The Family That Geeks Out Together …

My little scientist baking up a storm

My little scientist baking up a storm

This has been a big month for sitting around in front of the TV in my house. What can I say? It’s March, and I live in the Northeast. Mother Nature has been a cruel, cruel she-beast.  And didn’t you hear, they finally added the last half of Breaking Bad season five to Netflix! Yeah, science!

OK, so we’ve done a little more than watch Walter White make meth since ending our House of Cards binge (Frank and Claire, we miss you so, already please come back to us!). When I joined the Netflix Stream Team this month, the service sent along a list of the movies and shows guaranteed to help every member of the family get their geek on. Which is pretty near and dear to my heart. We are not an outdoorsy kind of family. We are an “OK, you want to understand why some things float and some things sink, let’s go fill up the sink and grab some eggs and rocks, and explain the properties of water” kind of family (yes, that really happens … in fact, it happened last week).

I make us sound so smaaaaaaht, don’t I?

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Maybe I over-sold us. Most of our experiments are haphazardly thrown together at the last minute, and not all of them work.  The Edisons we are not.

The truth is, I am your typical left-brained creative type who is a little on the neurotic side in her fear that she’s screwing up her daughter with her lack of interest in the STEM subjects. But I’m trying my best. And fortunately I’m married to the kind of guy who would sit around all afternoon watching documentary series on how bridges are built if he could.

We’re also, for better or worse, the kind of family that prefers to TV watch together if TV watching is going to be done, and rather than watch another mindless kiddie flick with talking animals on a quest, we prefer to watch the sort of shows where we can all learn something interesting … and no one gets hurt or says bad words (I’m such a buzzkill, I know … but it’s really never a good time to get the “Your daughter called me a beeyotch today Mrs. Sager call” from the school, is it?).

So how do we bring these two things together? Duh! Geeky TV! I’m talking about the kind of shows that make you feel good about yourself for wasting an entire afternoon sitting on your butt because you actually, um, learned something!

Looking to get the kids out of their rooms and back into the living room with you but need something you can all enjoy as a family? Try these on for size:

Science shows for "big kids"

1. How Stuff Works
2. How Do They Do It
3. Is It Possible?
4. Build It Bigger
5. How the Universe Works
6. Extreme Engineering
7. Mythbusters

We love Mythbusters as a family for the humor it brings to scientific subjects, and Extreme Engineering is one my husband could watch all day.

Want something they can watch on their own that won’t rot their brains?

Science Shows for Kids

1. Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius
2. Peep and the Big Wide World
3. Magic School Bus: All Dried Up
4. Animal Mechanicals
5. Wild Kratts

My daughter loves Wild Kratts (her only complaint is that there aren’t enough episodes) and The Magic School Bus. Personally, I’m just happy to see her watching something other than another Cupcake Wars (my jeans are tight enough, thankyouverymuch).

What shows do you watch WITH your kids?


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Disclaimer: I’m a member of the Netflix Stream Team, and this post is sponsored by Netflix. All opinions, expressed, however, are my own.


  1. I love netflix too. I like how shows, movies, are available when you need on your own time schedule. It’s great for my son who can want to do some other things and take a break from a show when needed.

  2. I think I have watched just about every space documentary on netflix with my daughter. Currently DVRing the Cosmos and watching them with her the next day. We also like the animal documentaries too. You almost get sucked down the worm hole because of course when one finishes it shows you a few other titles you might enjoy and it’s inevitable that I will definitely like one of them.


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