While this is under the label "For Tweens" it no doubt could also be filed under "For You." The time has ended that we can trust our kids will eat up Disney shows and terribly written and produced live action shows. Both my kids refuse to watch anything with a laugh track. I've tried to explain why some shows have it but honestly... I don't think I understand myself!
My kids make me watch TV with them. They don't shackle me to the couch or anything, but they plead with me until I give in. My tween doesn't care as much as my 6yo, but they love it when I'm literally just sitting next to them. In all honesty this has historically been my nap time (*between us, dirty little secret). But recently I awoke to find vampires and people swearing and realized I should probably wake the hell up.
For awhile I decided to go Old School. Nancy Drew was a hit for awhile but the blatant sexism was too much (my tween asked, "Why is [the female victim] just standing there? Why isn't she fighting?]. So then I thought LIttle House on the Prairie would be both entertaining and give us a lot to talk about. But in the first season between multiple deaths, plagues, hard life on the prairie, and realizing it's all very much steeped in religion (nothing against it but it's heavy handed), my Tween took out the DVD and said, "Mommy, I think I'm too young to watch this."
My mother let me watch Starsky & Hutch, Dukes of Hazard, Dynasty, Three's Company and Knots Landing. If you are too young to know what those are trust me, it was the late '70s/early '80s and the reigns were loose.
I'm not an expert on TV. I'm a mom. A writer. And a lover of television. And in the name of quality and having to stare at the screen with my kids, I've developed a running list of watchable, sometimes even memorable, shows. In addition, my family watches a movie together on Friday nights, so I have an ever-growing list of acceptable parent-kid movies as well.
This list starts out at my own tween's age - 9 - and I plan to build on it from here. I'll have a section for TV and one for Movies. Apologies if it skews girls...but it's what I know. And I'm only including shows I've watched with my kids that I can vouch for (though every parent has her/his own feelings on certain subject matter...). Please jump in below and suggest your faves!