Family TV Shows

About Family

The subject matter of family-oriented television programming is flexible, but the unifying goal of all family TV is to provide entertainment that is suitable for all age ranges. Family TV avoids violence, sexual situations, controversial subjects and anything else that could be argued to be offensive or harmful to children. Many types of family programming also try to have a positive impact by delivering educational information or teaching a moral or ethical lesson.

Some family programming is explicitly targeted at audiences that include both parents and children. Family dramas and comedy-dramas typically portray families as they deal with common obstacles and life events, and they show how the family solves their problems and resolve conflicts in a gentle, constructive way. Dramas aimed at older children may introduce more emotionally charged topics and explore conflicts in a deeper, more realistic way.

Some situation comedies can be considered to be family programming not necessarily because they are specifically directed at parent-child audiences but because they employ a style that avoids the family-unfriendly aspects of more adult-oriented sitcoms. These family sitcoms often concern families themselves, and some of the most prominent characters are children. Plot lines stay clear of sexual situations and humor that is either inappropriate for or inaccessible to children.

Non-fiction family programming includes documentaries that address subjects that might of interest to both parents and children-dinosaurs, technology or sports, for example. Topics are presented in an easily digestible format, and information is delivered at a level that is palatable to young viewers. Non-fiction family TV can also be entirely about entertainment, as in the programs that compile videos of adorable animals or people doing funny things.

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The Haves and the Have Nots
The Haves and the Have Nots
Orphan Black
Orphan Black
Finding Your Roots
Finding Your Roots
Street Outlaws
Street Outlaws
Bringing Up Bates
Bringing Up Bates
The Affair
The Affair
The Fosters
The Fosters
Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir
Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir
Roseanne
Roseanne
Little House on the Prairie
Little House on the Prairie
Full House
Full House
Henry Danger
Henry Danger
Iyanla, Fix My Life
Iyanla, Fix My Life
Boys Over Flowers
Boys Over Flowers
The Secret Life of the American Teenager
The Secret Life of the American Teenager
Switched at Birth
Switched at Birth
Unexpected
Unexpected
Catfish: The TV Show
Catfish: The TV Show
I Am Frankie
I Am Frankie
Olive Kitteridge
Olive Kitteridge
Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce
Raven's Home
NinjaGo: Masters of Spinjitzu
Steven Universe
Kid's Animated History With Pipo
Line Of Duty
Mrs Biggs
The Naked Brothers Band
Grounded for Life
Wallace & Gromit: The Complete Collection
The Loud House
School of Rock
Alaska: The Last Frontier
The Eric Andre Show
Hit The Floor
The Pioneer Woman
Wayside
Dog and Beth: On the Hunt
Brickleberry
The Troop
Knight Rider
Bizaardvark
Kevin Can Wait
Mako Mermaids: An H2O Adventure
Game Shakers
Outdaughtered
Flea Market Flip
Backstage
19 Kids and Counting
Blue Mountain State
Baby Daddy
SpongeBob Squarepants Specials
For Better or Worse
McLeod's Daughters
Restless
Hotel Impossible
Phineas and Ferb
Yukon Men
The Brady Bunch
7 Little Johnstons
Life with Boys
Gullah Gullah Island
Bellator MMA Live
Imagination Movers
Little Bill
Jonny Quest
Free Rein
H2O: Just Add Water
House of Cards
Mysteries at the Museum
Bunk'd
Blue's Room
Little Women: LA
Mystery Diners
Edge of Alaska
Halloween Baking Championship
Log Cabin Living
8 Simple Rules
MTV2's Guy Code
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
The Wonder Years
Twinning
Jane By Design
Brother vs. Brother
House Hunters Renovation
Brain Games
Ni Hao Kai-lan
Pokemon Collections
Talking Dead
Funeral Boss
Violetta
Sister, Sister
Sunny Day
Adventures in Odyssey
FantomWorks
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race: Untucked
Monster In-Laws
All That
Dear America: The Royal Diaries