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LoverOfJoy
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What shows are currently still on that are "family friendly"?

How did you find out that they were family friendly? Did you watch with the fam and just hope? Did you have some private time to watch yourself first before exposing your children? Did you hear about it from friends?

I remember Card complaining about Smallville going downhill. Have you seen other formerly family friendly shows turn into something not so family friendly?

I didn't have tv for a while and now I don't recognize most of the shows. I don't have time to taste-test them all. Any advice?

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"I remember Card complaining about Smallville going downhill. Have you seen other formerly family friendly shows turn into something not so family friendly?"
I honestly think that every single show on the WB simply sucks. Unfortunately, every single roomate of mine seems to love the shows (Smallville, One Tree Hill, Jack and Bobby, etc.). I can't think of any family-friendly show on network TV right now. I think that on cable, most of the shows in the Disney channel would be fine, and I know that a lot of kids like watching Animal Planet.
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That all depends on "your" family. Do you have children? How old are they? Etc. What I watch with my teenage boys might not be family friendly to you. If you let me know your situation I, and I'm sure others, will be happy to help. [Smile]

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My wife and kids love Smallville, and against my will I got sucked into watching an ep of Jack and Bobby, and it was really good. Is Veronica Mars on WB? That is a good show.

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I have a 7 year old son. My wife was sexually abused as a child and her exhusband got heavily addicted to porn and started demanding very kinky sex before she divorced him so she is very sensitive anything remotely like porn. The sexual innuendos in the Simpsons, Seinfeld, or Friends would be too much for her.
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We've watched Animal Planet but that has gotten so old to me, lately.

I'm sure there are some good (as in entertaining) shows on Disney but the ones I've seen so far have been pretty lame.

There are a number of cartoons I feel fine letting our son watch, although my wife and I have a hard time maintaining interest in them.

I'd be interested in shows that my wife and I could watch after Ethan went to bed. But by that time, most shows seem to be full of violence or sexual innuendos.

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Wow. I cannot think of a single fictional show (though I'm not a big teevee person). One of my co-workers is very sensitive about letting her children see sex, and the only network show they watch is "My Wife and Kids"; I've never seen it myself. You may be better off with DVDs.
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Yes. Kill your cable/satellite subscription. Many TV shows are on DVD now. That may be your best bet.
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Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is a great family show.

The Amazing Race is a great family show.

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Yeah, we wouldn't pay for cable. Since starting my master's program, we've lived in oncampus housing which includes free cable. Before that we pretty much lived off of movies from the library. My wife loves the decorating shows (although I don't think I've ever seen the extreme makeover show...when's that on?) and American Idol (she drove with my sister-in-law out to Vegas to try out, even).

I'm just amazed that there aren't any sitcoms any more that don't rely heavily on sexual innuendos. Is that the only subject considered funny anymore?

p.s. what's the Amazing Race? It sounds intriguing.

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I don't watch sitcoms because of the innuendoes. I don't watch them because they are not funny.
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This link should give you what you're looking for.

http://www.parentstv.org/

I've used it to find new shows, by browsing the "bad" list.

I'd also recommend a DVR, so that if there is a good show on daytime TV you can time-shift it, and you can skip commercials -- as pointed out in other threads, these are often not aligned with the same standards as the programming they are paired with.

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The Amazing Race is one of the best reality TV shows. Pairs of contestants race each other around the world while competing in various mental and physical stunts, getting lost, begging ticketing agents in airports for better flights, dragging unwilling camels across the Sahara, etc.
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This is one of the few shows that my wife and I watch together. We would let the kids, but it is usually on after their bed time. The oldest has watched it but he is usually doing homework while it is on.

You do get some of the problems of when people are under stress, but at the end they all make nice. And usually the best team wins, or at least the team you like wins.

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I'm just amazed that there aren't any sitcoms any more that don't rely heavily on sexual innuendos. Is that the only subject considered funny anymore?
Apparently. [Frown] Have you tried TV Land?
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I'm just amazed that there aren't any sitcoms any more that don't rely heavily on sexual innuendos. Is that the only subject considered funny anymore?
Hmm, that would require actual writing for content or something. Sex / relationship humor is a cheap joke.

Ironically, "Last Comic Standing"--which I loved--had its share of more-adult moments, but had less sex than the average prime-time comedy.

