I often bemoan the lack of appropriate television for children. There is great pre-school programming and then it all goes downhill- quickly. We have tried nearly every show on the Disney Channel because that is what “everyone watches.” While I know that my oldest often exaggerates with the ‘everyone’ comments, this one isn’t far from the truth. If the tween set is watching network programing, chances are they are watching the Disney Channel. This means they are watching shows about middle and high schoolers. Not only are the story lines about children far older than they are but the shows are poorly written and the characters are completely disrespectful.
In an attempt to find fun and appropriate things for the girls to watch we have gotten creative. The girls have watched entire seasons of The Brady Bunch, Full House and The Cosby Show. Right now, we are experimenting with reality shows. I am honestly finding that if chosen well, these show are more appropriate than the Disney Channel. Currently, they are loving John and Kate Plus Eight and American Idol.
So you can imagine my excitement when Rob told me last week that there was going to be a new Cosby Show. It’s as if the Cos had heard my request. His comments about the show? “”There is a viewership out there that wants to see comedy, and warmth, and love, and surprise, and cleverness, without going into the party attitude” and there is an audience that “would like to see a married couple that acts like they love each other, warts and all, children who respect the parenting, and the comedy of people who make mistakes. Warmth and forgiveness.”
Thank you Bill Cosby! We can’t wait!