65 of the Best Educational Shows on Netflix

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Students love watching videos and luckily there are a lot of educational ones you can showcase in the classroom. Netflix has a wealth of documentaries and series to stream, so we’ve gathered the top 62 educational Netflix shows here, organized by grade level.

Note to teachers: Some schools block Netflix, which requires you to use Netflix’s offline feature to download preferred shows and use them during class. When it comes to the legality of streaming Netflix in the classroom, the company notes which media are available for educational screenings. Also, grade recommendations were made by our editorial team, but of course, you are always the best judge of the appropriateness for your own children and students.

Best educational Netflix shows for elementary school

Ada Twist, Scientist

Based on the books, Ada Twist and her two best friends are asking big questions—and working together to discover the truth about everything!

Ask the Storybots

Ask the Storybots

The only thing more curious than the bots are kids. Celebrity appearances and a music video at the end of each episode only add to the fun.


This science-based show answers all sorts of questions kids tend to ask.


With kindness, curiosity and childlike wonder, five best friends explore their colorful world and find the extraordinary in everyday things.

Charlie’s Colorforms City

Charlie creates fun stories using different shapes, and he needs your help! Follow him on various adventures throughout the world … and beyond.

Emily’s Wonder Lab

Emily Caladrelli shares science experiments to help make STEAM fun!

Ghost of the Mountains

Ghost of the Mountains

Travel with filmmakers as they head to the highest plateau on Earth to find the elusive snow leopard.

Growing Up Wild

Five baby animals in different parts of the world grow up learning to survive the wild.

If I Were an Animal

Observe different animals as they age from babies to adults.

Izzy’s Koala World

Izzy Bee and her family rescue koalas in need and help them head back into the wild on Australia’s Magnetic Island.

Justin Time

In Justin’s dreams, he and his imaginary friends Olive and Squidgy travel around the world learning about nature and other cultures.

Learning Songs by Little Baby Bum

Learning Songs by Little Baby Bum

Adorable songs that include “Baby Shark,” “Five Little Monsters Jumping on the Bed,” “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” and more!

Llama Llama

Beloved children’s book character Llama Llama springs to life in this heartwarming series about family, friendship and learning new things.

The Magic School Bus

When a science concept just isn’t clicking for your students … Ms. Frizzle to the rescue! Stream episodes on the human body, gardening, weather, and more.

The Most Unknown

From physics to psychology, nine scientists share ideas and seek common ground by delving into deep existential questions.


Follow these cheerful blocks as they work and sing in Numberland.



If you teach about the ocean, chances are there’s an Octonauts episode related to your unit.


Four scientists offer a sweeping yet intimate exploration of Peru’s majestic coastline.


Follow the exploits of a fun-loving, curious little boy who loves to play and explore.

Rhyme Time Town

Daisy and Cole use music and imagination to solve problems in a town filled with nursery rhyme characters.

Trash Truck

Six-year old Hank and his best pal, a giant trash truck, explore the world around them on fantastical adventures with their animal friends.

Waffles + Mochi

Curious puppet pals Waffles and Mochi travel the world exploring the wonders of food and culture while learning how to cook with fresh ingredients.

White Fang

Have students compare the film version to the classic novel of the same name.

Word Party

Word Party

Meet Bailey, Franny, Kip, and Lulu, four cute and adorable baby animals, who want you to join in with the fun and help them learn.

Word Party Songs

These short videos (3-4 minutes each) teach opposites, colors, and more. Perfect for daily openers or brain breaks!

The Who Was? Show

Based on the popular book series, this live-action sketch-comedy show brings important historical figures, like King Tut, Marie Antoinette, and Pablo Picasso, to life in an entertaining and hilarious way.

Best educational Netflix shows for middle school

A Life on Our Planet

A Life on our Planet

This documentary follows David Attenborough, a famed naturalist, who maps how steeply the planet’s biodiversity has diminished over his lifetime.

A Plastic Ocean

Documentary filmmaker Craig Leeson discovers a startling amount of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.

Alien Worlds

A series that blends science fact and fiction to imagine alien life on other planets.

Amelia: A Tale of Two Sisters

A Tale of Two Sisters

Eight decades after her disappearance, Amelia Earhart’s incredible accomplishments are still celebrated, thanks in large part to her sister Muriel.

