Our family loves to watch TV.
I realize this isn’t an earth-shattering confession, but you have to keep in mind we live in one of the most well-read, highly educated cities in the country. Sometimes admitting you’re a TV junkie in the City of Literature can raise an eyebrow or two.
Even though we are a very active family (and we do read to our kids, BTW!), TV is our primary source of entertainment.
Most days we find ourselves running between work and numerous extracurricular activities. Sometimes after a long busy day, snuggling on the couch as a family and watching TV is a great way to unwind. Here are some of our family’s favorite shows.
Shows for the Whole Family
Our Modern Family ritual on Wednesday nights reminds me of how my family watched The Cosby Show when I was growing up. This show frequently makes our kids laugh out loud, and they really enjoy watching the Pritchett/Dumphey clan navigate the ups and downs of family life.
My 13-year-old cites the day I suggested he watch Doctor Who as a pivotal moment in his young life. This sci-fi classic has been on the air 50 years and has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity due to a successful re-boot. The new episodes are really cool; the special effects are a far cry from the cheesy video goodness that I remember watching as a kid.
Even our baby is a ‘Whovian’ in training: one of his very first words was “Doctor.”
One caveat: although this is a very family-friendly show, some of the aliens might scare your kids. (Two words: Weeping Angels. The “Who” fans will know what I’m talking about.)
Our kids got us hooked on this one. The appeal is similar to that of Modern Family. They really enjoy watching Buddy and his family work together, solve problems, and sculpt massive statues out of sponge and buttercream.
Shows for the Grown-Ups
Date nights are very rare for my husband and I. Since we don’t get out very often, we really look forward to watching our shows together after the kids go to bed.
(A word of warning: we have to make sure our kids are good and asleep when these shows are on since they contain graphic violence, language and some very adult situations.)
Game of Thrones
I’m adding this one to prove that I actually am a reader. 😉 I do have serious problems with some of the choices the show runners have made (they’ve added numerous sexual assaults that don’t occur in the books and amplified the gore) but in general they’ve done a good job with some difficult source material. Despite the criticisms I have with the series, much of what I love about the books carries over. The complex characters, complicated story lines, and thrilling action sequences are all there.
Whether you love politics or hate it, this is the show for you. Julia Louis-Dryfuss is beyond funny as the self-absorbed VP Selina Meyer, and the supporting cast who portrays her incompetent staff are equally hilarious.
Orange is the New Black
Shows that center around complex female characters make me very happy, and Orange is the New Black gives me a lot to be happy about. Plus the women on this show aren’t your typical homogenized Hollywood actresses. OITNB features women of every size, shape, age, and ethnic background.
The strength of this show goes well beyond the diversity of its cast. OITNB is funny, tragic and thought-provoking. And while the first season was good, the second season is even better. The writers have shifted the focus away from the main character Piper and onto the compelling stories of the supporting ensemble.
What shows do you love watching with your family? What are your favorite “grown-ups only” shows?
*Photo Credits: BBC, HBO, OITNB Facebook Page