The entire family seems to have many movie options with multiple streaming services available. Some films would be great for family movie nights, keeping your kids entertained on a road trip, quiet Sunday afternoons, and more. There are also some hidden gems, like documentaries, that you might not know about that are great for family education and entertainment.
While most documentaries on streaming networks lean towards hauntings, serial killers, and crime, others are family-friendly and captivating, with fascinating content and beautiful cinematography that’s thrilling and mind-boggling. Here are some documentaries available on streaming services that you and your family will enjoy.
"Weird But True"
“Weird But True” was created for a younger audience, specifically elementary to middle school children. However, it’s a show that adults will also find themselves watching. This show highlights two young scientists, Kirby and Charlie Engelman, who dig for dinosaur fossils, explore places like the Petrified Forest, and much more. For adults, it will remind you of the science shows you watched as a child on PBS that showcased children exploring the world they live in. Your kids will give it two thumbs up. This show is available for streaming on Disney+.
"Blue Planet II"
Since “Blue Planet” was so popular years ago, the creators decided to follow up with “Blue Planet II.” Discoveries, technology, and science’s expansion all come with time, so updating Blue Planet was necessary, which is what the BBC did. “Blue Planet II” explores the deep ocean, diving into depths that human eyes rarely see. You can tour a coral reef’s fascinating ecosystem, and your kids will be amazed when they realize that coral reefs are living things, not just a collection of rocks. “Blue Planet II” also studies giant whales and sharp-toothed sharks. If anyone in your family loves the ocean, this is the perfect show for them, and it’s available on Discovery+.
"Pompeii: Secrets of the Dead"
Have the mysterious final moments of Pompeii ever intrigued you? If so, this documentary is perfect for you. It takes you through the archaeological world of Pompeii, focusing specifically on the remains of volcanic victims. It raises the question, “why didn’t they escape?” and speculates what their last moments were like based on their body language and final resting forms. This documentary isn’t riddled with terror, so your family can watch it from an archaeological and historical perspective. The history buffs in your family will love this documentary, available on Disney+.
This documentary tells the story of Alex Honnold, a climber whose goal is to scale the 3,200-foot El Cap in Yosemite. The catch? He’s climbing with no ropes, so it’s free soloing at its best, and you’ll be holding your breath until the end. You’ll hear interviews from Honnold’s girlfriend, other climbers and more. You’ll also learn the difference between anchors, ropes, carabiners, and free soloing. This documentary does contain some foul language, so it might not be appropriate for young kids, but your older children will love it. This documentary is available on Disney+ and is perfect for the adventure lovers in your family.
This episodic documentary will captivate you with unique sights and cinematography as you explore the planet we call home. Multiple episodes explore different ecosystems, including jungles, forests, high seas, frozen worlds and the desert. What impresses you the most is the vivid images and ability to see animals, plants and places you may never see with your eyes. From an evolutionary perspective, there’s no denying the fantastic creations on screen. It’s worth the family investment to watch this amazing documentary series.
Education is vital for all ages and can lead to interesting discussions on history and differing viewpoints when shared with the family. So, pop some popcorn for your next family movie night and get ready to explore. There’s always something new to see and learn, and streaming services make education more possible now than ever. These documentaries are appropriate for almost all ages, and you might learn something yourself.