What Netflix Shows Are Your Family Watching?

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Here at Plugged In, we do our best to cover the TV shows everyone’s talking about, whether they’re on broadcast TV, cable networks or, increasingly, on streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. Typically, we cover one or two new shows each week, as well as two-to-four episode reviews of series we’ve looked at previously.

That said, the number of shows that streaming services—Netflix, especially—are pumping out means that we simply can’t cover everything. Last February, Variety reported that Netflix alone would be airing some 700 original TV shows in 2018—700! In my own family, for example, my kids have enjoyed the animated show Spirit Riding Free as well as the Australian series Mako Mermaids, neither of which Plugged In has covered.

So here’s where you come in. We want to hear from you. Specifically, we’d love to hear what Netflix original TV shows your family is watching. Or shows that you’ve heard about on the streaming service that you wish you knew more about. (Series on Amazon or Hulu are fine, too, though Netflix seems to be pumping out more TV content than any other outlet right now.)

Sharing your family’s off-the-beaten-path streaming choices will give us another important filter for making decisions about which shows we cover and which ones we pass on moving forward. Let us know below in the comments, or by contacting our TV guy, Paul Asay, on Twitter (@AsayPaul). And thanks in advance for helping us out with this research!

Who wrote this?

Adam R. Holz is a senior associate editor for Plugged In. He also writes for Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse magazine and has been a Boundless contributor. In his free time (which there is sometimes precious little of) Adam enjoys playing guitar and constructing LEGO kits with his son. Adam and his wife, Jennifer, are the proud parents, in fact, of three children, one boy and two girls.

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Anonymous 12 months ago
We loved the first season of the new Lost in Space and also Carmen Sandiego. Looking forward to season 2 of both.
Angela Preuss More than 1 year ago
We were watching Voltron, which my husband loved as a kid. Unfortunately in season 7 we discovered one of the main characters in gay!  
Lyn Chartowich More than 1 year ago
I personally have a soft spot for Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir. It's a fun show, and I'd love to see a review on it. It's on Netflix, I think.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would love to see reviews on Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures, Spirit Riding Free, Llama Llama, Luna Petunia, and Popples (all netflix).
And on Amazon Prime: Lost in Oz, Dino Dana, and Creative Galaxy.

Thank you for your reviews, they are very helpful!
- Momma of 3
E Hayes More than 1 year ago
My sister and I, who are in our 20s, have been watching Trollhunters, 3 Below, Dreamworks Dragons, A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Great British Baking Show, Fullmetal Alchemist (anime), Bleach (anime), Erased (Japanese), The Flash, and BBC Merlin, and documentaries.  But we like niche things and animation, not necessarily popular things.  Netflix is something we buy one month and not another, though.
Lydia Snow More than 1 year ago
I like Final Table. It’s a really unique cooking competition that’s not like anything on Food Network. It explores all sorts of different cultures, and the chefs who compete with each other are all very good role models—they don’t scream or curse at each other. Another show I enjoyed was the Watership Down miniseries. I found it to be very faithful to the original book without being too graphic in its depictions of battles. The acting and animation were absolutely superb. Another show worth a watch is the food and travel series Somebody Feed Phil. It’s like something Anthony Bourdain would have done, but it’s more lighthearted and hilarious. But my absolute favorite Netflix show is actually a preschool show called Ask The Storybots. It explains high school-level science topics like taxonomy, flight science and electron levels in an astonishingly understandable way. Guest stars such as Jay Leno make laugh-our-loud appearances. There’s all sorts of different types of animation, from stop-motion to hand puppets. And the songs, mostly written by kids’ music legend Parry Gripp, are deliciously catchy and danceable. The craziest thing is that the entire show was self-funded by two brothers! Ask the Storybots is silly, edgy, quirky, and groundbreaking—it’s the best preschool show of our decade. And it’s one the whole family can enjoy. 

I hope my recommendations were helpful. In my opinion, all of the shows mentioned are really positive picks for the whole family!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How about the TV Show Richie Rich. And would you pleeeeeeeease do an oscAR VIDEO with your whole team.
Paul Hastings More than 1 year ago
Can you review the new Netflix original scifi "iO"?
charitysplace More than 1 year ago
Interesting.

I read the above and took it as, "What are you watching? Share it with others in the comments!"

Most people read it and heard it as, "Tell us what to watch and review for you."

Plugged In really does not need more work. They do more than enough already.

Netflix has a lot of profanity-riddled, graphic-sex-involved shows. I mostly stick to the movies they offer which I can check the content on, online or a few scripted shows (I did watch "Lemony Snicket," though I got really sick of it before the end -- it was like a comedian that doesn't know when to stop, but kids might find it entertaining; I watch "The Crown" which is MOSTLY clean; and I watch "Anne with an E" even though it's drenched in political correctness and most of my family gave it up long ago. :P)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Uhhhhhh....
"So here’s where you come in. We want to hear from you. Specifically, we’d love to hear what Netflix original TV shows your family is watching. Or shows that you’ve heard about on the streaming service that you wish you knew more about. (Series on Amazon or Hulu are fine, too, though Netflix seems to be pumping out more TV content than any other outlet right now.)

Sharing your family’s off-the-beaten-path streaming choices will give us another important filter for making decisions about which shows we cover and which ones we pass on moving forward. Let us know below in the comments, or by contacting our TV guy, Paul Asay, on Twitter (@AsayPaul). And thanks in advance for helping us out with this research!"



