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The 55 best kids’ shows on Netflix to watch right now – The Sun
KEEPING the kids entertained during coronavirus-imposed lockdown isn't the easiest, but luckily Netflix can help shoulder some of the stress.
After our re-cap of the top Netflix suggestions for parents, we have now listed the top 40 shows featured on the online broadcaster for all ages – perfect for after home-schooling is done for the day.
1. Super Monsters
This animated pre-school series sees six supernatural – yet cute – characters attending school.
The little monsters have a moral aspect in that they're always trying to find the best in each other while they encounter a variety of dilemmas.
It's suitable for preschoolers, aged three and over.
2. Treehouse Detectives
Though your tots might not be able to explore the wonders of the great outdoors right now, at least they can learn about them.
This show features a brother and sister bear detective duowhop team up to quench their curiosity about the world.
Lessons about hermit crabs and the sea's tides can be learned, amongst others, and it's suitable for preschoolers, aged three and over.
3. Danger Mouse
This re-boot of the Eighties classic will no doubt entertain parents and kids alike.
The secret agent and his sidekick embark on hilarious spy missions with explosions and scary segments to boot.
It's suitable for kids aged five and over but fun for all the family.
4. Inspector Gadget
Channeling the same Eighties TV show resurgence theme as Danger Mouse, this is another show that's fun for all the family.
Parents will relish a trip down memory lane as not much has changed from the original plot.
Inspector Gadget is out to challenge a new scheming plot from Dr Claw in each episode – but the problem is a little closer to home. Suitable for kids aged five and over.
5. The Adventures of Puss In Boots
Oh hello – you'll recognise this super cute cat from the Shrek movies.
The wide-eyed kitty is back for his own show which offers a variety of adventures with heart-warming moral undertones.
Suitable for those aged six and over.
6. A Little Help With Carol Burnett
Ever asked your kids for help?
Maybe sit back on the sofa with your brood and see how the efforts of these children fare first.
The youngsters are on hand to give advice to adults about everything from romance to dealing with colleagues – suitable for aged six and above.
7. Our Planet
Another family-friendly show perfect for snuggles and popcorn in front of the TV.
Introduce children to the wonders of animals from across the globe without leaving your own home, with Sir David Attenborough's expert commentary guaranteed to keep them gripped.
Those aged six and above will love it.
8. The Who Was? Show
Perfect fodder if you're struggling with creative ways of home schooling.
This has history class ticked off with a cast of real-life historical characters who tell their detail-packed stories through songs and jokes.
Suitable for slightly older kids aged seven and above.
9. The Big Family Cooking Showdown
This might be a slightly strategic parenting move but if you get your brood into cooking, it could mean you one day have a night off from doing the tea.
Nevertheless this show, hosted by Zoe Ball, can provide some inspiration as family members attempt to secure praise from a panel of top judges tasting their grub.
Suitable for aged eight and above.
The perfect pre-cursor to introducing a furry friend into your family.
The six episode series tracks the relationship between a dog owner and man's best friend, yet includes gritty real life scenarios including dogs living in Syria, against a backdrop of gunshot and bombs.
As such, it's deemed suitable for those aged nine or more.
11. A Series of Unfortunate Events
This adaptation of the classic literary series by Lemony Snicket is pretty eerie.
Centred around a family of orphaned children, it allows kids into a world of Hugh drama and fantasy as they become embroiled in a series of plots.
Suitable for aged 10 and over.
12. Adam Ruins Everything
Young clever clogs will surely resonate with this show, where myth buster Adam attempts to find the truth behind everything.
The comedy sees Adam provide facts based evidence on a variety of subjects, even putting Father Christmas in the spotlight.
As such, it's suitable for those aged 10 or more.
13. Stranger Things
The acclaimed series is seen as a love letter to 80’s sci-fi.
Set in 1983, Indiana, a young boy vanishes into thin air under seriously dark circumstances. Family, friends and the local police begin searching for answers, however they stumble upon a mysterious young girl in a top-secret government facility.
Suitable for tweens upwards.
14. Anne with an E
This is a darker twist on the classic Anne Of Green Gables tale.
Set in the 1890's, it sees Anne sent away to live with older siblings on Prince Edward Island.
