HBO Max Movies And Shows You And Your Kids Can Bond Over

Over 100 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of HBO Max Movies And Shows You And Your Kids Can Bond Over

HBO Max is the perfect platform for parents to get closer with their kids. You can introduce your children to some old classics you grew up with, and then your kids can show you what they're into. You get to know one another a little better when you learn more about the other's interests. With HBO Max, you can spend less time scrolling and more time watching your old and new favorites.

You can watch family-friendly Sesame Street, which has educated generations of young kids for years. You can now watch the new Max Original The Power of We: A Sesame Street Special, where your kids can learn from Elmo, Big Bird, and the rest of the gang on HBO Max. If your kids loved Adventure Time on Cartoon Network, then they'll be delighted to see that the stories continue with Adventure Time: Distant Lands. You've heard of Finn and Jake for years, and now, you can watch their adventures alongside your children. 

There are plenty of movies and TV shows for kids on HBO Max. Here are some picks for what you can watch next, so make some popcorn, get comfy on the couch, and prepare yourself for some family-oriented stories.  

  • Infinity Train (Max Original)
    Photo: HBO

    Each season of Infinity Train focuses on a different storyline, making it a wonderful miniseries for kids to get invested in. The series deals heavily with how people process trauma but in a way that is relatable for kids. There are some recurring characters who pop up across seasons, including season 3 which is a Max Original, making for some of the most advanced storytelling in a children's property that adults can enjoy, too.

    Actors: Owen Dennis, Ashley Johnson, Jeremy Crutchley, Robbie Daymond

    Premiered: 2019

    • Category: TV Program
    47 votes
  • 2
    57 VOTES

    If you're in the mood for a little superhero flair, then Shazam! is the DC movie to watch. The film offers a unique take on the superhero genre by following young Billy Batson, who gains the ability to turn into a superhero by shouting, "Shazam!" The movie is rated PG-13 and has some scary moments for younger kids, but considering a kid is the central character, it's a great way to introduce your children to the genre before getting into some of the darker, grittier DC films.

    Actors: Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Mark Strong

    Released: 2019

    Directed by: David F. Sandberg

    • Category: Film (2019)
    57 votes
  • Walking with Dinosaurs (HBO)
    Photo: 20th Century Fox

    If your kids love dinosaurs, then you'll definitely want to show them Walking With Dinosaurs. The film brings together computer-animated dinosaurs who walk around in live-action environments. The likes of John Leguizamo and Justin Long provide the voiceovers for the main characters. It's the perfect dino-movie that has a few scary moments but is better for younger kids than the Jurassic Park series.

    Actors: Justin Long, John Leguizamo, Tiya Sircar, Karl Urban

    Released: 2013

    Directed by: Neil Nightingale, Barry Cook

    • Category: Film (2013)
    27 votes
  • Spies in Disguise (HBO)
    Photo: 20th Century Fox

    Will Smith and Tom Holland star in this animated comedy about a secret agent who's turned into a pigeon by an intrepid, young scientist. The two have to find a way to collaborate so that they can stop a terrorist plot while finding a way to return the agent to his human form. The film was a big hit in theaters with a lot of the praise aimed toward its humor, music, and animation style.

    Actors: Will Smith, Tom Holland, Ben Mendelsohn, Karen Gillan

    Released: 2019

    Directed by: Nick Bruno, Troy Quane

    • Category: Film (2019)
    37 votes
  • The Kid Who Would Be King (HBO)
    Photo: 20th Century Fox

    The Kid Who Would Be King is a wonderful fantasy adventure flick for children and adults alike. It follows a boy living in the modern-day who stumbles upon Excalibur and must use it to defeat a supernatural threat. The movie is directed by Joe Cornish, who also brought the world Attack the Block. Don't miss your chance to bond over this underrated gem of a film.

    Actors: Louis George Serkis, Patrick Stewart, Tom Taylor, Rebecca Ferguson, Angus Imrie

    Released: 2019

    Directed by: Joe Cornish

    • Category: Film (2019)
    28 votes
  • 6
    31 VOTES

    Pokémon Detective Pikachu (HBO)

    Pokémon Detective Pikachu (HBO)
    Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures

    Pokémon have been around long enough to bridge almost any generational divide, captivating kids for decades. Pokémon Detective Pikachu stands out in the franchise as a film that speaks to both children and adults, especially with Ryan Reynolds playing the adorably caffeine addicted titular Pikachu. You can't go wrong with this family friendly mystery set in a familiar world.

    Actors: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Ken Watanabe

    Released: 2019

    Directed by: Rob Letterman

    • Category: Film (2019)
    31 votes