Sunday, February 22, 2009

Where have the Family Friendly TV Shows gone?

When winter starts to get 37 months long and it's just too cold to go outside, I start to wonder...where have the Family Friendly TV shows gone?

My daughter is almost 10 years old now, and I've come to the conclusion that there are no acceptable prime time TV shows that we can share together. The reality shows are mindless. The so-called comedies aren't funny and are laden with sexual innuendos that I just don't want to explain to her.

It didn't use to be this way. I can recall many family shows from my childhood that I would happily share with my daughter today. And, through the miracles of DVD technology, I have been watching some of these moldy oldies with her. Many older DVDs can be borrowed *FREE* from your local library!

Here are some of our favorites:
  • Gilligan's Island
  • The Partridge Family
  • The Brady Bunch
  • Mork & Mindy
  • Grizzly Adams
Other shows that come to mind that we haven't watched yet are: Eight is Enough, Family Affair and Get Smart. Anyone have any more suggestions to add to this list?

Perhaps it was just a slower, more wholesome age, but these were TV shows that could be watched by the entire family. The clothing and hair styles might seem hokey today, but at least I don't have to worry about the shows containing swearing, violence and nudity.

Besides the pure entertainment value, my daughter will be able to fill in many future crosswords armed with the knowledge of these ancient TV programs!
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We have tuned out, Mr. Nielsen. You do not offer anything wholesome to our family. American Idol and Survivor just don't cut it. We want to see programs about "real" children and "real" family situations. We are taking a trip back in time through the wonder of DVDs!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Audrey suggests: Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, The Munsters , Petticoat Junction, Andy Griffith, Hogans Heroes! Good ones.