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9 Fall TV Shows the Whole Family Can Enjoy

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Key Takeaways

  • Every fall, TV networks and streaming providers release new TV shows.
  • This fall has more options for families than ever.
  • Remember to moderate screen time and balance it with other non-screen activities.

With fall officially in full swing, it means fall TV shows are starting to premiere. Each year in the cooler months, television networks bring the new seasons of their shows to your screens, and for TV fans, it is a very exciting time to discover new shows and see where old favorites left off.

Now that viewing has moved away from the traditional cable setup, there are also plenty of new titles coming to streaming services in addition to cable channels. Fall TV is no longer reserved for cable—everyone shows up now.

Though it can be tempting to let children stare at their screens constantly to keep them busy, it is important to limit screen time. Using screens—whether it’s a computer, phone, tablet, or TV—too long each day can lead to sleep problems, mood swings, and even weight gain.

For children age 2 to 5 years, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises that screen time should be limited to no more than an hour a day. For older children, the organization recommends using discretion to limit screen time and encourage healthy viewing habits.

With that being said, watching television in the evenings as a family can provide time to bond, laugh, and learn from the shows. These are some of the shows airing this fall that the whole family can enjoy together.

Doogie Kameāloha, M.D.

Show Stats

  • The show premiered in September.
  • The show loosely references Doogie Howser, M.D., which premiered in 1989.
  • Episodes are about 30 minutes long.

Why It Is a Winning Pick

This Disney+ series is a fun new take on the original Doogie Howser, M.D., which ran for four years, starting in 1989. It stars Peyton Elizabeth Lee as Lahela "Doogie" Kameāloha, a medical school graduate who is trying to figure out how to manage being a doctor and a teenager at the same time.

She earns the nickname "Doogie" in the show as a reference to the original Doogie Howser, played by Neil Patrick Harris. However, this show isn't a spinoff or a sequel, per se. Instead, it is a fresh story about growing up and finding your place in the world.

Where to Stream It

Stream the series on Disney+.

Star Wars: Visions

Show Stats

  • The series premiered in September.
  • The episodes are about 15 to 20 minutes long.
  • The whole series is anime.

Why It Is a Winning Pick

This Disney+ series is an anthology of independent episodes. That means viewers don't need to watch anything in order. You can simply watch each episode as you please without feeling like you have missed something that happened in a previous episode. The animated shorts were created as anime by artists from all over the world and bring new artistry to the Star Wars universe.

Where to Stream It

Stream the series on Disney+.

The Baby-Sitters Club

Show Stats

  • The second season of the show premieres on October 11.
  • The show is based on the book series written by Ann M. Martin.
  • Episodes are about 30 minutes long.

Why It Is a Winning Pick

The Netflix Original series returns for its second season on October 11, bringing the teen babysitters back to screens where the first season left off.

The show, based on the popular book series by Ann M. Martin, features episodes that are based on the original stories. The new season will see the Baby-Sitters Club continue to grow their babysitting business and tackle the hardships that come with being a teenager.

Where to Stream It

Stream the series on Netflix.

Legends of the Hidden Temple

Show Stats

  • The show premieres on October 10 on The CW.
  • The show is based on the kids' game show from the 1990s.
  • Episodes are an hour long.

Why It Is a Winning Pick

The whole family can enjoy the reboot of this show that originally aired in the 1990s. Though the new game show is aimed at adults, kids will also enjoy watching teams take on challenges to try to find the treasure within the ancient temple. Some of the challenges can be startling for younger children, so this is perhaps best enjoyed by families with older kids.

Where to Stream It

Stream episodes the next day on The CW.

Scaredy Cats

Show Stats

  • The series premieres on October 1.
  • The fantasy show is perfect for the Halloween season.

Why It Is a Winning Pick

This new Netflix Original is a fun show about a young girl named Willa who gets to delve into magic once she turns 12. She and her friends get up to some trouble as witches—and cats! They even use their magic to transform each other's appearances, like giving each other silly facial hair.

Where to Stream It

Stream the show on Netflix.

A Tale Dark & Grimm

Show Stats

  • The show premieres on October 8.
  • Raini Rodriguez and Andre Robinson star in the animated series.
  • The show is based on the story of Hansel and Gretel.

Why It Is a Winning Pick

The new animated Netflix Original series is an imagined continuation of Hansel and Gretel's story. The fun cartoon is both light and spooky and perfect for families with kids of all ages. There is plenty of humor to go around in this fantasy show, so be prepared to laugh between all the little scares!

Where to Stream It

Stream the show on Netflix.

The Wonder Years

Show Stats

  • The series premiered in September.
  • The show is inspired by the series of the same name from the 1980s.
  • Episodes are 30 minutes long.

Why It Is a Winning Pick

Yet another reboot, this show is a retelling of the original show from the 1980s. This show, however, features a Black family in Alabama in the 1960s.

It follows a similar format, with the main character's older self playing the narrator (Don Cheadle, in this case). It gets into what life was like during the '60s. The show is a lighthearted coming-of-age comedy the whole family can enjoy and learn from.

Where to Stream It

Watch episodes the next day on Hulu.

Young Sheldon

Show Stats

  • Season 5 premieres on October 7.
  • The show is a prequel spinoff of The Big Bang Theory.
  • Episodes are 30 minutes long.

Why It Is a Winning Pick

The popular spinoff of The Big Bang Theory returns for its fifth season this year. The show features Sheldon Cooper (played by Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory) as a young boy navigating life as a prodigy. The show is both humorous and painfully relatable at times as Sheldon and his family and friends stumble through the challenges of being smart and socially awkward.

Where to Stream It

Stream the first four seasons on HBO Max. Stream new episodes on Paramount+.

Disney's Magic Bake-Off

Show Stats

  • The show premiered in August.
  • The reality competition show combines baking and Disney.
  • Episodes are 45 minutes long.

Why It Is a Winning Pick

This fun reality competition sends kid bakers into the kitchen to make epic cakes and treats based on Disney movies and characters. Each episode has a new theme and new bakers competing to be named the Disney Baking Champion. It is a thrilling show from beginning to end and might just inspire families to get into their own kitchens to create something.

Where to Stream It

Stream on DisneyNow.

World's Funniest Animals

Show Stats

  • Season 2 premieres on October 9.
  • The show is a spinoff of America's Funniest Home Videos.
  • Episodes are 30 minutes long.

Why It Is a Winning Pick

This fun show is a laugh from beginning to end. It is based on America's Funniest Home Videos but features nothing but cute animals doing funny things. The second season airs on The CW this fall and features even more hilarious videos than last season. The whole family can get in on the laughs with this show.

Where to Stream It

Stream Season 1 on The CW now and new episodes the day after airing.

What This Means For You

Watching TV together as a family can be a great bonding experience. By choosing television programs that are not only appropriate for a variety of ages but appealing as well, you can cater to everyone in the house.

While screen time limits are important to keep in mind for children, choosing a couple shows each week to watch together can ultimately give your family something to do together. Some shows may make you laugh, while others can provide learning experiences for everyone.

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