My daughter is currently in the ninth grade and she just turned fifteen, last month, but since she was a baby I always encouraged her to be tenacious, curious, and hungry for knowledge through books, movies, life experiences, and television shows. I did not see any harm in watching television per se, but I was always picky about the shows she watched. I did not use TV as a substitute for a baby sitter. If my daughter was interested in some shows, I would watch them with her and enjoy them as much as she did: cartoons, learning channels for little kids, shows about animals and nature, to name a few.
Now she is much older, she makes her own decisions regarding her immediate interests on what TV shows to watch and I respect that.
At present her favorite television shows are:
1) CSI is a CBS show about investigating and solving the crimes.
She watches this show once a week in the evening after she has finished with her homework; I watch it with her sometimes. It is a thought-provoking and mind-boggling show in my opinion, but I personally cannot stomach the crime scenes; they are too gruesome to watch for my taste. My daughter, on the other hand, is totally O.K. with that.
2) Bones is a crime comedy-drama TV series on Fox.
The show deals with the human remains, focusing on the cause of death and uncovering the mystery behind the FBI case files with help of forensic anthropology and forensic archaeology. The whole show is a dark comedy where eccentric scientists paired up with criminal investigators to solve the puzzle. The show brings up to surface such conflicting topics as: science and faith or atheism vs. God.
3) House is a medical drama TV show on Fox (ran until 2012).
My daughter is addicted to this show and watches it in reruns. The main character of the show is Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie). He is a drug-addicted, unconventional, misanthropic and a very cocky medical genius, with a seemingly non-existent emotional sensitivity toward human pain and suffering. In reality, he has a heart of gold and cares very much for his patients; he would not rest in peace until he solves the medical mystery and saves the patient’s life at the end.
4) Unsealed Alien Files is a show about extra terrestrial activities.
My daughter usually watches it on weekends. It is a fun show to watch. It talks about unexplainable events while touching on real historical facts, which is a great way of teaching a young person about American history and politics in a very entertaining and unobtrusive way. Also, the show promotes the critical thinking in general.
5) Cold Case is a detective show, which used to be on CBS till 2010 and currently is syndicated.
The show deals with solving “cold cases” of homicides, which are no longer pursued by the police department. Each episode revolves around one particular investigation from a long time ago or as recent as two years ago when the murder took place and did not have a closure. This show is all about the police procedures, interviews of witnesses, and other investigation tools. Each episode usually ends with a bad guy arrested and consequently solves the murder mystery.
As you can see from the above all my daughter’s interests are presently involved with detective or medical TV shows, which is not bad; may be she will become a doctor or a detective in the future.