12 Sweet Shows and Movies to Watch With Your Mom on Netflix This Mother's Day
With Mother's Day coming up fast—Sunday, May 8—it's time to start planning some epic Mother's Day activities to enjoy with your mom (or your own kids).
If your mom's idea of a good time is watching some of the best shows on Netflix, a binge-watching session might be in order—but you'll probably want to keep in mind what might make for a little awkward viewing with your mom. (Maybe skip out on steamier shows like Bridgerton or Sex Education!) Fortunately, we've done the work for you, pulling 12 mom-friendly shows or movies you can watch on Netflix on and around Mother's Day—or any time of year.
Shows and movies to watch with your mom
Never Have I Ever
Mindy Kaling is behind this wickedly funny comedy with plenty of heart, that follows an Indian-American teen, her cousin, and her mother, as they navigate life without her father. (Note that there is some mild sexual content, if that's something you're looking to avoid!)
If you're gathering the whole family (including smaller kids), this raucous family tale that showcases the craziness that can happen when the kids are in charge may be a perfect watch (and may inspire a fun family tradition as well!).
If you and your mom haven't already watched this award-winning gem, it's about time you caught up with the fabulously funny Roses. (And if you have, it's definitely worthy of a rewatch!) While plenty of focus has been on real-life father and son Eugene and Dan Levy playing a down-on-their-luck father and son, watching the relationship blossom between Moira Rose and her daughter Alexis (played by Catherine O'Hara and Annie Murphy) will definitely be a Mother's Day highlight.
Looking for something you can watch with your mom and your teenage daughter? Amy Poehler plays the mom of a teen who discovers her (riot) grrl power to stand up against inequality in her high school. There are plenty of throwbacks to zine culture and 90s grunge—so break out the flannel and the black nail polish for this watch party.
This heartwarming comedy import from Canada tells the story of the Kim family, Korean immigrants to Canada who run a convenience store. And if your mom's a bit of a meddler, you'll probably see a lot to love (and laugh at), in the Kim family matriarch, Umma.
This Netflix Original is all about self-acceptance, a mother-daughter relationship, and some classic teenage drama: What's not to love? The movie follows Willowdean, a girl of unconventional beauty with a beauty queen—played by Jennifer Aniston—for a mom. Whether your relationship is sometimes strained or you're the best of friends, this sweet movie might help you appreciate it even more.
If you're the types to bond over horror films, turn to Bird Box, the story of a mother trying to get her two children to safety in a desperate dystopian world. Chilling and dark, it's not for the faint of heart, but if you and your mom can take a little thrill, it's sure to bring you closer together.
For something sweet and mindless, turn to this teenage rom-com, which stars two competitive students forced to team up for a debate tournament, despite the urging of their ambitious moms. The movie follows the two students and their single moms, capturing their bonds while offering a look at what happens when you can't follow your dreams.
If you're both Swifties, you'll doubly appreciate this smart documentary on Taylor Swift and the production of her latest album, Lover. Swift has long talked about her close relationship with her mother, and watching the two of them in action—while getting an inside look at Swift's superstar life—is a great way to spend down-time together.
Anne with an E
You may have read the Anne of Green Gables books together; if so, you'll love watching this recent series adaptation, which has the same heartfelt family moments and (adopted) mother-daughter lessons as the books.
This comedy follows a broadcast journalist who has finally gotten her big break—at the same time that her mom gets an internship at the same show. If your mom is a little overbearing and embarrassing—but you love her anyway, of course—you'll love watching and laughing at this show together.
One Day at a Time
With three seasons available on Netflix, this family-oriented series follows a newly single mother raising her two children with a little so-called help from her own mom. If you're a mother, watching this sweet series with your mom will give you both a good laugh.