Suitable for aged 10 and over.
15. The Toys That Made Us
Featuring all the goodies from childhood including Barbie, this is an indulgent trip down the memory lane of toys.
There's plenty of jokes tailored to adults while experts give the lowdown on the toys and their manufacture.
Aged 13 and above.
16. Carole Tuesday
You're never too old, or too young, for a love story and this anime ticks all the boxes.
It centres on the sweet tale of two musicians who find romance in a futuristic world.
Aged 14 and above.
17. Never Have I Ever
A new release for Netflix 2020 sees teenagers well catered for in this series.
It centres on a character mourning the loss of her father, yet she is forced to lean life lessons and become more emotionally independent along the way.
Aged 14 and above.
18. Queer Eye
The men-makeover show has landed on Netflix and is sure to be a hit with teenagers.
It tells worthy mantras off self acceptance and being your best self, too.
Aged 14 and over.
Despite the serious subject matter of autism, this series brings a lot of laughs and heart-warming moments, too.
The autistic teen in question, Sam, has decided it's time to find a girlfriend – so fans will follow his romantic quest.
Aged 13 and older.
20. One Day At A Time
One for the parents and kids, as this is an adaptation of the classic 1980s sitcom.
It centres on a single woman raising her two kids, with all the trials and tribulations that come with it.
Aged 12 and over.
21. Avatar: The Last Airbender
Avatar: The Last Airbender has often been credited with pushing the boundaries of what a show for kids could do.
The series follows a boy who has been tasked with bringing peace to a world at war.
Somehow, it manages to strike a balance between heavy issues such as genocide and totalitarianism with humour.
And unlike many shows, it has solid character arcs and builds towards an ending which ties all the storylines and themes up satisfyingly.
22. Green Eggs and Ham
This excellent animated series follows Sam-I-Am and Guy-Am I, who are tasked with guarding and transporting a wild chicken/giraffe hybrid, and end up on a roadtrip of self-discovery.
From the world of Dr. Suess, it also features a stellar cast including Adam Devine, Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton.
With many twists and turns, there is a lot for kids and adults alike to learn.
23. Shaun the Sheep: Adventures from Mossy Bottom
This set of claymation shorts follows Shaun on a series of wacky adventures, and is seriously fun.
As a wordless animation, it relies solely on visual storytelling, and it works on every level thanks to its wit and humour.
It may have launched 20 years ago but Pokemon still stands up against its newer counterparts.
If you have lived under a rock for the last two decades, Pokemon follows a kid as he tries to catch, befriend and train the wide array of cute, strange and magical Pokemon to become a Pokemon master.
25. She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
This series is all about girl power, on both sides of the camera.
With strong female characters and solid queer representation, children will feel empowered as well as enjoying the humour.
The fifth and final season is on its way, so now is the perfect time to get up to speed.
26. Sam & Cat
Take it back to where it all began for singer Ariana Grande in this American teen sitcom.
Roommates Sam and Cat start up a babysitting service to earn some cash, but they quickly discover just what an adventure babysitting can be.
The perfect choice for a girls' night in.
27. The Imbestigators
Kids love to play detective and these four clever school kids are no exception as they try to solve different cases while vlogging about their adventures.
From a mysterious prank caller to a turtle thief, The Imbestigators are on a mission!
28. Pup Academy
Kids and adults alike will fall in love with this series, which follows an extraordinary school for the cutest, cuddliest and most curious puppies.
The pups even wear school uniform – so cute!
Parents may be familar with CoComelon thanks to its fantastic preschoolers channel on YouTube. You can now find three hour-long episodes on Netflix.
Learn letters, numbers, animal sounds and more with J.J. in this musical series that brings fun times with nursery rhymes for the whole family.
30. Chip and Potato
This adorable series is great for those starting school later this year.
Loveable pug Chip starts kindergarten and with the help of her secret mouse friend Potato, works through life without her parents or older siblings around.
The second season sees Chip face another challenge – the arrival of a baby sibling.
31. Feel The Beat
Suitable for parents and kids, this dance movie is a tale as old as time.
Packed with moves and music that will make you want to get up from the sofa and film a TikTok video, the film centres around young dancer April who wants to make it on Broadway.
