This article originally appeared in the July/August issue of WiFi HiFi Magazine
You're spoiled for choice when trying to pick a series to binge watch once the kids are in bed. But what about a great series you can watch with them, and all equally enjoy?
As we gear up for a potentially rainy long August weekend, here are 10 family-friendly series with full seasons streaming in Canada.
Fuller House (Netflix)
As a throwback sequel to ‘90s series Full House, it's also a fun show that the entire family can enjoy. Keeping the premise of the original, DJ Tanner (Candice Cameron) is recently widowed and her younger sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and best friend Kimmy (Andrew Barber) move in to help raise her three children. In Full House, DJ's father Danny (Bob Saget) was left to tend to DJ and her two younger sisters when their mother passed away, and his quirky best friend Joey (Dave Coulier) and musician brother-in-law Jesse (John Stamos) moved in to help. The show personifies corniness, rife with laugh tracks, cheesy one-liners, and throwbacks to the ‘90s, along with cameos from most of the original main cast. But it's one kids will enjoy, even having never seen the original (which is also streaming on Netflix). And Gen-Y moms and dads can revel in the memories dredged up by the old pop culture references. Two seasons are available thus far, with a third already in production. Rated: TV-G
Stranger Things (Netflix)
A young boy goes missing from a small town while a mysterious girl with special powers, including the ability to move objects with her mind, shows up. As his friends, family, and police chief investigate the disappearance, the twists and turns will keep you enthralled all the way through. The ‘80s backdrop and style of the show is reminiscent of iconic movies from that generation, like The Goonies. The cast is stellar, and while there are a number of jump-out-of-your-seat moments, it's a series the whole family will be talking about. While it'll be a bit too scary for younger children, it's a great series to curl up to with your teens. Season two will be released this coming Halloween. Rated: TV-14
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The series focuses on a high school's glee club consisting of a group of misfit students - from the uptight good girl always seeking the spotlight, to the flamboyant gay teen, and the handsome jock. Aside from the dance-worthy musical performances, including original tunes and covers of pop hits and oldies, the series touches on important issues plaguing youth, from homosexuality to race, relationships, and teenage cliques. And while it mostly takes a comedic approach, the central story of students from all walks of life coming together is a great message to spread to your kids about inclusiveness. Stream the first two seasons. Rated: PG
Sure, many of the references from this iconic ‘90s series are extremely dated. What do you mean they don't have cell phones and actually talk to one another in the local coffee shop? And while your teens/tweens might initially roll their eyes at the thought of watching this "ancient" sitcom with you, they'll get a kick out of seeing Jennifer Aniston in her early days, and the myriad of guest appearances, including everyone from Brad Pitt to Reese Witherspoon. Joey's (Matt LeBlanc) cluelessness, Pheobe's (Lisa Kudrow) silly antics, and Chandler's (Matthew Perry) sarcasm will have them in stitches, while mom and dad can appreciate that the show's hilarity is timeless. Watch all 10 seasons. Rated: TV-14
Introduce your kids to where all those popular phrases they like to use actually originated - think double dipping, man hands, yada, yada, yada, and low talker. While some storylines and episodes might not be appropriate for younger kids, it's a fun series to watch with older kids who will marvel at how funny a show about nothing but the mundane daily lives of four friends in New York can be. They'll be quoting the series in no time, and you'll enjoy re-watching and recalling your favourite episodes. Catch all nine seasons of the long-running ‘90s comedy. Rated: PG M