Saturday, February 11, 2012

The T.V. List

I've gotten a few requests and emails asking if I could share our T.V. list after our realization that perhaps our son was being exposed to unnecessary violence. This is by no means an all-inclusive list--as our kiddos were still only watching a selective number of shows and movies. We created these lists based on what shows and movies they were already watching. Also, I realize there is violence of some form or other in most shows. If you get really nit-picky you could say that things like name-calling, tattling, being rude/mean, etc. are violent. For us, it was important to not show them shows that contained overt violence, like physical violence or intentional, unwarranted violence. When a show on the OK list has some form of undesired behaviour (that is not overt physical violence), it's usually because it's part of the plot-line and the characters make a point to resolve it. We like that because it has the potential to teach the kiddos an important lesson. Also, for some of these, we just fast-forward the undesired parts!

Banned List

  • Almost all Disney movies (especially the old ones).
  • Cartoons, such as Sponge Bob (they had watched it a few times).
  • Inspector Gadget (Remember!? The old version--we {re}discovered it on Netflix and the kiddos really liked it--but it's super slapstick violent).
  • Babar The Movie ( most of this movie is OK, we just fast-forward some parts).
  • Ice Age
OK List


  • Franklin
  • Dora
  • Diego
  • Curious George
  • Wonder Pets
  • Sesame Street
  • Elmo's World
  • Little Bear
  • Big Comfy Couch
  • Clifford
  • Arthur

  • Barbie Movies--some we don't allow, depending on the content. The ones that get the OK so far are Twelve Dancing Princesses, Charm School and Island Princess.
  • Nemo
  • Curious George-the movie
  • Tinker Bell-The Great Fairy Rescue
  • The Little Mermaid (again, we fast forward some parts).

Hmmm and I think that's pretty much it for now. Hope it helps those that were wondering about this!

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