1/13/2023 | By Kari Smith

Looking for a new show offering feel-good fun, heartfelt emotions, mystery and suspense, Western flair, or lots of laughter? Check out these suggestions for streaming TV for seniors.

Whether watching the latest movie or binging the latest season of a popular show, streaming is where it’s at. You can hit the pause button whenever you like, binge on multiple episodes on a rainy day or feeling lazy, or save the episodes till you have the time. In even better news: the monthly cost of streaming services is far less than a traditional cable bill, and in most cases, costs less than one movie theater outing.

The possibilities are nearly endless, but here are some streaming TV for seniors options. These shows are popular among many age groups, giving you fodder for conversation as well as pleasurable R&R. Hey, they might even help you be “cool” with the younger generations!

Our Top 10 picks of streaming TV for seniors

1. ‘Dog Gone’ (Netflix)

This feel-good family movie tells the heartfelt tale of a pup gone missing during a hike in the Virginia mountains and the family who set out on a search to find him. If you’re looking for an inspiring film based on a true story, this is for you. The movie was released in January 2023 with Rob Lowe as the determined dad.

You can also read the book, “Dog Gone” by Pauls Toutonghi, for a different perspective on the family’s experience – the family on the hunt for their dog are Toutonghi’s in-laws.

2. ‘Only Murders in the Building’ (Hulu)

This People’s Choice Award-winning series details the lives of three crime-junkie strangers who find themselves living in a real-life crime of their own. “Only Murders in the Building” offers laughter, warmth, and intrigue. Released in 2021, there are two seasons with a total of 20 episodes so far, with a coming season 3 already confirmed. With Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez involved, you know it’s got to be good!

3. ‘That ’90s Show’ (Netflix)

three generations of a family watching TV together. Image by Piksel. Looking for a new show for fun, heartfelt emotions, mystery, or laughter? Check out these suggestions for streaming TV for seniors.

You may recall “That ’70s Show,” which followed a group of 1970s teenagers. “That 90’s Show” returns to the same house, with the same parents, as their teenage granddaughter visits for the summer – and brings a new spirit of comical teen angst. The first episode of this new series airs on Jan. 19, 2023. With hilarious actors like 79-year-old Kurtwood Smith and 71-year-old Debra Jo Rupp holding strong in main character roles, this could be your new favorite sitcom.

4. ‘Ted Lasso’ (Apple TV)

This comedy-drama tells the story of an American college football coach (Ted Lasso, of course) who is hired to manage a British soccer team. The warmhearted Lasso works to win over the skeptical Brits with his positive, folksy demeanor while overcoming his inexperience in this style of “football.”

First airing in August 2020, the series and its actors have already racked up an impressive list of awards, including Primetime Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and Writer’s Guild of America Awards. Although a release date hasn’t been announced yet, season 3 has been filmed.

5. ‘You People’ (Netflix)

The modern romantic comedy “You People” is set to release on Jan. 27, 2023. At first glance, the movie seems like a modern “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” but it goes deeper to explores tense family dynamics from both sides. Drama and laughter erupt as a white Jewish man and a Black woman – fall in love and explore how to mesh their very different families. The cast is star-studded with actors such as Eddie Murphy, David Duchovny, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Rhea Jo Perlman of “Cheers” fame.

6. ‘Severance’ (Apple TV)

If you’re into science fiction, Severance has made many a “best shows” list just one season in, with another season on deck. Ben Stiller directs this psychological thriller about a team of biotech office workers whose consciousnesses have been split in half – with one side only functioning at work and the other for their personal lives. While at work, they can’t remember anything outside of work, and when at home, they have no memory of what they have done all day. Interesting concept, eh?

7. ‘Wednesday’ (Netflix)

Remember the classic 1960s sitcom “The Addams Family”? This dark, mysterious, yet comedic spinoff is a supernatural coming-of-age piece that combines fantasy and horror while following the adventures of Wednesday Addams at Nevermore Academy. Directed by Tim Burton, it’s an easy choice for lovers of darker supernatural fiction. The resurrected characters from the 1960s show makes it fun streaming TV for seniors. Classic beauty Catherine Zeta-Jones plays Morticia, and 66-year-old Puerto Rican actor Luis Guzmán (“Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia,” “Punch-Drunk Love”) plays Gomez, Wednesday’s parents.

Related: Is ‘Wednesday’ a show for baby boomers?

8. ‘Call The Midwife’ (Netflix / PBS)

Set in the 1950s and ’60s in London’s East End, this historical drama series follows the heartwarming story of a group of lovable nuns of Nonnatus House who serve tirelessly as nurses and midwives. The show is an adaptation of the best-selling memoirs of British midwife and nurse Jennifer Worth, recounted in colorful, uplifting detail with a full cast of funny, quirky characters. The drama, which first aired in 2012, has continued on for 12 seasons and has reportedly been signed for a 13th season.

9. ‘Yellowstone’ (Paramount / Peacock Premium)

If you’re in for a bit of a racier Western feel, award-winning actor Kevin Costner stars as the patriarch of the well-known Dutton family. He is father to three complex and colorful children and is himself a sixth-generation farmer who spends his days trying to protect his land from money-hungry politicians and corrupt land grabs. It has all the Western elements – horses and rodeo, unwanted small-town expansion, an Indian reservation, and of course, Yellowstone National Park. The first four seasons of the wildly popular drama, which first aired in 2018, can be streamed on Peacock Premium, and the latest season is available only on Paramount Network.

10. ‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery’ (Netflix)

Since its release in 2022, this American mystery film (titled onscreen as Glass Onion) is a sequel to the 2019 film Knives Out. In both, British actor Daniel Craig – of James Bond fame – plays famed Southern detective Benoit Blanc, receives an invitation to a mysterious gathering hosted by a billionaire on his private Greek Island. Turns out, the alleged murder mystery party has deep dark roots. The film is clocked at 2 hours and 19 minutes, so save it for a free night – you won’t want to stop this one in the middle!

Bonus … From movies to series, sitcoms to dramas, Hulu to Netflix and other streaming services, check out these picks – if you love it, give the show a thumbs up, and your service is likely to provide other shows just like it!

Kari Smith

Kari Smith is a frequent contributor to Seniors Guide, helping to keep those in the senior industry informed and up-to-date. She's a Virginia native whose love of writing began as a songwriter recording her own music. In addition to teaching music and performing in the Richmond area, Kari also enjoys riding horses and farming.

Kari Smith