Entertainment centre: Television shows for the whole family
With so many devices in our homes these days, thanks to the quality of broadband connections on offer it’s easy for everyone to watch their own content at the same time, which is great but it’s also not that social. There’s nothing like bonding over a great movie or series to bring the whole family together.
So, here’s a look at what’s new for kids (of all ages) to watch this winter.
Carmen Sandiego (Netflix)
A new take on the infamous thief from the 1990s video game. Carmen’s still a thief, but she’s a bit more virtuous. More of a Robin Hood-style character, lifting valuable items to prevent them from being taken by V.I.L.E. operatives, then returning them to their rightful owners. Other than thieving, she’s a great role model: intelligent, altruistic, and willing to challenge authority to do the right things. Suitable for all ages!
Free Rein: Season 3 (Netflix)
The ultimate horse fantasy show, aimed at pre-teen horse lovers, returns for a third season. It’s sweetly addictive and quite family-friendly. The story follows 15-year-old Zoe and her family who leave Los Angeles after a family drama for a tiny island off the coast of England where her grandfather lives. As the new kid in town, Zoe discovers she’s among friends, enemies, and secrets.
Bubu and the Little Owls (Prime)
An animated show with sweet stories that will resonate with pre-schoolers starting to make their way in the world. Bubu, a baby owl, has a real zest for life and sense of adventure. She’s impossible to slow down and jumps into adventures with both feet (or should that be both wings as she learns to fly). Together with her siblings, she finds a lot to entertain and educate herself - meeting new friends and trying new things. The show makes a virtue of curiosity and asking questions.
Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists (Neon)
Pretty Little Liars was a huge hit over its original seven series based on a book by the same name. One for the teenagers (or drama-loving parents). Set two years after the finale of the original murder-mystery series, the show is relocated from high school Pennsylvania to a university in Oregon. Full of teen drama, from school stress to complicated love/hate rectangles and an underlying feeling that not everything is as it seems.
Marvel’s Runaways Series 2 (Neon)
This show takes a new twist on the Marvel universe and blockbuster hits. A group of teens from different backgrounds band together after discovering their parents are actually super-villains in disguise. In series two, the teens are on the run, figuring out how to stop their parents and to discover the secrets of their origins. Action-packed set pieces are coupled with moral compass-reading. This is definitely a teens series.