After a series of unfortunate events that include stealing a cab, pushing an old lady off a stage and getting evicted from her home, April takes an offer to coach the town’s dance team.
Fast-forward to the dancer overcoming various obstacles and rekindling her relationship with her ex-boyfriend, all's right with the world.
Aged 12 and over.
32. Boss Baby Back in Business
Taking place after the film, the Boss Baby is back and this time he’s bringing his brother Tim for more fun and adventures.
There’s a new cute threat that involves battling cats and Boss Baby and his friends must save the town from Bootsy Calico.
Then Boss Baby is fired and tries to get his job back before he finally becomes the CEO of Baby Corp.
Aged 12 and over.
33. Floor is Lava
This 2020 reality television show is based on the children’s game of the same name.
Contestants navigate an obstacle course in a room filled with 80,000 gallons of bright red goop that simulates hot lava.
Winners receive 10,000 U.S. dollars and a trophy in the form of a lava lamp. You’ll be screaming at the telly as people fall off various ledges.
Aged 12 and over.
34. The Willoughbys
Narrated by a stray cat, this animated film charts the adventures of a family who have horrible parents.
Sending them off on holiday the kids get a nanny who finally shows them love.
The children must learn to trust one another and open themselves up to being loved.
Aged 12 and over.
35. Sugar Rush Extra Sweet
The baking competition where time is the most important ingredient.
Contestants must race against each other and the clock to make the best-tasting sweets and cakes ever.
With a prize of $10,000 at stake, it’ll make you want to get in the kitchen.
Aged 12 and over.
36. Peppa Pig
A little pig named Peppa and her little brother George have journeys everyday with their family and friends.
Peppa is a loveable, cheeky little piggy who lives with her little brother George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig.
Peppa's favourite things include playing games, dressing up, days out and jumping in muddy puddles.
Aged 3 and over.
37. Mr Bean
Based on the popular British skit comedy "Mr. Bean", this animated cartoon follows the adventures of everyone's favourite bumbler.
The title character, voiced by Rowan Atkinson, lives in his flat with the lovable Teddy, where he makes moronic decisions yet brilliantly solves them.
However, he also needs to outwit his evil landlady Mrs. Wicket and her horrible one-eyed cat Scrapper.
Aged 12 and over.
38. Horrid Henry
For Horrid Henry, life is just not fair! He feels that the rest of the world is against him and he wages a constant war against the tyranny of adults.
Like any headstrong young boy, he is determined, relentless, he doesn't hold back and he never admits defeat!
Aged 6 and over.
39. Spongebob Squarepants
Spongebob Squarepants is a talking square sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea.
His relentless cheerfulness gets on the nerves of his grumpy neighbor, Squidward Tentacles.
Spongebob works as a fry cook at the Krusty Krab, owned by the kind but greedy Mr. Krabs.
Aged 6 and over.
40. Henry Danger
Henry Danger follows the life of a 13-year-old boy named Henry Hart, who lands a part-time job as Kid Danger, a sidekick in training to super crime fighter Captain Man.
Henry’s otherwise ordinary life absurdly out of balance, yet he must keep his new job a secret from his friends and family.
Aged 6 and over.
41. PJ Masks
PJ Masks helps introduce younger children to the superhero genre before they move on to the Marvel and DC Comics Universes.
Three children become superheroes at night and join forces as a team to fight crime.
As with most superhero tales, there is moral stories under the surface but is an enjoyable watch at the same time.
42. The Magic School Bus
This 90s PBS show sees a class of school pupils head out on the bus with the mysterious Ms. Frizzle.
However, it's no ordinary bus and the magical vehicle can transport them on incredible adventures and back in time to see the likes of dinosaurs.
It's educational and fan, what more could you want for your little ones?
Hilda lives in an animated version of the Scandinavian wilderness with her mother, surrounded by magical creatures.
However, when her family moves to the magic-free city of Trollberg, she inevitably faces some hurdles.
Hilda has to learn to consider other people's perspectives and find a different kind of magic in her new surroundings.
44. Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated
This series is the 11th incarnation of the Scooby-Doo franchise, and one of its best.
