Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Parental Info on DirecTV

DirecTV offers info on practically every show for parents. I do mean, just about every show. Not only that but they have family discussion questions for the very worst of them. You know the ones kids should not be near at all, let alone with sane parents? Well, these are a few of the best.

Beavis and Butt-Head
All right, Billy, we're going to watch Beavis and Butt-Head and then we're having an intellectual discussion on its relevance to society. Think really hard on the issues it presents. Did you just laugh when I said hard? God dammit, Billy!

Families can talk about role models. Do you expect to find positive role models in the shows you watch? Which ones exist? What aspects of their behavior impress you? Do you think their characteristics are transferrable to the real world? Teens: Why do you think this show has been remade? Does it offer any positive content for viewers? Is its comedy style similar to any other show you watch? Do you find it funny? Are you familiar with the MTV shows that are highlighted in Beavis and Butt-head? If not, are you more inclined to watch them after seeing the clips here? How does intermingling shows like this serve as advertising? Do you think that factored into the plans for this series?

Daddy really likes this show. We're going to figure out why.

Families can talk about what it means to treat other people with respect. Does this show treat its subjects respectfully? Does it matter whether subjects are willingly participating in the issues and events the show covers (dwarf tossing, for example)? What messages does the show send about sex, alcohol, and other hot-button issues? Do you think producers hope teens will watch? Why or why not?

1,000 Ways to Die
Fictitious representations of death aren't teaching you anything. We laugh at real people's problems in this family. Even if they don't always live through it.

Families can talk about the pros and cons of featuring accidents and/or deaths on a reality show. Is it ever OK to treat these events as a source of entertainment? Does it make a difference if the stories are presented within the context of educating viewers? Families can also talk discuss how death and dying are treated in mainstream American culture. Did you know that some cultures incorporate death as a major part of life? How does this show treat its subjects?

The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Jessica, with any luck this will be your life someday. Jessica?  JESSICA!? Put down that book on the LSAT!!

Families can talk about the appeal of watching shows about wealthy, elite members of society. Why do you think the Real Housewives franchise is so successful? What kinds of messages do these shows send about people who have money? Do you think people really want to be like them? What would be the hardest part about living like these people? The easiest? Families can also discuss some of the featured on the show. Some of them talk about their troubled pasts. How do you think that impacts the way they live their lives?

Also, on a final note, they had this to say about Spongebob Squarepants:

‎"Parents need to know that this cartoon includes violent, dark satirical humor that will confuse kids who can't separate fantasy and reality."

Yes Spongebob is violent and dark and a mockery of sponges everywhere.  He will corrupt your mind as he washes your dishes.  Beware!


  1. LMAO! Love it, Ben. I used to love the "real" housewife shows, but now they've become boring...same ole shit over and over. Instead, I now watch the World Wrestling Federation...at least they have rules.

    Long ago, I didn't let my two girls watch "The Smurf's" because I thought they were evil little blue bastards, especially that imposter, Gargamel. They've ragged me about that for 30 years now. The pitfalls of the mother hood. Sigh....

    Love your new music. 'Tis Divine. xoxo

  2. I am no help here as I rarely watch TV and have seen NONE of these shows. Am I human? Not even sure anymore. Thank goodness I don't have little children anymore. I'm pretty sure there would be very little they should watch on the boob tube.

  3. Lol!! I donno about these TV shows, but I loved they way you described. ;)

  4. Marion: I never knew you liked wrestling! I used to watch when I thought it was real. The smurfs are okay from time to time though. A bit too wholesome though. There's far better things for kids to watch. Glad you liked the music :) This playlist was a lot of trouble. I tried to go for a Bluegrass Christmas collection but only found one song on the site. So I figured I'd do a jazzy Christmas instead.

    Annie: No Spongebob or Beavis and Butt-head?? But if you did have little ones it's easy enough to block on parental controls. Another fine feature of DirecTV ;)

    Shreya: I guess I watch more basic cable than most. It's rather interesting to see which shows society picks up on though. We've always got to get our sex and blood lust somewhere.

    Wander: Thanks Wander! Glad you liked the post :)

  5. Oh, yeah Ben, my Aunt Mace, who raised us, was a huge wrestling fan (or as she said, 'rasslin')waaaay back in the day. She'd sit in her rocking chair with her Busch Beer in one hand, a filterless Pall Mall in the other, and make all us kids be as quiet as mouses while she watched, cheered & cussed like a sailor. I learned all my cuss words from her. I recall The Sheik who threw fireballs in the ring, Andre the Giant, Hulk Hogan and Gorgeous George. We kids thought it was fake, but God help us if we EVER said that to her. She's get a belt and chase us all over the house for lying. LOL! Fond memories. ;-)

  6. Wow I love your post, It's really nice.
    One kiss

  7. Do you watch any of these shows, Pitufina? :)


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