Not Sure What to Watch Next? Great Netflix Shows for Grandparents

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Finding the perfect TV show to watch with the grandparents can be a challenge.  That’s why we’ve curated this list of great Netflix recommendations that are sure to entertain! Whether your grandparents are fascinated by nature, enjoy the intrigue of a good mystery, or want to cozy up to a heartwarming series, there’s something for everyone.

From stunning nature documentaries to nostalgic comedies and captivating dramas, this diverse selection will keep your grandparents relaxed, engaged, and thoroughly entertained.

Fascinating Nature Documentaries for Seniors on Netflix

My Octopus Teacher

This heartfelt film follows a filmmaker’s extraordinary connection with an octopus in a South African kelp forest.  

With stunning underwater visuals, it explores the octopus’ intelligence and the power of forming bonds with other creatures.  Seniors might find the documentary’s focus on finding joy and purpose in unexpected places both inspiring and relatable, offering a visually beautiful and thought-provoking viewing experience.

Runtime: Approximately 1.5 hours

Our Great National Parks

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Embark on a captivating journey through America’s awe-inspiring landscapes with the acclaimed documentary series, “Our Great National Parks,” narrated by former President Barack Obama. 

This stunning five-part series explores the breathtaking beauty and diverse ecosystems of iconic national parks like Yellowstone, Glacier, and the California Redwoods.  

Seniors can discover fascinating insights into the history, geology, and unique wildlife within these precious landscapes while enjoying the calming narration and breathtaking cinematography. 

Whether enjoyed as a relaxing solo activity or a shared experience with family or friends, “Our Great National Parks” offers an enriching escape and  a renewed appreciation for the importance of preserving these national treasures.

Runtime: 5 episodes, approximately 45 minutes

Planet Earth/Blue Planet

These landmark documentary series showcase the incredible diversity of life on our planet.  With stunning high-definition footage, viewers witness everything from majestic animal migrations to the wonders of the deep ocean.   

These documentaries might appeal to seniors with a lifelong love of nature or those just discovering the beauty of the natural world. They offer an awe-inspiring and enriching viewing experience, fostering a deeper appreciation for the complexities of our world. 

Runtime: Multiple seasons available with varying episode lengths, typically in the 45 – 1 hour range

Unsolved Mysteries

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If you and your grandparents enjoy a good mystery, “Unsolved Mysteries” on Netflix might be a captivating watch.  This popular series delves into real-life cold cases, exploring unexplained disappearances and seeking answers. 

You might find it particularly compelling that the show encourages viewer tips; these contributions have even helped bring closure to some families by aiding the investigations.

Important Note: While intriguing, “Unsolved Mysteries”  might cover sensitive topics related to loss. It’s best to preview an episode or two to ensure it’s a comfortable fit for you and your parents or grandparents.

Runtime: Episodes typically run between 45 minutes and an hour, perfect for a focused watch.  Multiple seasons are available.

Night on Earth

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Do you think the world shuts down right when the last sun ray disappears from the skyline? Not at all.

“Night on Earth” is a British-made nature documentary series consisting of six high-definition videos that reveal the life of the world’s creatures on every corner of Earth after the sun goes down. By using ground-breaking video recording techniques, “Night on Earth,” narrated by Samira Wiley, presents audiences with a sharp, close-up look into the nightlife of several types of creatures and how they function at night, from glowing scorpions, lion cubs, to bats, elephants, and deep-sea creatures.

If you find the natural world fascinating, “Night on Earth” offers a captivating exploration you might enjoy.

Night on Earth delves into the hidden rhythms of life after dark.  With stunning visuals and Samira Wiley’s narration, “Night on Earth” reveals the unseen behaviors of animals across the globe, from lions on the hunt to the wonders of the deep sea.

Runtime: 6 episodes, approximately 45-50 minutes each

Cozy Netflix Series for Grandparents

Grace and Frankie

Two unlikely women whose husbands leave them – for each other –  navigate life’s later chapters with humor and heart.

With its exploration of friendship, resilience, and life’s surprises, seniors might find themselves connecting with Grace and Frankie. The show’s gentle pace, lovable characters, and heartwarming themes offer a relaxing and enjoyable escape.

Runtime: 7 seasons, approx. 25-30 minutes per episode

The Great British Baking Show

Escape into the charming world of this delightful competition series where amateur bakers create incredible treats. This feel-good show celebrates the joy of baking, offering a stress-free and positive viewing experience.  Seniors might enjoy the camaraderie between contestants, the nostalgic recipes, and the gentle spirit of the show.

Don’t be surprised if grandma offers some baking tips from the couch! After all, her pastries are legendary.

Runtime: Multiple seasons, approx. 1 hour per episode

Netflix Dramas Seniors Will Love

The Crown

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Delve into the extraordinary life of Queen Elizabeth II in this lavish historical drama.

Seniors interested in history or captivated by compelling storytelling will appreciate the show’s blend of intimate character portrayal and its depiction of major world events.

Those who lived through the era might find a special connection to the historical context and reflections on Queen Elizabeth’s long and influential reign.

Runtime: Multiple seasons, approx. 1 hour per episode

Call the Midwife

This heartwarming series offers a glimpse into 1950s London as it follows dedicated midwives and the community they serve. With its exploration of social issues, themes of resilience, and emphasis on the strength found in community, grandparents might be particularly drawn to “Call the Midwife”.

The nostalgic setting could spark fond memories for you parents, while the show’s focus on compassion and human connection resonates across generations.

Runtime: Multiple seasons, approx. 1 hour per episode

The Queen’s Gambit

This critically acclaimed miniseries centers on a young chess prodigy overcoming addiction and shattering barriers in a male-dominated world. With its captivating narrative, stunning visuals, and strong female lead, “The Queen’s Gambit” delivers an inspiring and deeply satisfying watch.

