At long last, we can finally gather with our family members across the generations.  But how do we keep the kids (and the grownups) from disappearing into their phones and games?  Follow the Watercooler’s guide to the movies and TV shows that will bring everyone together … and bring back the bonding.

Watch with Your Kids

Cruella

A gorgeous, jaw-dropping, fashion-and-punk-rock filled ride, Cruella is Disney’s nod to the parents and grandparents who grew up with the 101 Dalmations. More of an original than an origin story, it’s perfect for the whole family, tweens and up.

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Infinity Train

A thoughtful PG series full of imaginative designs and compelling, layered characters, Infinity Train finds the sweet spot between deeper philosophical themes and lighter, more whimsical fare.

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Giving Voice

A timely documentary full of hope, joy, happy endings…and a gut-wrenching John Legend song. It will inspire kids who could use some encouragement to realize they, too, could share their voice.

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Inside Out

With so many of us facing unfamiliar, anxiety-ridden situations today, Inside Out can serve as a useful prompt for the entire family to acknowledge our emotional experiences — sparking insight and helping us cope with change.

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Schmigadoon!

While attending a couples counseling retreat, a pair on the brink of breaking up step into a throwback land straight out of a musical in this clever, funny, and disarming escape watch.  

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Moonstruck

Warm and comforting, Moonstruck feels like spending time with people you love. It does exactly what you want a movie like this to do, which is to warm your heart, make you laugh, and feel a little wistful. It’s perfect.

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Ted Lasso

Earning the most Emmy nominations for a freshman comedy, Ted Lasso delivered the role model we didn’t know we needed, and proved that upbeat comedy can win over critics, academy voters, and fans across the generations and political divides.

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WandaVision

With its wildly original tribute to 60s and 70s sitcoms, comic books and superhero movies, Emmy-nominated WandaVision delivers cross-generational appeal while challenging viewers to unravel a dark and complex Marvel mystery.

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Coming 2 America

A wildly fun, all-star sequel to the 1988 comedy classic, Coming 2 America brings back the greatest hits of the original and adds in just enough fresh faces and hilarity to be worth the watch. A great three-generation family watch for the kids (11+), parents and grandparents.

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Belgravia

A riveting show that will delight any fan of Downton Abbey, Belgravia marries a gripping story with compelling characters, lush sets, and beautiful costumes, proving that when it comes to costume dramas, Julian Fellowes is simply the best.

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Watch With Everyone

In the Heights

Filled with life, music, color, and passion, In the Heights literally radiates joy. Come for the music and big dance numbers, stay for the touching and intimate portrait of the immigrant experience in America — from several points of view.

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My Octopus Teacher

A stunning, often magical and emotional documentary that inspires awe and empathy, My Octopus Teacher brings a personal narrative to a nature documentary and captures the brilliance of a familiar sea creature like nothing before it.

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Hamilton

Dazzling, rousing, and enlightening, Hamilton is a cultural phenomenon that’s as entertaining as it is inspiring.  The Broadway show united politicians and won a Pulitzer, a Grammy, and record-breaking Tony nominations, and it’s now available for everyone to see thanks to streaming.

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