Blue Miracle

In this movie based on a true story, a guardian and his kids partner with a washed-up boat captain for a chance to win a lucrative fishing competition in order to save their orphanage.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Based on the book of the same name, this movie tells the real-life story of William Kamkwamba, who saved his village by inventing a windmill.

Carmen Sandiego

Carmen Sandiego

That’s right, gumshoes! The story of the legendary professional thief has been remixed into a cartoon series. But in this iteration, Carmen is trying to thwart evil. Those of us who grew up playing the computer game and watching the game show will love introducing the globe-trotting Carmen to a new generation of kids.

Chasing Coral

Divers, scientists, and photographers around the world mount an epic underwater campaign to document the disappearance of coral reefs.

Cutest Animals

Discover 72 of the cutest animals on Earth and how their adorable features help protect them.

Finding ‘Ohana

On Oʻahu for the summer, two siblings from Brooklyn connect with their Hawaiian heritage on a daring quest for long-lost treasure. A good one to showcase the Hawaiian culture.

I am Kalam

Introduce students to other cultures with this film about a child who is inspired by the life of India’s president.

Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History

Kevin Hart's Guide to Black History

Comedian Kevin Hart uses his silliness for good, teaching viewers about some of history’s unsung black heroes.

Life in Color

Stunningly beautiful, this docuseries explores nature from a fresh perspective as animals use color to survive and thrive in the wild.

The Mars Generation

Teenagers at NASA’s Space Camp dream of traveling to Mars while experts reflect on the future and history of NASA.

My Octopus Teacher

Follow filmmaker Craig Foster as he spends a year forging a relationship with a wild common octopus in a South African kelp forest.

Mystery Lab

Felipe Castanhari and his lab buddies explore science, history, mysteries and marvels.

Night on Earth

Night on Earth

New technology showcases the hidden lives of nocturnal creatures.


A filmmaker sets out to document the harm that humans do to marine species—and uncovers alarming global corruption.

The Short Game

The Short Game

Introduce students to the world of sports with these star golf athletes who are still in grade school.

The Speed Cubers

Follow the lives of speedcubing champions Max Park and Feliks Zemdegs, culminating with their attending the World Cube Association’s World Championships 2019.

Spelling the Dream

A documentary that explores the unbroken Indian-American dominance of the U.S. spelling bee arena.

Te Ata

A Chickasaw Nation woman navigates cultural barriers to pursue a stage career that culminates in a performance at the White House. Based on a true story.

Tiny Creatures

Tiny Creatures

Small animals embark on big adventures in a dramatic nature series that explores their hidden worlds and epic survival stories.


Follow Bethany Hamilton, best known for returning to her life as a professional surfer after losing her arm in a shark attack.

Best educational Netflix shows for high school



Inspire the creatives in your classroom with this eight-episode documentary series on some of the world’s foremost designers, including photographer Platon, graphic designer Paula Scher, and sneaker designer Tinker Hatfield.

Bill Nye Saves the World

In this wacky talk show, the popular educator explores scientific topics in the everyday world, including climate change, video games, and space travel.

Bill Nye: Science Guy

Bill Nye faces climate-change skeptics as he demonstrates the importance of scientific evidence.

Black Holes | The Edge of All We Know

Scientists hope to understand and capture the first image of a black hole while exploring the limits of our knowledge of the universe.


Science journalist Latif Nasser investigates ways in which humans are connected to each other, the world, and the universe.

Dangerous Animals

Dangerous Animals

Find out the 72 most deadly creatures on Earth!


In less than 20 minutes, the show tackles various topics, from the water crisis to the racial wealth gap, in an accessible way. Be sure to preview episodes, as some are not suitable for the classroom.

Human Nature

A film documentary that presents an in-depth description of the gene-editing process of CRISPR, and its possible implications.

Inside Bill’s Brain

Inside Bill's Brain

Take a trip inside the mind of billionaire Bill Gates as he opens up about those who influenced him and the audacious goals he’s still pursuing.

The Mind, Explained

Ever wonder what’s happening inside your head? From dreaming to anxiety disorders, discover how your brain works.

Our Planet

This Netflix series is a lot like Planet Earth, except it urgently calls for viewers to think about the ways that human actions are putting the nature and animals the series covers in peril.

The Social Dilemma

The Social Dilemma

This documentary-drama follows a group of tech experts who sound the alarm on the dangerous human impact of social networking.

What Netflix shows, movies, or documentaries do you use in your classroom? Come share in our WeAreTeachers HELPLINE group on Facebook.

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