There's a reason there's a ban on Barney in my house. Mostly that reason is because Barney is freaking stupid. If my children are only getting a half hour of television three days a week, it had better be quality TV. (More when mommy is tired and/or needs some alone time with daddy.) And by quality, I mean adult quality.
Take this awesome promo by Sesame Street, hinting at wonderful things to come in their Fall 2011 season.
Now, that's entertainment. Something my son laughed his head off about and I can appreciate because a) I love the blue man and Grover sketches, and b) who doesn't want to make fun of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark?
Here are more examples of -- and accolades for -- television kid writers, who clearly feel for the parents who are sitting next to the little ones.
For parents who love acid and Phyllis Diller, The Bugaloos will mesmerize your children (hey, it was my favorite as a kid) and you! Enjoy.
The Muppets: Bohemian Rhapsody
Nothing brings together Gen X parents and their offspring like the Muppets. The Muppets covering Queen's epic "Bohemian Rhapsody"? That's parent/kid bonding gold.
Teletubbies: Who Spilled the Custard?
A special shout-out to our subversive parents, who are hysterical over Tinky Winky wondering "who spilled the tubby custard"? Of course it was the purple guy.
Yo Gabba Gabba: Tony Hawk Dancey Dance
Yo Gabba is basically made by parents, for parents. But the guys really put it over the top by having skating superstar Tony Hawk do a dancey dance. My husband watches this more than my kids.
What's your favorite kid show?
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