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"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is a great family show."
Oh, I forgot about that one. I would agree that show is great for the whole family. I think American Idol is also kid-friendly and fun to watch. Other than those two reality shows, I am not so sure that many other are kid-friendly. That mom swap show is kind of funny, but that Swan show definately isn't...although next week a girl from Concordia is going to be featured. [Roll Eyes]
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*fears the Swan*

The Biggest Loser is G-rated.

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Okay,

haven't posted in a long time, what about Dharma and Greg - is that too much innuendo? Or Becker?

Or Everybody loves Raymond, or Home Improvement?

For non sitcoms, maybe Joan of Arcadia?

I don't know what times they are on, although I'm fairly sure all are non prime time. But you probably have a programmable VCR (and if not they are cheap enough even starving college students can afford one..) so the actual times shouldn't be too critical.

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My wife used to love Everybody Loves Raymond, but after a while she felt too many of the episodes were pushing the limits. The few episodes I saw were fairly funny, though.

Home Improvement was good but it's so weird how shows seem to go downhill as the kids grow up. It's worth a try though.

I think Dharma and Greg was a show my wife liked, although I can't remember if I've ever seen it. We'll have to watch for it. I've never heard of Becker but I'll check the listings.

We've never been couch potatoes anyway, so it's not a particularly big deal, but if there were some good shows it would be fun to watch now and then.

Thanks for the advice.

p.s. for some reason every vcr we've bought did a horrible job of recording. Any ideas why that is or any suggestions on a worth while deal for a vcr?

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I have a DVD/VCR from Samsung (a company I like for many reasons), and have been very happy with it. As for recording, I really don't use the VCR for that anymore, as I get Comcast and can record shows onto my cable box.
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L/J: might i recommend food network?

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All but the cheapest SVHS VCRs should do a decent job recording. I'm assuming that you are speaking about picture quality and not the ease of programming. It is worth looking into DVRs before you buy (TIVO, ReplayTV).

Home theater spot is a great website, and there is product info as well as reviews.

http://hometheaterspot.pricegrabber.com/search_attrib.php/page_id=76/form_keyword=SVHS

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The only show I watch regularly anymore is Mythbusters, which I would highly recommend. Family friendly, entertaining for all ages, and educational all at once.
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L/J: might i recommend food network?
My brother in law recommended some asian chef tournament show that I've forgotten the name of...Iron Chef or something like that? Is that on the food network? I saw a bit of it with him one time in passing and it looked pretty funny.

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All but the cheapest SVHS VCRs should do a decent job recording
That's our problem...we keep thinking we can only justify the cheapest...although I thought they were well-known brands.

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It is worth looking into DVRs before you buy (TIVO, ReplayTV).
Don't those have monthly subscription fees to work? We might be able to justify a one-time splurge but I don't think we could ever talk ourselves into a subscription service. We go through too many long periods where we're both too busy to watch tv.
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Yikes, that mythbuster website crashed my firefox.

It sounds good, though.

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Originally posted by LoverOfJoy:
That's our problem...we keep thinking we can only justify the cheapest...although I thought they were well-known brands.

If you're on a tight TV budget, avoid DVRs - they're relatively expensive in first-time charges and monthly fees.

To find a decent VHS player, do two things. First, look for an S-Video or component video connection on the player. This indicates that the hardware is somewhat more up-to-date. Even if you don't have this type of connection on your TV, the player's guts should be higher quality. If you hunt around, you should be able to find such a machine for under $100.

Second, I'd recommend setting your record for SP if you haven't already. Even though this means 2 hours per tape instead of 6 hours per tape, you're probably recording over the same tape more than once - right? SP will give you much better picture quality (less "snow", fewer tracking problems).

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So how do you avoid getting a vcr that makes grinding noises when you hit play and the grinding intensifies any time you rewind or fast forward. [Big Grin]

It seems like all three vcr's we got ended up doing that a few weeks after we got them.

I'm positive our son isn't feeding it oatmeal or anything. [Razz] We even tried one of those video rewinders for one of the vcr's but it happened anyway.

The other problem is the sound. I wouldn't mind if the picture wasn't as crystal clear as the original (remember I didn't have cable for a long time...I'm used to imperfect pictures) but even when we record on SP the sound tends to get so quiet on replay...especially if we are recording over an earlier recording.

Do VCR's that have the better video via S-video also always have better sound?