They are asking for our input so they can make better decisions about what streaming shows to review. They weren't randomly asking "so fellas whacha'll watching lately"

-David the Clown

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I personally would enjoy an review for Carmen Sandiego, the new Netflix original series. And Trolls: the beat goes on, which is also a Netflix original series.
-Anon-O-Miss
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And Annedroids from Amazon.
-Anon-O-Miss
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that kids also read a lot of Fanfics and you guys need to talk about them too
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a 'kid' and I do not read fanfics nor do I have a desire to. Although I do read comics.

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know not all kids read Fanfics. I just think some read them. I'm 16 and I read them once in a while. I also write them. "Manely" MLP
-Anon-O-Miss
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
@-A-non-O-Miss...
You kinda ripped off @A-non-mouse lol!
-David the Clown
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ha ha ha. Actually I was trying to think of an way to say anonymous without actually saying it. I have OC names that I could use, but I don't want to. I'm trying to say that I don't want my identity to be revealed but I do want people to know I'm a girl so Anon-O-Miss was born.
-Anon-O-Miss
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I understand. Personally I would assume the same.
-Anon-O-Miss
Amateur Taste More than 1 year ago
Hulu streams a superhero anime called Boku No Hero Academia/My Hero Academia.
Given how popular the superhero genre has become, I wouldn't be surprised if this show gets a lot more attention in the coming years. Most of the reviews I've read are overwhelmingly positive, but I have yet to read one from a Christian standpoint.

I've watched through the series twice and I think it's definitely one of the best in the superhero genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'd also recommend Tiger and Bunny on Netflix for a similarly great anime take on the superhero genre.

-Evan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 @Amateur Taste 

Love your picture of Hobbes lol!
-David the Clown
Amateur Taste More than 1 year ago
Thank you David the Clown!
Joshua Kroeger More than 1 year ago
Hmmm...as a family, Stranger Things, I guess (which we run through Vidangel first).  We don't watch Netflix a whole lot, though, which is probably for the best.  When it's just me, though, I'll be using it for Breaking Bad, Parks and Rec, and The Office.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We no longer subscribe to Netflix.  Our family has chosen not to support them because of how much objectionable content they offer.

I agree with the person who made the comment about reviewing podcasts. Young people are now spending as much, if not more, time following youtubers and watching their videos.
Chuck Anziulewicz More than 1 year ago
The only original Netflix content I've been watching is "Black Mirror." Occasionally it is tremendously thought-provoking. I've navigated through "Bandersnatch" a couple of times, and it's been a lot of fun. That program can mess with one's head a bit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Posted by Seventh Comment Guy

Present.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Gangs' all here!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic idea!

So I personally don't watch much on Netflix, at least nothing outside of The Office and Parks and Rec. 
I know it is a couple years old, but I would like a review of Norsemen.

Now I do also like comedy specials,and there are quite a few of them on Netfilx. So I was wondering if y'all could consider reviewing those too.


A little off topic-
I think another form of media that might be a good idea to look into and review would be podcasts. There are studies that show that the listener base for pods has grown dramatically in the past few years-(http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/12/27/over-a-quarter-of-internet-users-download-or-listen-to-podcasts/ 
http://www.journalism.org/blog/chart/number-of-podcasts-actively-hosted-continues-to-rise/
http://www.journalism.org/fact-sheet/audio-and-podcasting/
http://www.journalism.org/chart/sotnm-radio-podcast-listening/)-
As far as I am aware, there are no sites that do content reviews for pods. So I really think this, along with Netflix reviews, could really set Pluggedin apart. 
-David the Clown 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes! I love listening to Podcasts! My favorites are In the Dark and Wolverine: The Long Night (which is terrifying, gruesome, and has a lot of adult content at the same time) I can't wait for the next Season.

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Also is anyone a fan of the Good Mythical Morning YouTube channel?

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've heard of Wolverine: The Long Night. And considering that Logan was my favorite superhero movie, I plan on listening to it sometime.

I personally mostly listen to political or comedic pods like The Ben Shapiro Show and The Joe Rogan Experience
-David the Clown 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cool. In the Dark is a crime podcast about unsolved murders. It's really good. I forgot to mention that I also really like Ear Biscuits by Rhett and Link. They are two of my favorite comedians. I'll have to check out those other two you mentioned. 

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hahahah! Rhett and Link are pretty good! I had some friends show them to me a couple years ago.

Joe Rogan's is one of (if not the) biggest podcasts out right now.
A little warning, there is foul language throughout in pretty much every episode. And, depending on the guest he has on, the subjects can get pretty trashy. But his interviews of people like Gad Saad, Jordan Peterson, and Eric Weinstein are really worth checking out!
-David the Clown
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First Comment! Yasssss!

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lol! What is First Comment Guy supposed to do now?
-David the Clown
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lol!

Posted By A-Non-Mouse/The New First Comment Guy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Become 5th comment guy

-some guy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lol! Poor guy 
-David the Clown
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
@A-non-mouse.
Did we just give up on that other thread?
-David the Clown
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't! Did you? I got comment 100! Anyway if we do give up it's the second most comments on a post ever.

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well, if you're still trying to still beat the record, then I sure as heck will too!
-David the Clown