I like TV. My family likes TV. We count TV-watching as a family activity. So there.
Amazing Race Canada: I like shows where I can justify the time together by saying that the kids are learning something. Aside from the usual team dynamics lessons (trust is good, criticism usually makes you lose), the truly amazing part of the show is showing off our country. We loved the Alberta episode because it reminded us of our trip to Calgary and Drumheller. I look forward to episodes out East where we haven't been to and of course, we will be searching for landmarks in the episode about Toronto.
Phineus and Ferb: P&F is still going strong. Best show on TV, and I ask again, how can the minds who came up with P&F stoop so low as to also put the racist and sexist Jessie on the air?
Once Upon A Time: Not a summer show and definitely not a show for younger kids. But we love it because it is really a story. We can discuss the different endings, the characters and the overall theme -- which is the importance of family.
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Power Rangers: Yes, my kids still watch Power Rangers on Netflix. I laugh because there was a time when I thought it was too violent. Now I am happy to see women kicking butt. Also strong themes of hard work, teamwork and reponsibility.
Sherlock: My 13-year-old binge-watched this when he was sick. If you haven't seen it, run to your TV and get it off of iTunes and Netflix you don't need kids. Amazing, British, Benedict Cumberbatch. Forensics. Sherlock Holmes. A great show for older tweens. And the ending of season two! Amazing.
Star Trek: The Next Generation: My husband and I loved TNG back in the day, even naming our cat Tasha after Tasha Yar (nine lives, get it?). It is a great show to watch with your kids, but you may have to put up with them making fun of the special effects all of the time. That's okay though.
Random Reality TV: We have watched American Idol, The Voice, and other singing shows. But we are over them. I like So You Think YOu Can Dance because it's beautiful and shows how hard dancers need to work to succeed. My husband likes Project Runway because of the tremendous skill each contestant has.
Parenthood: This is not for you to watch with your kids, or maybe even with your spouse. But you may want your girlfriends and a box of tissues on hand. If you haven't watched it, give it a few episodes and then sink into the meditations on family, loss and growing up. Sniff. If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I like to discuss it.
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