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My kids (age 2 and 3) get to watch 30 minutes of TV during the week. Monday through Saturday they alternate watching a show of their choosing at 7pm, before jammies and reading books before bed. Here are some thoughts on children's television.
Phineas and Ferb - Insane engineering and imaginative inventions coupled with the very laid back attitude of the two main characters makes this a show I don't feel bad letting my kids watch. It is entertaining and (I think) helps kids feel they can do anything (even if it violates the laws of physics). Kids should feel like they can do anything.
Sesame Street - it was a staple of my childhood and it makes me happy that my kids enjoy something that I also enjoyed as a kid.
DinoDan - Has dinosaurs in it. And the animation dinosaurs are superimposed on real action. OH NOES - DINOSAURS ARE REAL! But they never eat anyone... weird. My kids love it.
Max & Ruby - (I still think Max & Ruby's parents are off boozing with Dora and Diego's rents) Overbearing older sister forces younger brother to do weird things. Younger brother attempts to simultaneously be nice to his sister and annoy the hell out of her. Seems fairly realistic. Except for the older sister's patience... what is she a Saint?
My kids also love Dora (my son) and Diego (my daughter). Dora has the weird effect that it instantly puts me to sleep. It is her weird eyes that don't point in the same direction. When she stares at you, I think it hypnotizes me and I instantly fall asleep. Therefore, I leave the room during Dora.
Shows that are not allowed on the television in my house:
Wonderpets - stupid duck. If I have to hear about things getting "SEERWEOUS" one more time I will lose my shit. 'Oh no, the stupid pink unicorn is stuck in the mud... we must help him.' If that is the worst thing that happens today - I vote best day ever. The animation (or is it claymation... I really cannot tell) makes me want to vomit.
Barney - Stupid purple dinosaur. Annoying purple dinosaur. BAD DINOSAUR, BAD DINOSAUR!