Friday, March 9, 2012

The Least Annoying TV Shows for Medium Sized Kids

Last week on Facebook, I asked you guys about the TV shows that your kids liked. Here's my problem - my oldest wants to watch shows like Fred, Victorious and iCarly. If I let her, she starts behaving like (as my grandmother from Trenton, NJ would say) "a house-devil with a fresh mouth". I'm not a hater and I know plenty of people that really dig those tween shows, they just don't work for us right now.

Meanwhile, Hawk (my 6 year old) only wants to watch shows where everyone is constantly punching each other in the face or the product placement is so out of control that I wonder why they bother to run commercials at all (Power Rangers, Lego Ninjago and Kickin' It).

And my youngest? Dora. (Insert silent scream)

What I was looking for was something we could all watch together, that wasn't too annoying, didn't promote douchey behavior, wasn't too babyish and wasn't too grown-up. We got hundred of comments and I tallied them up and combined the top picks with some editor's and parents' selections from Common Sense Media. I posted a Babble slideshow* of the top 20, along with descriptions and commentary and general stupidity. You can check it out here.

I never would have thought of this one!
  1. Phineas and Ferb (Disney Channel)
  2. Good Luck Charlie (Disney Channel)
  3. Mythbusters (Discovery Channel)
  4. Food Network (For example, Cupcake Wars)
  5. Wild Kratts (PBS Kids)
  6. Animal Planet (For example, Dog101 or Meerkate Manor)
  7. Word Girl (PBS)
  8. Shaun the Sheep (Disney Channel)
  9. Avatar the Last Airbender (Nickelodeon)
  10. How It’s Made (Discovery Channel)
  11. Full House (ABC Family)
  12. Scooby Doo (Cartoon Network)
  13. Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman (PBS)
  14. Lab Rats (Disney XD)
  15. Oceans Blue (Planet Green)
  16. Sci Girls (PBS)
  17. Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmerman (The Travel Channel)
  18. Majors and Minors (The Hub)
  19. The Sing-Off (NBC)
  20. American Idol (Fox)
And since we're talking about kids and stuff to watch, I posted two movie reviews this week. Read what 3 little kids have to say about two movies currently in theaters. Are they worth the money to see or should you wait for DVD/On Demand?

Hi. I like you.
The Lorax
Adorable Dr. Seuss movie? Scary environmental propaganda? Or just an average, over-priced book adaptation?

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
Is it worth paying $10 a ticket to watch The Rock flex his pecs? Well... They are pretty nice pecs.

*A note about Babble slideshows... It's come to my attention that some of you don't like them, in part because the clicking is annoying and in part because they look wonky on some mobile devices. Wherever possible, I will try and post some of the slideshow content here in list form so it's easier for you to read. I can't post identical content on both places though, because that's against the rules.

I know the slideshow format isn't for everyone but Babble really likes that format and I seriously wake up grateful every, single day that I work for such an awesome website. Plus, I'm a nerd and I enjoy doing them. That's what she said. So, anyhoo - just letting you know that I hear ya and I'll try really hard to work around your concerns.

xo, Lydia
(c)Herding Turtles, Inc. 2009 - 2012

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