What’s popular on streaming services this weekend? And what should families know before deciding what to watch?


What’s new?

  • “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” (PG), “Barbie” (PG-13) and “Austenland” (PG-13) came to the streaming platform Max recently.
  • Get ready for the Russos to come back! David Henrie and Selena Gomez will be returning to their roles as wizard siblings in a new “Wizards of Waverly Place” spinoff. See CNN for more details.
  • Entertainment Weekly put out a guide to new and returning TV shows in 2024.

Here’s a closer look at some of the trending titles on streaming platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Apple TV+, Disney+, Max and others.

Popular streaming TV shows

Here are the top streaming television titles, according to JustWatch.com:

  1. “Reacher,” Prime Video, TV-MA.
  2. “Fargo,” Hulu, TV-MA.
  3. “True Detective,” Max, TV-MA.
  4. “Percy Jackson and the Olympians,” Disney+, TV-PG.
  5. “The Bear,” Hulu, TV-MA.
  6. “Slow Horses,” Apple TV+, TV-MA.
  7. “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters,” Apple TV+, TV-14.
  8. “Fool Me Once,” Netflix, TV-MA.
  9. “The Curse,” fuboTV, TV-MA.
  10. “Yellowstone,” fuboTV, TV-MA.

Popular streaming movies

Here are the top streaming movie titles, according to JustWatch.com:

  1. “The Holdovers,” rent/buy, R.
  2. “Oppenheimer,” rent/buy, R.
  3. “Killers of the Flower Moon,” Apple TV+, R.
  4. “Anatomy of a Fall,” rent/buy, R.
  5. “Past Lives,” rent/buy, PG-13.
  6. “Barbie,” Max, PG-13.
  7. “The Creator,” Hulu, PG-13.
  8. “Die Hard,” AMC+, R.
  9. “Maestro,” Netflix, R.
  10. “Leave the World Behind,” Netflix, R.

What to watch?

For more of what’s popular on streaming, cable/satellite or broadcast television, see our Popular Streaming TV and Movie Guide.

The best family movies and TV shows on Apple TV+
The best family movies and TV shows on Amazon Prime

Popular TV shows you can watch with your kids in the room

  1. “Goosebumps,” Disney+, TV-PG.
  2. “The Great British Baking Show,” Netflix, TV-PG.
  3. “The Chosen,” Netflix, TV-PG.
  4. “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds,” Paramount+, TV-PG.
  5. “Abbott Elementary,” Hulu, TV-PG.
  6. “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” TV-G.
  7. “Little House on the Prairie,” rent/buy, TV-G.
  8. “Star Wars: Clone Wars,” Disney+, TV-PG.
  9. “Nova,” Amazon Prime, TV-PG.
  10. “Dickensian,” Amazon Prime. TV-PG.

Popular movies you can watch with your kids in the room

  1. “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” Apple TV+, G.
  2. “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” Disney+, PG.
  3. “Hocus Pocus,” Disney+, PG.
  4. “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” Max, PG.
  5. “Halloweentown,” Disney+, G.
  6. “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” Max, G.
  7. “Home Alone,” Starz, PG.
  8. “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” Max, PG.
  9. “The Wizard of Oz,” Disney+, G.
  10. “The Grinch,” Peacock, PG.