31 Dec The Best Family Shows of 2019 and Where to Stream Them
Picture this: It’s a quiet evening at home, and your family sits down to enjoy some TV time together. You have snacks, blankets, and an entire hour to kill. There’s just one problem – finding something to watch.
There are thousands of hours of content available on multiple platforms, so it should be easy, right? Wrong. Choosing a program that entertains the whole family can seem like an impossible task.
Let’s say you love a good murder-mystery. Not so fast. A chilling narrative may spell nightmares for the kiddos. Is your spouse hooked on a historical docuseries? Well, it could be a snooze-fest for the rest of the family. Does junior want to check out a brand-new comedy? Beware, you may end up sitting through a tween romp with wooden acting and an asinine plot.
Picking a fitting show isn’t easy. But for now, it doesn’t have to be a chore because I’ve got you covered! Here’s a list of 5 shows for fans from 8 to 80, and where to stream them.
Best Drama: Raising Dion
Superhero origin stories serve up major drama! Raising Dion is no different. In the show, an eight-year-old boy named Dion begins to display supernatural abilities after the death of his father. Now, it’s up to his mom, Nicole, to protect Dion from those who aim to exploit his powers. This is a mother-son team-up with themes of patience, love, strength, and hope. Based on the comic book of the same name, Raising Dion is a story that resonates with adults and kids. Killmonger himself, Michael B. Jordan, works as an executive producer on the show, and as a bonus, he appears as Dion’s dad. This binge-worthy series is streaming now on Netflix.
Best Procedural: God Friended Me
God Friended Me isn’t your typical heavy procedural. In fact, the feel-good vibe may give you a case of the warm-and-fuzzies. This is a show in which technology is the catalyst for human connection. Each week, a team of resourceful millennials helps strangers to navigate various personal challenges. It all began when Miles Finer received a friend request from “God.” The hitch? Miles, the son of a minister, hasn’t believed in God since his mother died. God Friended Me beautifully juxtaposes faith and skepticism, giving you a perfect conversation-starter for your brood. As the story unfolds, will Miles discover that his journey is part of an elaborate hoax, or a cog in a divine plan? Find out! God Friended Me airs on Sundays at 8/7c on CBS. Stream it from the beginning on CBS All Access or Prime Video.
Best Throwback: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Before he became a Hollywood heavyweight, rapper-turned-actor Will Smith earned his chops on the set of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. In it, Will moves from Philly to Bel Air to live with his well-to-do relatives, The Banks Family. The show delivers legit comedy. But viewers are also engaged by heartfelt stories of acceptance, personal growth, and gratitude. This 90’s sitcom, and the catchy theme song, still hold up today. Set your DVR for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air on VH-1 and BET. Want to binge? The show is available to rent or own on various platforms, including Prime Video, YouTube, and iTunes.
Best Competition Show: The Voice
In life, we are often instantly judged based on appearance. The Voice is a singing competition series that throws preconceptions out the window and teaches us all a valuable lesson! On the show, celebrity coaches – A-list recording artists – select aspiring entertainers to mentor in hopes that one of their team members will win the season. When the competitors take the stage during auditions, the coaches face the audience rather than the stage. In these blind auditions, the coaches are forced to evaluate the contestants based solely on singing ability. In the end, the winner receives a record deal, and their coach gets bragging rights! The Voice serves up a friendly competition with lots of sizzle! Check out new episodes on Mondays and Tuesdays at 8/7c on NBC and stream previous seasons on Hulu.
Best Sports Entertainment: American Ninja Warrior
American Ninja Warrior is just plain fun to watch. You may remember watching dubbed versions of Ninja Warrior, or Japan’s Sasuke, as early as 2006. In it, athletes conquered extreme obstacle courses in front of live audiences. The riveting sports entertainment series spawned the spinoff, American Ninja Warrior, and it quickly gained a following. The obstacles are tough, and so are the competitors, many of whom give in-show interviews, providing fans with context and giving us champions to root for. American Ninja Warrior is now streaming on NBC.com and Hulu. The show is also available for rent or purchase on various platforms, including Prime Video, YouTube, and iTunes.
Have you discovered family-friendly programming while channel-surfing and browsing streaming services? Share your finds in the comments below!