13 Family TV Shows to Enjoy Together


family tv showsOur year at home during this pandemic has forced us all to be creative in our family activities. Like many of you, we have explored crafts, board games, and maybe even a Fancy Friday.

After a long day of zoom meetings, at-home school, re-heating your coffee, and walk breaks our family wants to unwind in front of the TV. During this past year, we revisited some golden oldies and fell in love with new shows.

I surveyed some of our writers for their lists of go-to shows, and we found out we’re all watching the same classics!

Game shows

Game shows are a major hit for our kids, and it’s something the whole family can get into. My daughter desperately wants me to apply to be on Netflix’s Nailed It. We surprised ourselves when we dived into the world of Survivor. That adventure even bled into our home life – we bought flint and learned how to make a fire with it!

More game shows:
Masked Singer
LEGO Masters
American Ninja Warrior
The Great British Baking Show
Wheel of Fortune
The Price Is Right

Revisit the classics

My husband and I often talk in movie quotes, and always have to explain “That’s from ___” to people, including our kids. Animaniacs recently launched a reboot on Hulu, so that led me to revisit classic episodes with my kids and it was a hit for everyone! Fuller House is another reboot that can give you a reason to dive into old episodes of classic TV shows.

Full House (and Fuller House)
Boy Meets World
America’s Funniest Home Videos
Mighty Ducks Game Changers

Planning a movie night? Check out 30 PG Family Movies.

What family-friendly TV shows are missing from our list?

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Niki grew up in Earlham, Iowa and now lives with her husband Ryan, daughter Riley, and son Merritt in Johnston. Riley has an observant stare that inspired the Facebook page Riley Is Not Impressed. Niki is an assistant director of public relations, social media at Drake University where she runs the university’s main social media accounts. She is also the director of the world-famous Beautiful Bulldog Contest. She has an Olde English Bulldog named Dexter, but he is ineligible to compete because she already knows he’s the most beautiful bulldog. She serves as President on the Board of Directors for Animal Lifeline of Iowa, which is a special needs, no-kill animal shelter. Niki is a two-time graduate of Drake University with a bachelor’s in journalism (2008) and a Master’s in Communication Leadership (2015).


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