Audiences who appreciate stories of individuals defying expectations and overcoming adversity might find a special connection to the show’s themes of perseverance and pursuing one’s passions.

Runtime: Limited series, approx. 1 hour per episode

The Hardy Boys

Inspired by the beloved book series that has captivated generations, “The Hardy Boys” brings the adventures of Frank and Joe to life. The two brothers actively solve mysteries in their town, drawing viewers into intriguing storylines and engaging performances.

This series invites families to share in the suspense and puzzle-solving fun. Whether you grew up with these classic stories or are discovering them for the first time, “The Hardy Boys” offers a delightful mix of mystery and adventure for all ages.

Runtime: Multiple seasons, approx. 1 hour per episode

The Adventures of Merlin

If your parents love stories of magic, kingdoms, and legendary heroes, “Merlin” might be the perfect watch!

Fans of classic tales like King Arthur might enjoy this series for its fresh take on a beloved legend.  “Merlin” focuses on the friendship between the young wizard and Arthur.  Set in the mythical realm of Camelot, the show follows Merlin as he uses his powers to protect Arthur and guide him towards his destiny.  Expect wizardry, thrilling sword fights, and even fire-breathing dragons!

Runtime: 5 seasons, approx. 45 minutes per episode

Hilarious Netflix Comedies for Seniors

The Good Place

What happens after we die? This hilarious and thought-provoking comedy explores that question with a unique twist.

Eleanor Shellstrop wakes up in “The Good Place” (aka heaven) but quickly realizes there’s been a mistake – she definitely doesn’t belong! The show’s witty writing, lovable characters, and unexpected plot twists offer a thoroughly entertaining ride.  Seniors might enjoy pondering its ethical dilemmas and the heartwarming message that it’s never too late to become a better person.

Runtime: 4 seasons, approx. 22 minutes per episode

Fuller House

If “Full House” holds a special place in your heart, get ready to revisit the Tanner family with a new generation in “Fuller House”!

This reboot brings back the familiar charm, cheesy jokes, and heartwarming moments that made the original so beloved.  Now it’s D.J. Tanner-Fuller who needs a helping hand, and her sister Stephanie, along with quirky best friend Kimmy, move in to raise D.J.’s three boys.

Seniors who enjoyed the original might find this a comforting dose of nostalgia, while younger viewers can discover the show’s enduring appeal.

Runtime: 5 seasons, approx. 30 minutes per episode

Man vs. Bee

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Prepare for hilarious chaos with Rowan Atkinson, the master of physical comedy, in “Man vs. Bee”!

Atkinson plays Trevor Bingley, a lovable but hapless house sitter tasked with caring for a luxurious mansion.  His simple job quickly spirals out of control when he finds himself at war with a single, determined bee.

In his comedy comeback, Atkinson offers non-stop laughs as Trevor’s attempts to outsmart the insect cause escalating mayhem. If slapstick humor and Rowan Atkinson’s iconic antics are your thing, grab some popcorn and settle in for a delightfully ridiculous ride!

Runtime: 9 short episodes, approx. 10 minutes each

Netflix Picks for Grandkids & Grandparents

The Mitchells vs. the Machines

When a quirky family road trip gets interrupted by a robot apocalypse, the Mitchells must put aside their differences and work together to save the world.

This animated film offers stunning visuals, hilarious action sequences, and a surprisingly heartwarming message about the importance of family connection.  Whether you’re bonding over the relatable family chaos or marveling at the robots, this movie is sure to please viewers of all ages.

Runtime: Movie-length, approx. 1.5 hours

Avatar: The Last Airbender

In a world where people can control the elements of water, earth, fire, and air, a young boy named Aang awakens from a century-long slumber. He discovers he’s the Avatar – the destined bridge between the physical and spirit worlds, and the only one who can restore balance.  Along with brave waterbender Katara and her quick-witted brother Sokka, Aang embarks on a quest to master all four elements and defeat the power-hungry Fire Nation.

With thrilling battles, fantastical creatures, and plenty of laughs, “Avatar” will keep everyone on the edge of their seats.

The show explores themes of friendship, courage, and doing what’s right – offering meaningful lessons for both young and old.  “Avatar’s” stunning animation brings its unique blend of cultures and elemental magic to life. Whether you’re bonding over thrilling action or discussing the deeper themes, “Avatar: The Last Airbender” offers an unforgettable and enriching experience for the whole family.

Runtime: 3 seasons, approx. 22 minutes per episode

Thrive with Exciting Activities & Entertainment at 12 Oaks

At 12 Oaks, we understand that staying engaged and entertained is an essential part of a full, vibrant life. That’s why our communities offer a wide array of activities, events, and amenities designed to spark joy and foster connection.  Whether you’re a lifelong learner eager to try a new class, enjoy the camaraderie of card games, or simply want to relax with a good movie, we have something to suit your interests.

Need some movie recommendations for seniors? Our dedicated activities team curates selections tailored to diverse interests, whether you enjoy classic films, heartwarming dramas, or laugh-out-loud comedies.

Join a lively book club, explore your artistic side, or take an outing to local attractions.  With inviting common areas and a calendar brimming with possibilities, 12 Oaks encourages connection, discovery, and the simple pleasure of enjoying each day to the fullest.

If you have questions about Netflix shows for grandparents or any topics discussed here, connect with us and learn more. 

At 12 Oaks, our team of caring professionals is dedicated to keeping residents safe, engaged, and connected to their families and friends while leading fulfilling lives. 12 Oaks senior living communities are an ideal place to enjoy the encore season of life.

For questions or to schedule a personalized tour, don’t hesitate to contact us. 


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