to good old family television? Now I consider myself a very open-minded person, but I have a beef with the lack of family shows these days. Thad and I were discussing this the other night. Remember all the good shows we grew up on? Family Ties, Growing Pains, Who's the Boss, The Brady Bunch, Little House on the Prairie, Facts of Life, and The Cosby Show were shows that I watched weekly. That may seem like a lot of television, but they were good shows. Each episode taught me something. They were appropriate for me to watch. They were funny. Why is this so hard to replicate in the 21st century?
There aren't any shows (that I can think of) out there today that a) are good, b) have your standard nuclear family, and c) are appropriate for the entire family to watch. I have no problem with single parent households, gay couples raising kids, or any of that. It's reality. But is it so wrong to have a show on television--network television--to promote this?
Let's take the Disney Channel for example. They are geared toward young kids or 'tweens' if you will. The problem is that the acting is horrible, the kids are constantly undermining one another, being rude and disrespectful to adults, and seem to have no point.
Last year we tried to watch a tv show together as a family. The only show we found was The Cosby Show...on TV LAND!
I want my kids to have their Elise Keaton, Cliff Huxtable, Mike and Carol Brady, Charles Ingalls, Mrs. Garrett to look up to. They loved their children dearly, yet had rules, expectations, and even consequences for poor decisions. I loved Mallory, Alex, Blair, Mike, Carol, Laura, Marsha, Jan, and Cindy. I also loved those parents. It's a shame that my kids don't have that at all.
These are just my two cents, and I am curious to know if any of you out there have found a decent show. For now I will stick to enjoying (by myself no less) The Hills (even though I gave it up when LC left), Sex and the City (awesome show, but not for kids) reruns, Larry King Live, and any other pointless show.