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The Best Family TV Shows and Movies to Watch Right Now

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Hunkered down due to the COVID-19 pandemic and looking for some new TV shows and movies to stream? We’ve got the complete list of every family-friendly TV show and movie that’s coming to (and leaving) Amazon—which is releasing free entertainment that doesn’t require an Amazon Prime Video membership—as well as Disney+, Netflix, and Hulu in April.

Amazon Prime Video

Amazon is releasing more than 40 kids’ TV shows and 80 family movies—all of which will be free to stream, regardless of whether or not you have Amazon Prime Video. To access the shows and movies on your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or TV, all you need to do is sign in with an Amazon account (which is free). Free TV shows and movies include:

Free TV Shows and Movies Coming to Amazon in April

All Dogs to Heaven
All Dogs Go to Heaven 2
Annedroids
Arthur
Bug Diaries
Baby Geniuses and the Mystery of the Crown Jewels
Cailou
Creative Galaxy
Cyberchase
Dinosaur Train
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
Early Man
Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove
Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Jessy and Nessy
Just Add Magic
Kangaroo Jack
Lost in Oz
Little Giants
Megamind
Muppets From Space
Odd Squad
Open Season 2
Pete the Cat
Rugrats Go Wild
Scooby Do: The Movie
Scooby Do: Monsters Unleashed
Shrek Forever After
Stuart Little
Stuart Little 2
Short Circuit
Surf’s Up
Tumble Leaf
The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland
The Care Bears Movie
The Dangerous Book for Boys
The Muppets Take Manhattan
The Nut Job
Wild Kratts
Wishenpoof

TV Shows and Movies Coming to Amazon Prime Video in April

In addition to all of the above TV shows and movies, these family options will be available for Amazon Prime Video members.

Beetlejuice
Addams Family Values
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991)
The Addams Family 
Beverly Hills Cop II

TV Shows and Movies Coming to Amazon Prime Video in April

Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum Season 1 (2019)

Disney+

Disney+ is releasing a slew of new shows and movies in April, including new episodes and season finales of many of its most popular shows.

TV Shows and Movies Coming to Disney+ in April

Dolphin Reef (New Episode)
Diving With Dolphins (New Episode)
Doctor Dolittle
Onward
Life on the Edge (New Episode)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (New Episode) 
Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings (New Episode/Finale) 
Shop Class (New Episode)
Disney Family Sundays (New Episode)
One Day At Disney (New Episode)
Be Our Chef (New Episode)
A Tale of Two Critters
In a Nutshell
Don’s Fountain of Youth
Donald’s Dog Laundry
Double Dribble
Dragon Around
Elmer Elephant
Fish Hooks (Seasons 1-3)
How to Play Football
Lambert, The Sheepish Lion
On Ice
Out of Scale
Penguins
Pluto’s Party
Sea Scouts
Sonny with a Chance (Seasons 1-3)
The Boy Who Talked to Badgers
The New Neighbor
The Small One
The Straight Story
A Celebration of Music from the Coco Premiere
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (New Episode)
Shop Class (New Episode)
Disney Family Sundays (New Episode)
One Day At Disney (New Episode)
Be Our Chef (New Episode)
Life Below Zero (Season 14)
Paradise Island (Season 1)
Playtime with Puppy Dog Pals (Season 1)
Running Wild with Bear Grylls (Season 5)
Tut’s Treasures: Hidden Secrets (Season 1)
PJ Masks (Season 3) 
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (New Episode)
Shop Class (New episode/Finale)
Disney Family Sundays (New Episode)
One Day At Disney (New Episode)
Be Our Chef (New Episode)
Brain Games (Season 8)
Let’s Stick Together
Mickey and the Roadster Racers: Nutty Tales (Seasons 1-2)
Pluto’s Purchase
The Incredible Dr. Pol (Season 16)
Just Roll with It (Season 1)
Secrets of the Zoo: Tampa (Season 1)
Fury Files
Jane Goodall: The Hope
Disney Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure (Season 3)
America’s Funniest Home Videos (Seasons 12-19, 23)
Man in Space
Mars and Beyond
The Olympic Elk
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (New Episode)
Disney Family Sundays (New Episode)
One Day At Disney (New Episode)
Be Our Chef (New Episode)
National Treasure

Hulu

Been wanting to see movie of the year? Winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2020, Parasite (best for families with teens) will be released on Hulu in April, as will some other great movies and shows.

