When I was a kid, there were a few shows that were completely off-limits. The one I remember the most was Married… With Children.
Even though it was a popular series at the time, my parents had issues with it. I was a loyal kid, so I never questioned them. To this day, decades later, I still feel like I’m doing something wrong if I catch a glimpse of the show in syndication — so something stuck.
These days, there are so many channels and programs out there that parents literally can’t prescreen them all. Back in the day, there was no Netflix or YouTube. Most cable shows were known to keep things clean during the daytime hours, but even now, networks are starting to adjust their standards.
Plus, self-made entertainers are putting their own content out there on an hourly basis. So how do parents gain more control over what their kids watch?
One of the easiest things to do is talk to your kids about what they’re currently viewing. Make it an open conversation, and try not to judge. Remember, shows are more open about drugs and sex these days. If teens see it, it doesn’t mean they’ll be influenced to do it.
If something seems questionable, let them know why. You can also guide them in the right direction. So many great shows from our own childhoods are currently streaming, meaning that you can turn your favorite television show into a way to bond with your teen. New shows are also coming out pretty quickly that tackle once-taboo topics, helping kids become even more accepting.
Here are 15 television shows that your teen will benefit from watching.