Banned TV Shows


banned children's TV programsUnless your toddler has figured out how to operate the remote control already (dread the day), you probably still have some control over what they watch on TV.

Perhaps you've even banned some TV programs from being shown -- either because you're uncomfortable with the content or they're just so annoying you can't bear them yourself.

"Caliou. That's the one we banned," says one mom of two girls in The CafeMom Newcomer's Club. "That show bugs the crap out of me, and my husband doesn't want my daughter to learn how to whine like him."

"Most things on Nick, Disney, and anything that is meant for tweens," says another mom. "Barney, Teletubies, Wiggles aren't allowed either. My son will turn the channel if they come on."

Are there any banned television shows in your house? What are they and why do you ban them? 

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shiva... shivasgirl

we banned SpongeBob....because before we got custody of my stepson, his mom would put him in front of the TV for 6 hours or more with a SpongeBob tape, yeah ..she admitted it, and his speech was severly delayed, what words he could say that you could understand were from the cartoon...My twins have never seen it..if it comes on NickJr they yell, SpongeBob, turn it off!

JPsMo... JPsMommy605

Since I don't have cable, I don't have to worry about my son learning the remote - in fact, I'm helping him learn how to use it.  My son only watches videos.  But as for videos that will never step food in my house - SpongBob and the big purple dinosuar.  I still don't understand why people think Caillou whines - his manners are great and my son and I both love him - it's a show that my son can definitely use as a role model!  I've watched almost every show and never heard him whine for anything. 

Beths... Bethsunshine

When my kids were younger, we banned Barney, Teletubbies, Caillou ( I watched it one time and he was throwing a temper tantrum, yeah that's something I wanted my kids to learn) and Spongebob. We just got cable again about 2 months ago and there are VERY few programs they're allowed to watch.

Octob... Octobersmom

Noggin and Nick JR...we used to let our dd watch daily but she just learned how to lie and be afraid of thunderstorms from those shows. 

donea... doneal1102

My daughter likes to watch t.v. in the mornings..we've had to cut back alot because when she got to where she was interested in t.v. thats all she wanted to do. I don't see a problem with Barney,I mean it's annoying but I don't see where it could be bad.My daughter loves to sing the songs. Also, she absolutely loves Dora.and I don't mind her watching it at all..since she's been watching it she even knows a few Spanish words. and thankfully she's never gotten into Caillou b/c I can't stand it.

justa... justanotherjen

I banned Barney, Teletubbies and Caillou when the kids were toddlers.  And anything else the bugged the crap out of me.  If I had to sit and watch it too and it made my ears bleed then they didn't watch it.

Now they are 8, 7, 6 and 3 and watch pretty much whatever they want because I don't usually watch with them.  They stick to Disney, Nick and Noggin usually.

DreaK... DreaKevAiyana

Spongebob (if my 30 year old male friend loves it, I know it must be horrible!), Yo Gabba Gabba, Dora, Blue's Clues, Little Bill, Max & Ruby.  These are just shows that are on some of her DVD's, but we never watch Nick or Disney or anything like that on TV (if she's watching TV it's usually Discovery channel with her Daddy).  Although she loves The Wonder Pets & Backyardigans (especially!).  I don't mind either of those shows, especially the Backyardigans because all she has learned from that show is to sing and dance around (and pretend to be riding a horse or swim like a mermaid or whatever!).

Emmy_... Emmy_Dollface

LOL, the only ones we allow are Veggie Tales, Imagination Movers, Pooh, Mickey Mouse and Wonder Pets. Sometimes Handy Manny will slip in. But the rest are not allowed because of the annoyance factor. The Wiggles makes me want to punch the television. She only pays attention to about 10 minutes of each anyways.

Morbi... MorbidFraggle

I banned Barney and Elmo. My son is 3 and has no idea who either of those characters are. I can't stand Barney or Elmo.

We watch Dora, Diego, Wonder Pets, Olivia, Little Bill and Pinky Dinky Doo!

Kenre Kenre

We don't have outside connection with our TV. So, our kids have a limited amount of DVDs they are allowed to watch. If a DVD doesn't pass DH and my watching tests, then the kids don't watch it.

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