Did you know that this week is TV Turn Off Week? I thought this might be a good time to talk about TV, specifically about children’s television.
I am a total kids’ TV snob. If I don’t like it, they don’t watch it. Even if it’s supposed to be good. Case in point: Cyberchase on PBS. Melissa Wiley recently made a case for this show that made me wonder what I have been missing. I thought about the latest tutorial I saw on there and I wrote off that particular show a couple years ago after seeing one episode that I thought was inane. After reading what Melissa had to say, though, I think that perhaps it deserves a second look. Similarly, we don’t watch Arthur or its spin-off, Postcards From Buster because there’s too much of the S-word (stupid) and I don’t like the nasty way that siblings interact on those shows. We don’t watch Caillou because of the whine factor. We have enough of that stuff in real life.
Some PBS shows we do like, though, are Maya and Miguel (I like the way the way that brother and sister love and care for each other on that show) and Curious George (not as good as the books, but cute and sweet nonetheless), and the classic Thomas and Friends (once again, completely harmless and fun for little ones).
Are you turning your sets off this week? Or do you do that every week? Weigh in with your own children’s television picks and pans.