7 Best Netflix Shows For Older Adults

Netflix has something for everyone, from a documentary enthusiast to those who prefer binge-watching dramas.

It also provides great content for all ages, from kids to seniors.

For older adults, finding the right show on Netflix can be a bit challenging. Most shows are made for young and middle age adults and can be quite graphic.

But there is a generous selection too for those over 50. We’ve sampled the 7 best Netflix shows for older adults below.

They are definitely not the only ones but they can help you find other great shows.

We’ve included different types of content from comedy drama to a few faster-paced action and detection shows so you’ll likely find something you love.

The list also includes older classics loaded with nostalgia as well as newer shows that are worth a try.

1. Grace and Frankie

If you are looking for a show that deftly combines inspirational drama with comedy, try Grace and Frankie.

It is a Netflix exclusive show that is currently in its fifth season with the sixth one expected to debut in 2020.

The series revolves around two older women whose husbands announce that they are in love with each other and are getting married.

Grace Hanson and Frances “Frankie” Bergstein have to live together and rely on each other to get through the difficult times ahead.

2. Call the Midwife

If you are looking for a British period drama, Call the Midwife is one of the best. It premiered on BBC One in 2012.

The show is currently in its eighth season with the ninth one on the way.

On Netflix UK, the show is available only up to season 6. Those are still plenty of episodes to last you several weeks.

Call the Midwife is set in the 50s and 60s. It shows the day-to-day lives of a group of midwives in the East End of London.

The drama tackles a wide range of cultural, social, health and economic topics that applied just as much in the period it is set as they do today.

3. Medici: Masters of Florence

This Italian-British historical political drama transports you to 15th century Florence, Italy.

Young Cosimo has just inherited the job of leading the Bank of Medici, the biggest bank in Europe, after his father is poisoned.

The show tells the story of The House of Medici, a powerful dynasty in Florence. Cosimo struggles with the decision of whether to follow in his father’s footsteps or carve his own path.

The show premiered in Italy in 2016 and has three seasons.

You can catch the first full two seasons on Netflix UK. Season three will likely come to Netflix in 2020.

4. Jeopardy!

Jeopardy! is one of the most popular game shows. Although the game show is currently in its 35th season, Netflix UK currently carries only 5 seasons, 3 to 7.

Other available game shows include Idiotest and Minute to Win It.

5. Sherlock

Sherlock is perfect for those who love a slow-burning detective show with no shortage of mystery.

Series 1 through 4 are currently available on Netflix UK, though some episodes may be missing from the last season.

6. Planet Earth

This nature documentary, narrated by David Attenborough, is perfect for older adults who’d love something relaxing that doesn’t require following story lines and complex plots.

We highly recommend it for seniors with dementia as well as any seniors who love nature shows.

You can watch all 11 episodes of the documentary on Netflix UK.

If they love Planet Earth, Planet Earth II and Our Planet, both narrated by David Attenborough, are also available on Netflix.

7. Luther

As crime dramas go, Luther is a bit dark and gory. So be warned. We recommend it only for seniors who don’t mind a slightly more graphic show.

The show delivers loads of mystery and suspense as John Luther (Idris Elba) solves dark crimes that threaten to pull him under.

The BBC One show is currently in its 5th series. You can catch the first four series on Netflix UK. So go and find your remote control and turn the Netflix on.

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