20 interesting series for family viewing

Watching serial movies is good in a warm company of loved ones. This makes it possible not only to get acquainted with an interesting story, but also to get together in front of the screen with the whole family, to get to know each other better, or at least to remember each other. We have found the best family series in different genres – from melodrama and comedy to light fantasy.

Stargirl (2020)

Among the novelties of cinema in 2020 is a youth superhero project, which has so far been released in the format of three seasons. High school student Courtney Whitman is smart, kind, and physically fit. Soon the orderly monotonous life of the girl will change dramatically. After finding a superweapon in her stepfather’s belongings, Courtney decides to create her own superhero team .

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Stargirl

Genre:
Fiction, fantasy, action, drama, crime, adventure

Actors:
Breck Bassinger, Yvette Monreal, Anjelica Washington, Amy Smart…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
12+


Rodkom (2020)

The events of an interesting Russian mini-series, great for family viewing, take place around the parent committee. The usual hard worker Sergei Shmelev did not delve into the affairs of his son much. However, having learned about the betrayal of his wife, the man decides to raise a teenager on his own. In order for the court to allow Sergei sole custody, he will have to try – to join the parent committee, make friends with mothers and improve relations with a former classmate.

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Victor Khorinyak, Olga Lerman, Ekaterina Kuznetsova …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8

Age restrictions:
12+


Umbrella Academy (2019 – 2020)

In 1989, 43 babies with superpowers were born simultaneously in different parts of the world. Among the extraordinary talents of children are super strength, telepathy, mind manipulation and other incredible skills. Seven of the little superheroes are adopted by billionaire Reginald Hargreaves in the hope that someday they can save the world. A man opens an academy called Umbrella. There, unusual pupils will learn to manage their gift.

Original title:
The Umbrella Academy

Genre:
Fiction, fantasy, action, drama, comedy, adventure

Actors:
Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castaneda …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 8.0

Age restrictions:
18+


Lost in Space (2018 – 2019)

Foreign family series from Netflix breathed new life into the 1965 project of the same name. A remake of American fiction follows the space adventures of the Robinson family. The action takes place in 2046. The earth has become almost uninhabitable, and people are exploring new planets. The Robinsons are one of the pioneers. One day, the family spaceship crashes, and the crew will have to overcome many obstacles in order to survive.

Original title:
Lost in Space

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, detective, adventure, family

Actors:
Max Jenkins, Molly Parker, Toby Stephens…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 7.3


Ann (2017 – 2019)

The multi-episode Canadian TV show is in the top rated family series thanks to a successful first season. Red-haired orphan Ann is mistakenly placed in the home of two elderly people named Cuthbert. And in the life of a girl who has overcome a difficult path, a bright streak begins. Despite all the difficulties, sensitive and kind Ann never gives up. She was able to find loved ones, melt the hearts of new acquaintances and find friends.

Original title:
Anne

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Amybeth McNulty, Geraldine James, R.H. Thomson …

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.5, IMDb – 8.7


Lemony Snicket: 33 misfortunes (2017 – 2019)

American adventure series suitable for family viewing with children. The main acting characters are three orphans: the inventor Violet, the well-read Klaus and the sharp-toothed Sunshine. Because of the fire , they lost their parents and are now placed under the care of their closest relative, Count Olaf. However, the uncle is only interested in a large inheritance of orphans. And to get it, you need to deal with the kids. In an attempt to escape from the evil count, the trinity gets into various troubles.

Original title:
A Series of Unfortunate Events

Genre:
Drama, comedy, detective, adventure, family

Actors:
Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton, Malina Weissman…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.8


Difficulties of assimilation (2015 – 2020)

The spouses Louis and Jessica are a classic couple, where the husband is a good-natured and earner, and the wife is a strict keeper of the hearth. They have three children – aspiring rapper Eddie, creative Emiri and snobby Evan. The whole family moves to Orlando with their freaky grandma to open a steakhouse. However, upon arrival, Asian Americans receive a culture shock of not finding their familiar diaspora.

Original title:
Fresh Off the Boat

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Randall Pak, Constance Wu, Hudson Young…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.8


Family business (2014 – 2016)

When a swindler decides to become a guardian for five orphans, the movie turns into an entertaining comedy series that kids can watch. Businessman Ilya suffers another setback. Now he owes a large amount of money to very serious people. To get out of the debt hole, the man makes an unusual move – he takes custody of five children, hoping to receive funds for their maintenance. So he gets a bully, a quiet man, a wheelchair user and a couple of twins.

Genre:
Comedy, family

Actors:
Vladimir Yaglych, Anna Starshenbaum, Sergey Pokhodaev …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 3.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Goldbergs (2013 – 2021)

TV show about a strange American family of Jewish origin. Boy Adam from the 80s is obsessed with videography and films, and for a start he films his relatives on camera. These are the withdrawn father Murray, his caring wife Beverly, the eldest daughter who dreams of becoming a star, the emotionally unstable middle son Barry and the eccentric grandfather Albert. Each of the members of this noisy and large family constantly gets into funny situations.

Original title:
The Goldbergs

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Wendy McLendon-Covey, Sean Giambrone, Troy Gentile …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Daddy (2012 – 2017)

A good family series in the comedy genre tells about the guy Ben, whose carefree life, parties and dates end overnight. One day, on the threshold of the apartment, Ben finds an unexpected gift – a baby. His ex-girlfriend left a surprise for his partner with a request to sign a waiver of paternity and transfer the baby to a foster family. No one around believes in Ben’s fatherly feelings, but the young man is not ready to give up so easily and decides to become the best dad for little Emma. Moreover, there are faithful comrades nearby who are ready to help sort everything out.

