Quality T.V. Shows and Movies for Children!

Quality T.V. Shows and Movies for Children!

Motherhood and Children

Do you ever scroll through Netflix looking for something for your children to watch that’s not just complete twaddle or sassy nonsense? I can never seem to find anything! In the spirit of #dosaygiveathome and because I’ve gotten lots of questions about appropriate movie and TV shows for children, I’ve done my research (i.e. polled DoSayGive readers!) and pulled together a list of wholesome t.v. and movie options available on Netflix, Amazon, Youtube, and/or DVD. 

If you’ve been reading DoSayGive for a while, you already I don’t let my girls watch some of the sassy children’s shows on Netflix (they were picking up some of the disrespectful behaviors!) I had so many of y’all ask me to share some good options for family shows and movies sans the sassiness. Honestly, I didn’t have a great list so I asked my Instagram followers. I haven’t watched all of these listed so definitely screen before watching with your children. Common Sense Media. And check sites like this for age range recommendations.

Most of the options listed are available on DVD, Amazon download, or a quick Youtube search. I also noted in parentheses if they are available on Netflix or Amazon Prime Video (free if you are an Amazon Prime member).

Classic Movies


Mary Poppins

The Sound of Music

Shirley Temple films (A Little Princess is on Netflix Right now or purchase on Amazon)

The Parent Trap


The Wizard of Oz 

Swiss Family Robinson 

Miracle on 34th Street

Peter Pan 


Dennis the Menace (love the one with Walter Matthau)

Where the Red Fern Grows (Amazon Prime Video)

Matilda (this DVD has Madeline, Matilda, and Annie!)

Madeline (several versions on Amazon Prime including one with Shirley Temple)

Pippi Longstocking

American Girl movies (we’ve liked Kit, McKenna, Samantha)

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe


Classic T.V. Series

Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood (on Amazon Prime Video)

Beatrix Potter Stories (old episodes from the 90s on YouTube; first video here)

Anne of Green Gables

Little House on the Prairie


I Love Lucy

Leave it to Beaver

The Andy Griffith Show (on Netflix)

Reading Rainbow (on Amazon Prime Video)



The Greatest Game Ever Played 

(please share more sports inspiration titles you love and I’ll add!)

Jesus Storybook Bible (DVDs) – If you love this Bible you will prob like the animated DVDs!


Cosmic Kids Yoga


The Great British Baking Show (BBC, on Netflix )



Planet Earth (Amazon)

Nature of God with Peter Schriemer

Mighty Machines (DVD) – videos of trucks and dump trucks

Scholastic DVDs (library)



Maurice Sendak’s Little Bear (Buy seasons on Amazon)

Jetsons (Netflix)

Looney Toons (Amazon Prime Video)

Creative Galaxy (Amazon Prime Video) – About making art projects

Angelina Ballerina (Amazon Prime Video)

Speed Racer series from 1960s (Amazon download)

Veggie Tales (Netflix)

Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Super Wings (Netflix) – Planes that go around the world helping children when they did it. No bad guys and exposure to different culture.

Spirit (Netflix)

The Snowy Day (Amazon Prime Video)

Clifford’s Puppy Days (Amazon Prime Video)

Disney Short Films (Netflix)

The Gruffalo (Amazon Prime Video)

Tip: the ones that are available on Amazon Prime Video won’t necessarily show up automatically as you are scrolling through the Children’s menu on whatever device you use to stream Amazon Prime. So while you are logged into your Prime account on your computer or phone search for the title you want and then click “add to watchlist.” When I did that the shows I selected popped up on our t.v. (we use Roku to stream Amazon Prime and Netflix.) Hope that makes sense! Basically there is more on Amazon Prime that what they show is available!

Do you have any good t.v. shows or movies that would be a great addition to this list? Share below! Also, don’t miss my post on favorite quality audiobooks for children.

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10 thoughts on “Quality T.V. Shows and Movies for Children!

  1. Thanks Lee! My girls, especially the 3 year old, is into “Disney Three Little Pigs” on Netflix! What about Leap? I have it on “My List” but we have yet to watch it.

  2. I love this! We still love Curious George in our home as well as other PBS programming. We have also stumbled upon classic sitcoms – Father Knows Best and Family Affair are some of our favorites!

    And I am waiting on pins and needles for your Nordstrom Anniversary Sale posts. I so look forward to them and your Holiday Gift Guide!!

    1. You’re so sweet! Thank you! I’ve been working on it a lot today and will get up in the middle of the night to finish it!

  3. My boys loved Gentle Ben, the live-action tv series from the 60s with Clint Howard and a bear, set in the Florida Everglades. I bought the dvds at Cracker Barrel on a road trip, but I would seek it out elsewhere. A hit.

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