It's no secret that I'm not a big fan of television. I've had almost no TV reception since I moved away from home.
We do use the internet to watch some things and we have some VHS tapes and DVDs.
I love being able to watch General Conference- though our internet never seems to work at conference time.
I pretty much only watch shows when I'm sitting around feeding my babies their bedtime bottle. It can be tricky to read a book one-handed, especially if the baby is feeling wiggly and grabby. It's hard to just sit there for an hour trying to get the baby to sleep without something to do, so I look for something to watch or listen to.
Just for fun I wanted to share a few things that I have enjoyed watching and would recommend if you need something to watch. None of these are perfect and may not be for you. If you've got anything better to do, by all means do that instead! But if you're stuck in bed sick, pacing the floor with a baby, or what have you, these might come in handy.
BYU TV's show Granite Flats
The first season of this is available to watch and I thought they did a pretty good job. I personally wouldn't have my little kids watch it because they are super-sensitive and it would scare them. (They can't handle anything suspenseful.) But it's a clean family show and pretty interesting. Most families could probably watch it all together. There's kind of a plot that younger kids would enjoy and then a more "adult" plot for the older family members to enjoy. (Not adult as in icky.) They both come together to make a pretty good family show.
This appeals to my science-ey side. It's interesting to learn how they are able to make old buildings and bridges fall with such precision. It's like watching a ballet when they make things fall so gracefully. Trust me- it's interesting! And The Professor likes to pipe in about how shape charges work as he's worked with them before. I appreciated how clean this show was- no language, icky jokes, etc.
How Stuff Works
Again, love the science. I watch the Discovery stuff on Netflix so I get the whole show.
Once a week the kids are allowed to have a movie night. They pop a big bowl of plain popcorn (Shhh! Don't tell them it's not the most delicious thing ever!) and watch an hour or so of some show. For a long time they have been watching Busytown episodes on Netflix. Here are links to what those shows are if you are interested. They are cute, simple, have good morals and nothing terribly obnoxious about them. (Pig Will and Pig Won't are the worst offenders.)
Busy World of Richard Scarry
Lastly, a small gem that I only discovered in the past few days. I wanted something to listen to while I was sewing late at night. I realized I had in my queue a movie called Under the Greenwood Tree done by the BBC. I put that on and soon discovered that it was quite cute! Where has that movie been all my life?! The funny thing is, I recently obtained the book that movie is based on. The book is by Thomas Hardy. I was having a hard time getting into the book and had set it aside for awhile. Now I'm excited to pick it back up again and I hope it's even better than the movie.
Now, I'll admit, the movie and story aren't as great as, say, Pride and Prejudice, but if you enjoy that sort of thing, you'll enjoy this. The characters did come across a little flat and shallow. (I'm hoping the book is much better.) I found the costumes to be absolutely breathtaking! The dresses that Fancy wears are simply gorgeous. I'm just itching to make a dress like those from the movie simply because they are so lovely. This is my favorite one:
So, maybe there's hope for TV after all.
Well, only a little.
But I'm grateful for the few people out there who are making anything worthwhile for folks to watch. 'Cuz every now and then it really is nice to have something to watch to pass the time while holding babies late at night, while sick or laid up in bed, or for a little company during a late-night sewing spree!
Do you have any suggestions for a picky TV watcher like me? I'd love to have some ideas for what to put on the next time I'm up late with a cranky baby.