It's more self-deprecating and pokes fun at the previous versions of the show, while finally offering fans overarching storylines across the episodes.
This means the characters get to develop and evolve more, and the creators also bring in some actual ghosts and ghouls for the gang to deal with.
Goosebumps was the ultimate 90s kids horror show, giving children a good scare before bedtime.
As with many kids shows, it managed to combine a moral message with enough spooks and kid-friendly scares to keep the youngsters entertained.
And like other shows of that era, it had a great theme tune too.
46. Carmen Sandiego
This animated action-adventure series is something of an origin story for the titular thieving villain, a young orphan who enrols in V.I.L.E Academy but soon learns the truth about her new school.
Carmen wears a red cloak and is assisted by her BFFs Zack and Ivy as well as her hacker, Player.
The scale and theatricality of her heists make her a master criminal in the eyes of her police, but the series helps viewers explore who Carmen really is.
47. Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts
This animated series for young adults follows the titular Kipo as she searches for her father after being forced to flee from her burrow.
Stuck on the surface, Kipo finds a post-apocalyptic world ruled by mutated animals.
Despite the peril she faces as she hunts for her dad, Kipo makes friends with human survivors Wolf and Benson, as well as mutant animals Dave and Mandu.
The creators have clearly taken their time building the world Kipo finds herself in, as well as characterisation, design, music and the voice acting, making it a pleasure to watch.
48. Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous
A new addition to Netflix in September, Jurassic World Cretaceous is part of the Jurassic Park franchise and follows six teens who become stranded on Isla Nublar.
Set before, during and after the events of the Jurassic World film, the teens have to deal with dinosaurs wreaking havoc after they escape their enclosures.
With no means of escaping the island, the teens need to quickly bond if they stand any chance of survival.
49. Thomas and Friends
This British series is a classic that never grows old.
It follows the adventures of the titular Thomas, a blue tank engine who lives on the island of Sodor.
Each episode sees Thomas and his friends – including Percy, Gordon and Henry – learn valuable lessons about things like friendship and kindness, while having plenty of adventures too.
50. Ask the Storybots
Storybots are curious little creatures who live in a world beneath our screens and each episode sees them go on an adventure to the human world in the hope of answering children's questions.
The characters Beep, Bing, Bang, Boop and Bo find the answers to questions like 'Why is the sky blue' and deliver it at the end of each episode via a musical video.
51. Alexa & Katie
This US sitcom follows the lives of the titular Alexa and Katie, a teenage cancer sufferer and her best friend.
The BFF's feel like outsiders in their freshman year of High School, and they do their best to navigate the usual pitfalls of their teenage years while Alexa battles cancer.
To show her support, Katie decides to shave her head as well, and while the series deftly deals with a serious subject matter, it also makes sure there is plenty of humour too.
52. Lost in Space
This science fiction series follows the adventures of a family of space colonists – the Robinson family – whose space craft veers off course.
They are forced to crash on a habitable planet and they must figure out how to live in a strange environment while battling their own personal demons.
It is a re imagining of the 1965 series of the same name and two series are already available on Netflix, with a third and final series scheduled for release later this year.
iCarly follows a group of best friends who were creating a webcast while also dealing with everyday issues.
The Nickelodeon series originally aired for six seasons from 2007 to 2012 and broke records.
The original cast included Miranda Cosgrove, Jerry Trainor and Nathan Kress and a reboot is reportedly in the works with them all involved.
54. The Dragon Prince
This animated fantasy series follows the prince half-brothers Callum and Ezran as they try to end the thousand-year conflict between the human kingdoms and the magical creatures of the land of Xadia as they take care the infant dragon prince Azymondias.
The brothers forge an unlikely bond with the elf Rayla, who was sent to kill them, and the trio set off on an epic quest.
55. Fuller House
This comedy is the sequel to Full House, which aired from 1987 to 1995.
It follows D.J. Tanner-Fuller, a veterinarian and widowed mother of three sons, whose sister Stephanie and best friend Kimmy—along with her teenage daughter—live together at the Tanners' childhood home in San Francisco.
It's a fun watch for all ages, and with many of the original cast returning for the sequel, it has a suitable amount of nostalgia as well.
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