I have Basic Plus Cable, so not many channels. I enjoy TV land, three PBS stations, and a local station that plays some old TV shows. I’m home a lot. This is what I have seen this week, either on purpose or by accident.
Sunday Mass (on a local station).
Many episodes of The Andy Griffith Show (watching one right now).
Several episodes of Fraiser.
Several episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond.
A marathon on TV Land of Leave it to Beaver.
Daily episodes of The Bonnie Hunt Show.
Movie - The Chronicles of Narnia (twice).
Movie - Return to Me (twice).
Movie - 9 to 5
Daily episodes of Cash in the Attic.
Antique Road Show
Several episodes of the Golden Girls (not always with the most “innocent” show, but mostly nice.)
PBS - For Our Children (I think that is the name), a show that gives parents and caretakers ideas to be their child’s first teacher.
PBS - Keeping Up Appearances and As Time Goes By
Several Episodes of Yes, Dear.
Tommy the Engine (think that is the name, kids show, but I like watching it, very relaxing)
PBS - Jack Benny Show, Ozzie and Harriet Show, and a special about the history of comedy
I could go on, but you get the picture. There are nice things on TV. I do think that sometimes, as someone suggested, taping shows to avoid watching commercials is a good idea. I tend to either mute commercials or push the line in button on my remote until I think the commercial is over. I prefer to mute and get up and out of the room for a couple of minutes, though.
Another good idea is to build a collection of your favorite movies/TV shows on DVD or tape and when you get disgusted or bored by TV pick one up and pop it in. That can be a great relief when you are noticing stuff on TV that irks you. I also get a kick out of just grabbing my remote and deleting the channel when I don’t like what I see - than adding it back on later when I am over it. Of course, I permanetly delete channels such as MTV.
What really bugs me is there have been times I have gone to work out at the local community gym and there is one of those video channels on the big TV in front of the machines. Nothing like running on a tread mill and having nothing to look at but a bunch of practically naked women bumping and grinding (or whatever you call it nowadays)! At least when you are at home you can control what is on your on TV. There is always the option of stopping the cable, using the internet for news, and just buying shows and movies you want on DVD. I wouldn’t like that myself because I do love PBS, especially during Christmas-time.