The Best Family-Friendly Shows To Binge Watch Over The Holidays

Photo: Courtesy of NBC.
Choosing what to watch as a family is difficult. While Dad Shows are all dads really want to watch, the rest of us might not be lining up to tune into Ray Donovan or another NCIS franchise. And it’s unlikely all the sex, murder, and madness that dominate many of today’s most popular shows will stand as crowd-pleasing familial content. For proof, just look at this text I had to send my own parents about TNT’s critically acclaimed The Alienist.
Nevertheless, there are still solutions for family binge sessions. You simply need to find compelling content that isn’t filled with explicit sex scenes or visceral killings. Those shows exist, and some of them are very good. Keep scrolling to find out what to press play on the next time you want to hunker down on the couch with your loved ones — whether it’s for the holiday season or a lazy weekend.
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Don’t worry, it’s not just 30 different recommendations to watch The Office.
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Queer Eye (Netflix)

Available to stream on: Netflix

A show I have watched — and cried over — with my parents multiple times. Every member of the family walks away from Queer Eye with a more open heart and some serious tips on living a better life.

Watch: Here
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House Hunters (HGTV)

Available to stream on: Hulu

House Hunters is one of those shows you can put on in the background of anything. Loud family dinners? Yes. Unwrapping gifts on Chiristmas morning? Definitely. Let the sounds of people choosing terrible homes for their own families be the soundtrack to your most vital bonding moments.

Watch: Here
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Kim’s Convenience (Canada’s CBC Television)

Available to stream on: Netflix

You’ve probably figured out a sitcom grove with your family. If you want a brand-new show someone has definitely missed — or, everyone has missed — check out Kim’s Convenience, a sweet, hilarious, and thoughtful family comedy streaming on Netflix.

Watch: Here
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Superstore (NBC)

Available to stream on: Hulu

If you're looking for a more traditional network sitcom over a streaming series, Superstore is one of the absolute best shows out there right now — think The Office updated for our ever more inclusive world. Every single member of your family will find someone to love between Amy (America Ferrera), Jonah (Ben Feldman), and the rest of the Cloud 9 crew.

Watch: Here
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Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime)

Available to stream on: Amazon Prime

While you and your fam may want to skip watching the boob-revealing series premiere together, Maisel’s remaining 17 episodes are a delight for everyone. It’ll only be a matter of time until you're all planning a trip to the Catskills.

Watch: Here
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Salt Fat Acid Heat (Netflix)

Available to stream on: Netflix

Cooking shows are one of the best genres to watch as a family. There is absolutely no chance of a mature content — the closest you’ll come is Ina Garten slipping into the bath, an iconic TV moment in my own family — and maybe your latest binge will inspire a future delicious family meal.

Salt Fat Acid Heat takes the inherent wholesome nature of food shows and adds some fascinating layers, courtesy of always-curious host Samin Nosrat.

Watch: Here
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The Nathan Fillion Oeuvre

Available to stream on: Various

When I look at my own life, Nathan Fillion has dominated family TV time. From Firefly to Castle to those guest episodes to Modern Family and now ABC newbie The Rookie, we’ve sampled it all. Our family loyalty to Fillion is owed to the fact that each of his shows is funny enough to keep us entertained, but avoid anything that is sexy enough to lead to an awkward viewing experience.

It's the perfect formula.

Watch: Firefly, here. Castle has disappeared from streaming sites, but can be rented from Amazon Prime Video. Modern Family, here. The Rookie, here.
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Veronica Mars (UPN, The CW, & now Hulu)

Available to stream on: Hulu, as of summer 2019

Veronica Mars might traffic in some dark topics, but no one will walk away from a binge session feeling too depressed. We owe a lot of Veronica Mars’ relentless enjoyability to its star, Kristen Bell, who plays the noir teen drama’s snarky titular heroine.

It's time for the whole fam to prepare for the upcoming reboot.

Watch: Here, eventually.
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Succession (HBO)

Available to stream on: HBO Go and HBO Now

A black comedy that is fun for the whole family. If you don’t believe that, read this.

Watch: Here for HBO Go users. Here for HBO Now users.
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This Is Us (NBC)

Available to stream on: Hulu

This is a show created for the family (more specifically for the sobbing family, but still).

Watch: Here
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Vanderpump Rules (Bravo)

Available to stream on: Hulu

With all the drinking, sex drama, and “pasta” of Vanderpump Rules, the series may not scream “family-friendly.” That doesn’t mean multiple millennials I know haven’t conned their parents into sitting down for a SURver hangout session.

If you think there’s a 1% chance your loved ones might be down to watch Lisa Vanderpump's genius little brainchild, you owe it to yourself to survey their reactions to West Hollywood’s most beautiful villains.

Watch: Here
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