Family TV

Family TV these days is quite different from what it used to be. Now, in my early 20’s, I cannot offer much insight and wisdom into the differences (mind you, I’m not calling any of my readers old—just asking for more input!); but I can tell you even in my short time here on Earth, that even I have seen a difference that is shocking.

I grew up watching Sesame Street episodes that are now deemed inappropriate for young children. I caught some episodes of Pee Wee’s Playhouse when it debuted on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim a few years ago, and was absolutely floored by the fact that I was watching that at the tender, impressionable age of 2. (It was quite full of innuendos and several other things I would not care for my son to hear!) Is this why my generation is so…twisted? (For the lack of a better phrase) And is this new “sheltered” outlook going to be to blame for however my son’s generation turns out to be?

Below is a video of an ‘80’s TV commercial advertising the Pee Wee toys that I thought would be fitting. Imagine YouTube hosting these same commercials for Spongebob toys 20 years from now!

As I aged, I watched shows like Full House, Family Matters, and Fresh Prince. Nearly everything making debuts on Nick-at-Nite I recall seeing as original airs. What has happened to the wholesome shows like this? Honestly, I do not watch much television that is not geared toward a preschool audience, on Discovery, History, or Fox; but still—it seems to me that Family TV is history!

What are your thoughts on the subject? What do you watch on TV together as a family? Or, do you banish it during family time?

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  1. I do indeed miss shows which are more wholesome. It is difficult to find tv shows which meet these requirements.

    My son likes to watch SuperNanny with me each week. He enjoys making comments on the bad behavior of the children. I enjoy knowing that my son is well behaved in comparison. It makes me appreciate him more.

    Our other favorite shows are America’s Funniest Videos and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. :)

  2. I too bask in the glory of having a better behaved child than most we see on those shows; and it makes me sigh relief when I realize it could be worse, and I’m not doing too bad as a young mom.

  3. When my son was really little, still in a walker, he LOVED Supermarket Sweep! No matter where he was, in the house, whenever he heard the opening music he would make a beeline to the TV. He’s turning 18 in a week and moving to Flordia, in two days. How I wish I could turn back time.

    Merry Strong

  4. That show was one of my favorites growing up, too! My son is that way with Don’t Forget the Lyrics now. He loves to sing the songs. :)

  5. Great post, I was actually thinking this the other day, I used to love watching Sesame Street, Fresh Prince, The Wonder Years amongst others.
    A lot of the stuff on now though offers nothing new and innovotive in comparison, its a shame the classics only get slots on off peak hours! I would choose Sesame Street over the Tweenies anyday.

  6. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I hate most of the stuff my son watches today–even the educational stuff drives me nuts!

  7. My 5-yr old loves to watch a show that I grew up watching in the 60’s and 70’s. Yep, Bugs Bunny. There is a degree of violence in the shows that makes my wife uneasy about watching Bugs but I don’t see a problem.