When you first have a kid, you want to believe that you won’t have your television on 24/7, because every study and website out there lambasts you for even thinking of turning on the boob-tube while your kid is anywhere near it. So, for awhile, you tried to be that household – the one that consumes less television. When you just had to have the television on, you pointed your baby away from it, toward more educational stuff – like the wall.
But let’s be honest – you’re human and you’ve got stuff to do. Once your kid learns to walk, you need some sort of wizard’s spell to keep your kid in one place for more than 2 minutes. Toys and books work for awhile, but eventually, everyone goes back to their old friend, the television. All those flashing colors and animal sounds are like magic spells for a kid. And within reason, you can let your kid watch the television without melting his brain.
Now that my son is learning about the real world, and not just taking Yo Gabba Gabba at face value, I’ve been able to filter some “normal” adult television back into our evening schedules. The four shows I’ve had the most success with, after the jump.