poster Image
Mythology and action-adventure for teens and up.
Network: Logo, Oxygen
(2004)
(1995)
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Gilmore Girls TV Poster Image
Fun coming-of-age drama that's great for teens.
Network: Freeform, CW
(2005)
(2000)
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Ugly Betty TV Poster Image
Underdog heroine is a model of charm and appeal.
Network: ABC, Syndicated
(2006)
(2006)
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The X-Files TV Poster Image
Brilliant sci-fi drama for brave teens and up.
Network: Syfy, TNT
(2005)
(1993)
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The Goldbergs TV Poster Image
Loud look at '80s family life has positive takeaways.
Network: ABC
(2013)
(2013)
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Parks and Recreation TV Poster Image
Local government spoof for mature viewers is goofy at heart.
Network: NBC
(2009)
(2009)
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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt TV Poster Image
Charming, quirky, hilarious comedy has rich characters.
Network: Netflix
(2015)
(2015)
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Top Chef Junior TV Poster Image
Fun, family-friendly cooking competition stars tween chefs.
Network: Universal Kids
(2017)
(2017)
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Nailed It! TV Poster Image
Food fails are hilarious in this comedic competition.
Network: Netflix
(2018)
(2018)
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The Who Was? Show TV Poster Image
Fun books-inspired show intros kids to historical figures.
Network: Netflix
(2018)
(2018)
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Chopped Junior TV Poster Image
Kid cooking competition is fun and family-friendly.
Network: Food Network
(2016)
(2015)
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Kid Stew TV Poster Image
Unique sketch comedy series has roots in books, reading.
Network: PBS
(2018)
(2018)
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We Bare Bears TV Poster Image
Hilarious bear bros. try to fit into tech-heavy human world.
Network: Cartoon Network
(2015)
(2015)
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Shaun the Sheep TV Poster Image
Fun critter mischief from Wallace and Gromit crew.
Network: Disney Channel
(2007)
(2007)
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Adventure Time TV Poster Image
Original, if nonsensical, hilarity; expect minor weapons.
Network: Cartoon Network
(2010)
(2010)
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