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Yikes, that mythbuster website crashed my firefox.
That sucks. I'm using firefox too (an old version, even) and it worked fine. Must be all that flash Discovery uses on their site.
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I think that most shows are family friendly, if you aren't scared to talk with your kids. The one "Joan of Arcadia" I saw was well-done. I imagine that Gilmore Girls is tame, also. Once kids get eleven or twelve, I don't know, I think that most good shows are up for grabs.

I don't know, if family entertainment means Home Improvement, I don't know. I take my own issues with the morals of that show.

If you mean a show where nobody cares about sex, violence, drugs, or responsibility, well, I don't know.

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Man! Grinding noises are not ok [Smile] I hope you were able to return them. And stay away from those top-loaders at the swap meet.

Technically, you could have S-Video with lousy audio circuits, but it is less likely. Combination DVD-VCR players are more likely to have good audio output circuits. But given your physical problems, I think it is more likely that the problem is on the record side. Did you have a problem with sound on pre-recorded commerical tapes? If you are connecting L-R audio on RCA, it could be those cables as well.

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We did return two but the third one we finally just gave up. They were all different brands/models, too, so it wasn't just some lame-o manufacturer. I guess all the low end models are prone to it. *shrug*

We avoided combo machines because we thought it'd suck to have to buy a new dvd player if the vcr half died on us. Our cheapo apex dvd player has treated us better than a lot of our friends' more expensive dvd players.

We occasionally had problems with sound on old videos from the library but we always assumed it was simply the age and overuse of the video...not the vcr. It's possible that the audio cords were contributing I guess...hadn't thought of that...but I don't think that's the only factor, because often the sound is acceptable on storebought movies.

When I say acceptable, I mean we can hear everything without maxing out the tv volume. Our current vcr that has been the best of the three is a magnavox monaural vcr. Sad that it works better than the 2 slightly more expensive models whose brand escapes me at the moment. The grinding on this one started after the warranty expired and it is only sporadic as opposed to the persistant grinding of the other two. But taping American Idol was still pretty pointless. We could barely make out the singing and it was warped.

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LoJ, you must be doing something wrong. I'm guessing it's your cords, or that the library tapes were dirty and came off on your machine. I'd say, get thee to Radio Shack, they are pretty knowledgable and are good about letting stuff be returned if it doesn't work.
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My brother in law recommended some asian chef tournament show that I've forgotten the name of...Iron Chef or something like that? Is that on the food network? I saw a bit of it with him one time in passing and it looked pretty funny.
I even enjoy it, and I hate cooking! There's a group of chefs, each with a different style, one of whom faces a challenger. A mystery ingredient is revealed and the two chefs each have an hour to make a set of dishes using it, which are then tested by a panel of judges. I think my favorite episode has been the one where the mystery ingredient was yogurt, and neither chef had so much as seen it before!

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yep, iron chef it is. it's brilliant stuff, IMHO. unfortunately, now that i think about it, food network generally runs it rather late at night fridays (10:00pm EST) or IIRC, sunday at 7:00pm (again EST).

i'm a big foodie, so the original japanese iron chef is mandatory viewing for me. i've described it to others as professional wrestling meets cooking show with NFL commentators. it was a huge phenomenon over in japan when it aired and it created quite a stir when food network started airing it here.

there was a (thankfully) short-lived iron chef USA that aired on UPN. avoid this if you value your sanity: they got the trappings right, but the atmosphere is all wrong, IMHO.

food network will be airing its own US version, iron chef america, featuring food network personalities, in january. they've run 4 episodes (?) previously, which they will no doubt run again as a lead-in for the new series. i've seen those episodes and i think they're just about perfect at recapturing the feel of the show.

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The japanese version of Iron Chef is always going to be superior because they'll throw common american foods at the chefs like that yogurt episode.

I watched one with yellow squash as the mystery ingredient. Apparently neither chef and none of the judges had ever seen it before. I was thinking one of the chefs didn't realize it was a vegetable and not a fruit: squash ice cream...mmmmm...just like mom used to make.

Not.

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actually, they'll make the darnedest things into ice cream on that show.

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I love how that show is always rigged so the iron chef wins. heh
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shark fin sorbet is always popular... as are shark fin soup, shark fin salad, roast, cake, pie, shark fin feuillete, deglaze, sauce, shark fin apperitif...
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quote:
Originally posted by ed:
L/J: might i recommend food network?

ed

I LOVE THE FOOD NETWORK...

IRON CHEF!!!

it rulz

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