School bells are ringing. The sunny days of summer feel like a distant memory. The days are also getting shorter and colder. The first sickness of the season has begun to make the rounds. All this makes us want to dig out the quilts, snuggle up, and turn on the television. But what are we watching?
Good television shows are getting harder and harder to find. We know all about the ailments brought about by too much tv, so we want to make what we watch count. It’s so easy to be caught up by a show. Before you know it, you may have spent countless hours in front of the television just trying to relax. We like to make sure that what we are watching is educational or Christian most of the time. When it’s not, we want to make sure that it is, at the very least, wholesome.
Pureflix and Crossflix are both Christian companies similar to Netflix, and without questionable content. Both have free trials available. I highly suggest doing them at different times so you don’t feel like you have to binge watch too much to see what you like.
Tried and True
Although we enjoy watching something new now and then, older shows are new to my kids! To my surprise, they don’t even seem phased by the strange hair and fashion that you might find on something from the 90s. Here are movies and shows that we enjoy watching lately…
Popular Mechanics for Kids
My kids adore this show. They don’t seem to notice the 1990s styles. Even though I have told them that Elisha is closer to mommy’s age than theirs, they still talk about her like she is one of their best friends. Plus they are learning science and technology. Who could argue with that?
Anne of Green Gables
I have to be honest. I really turned these movies on for myself. I was hoping my kids would enjoy them, but I just didn’t know if my son would relate to the main character being a girl and all the talk of romance. I have never been more wrong! All three of my children were sucked in from the first few minutes. I know most people like for kids to read the books first, but sometimes when my son doesn’t want to read a book, he watches the movie and gets interested enough to pick it up. Give it a try sometime!
Little House on the Prairie
I watched reruns of this show almost every day growing up. The books are obvious staples for us homeschoolers. We love to treat ourselves by watching the movie after we read the book. (Except when we watch the movie first, like mentioned above!) This show is a great wholesome extension of the books.
I have a budding engineer at my house. Call me crazy, but the Skipper, Gilligan, and the Professor were all ahead of their time with their crazy inventions. You always think the latest one is finally going to get them off the island. Plus the show takes place on the beach, so it gets us geared up for upcoming vacations! It also reminds us of Swiss Family Robinson, another family favorite!
Not all old shows are wholesome. I have watched some shows in my adulthood that were staples when I was a child. Sometimes I am shocked at the things I was allowed to watch! You definitely have a different lens when looking at things through parent eyes!
Take MacGyver for instance. I am not saying that it isn’t a great show. My husband loved it and suggested that we check it out of the library for our son who loves to invent things. He did enjoy it, however we only watched about three episodes before returning it. I kept saying, “Ooops. That’s a bad word. Don’t repeat that!” My kids couldn’t quit talking about how MacGyver kissed a different girl in each episode. Again, I don’t want to ruin MacGyver for anyone, but we need to be aware–especially when our kids are picking up on all the details.
Relax and Enjoy Your TV Time
I hope you were reminded of a show you would like to check out again, or maybe even for the first time. Perhaps you are going to give Pureflix or Crossflix a try. Whatever you do, I hope you can snuggle under a comfy quilt and relax and enjoy some wholesome entertainment. Happy watching!
What are you watching?