TV Shows and Movies Coming to Hulu in April

Free Birds
Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who 
Garden State
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: Complete Season 9B (Discovery Family)
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic en Español: Complete Season 9B (Discovery Family)
Parasite
Spider-Man
Who Let the Dogs Out
Zombieland

TV Shows and Movies Leaving Hulu in April

My Best Friend’s Wedding
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
National Lampoon’s Dorm Daze 2: College @ Sea
National Lampoon’s European Vacation
National Lampoon’s Vacation

Netflix

The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Runaways are among the highlights for TV shows and movies coming to Netflix.

TV Shows and Movies Coming to Netflix in April

Despicable Me
Jem and the Holograms
Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon: S3: Sun & Moon — Ultra Legends
Sherlock Holmes
The Green Hornet
The Last Kids on Earth: Book 2
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Runaways
The Social Network

TV Shows and Movies Leaving Netflix in April

National Treasure
A Cinderella Story
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Dirty Harry
Lemony Snickett’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
Space Jam
Spy Kids
Step Brothers
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Popular TV Streaming Service Plans

Amazon Prime Video

Cost: $99/Year
Bundle Options:
None, but Amazon Prime Video includes free two-day (or in some cases, one-day) shipping on all Amazon orders.

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Disney+

Cost: $6.99/Month or $69.99/Year
Bundle Options:
Bundle your Disney+ subscription with Hulu and ESPN+ for $12.99 a month.

Hulu

Cost: Hulu – $5.99; Hulu (No Ads) – $11.99/Month; Hulu + Live TV – $54.99/Month; Hulu (No Ads) + Live TV – $60.99/Month
Bundle Options: Disney+ allows you to bundle Hulu and ESPN+ in one price.

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Netflix

Cost: Basic – $8.99/Month; Standard – $12.99/Month; Premium: $15.99/Month
Bundle Options:
None

5 Best TV Streaming Devices 2020 

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

The most popular TV streaming device on the market, the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K seamlessly connects users to streaming services including Prime Video, Disney+, Netflix, Hulu, ESPN, HBO, YouTube and Sling. Navigate to your favorite TV shows and movies with a touch of the device, or use Alexa Voice Remote. The Amazon Fire Stick also provides more storage for apps and games than any other streaming device, and allows you to dim or turn your lights off and on.

Amazon Fire TV Cube

Amazon Fire TV Cube

Released in 2019, the Amazon Fire TV Cube controls all of your technology with the help of Alexa Voice Remote. Ask Alexa to turn on the TV, play your favorite tunes, and watch your favorite flicks and shows on multiple streaming services. The Fire Cube can also dim and turn off the lights.

Roku Streaming Stick Plus

Roku Streaming Stick Plus 

The OG streaming device, Roku taps into all of your streaming services with a voice remote, and reviewers comment how easy it is to use. You’ll also have access to the Roku Channel, which features hundreds of free movies.

Google Chromecast

Google Chromecast

The Google Chromecast connects to all of your favorite streaming services (including Amazon Prime Video) via voice control, with some added bells and whistles, including the capability to stream your phone to your TV. The only downside? Chromecast isn’t ideal for travel, as it doesn’t connect to networks that require browser-based logins (which is the case at most hotels).

Apple TV 4K

Apple TV 4K

Apple TV 4K provides impeccable photo quality for all your streaming services, bringing a movie theater-like experience to your living room. Use Siri Voice to search for what you want, and view photos and videos from your iPhone or tablet.

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