Original title:
Baby Daddy

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy, family

Actors:
Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Derek Theler, Melissa Peterman…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Jesse (2011 – 2015)

Family serial film about a young girl Jessie. The young lady decides to leave the small town and move to New York. She finds a job as a nanny in the home of a wealthy director and his model wife . She will have to make friends with four violent offspring of a star couple and discover a whole new world. Together they will grow up, learn to live, love and care for each other.

Original title:
Jessie

Genre:
Comedy, family

Actors:
Debbie Ryan, Peyton List, Cameron Boyce…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.0

Age limit:
6+


Once Upon a Time (2011 – 2018)

The filmmakers decided to take characters known from childhood, but present them differently. So it turned out fantasy, included in the list of the best series for family viewing, and deserved excellent reviews from viewers. The storylines are intertwined between two worlds – modern and alternative. The life of 28-year-old Emma will change after meeting the son she left behind many years ago. The boy will show his mother a fairy-tale world where the evil queen, Cinderella, Snow White and other characters live.

Original title:
Once Upon a Time

Genre:
Fantasy, Romance, Adventure

Actors:
Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin, Lana Parria…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.7

Age Limits :
12+


Hold on, Charlie! (2010 – 2014)

How to cope with the birth of a fourth child, when the house is already full of problems? In the Duncan family, the appearance of baby Charlie is not very happy. Dad can’t put the business in order in any way, and mom, due to the deplorable financial situation, is forced to leave the decree for work. Who will look after the new family member? These chores will fall on the shoulders of the eldest daughter and her two brothers, who themselves need a good thrashing.

Original title:
Good Luck Charlie

Genre:
Drama, comedy, family

Actors:
Bridgit Mendler, Leigh Allyn Baker, Bradley Stephen Perry …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.0

Age Limits :
6+


Parents (2010 – 2015)

Top family comedy series will continue the story of how difficult it is sometimes to get along with family. The plot revolves around the native nest of the Braverman dynasty, where three generations coexist. After a divorce, Sarah returns to her father’s house due to financial difficulties, taking with her two restless teenagers. And her sister and brothers still live there. All relatives have their own problems and their own needs, but now they will have to be under the same roof.

Original title:
Parenthood

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 8.2


American Family (2009 – 2020)

The series offers to observe the everyday life of three American families. The first is an elderly but athletic businessman Jay, his young wife Gloria and a restless ten-year-old stepson. The second family is Claire, Jay’s own daughter, her husband Phil and three children. And the last is son Mitchell and partner Cameron, who have just adopted a baby from Vietnam. The life of these people cannot be called simple and predictable. But be that as it may, they are relatives and try to understand each other.

Original title:
Modern Family

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:
Ed O’Neill, Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.4

Age restrictions:
16+


It can get worse (2009 – 2018)

A funny and interesting series for the whole family will introduce the viewer to the colorful Hacks. The characters don’t look like smiling, middle-class Americans; rather, they can be classified as “losers”. The mother works at a car dealership, but she can’t sell a single car. Father works at a construction site. The eldest son Axel is trying to break into the football team , 13-year-old Sue constantly gets into trouble, and the withdrawn Brik has a childish mind. Every day, fate throws them new challenges, but Heki always overcomes them together and does not give up.

Original title:
The Middle

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.6

Age Limits :
16+


Everybody Hates Chris (2005 – 2009)

The creators of the family series were inspired by the true story of comedian Chris Rock, who grew up in a poor neighborhood. Chris is a 13 year old smart boy. His father works four jobs to support his family, and his mother takes care of the household and sometimes takes part-time jobs. Chris is the eldest child, so the responsibility for the younger sister and brother lies partly with him. And most importantly, a boy from a poor family has to go to an elite school, where he is the only black student.

Original title:
Everybody Hates Chris

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Tyler James Williams, Chris Rock, Terry Crews…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.4


As Jim Said (2001 – 2009)

This series is also suitable for viewing by the whole family – everyone can find something for themselves in it. Adult and children’s everyday troubles, sorrows and joys of the heroes of the TV show are familiar to many people. Cheryl and Jim have five children. The husband is the director of a construction company, the wife is engaged in household chores. Jim is a wonderful family man, and he has his own view on any problems. It was his extraordinary ways to get out of difficult situations that fell in love with viewers around the world.

Original title:
According to Jim

Genre:
Comedy, family

Actors:
James Belushi, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Larry Joe Campbell …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 6.4

Age limit:
12+


My wife and children (2001 – 2005)

The head of the family, Michael, is a strict but wise father with a great sense of humor. Michael’s wife is one of those women who can do several things at the same time – raise children, build a career and keep up with everything around the house. The couple have three children of different ages – a student, a teenage girl with a complex character, and a six-year-old baby. A witty, cute series worth watching for fans of quality American comedies .

Original title:
My Wife and Kids

Genre:
Comedy, family

Actors:
Damon Wayans, Tisha Campbell, George Gore II…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Malcolm in the Middle (2000 – 2006)

What is a very cheerful family? Boy Malcolm can tell you all about it. Something incredible is constantly happening in his house – fights, screams, laughter, games, chases, school experiments and tricky practical jokes. The boy’s mother is an authoritarian woman, the father is a burdock. The couple has four children, including Malcolm – obnoxious Reese, talented Dewey, cheeky Jamie. And in addition, they have an evil grandmother Ida. How do they get along under the same roof?

Original title:
Malcolm in the Middle

Genre:
Comedy, family

Actors:
Frankie Muniz, Bryan Cranston, Jane Kaczmarek…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 8.0

Age limit:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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