Need a new family show or movie? Here are 5 stellar suggestions

Jeff Sherman
2 min readFeb 2, 2022

On the rare occasion that our family (son is 14, daughter almost 10) is home and ready to chill together in the living room, there’s always that question: “what should we watch?” So many networks, services, and subscriptions and no truly easy way to find something that all will enjoy.

Tastes are subjective, of course, but if you’re aiming to find a show that pleases, entertains, isn’t too deep or sappy and even provides a bit of value for your family … let me suggest the following from the Sherman watch list.

Welcome to Earth on Disney+

Welcome to Earth
This Disney+ original series from National Geographic is great. It features amazing footage from locations across the globe while insightful staying light and breezy with host Will Smith. It’s not a preachy planet series, either — rather an entertaining, yet educational dive into exploring our earth.

Safety
Another Disney+ family option that everyone will love is “Safety.” We watched it over Christmas break with my parents (it’s grandparent friendly too), and everyone enjoyed it and was truly inspired. The story of former Clemson University football safety Ray McElrathbe, it’s a wonderful look at family, hard work, faith and football. Some of the NCAA stuff might be a bit over a younger than 10 kids’ head, but all in all it’s a wonderful, community-centric charm.

Gortimer Gibbons Lifes On Normal Street
Simply put, you need to meet this kid and his friends. It’s a great show and so far above the fray of your typical kids show that no matter your age you’ll truly enjoy it.

Gortimer and his two best friends, Ranger and Mel, hang out in and around Normal Street — an ordinary neighborhood that has a hint of something magical. We’re three episodes in, and every episode has been funny, well-acted and just — at the risk of sounding corny — delightful.

The Baby-sitter’s Club
Might just be the best children’s series ever. It’s smart on so many topics: personal finance, relationships, business, family, community and more. Two wonderful seasons on Netflix now.

The Iron Giant
I can’t leave this still somewhat under the radar classic off the list. “The Iron Giant” is great. At its heart, it’s a movie about relationships. With some good star power (Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Harry Connick, Jr.) this 1999 gem is worth your watch list time.

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Jeff Sherman

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