4 Fantastic Shows for Kids

It’s the season for cozy comforts and movie nights in our house. We love family-oriented content that is both magical and realistic. Time and again we return to a few of our favorite characters, based on truly magnificent books. Oh, sure, the kids have an affection for Harry Potter and Percy Jackson and hobbits. They have a bizarre fascination with Dr. Who. But the shows we watched together when they were young created memories that’ll last forever (I hope). And we hope you and your family will enjoy them, too! Make a big ol’ bowl of popcorn and settle in for a long winter’s nap — or better yet, movie night!

Emily of New Moon via http://emilyofnewmoon.wikia.com/wiki/File:Aunt_Laura_Murray_Emily_Byrd_Starr_New_Moon_Porch.jpg

Emily of New Moon
Originally published in 1923, Emily of New Moon is the first in a series of books by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Emily is an orphan girl growing up in Canada. Her adventure begins when she is forced to live with relatives along the coast. An imaginative and highly spirited little girl, Emily will capture the hearts of your children (and you, too!). Seasons 1-4 may be purchased in a bundle. Find it here: Emily Of New Moon: Complete Series DVD


Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables
This is my favorite book series ever. Also written by Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables has captured the hearts of readers since 1908. There are many portrayals of the beloved characters from Avonlea, but this DVD version is the authority: Anne of Green Gables.



Though this series (also based in Canada!) has content that appeals to a slightly older audience, it still makes my list of top picks. My kids are 15, 13 and 9, and all of them love this show. In fact, my husband and I watch it, too. It’s truly a series for the whole family — about a horse-loving ranch family — and there are nine seasons to enjoy. You can get started here: Heartland: Complete First Season.


Gentle Ben

Last, but certainly not least, my son’s new obsession! I picked up a vintage copy of the book Gentle Ben a couple of years ago and my son, Ben, loved it. We gave him the DVDs for Christmas. The television show is set in the Florida Keys, and it first aired in 1967. The tales are timeless, though — what boy wouldn’t love to have a pet bear?! Here’s where to find Gentle Ben: Season 1.

There are so many good shows — from every era — available to us via DVDs, Netflix and the local library. What are your favorites?


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    Susanne January 14, 2016 (9:26 pm)

    Anne of Green Gables. Oh my heart! ♥