I grew up in a family that loved television.
Although I watch very little television nowadays in comparison, I still do love a good TV show at the end of the day.
I was born in the early 80’s, so my fondest childhood television memories involve TGIF.
Step by Step
Boy Meets World
Of course we also had:
Who’s the Boss?
Facts of Life
Saved by the Bell
Fresh Prince of Bel Air
What did all of these shows have in common? They could easily be enjoyed by the whole family.
An innocent night of TV was so much easier to come by.
Some of my greatest memories involve laughing along with America’s Funniest Home Videos or trying to beat my parents (and the contestants on screen) at a game of Jeopardy.
Now what do we have?
Sure, thanks to Netflix and other video rental services we can still watch theses shows, but they aren’t really timely for our kids.
Our kids will pick up on the weird clothes and the weird hair and wonder why we can’t watch something more “current” and “hip”.
I’m not complaining about a lack of children’s programming.
There is an overabundance of kid and “tween” programming available!
I’m also not complaining about the lack of good shows in general. There are some fairly decent dramas and comedies currently to be found on cable and network television.
There’s just not much middle ground though.
Not many shows that appeal to both older and younger generations. Even the shows that claim to be family shows are either a bit too dull for adults or a bit too racy for kids.
Where did the family shows go?
Now don’t get me wrong. Less TV is not a bad thing!
However, I think there were some valuable lessons in watching those slice of life shows together as a family growing up.
They opened up the doors to some great conversations that might not have come up naturally until it was too late.
I pretty much grew up with the girls on Full House, and the character of Stephanie went through so many of the same things I went through.
I guess what I’m saying is that I just want to have that bit of tradition, that ritual of watching a few shows a week as a family, continue on in my own family now.
I see the value in it, but I’m wondering if I’m alone in my thinking?
If you have any shows that your family loves to watch, leave them in the comments.
Because other than Wipeout…(which our kids think is HILARIOUS), we’re at a loss!