The Best Family-friendly Streaming Services

Choosing a streaming service that fits the needs of every household member can be tricky. You'll want suitably entertaining shows for the kids, mature content for the adults, and movies everyone can watch together on family night. It's a tough balance to strike, but not impossible. Some streaming services are more equipped to deal with diverse interests than others, and it's the very best of them that we've rounded up in this list.

If you're looking for live TV services anyone of any age can enjoy, your best bets are Frndly TV, Paramount+, and Hulu with Live TV. As for on-demand streaming services, Disney+, Max, and Netflix have some of the best all-around catalogs out there. If you have young ones, you can also rest easy knowing they all have parental controls (you can check this list for a full list of services that offer that feature). 

So without further ado, here are the best family-friendly streaming services you can check out right now.

Our recommended five best family-friendly streaming services:
Hulu $7.99 Watch
Disney+ $7.99 Watch
Frndly TV $6.99 Watch
Apple TV+ $9.99 Watch
Disney+ Bundle Trio (Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+) $12.99 Watch

Peacock is a streaming service owned by NBC, with options for paid subscriptions as well as a free plan. The free plan offers about 13,000 hours of ad-supported content, with the option to upgrade to premium for more access to content. The premium options include two plans: $5.99 a month or $60 a year for ad-supported; $11.99 a month or $120 a year for ad-free. With both premium plans, you'll get access to the full catalog of 2,000 movies and shows, including every episode of the original NBC series. You'll also get next-day access to all the new episodes of ongoing NBC shows, and early access to talk shows such as Late Night with Seth Meyers and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on the air night. You can stream Peacock on Apple devices like the iPhone and Apple TV, Google devices like Android phones and Chromecast, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles. But there is still no app available for Roku or Amazon platforms.

Price: $5.99/month

Device availability: Android, Android TV, Apple TV, iOS, LG TV, PlayStation, Roku, Visio TV, Xbox

Formerly HBO Max, Max is a subscription-based on-demand platform that is only available in the US. New subscribers can choose from three monthly tiers ranging from $10 (with ads) to $15 (no ads) to $20 (no ads, plus more concurrent streams, downloads, and 4K streaming). An annual subscription option is also available.

When you subscribe, you'll get HBO’s world-class exclusives, such as The Wire and Game of Thrones but Max also functions as a bundle: you'll get content from Discovery, DC, Criterion Collection, Looney Tunes, Studio Ghibli, Turner Classic Movies, and Crunchyroll. And as of September 2023, you will also get a live stream of CNN.

Most mobile devices that can stream video support Max, although there is yet no app for Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices.

Price: $9.99/month

Device availability: Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, PlayStation, Roku, Samsung TV, Xbox

NASA+ is the space agency's official, ad-free, and on-demand streaming service. It carries original shows and movies that feature NASA's discoveries on the cosmos and beyond and intimate interviews with the astronauts and scientists behind these projects. There are also animated kids' shows and Spanish-language content for younger viewers and families to enjoy, as well as high-definition intergalactic videos set to interesting sounds, in case you're not in the mood to watch anything too heavy. The app, which can be downloaded on iOS, Android, Roku, and Apple TV, is completely free and requires no sign-up to access.

Price: free for channels available

Device availability: Android, Apple TV, iOS, Roku, Roku TV, Website

It won't give you access to the live broadcast of the Hallmark Channel but it will give you the next best thing: on-demand access to Hallmark movies. The streamer has many of the fan favorites and beloved classics of its cable counterpart, The Hallmark Channel, while also featuring exclusive movies, shows, documentaries, and short films. Aside from being ad-free, all these titles are sure to have a PG rating, so you don't have to worry about leaving them on when there are kids around.

Price: $5.99/month

Free Trial: 7 days

Device availability: Amazon Fire TV, Android, iOS, Roku

The most popular Disney+ bundle is the trio bundle, which combines Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ for the reasonable price of $12.99/month. But if you don't care much for sports, we're here to tell you that you can actually get a leaner (and cheaper!) deal with just Disney+ and Hulu. It's called the Disney+ Bundle Duo and it gives you access to Disney+'s family-friendly hits as well as Hulu's more contemporary original movies and TV shows.

As of this writing, the bundle doesn't allow you to download titles, and you'll have to upgrade to pricier tiers if you want to avoid the ads, but at $9.99/month, it does give you up to 37% in savings compared to purchasing each service separately. Not a bad deal if you're after a good mix of blockbuster and indie fare.

Price: $9.99/month

Device availability: Amazon Fire TV, Android, Apple TV, Hisense, iOS, LG, PlayStation, Roku, Website, Xbox

For $7 more, you can upgrade your Disney+ Trio Bundle, which costs $13 and includes Hulu and ESPN+, for a premium version. The Disney+ no-ads bundle has everything the regular bundle has, but this one allows you to watch Disney+ and Hulu without ads (unfortunately they will still be present in ESPN+) and download movies and TV episodes you can watch offline or on the go. These may be small changes for some, but they can make all the difference for others. Depending on your needs, the premium Disney+ bundle could be a worthy addition to your streaming lineup.

Price: $19.99/month

Device availability: Amazon Fire TV, Android, Apple TV, iOS, PlayStation, Roku, Xbox

Fans of classic animation like Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry, and Scooby-doo will be glad to know that they can catch all of these characters and more in a single virtual place. Boomerang is a streaming subscription service powered by Time Warner, which has under its belt all the beloved properties of MGM, Warner Bros., and Hanna-Barbera. The company is constantly possessing new IP, though, and so far includes the likes of Garfield and Pokemon in its ever-growing library. Aside from this, Boomerang also boasts curated playlists and original programming. 

Price: $4.99/month

Free Trial: 7 days

Device availability: Amazon Fire TV, Android, Apple TV, iOS, Roku, Website

Following a multi-year deal signed by both parties, Amazon Prime is now the exclusive home of PBS Kids and all the entertaining and educational shows it carries. This bundle allows you to pay for Prime and PBS content under one bill while giving you all the useful perks of the former platform, namely, parental control and offline downloads so you can supervise what your kid watches and have episodes ready on the go. It's the perfect bundle if you're looking to have both mature content for the adults and appropriate shows for the young ones.

Price: $19.98/month

Free Trial: 7 days

Device availability: Amazon Fire TV, Android, Apple TV, Changhong, Chromecast, Haier, Hisense, iOS, LG, Nvidia SHIELD, Panasonic, Philips, PlayStation, Roku, Roku TV, Samsung Sharp, Skyworth, Sony, TiVo, Vestel, Vizio, Wii, Xbox

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The streaming services on this page were chosen by our editors. If you choose to subscribe to a streaming service we recommend as a result of our research, analysis, and curation, our work is sometimes (but not always) supported by an affiliate commission from the streaming service when you make a purchase.

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