There are some shows parents should never hit play on.
Cocomelon, for example (if you know, you know). The show is basically karaoke for kids which means you’ll never live out a quiet moment ever again. We believe the best kids TV shows on Netflix can keep your mini ones entertained for as long as you need and don’t have to fry your adult brain cells.
Read on for the best kids TV shows to stream on Netflix.
Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous
Yes, the youngins’ will never quite understand the thrill of watching Laura Dern and Sam O’Neil on screen with the original motion picture soundtrack thanks to John Williams so they may as well settle with Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, a Netflix original series which, we hate to say…is actually pretty good. No one will have nightmares but we do recommend this one for ages five and up. Watch it here.
Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight
If you were raised right, you’d know Jack Black is absolute royalty in the grand scheme of children’s shows and movies. From voicing the saber-tooth tiger Zeke in the first Ice Age film to starring in Gulliver’s Travel and the GOAT movie of all time, School Of Rock. Basically, the next generation’s entertainment is in good hands whenever he’s around. Black reprises his role as Po in this spin-off series and you will regain some free time for more important things thanks to the show’s 11 episodes. Watch it here.
Oni Thunder God’s Tale
While you’ll only find four episodes of Oni Thunder God’s Tale (we know, barely enough time allowing you to get your proverbial shiz together), this is a great new Netflix show for kids. In a world filled with the oddball gods and monsters of Japanese mythology, one of the creature's free-spirited daughters, Onari, is determined to follow in the footsteps of the mighty heroes of lore, but her unique powers are yet to be revealed. Watch it here.
Inspired by stories from Native American tribes and the majestic landscapes of national parks of America, Spirit Rangers explores the adventure and beauty of nature through the eyes of Kodi, Summer and Eddy Skycedar, Chumash/Cowlitz siblings who share a secret. The kids are a trio of kids are “Spirit Rangers” who help protect the land and spirits of the national park tha—and who are we kidding? The plot doesn’t matter. All you need to know is Spirit Rangers has seriously changed the game for Indigenous representation in animation and the little ones are going to love it. Watch it here.
If you think children’s shows don’t have as much drama as say, TRHOB, think again. In its heyday, Blippi was a live-action YouTube channel, starring Stevin John, for little people up to the age of five. It skyrocketed to virality (and still slaps today) thanks to its interactive and educational field trips. Unsurprisingly, it was so massive it was turned into a Netflix show however, the OG Blippi was seemingly replaced by Clayton Grimm. Global outrage ensued. Regardless, this is a prime time morning show to flick on to keep junior's energy levels at a low. There’s several spin-off Netflix shows too including Blippi’s Spooky Hallowen, Blippi Wonders (animated), Blippi’s School Supply Scavenger Hunt and Blippi The Musical. Watch it here.
Spirit Riding Free
Spoiler alert, the Dreamworks movie that introduced you to real, hardcore tears as a kid has a number of shows on Netflix and whether you watch them or the kids watch them, everyone’s happy. Yes, Spirit the almighty stallion has copped eight seasons of Western adventures but if that’s not enough and you seemingly have a bonafide series-binger on your hands, you can also hit play on Spirit Riding Academy and Spirit Pony Tales. Excellent school holiday watching if you ask us. Watch it here.
If you think we’ve slipped in Pup Academy for our own selfish reasons…you’d be right. This one’s giving new-age Milo And Otis which obviously means all the cute animals. Will your kid want a puppy after watching? Likely. But that’s not our problem. Watch it here.
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