There’s no shortage of content on Netflix nowadays. A problem is that there are just so many options that it can be hard to find a Netflix series that is fun and appropriate for the whole family. The Magic School Bus is great for the youngsters, but grownups might not be as interested. Law & Order: SVU is always worth a binge-watch for the adults, but it’s not exactly intended for children. Luckily, there are some family-friendly gems tucked away in the massive library of Netflix series. Here is a look at ten of the best and most unexpected series that can appeal to young and old alike.
Star Trek: The Original SeriesStar Trek has become a huge franchise, so it can be easy to forget the campy series that started it all back in the 60s. The adventures of Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and Dr. McCoy are filled with dated special effects, silly aliens, and stilted performances, but there are also messages about everything ranging from xenophobia to teamwork tucked away in the camp that make it a worthwhile series for anybody.
Which Episodes Are Available? Seasons 1 – 3
Suggested Age Range: Ages 6 and up
Once Upon A TimeOnce Upon a Time is unlike any other show. It combines twists on classic fairy tales with the story of a modern woman who discovers that she is the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming and has an important destiny in a town filled with characters ranging from Cinderella to Rumpelstiltskin. As much as the show is a showcase for all things Disney, there are darker plots that offset the fanciful oddities from becoming too sweet and sugary.
Which Episodes Are Available? Seasons 1 – 4
Suggested Age Range: Ages 9 and up
AnimaniacsAt first glance, the animated romp Animaniacs is fluffy fare that should appeal just to kids, but there are actually plenty of fun elements for adults hidden away in the animation. The siblings Yakko, Wakko, and Dot get up to all manner of shenanigans, and there are regularly enough jokes and double entendres meant for the adults that make each episode exciting for kids of all ages.
Which Episodes Are Available? Volumes 1 – 4
Suggested Age Range: Ages 4 and up