10 Things to Watch with Your Family on Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu This February
When the weather outside is crummy, and you’ve read all the books, played with all the toys, and done all the crafts, sometimes you just need to kick back and enjoy a movie or show together. Luckily, we’ve found a few gems for you to enjoy as a family.
Graham Steinberg · 6 months ago
1. “Chef” (Netflix)
If you’re not running to the kitchen by the end of this… well, you’re probably a vegetarian. Chef, starring and directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man, The Jungle Book), is the perfect feel-good movie for the entire family where the real star of the show is mouthwatering Cubanos and beignets. This classic road-trip movie, focused on a father and son’s relationship, is the perfect weekend watch.
2. “Captain America: The First Avenger” (Amazon Prime)
For your necessary daily dose of Chris Evans (yes, daily!), check out his debut as the MCU’s Captain America in this instant classic pulled straight out of the ‘40s. Before Marvel began to connect all of its dots in The Avengers, we had this new take on the typical war movie, which showed that the real heroes on the battlefield are those with the most empathy.
3. “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” (Hulu)
I seriously can’t get over just how realistic the sand looks in this movie. Like, how does the sand look like an actual beach??? Okay, besides that, this is a really fun return to the magical world of Berk, which has now become a captivatingly colorful refuge for all the world’s dragons, where they live in harmony with the local people. This one is a perfect finale for a consistently good series of movies.
4. “Adventure Time” (Hulu)
Welcome to the magical Land of Ooo, where humans and talking dogs live together in treehouses, and candy queens and screaming lemons have warring kingdoms. This show is almost genius in its absurdity. The familiar cartoon style and stories will be fine for the kids, but parents may enjoy the dry humor just as much.
5. “Good Burger”(Netflix)
This icon of the ‘90s is ready to be reintroduced to a new generation. Good Burger was one of my personal favorites growing up, so I decided to rewatch it recently, and it still holds up! There’s no real message or deeper meaning here. It’s just good old goofy fun. Oh, and Sinbad drives a 1993 Infiniti J30, so there’s that too.
6. “Shrek” (Hulu)
Another icon to revisit, Shrek was the prototypical movie of the early 2000s elementary schooler. Featuring a great voice cast of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz, this is a super hilarious high fantasy flick. And it’s actually a lot better than people give it credit for. In 2020, the Library of Congress chose to preserve it because it is "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” In 2001, it was selected as only the second animated film to compete for the Palme d’Or. My point is that Shrek is art, and we should all respect it as such.
7. “Over the Garden Wall” (Hulu)
I first saw this during a screening at the 2014 New York Comic-Con, and I was absolutely blown away by the simplistic beauty of the animation and depth of the storytelling. A sweet story of brotherly love and finding your way home, this is just one of those shows that will bring a little smile to your face.
8. “Bumblebee” (Amazon Prime)
With Bumblebee, the Transformers series is paired down to something more fun and heartfelt. Our new human hero is Charlie Watson, an 18-year-old who finds and befriends the now-famous Bumblebee. This one felt a lot more like what we would have envisioned a Transformers movie to look like way back before Michael Bay took the franchise’s reins.
9. “The Muppets” (Netflix)
This list is full of classics, and The Muppets may just be the most famous of them all. Reimagined by the comedic minds of James Bobin (Flight of the Conchords) and Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother), this take includes loads of cameos, great music (including my personal favorite, “Rainbow Connection”), and all of your favorite characters from Kermit to Uncle Deadly.
10. “We Bare Bears” (Netflix)
As the name suggests, this show is about three bears. They do stuff people do, like go to the grocery store for sriracha and use social media to find new friends. That’s more or less the crux of it, which you think would be boring, but then you realize you’ve already watched 17 episodes, and it’s 5 p.m., and your kid stopped paying attention like two hours ago and wants dinner. Check it out.