Surprise! The Family Hour is Back
Thankfully, one network has gotten wise and has decided to dump obnoxious and inappropriate fare like “Cougar Town” and “The Bachelor” in favor of the family: ABC.
Unfortunately, the days of “The Wonderful World of Disney” and “Little House on the Prairie” are long gone and so is the tradition of family-friendly programming during the 8:00-9:00 p.m. hour. Thankfully, one network has gotten wise and has decided to dump obnoxious and inappropriate fare like “Cougar Town” and “The Bachelor” in favor of the family: ABC. No, this isn’t an advertisement for the network, but it appears that the alphabet network is trying to find the balance of family fare and good ratings. If you like what you see, thank them!
America’s Funniest Videos
Sundays at 7:00 p.m.
Sure, it’s not nice to laugh at other’s misfortunes, but when people actually send in their own videos, they are basically giving you permission to laugh at them. Since 1989, there have been many copycats, but none have survived or entertained as well as the original AFV. The series should have died out years ago, but received a much-needed shot in the arm in 2001 when Tom Bergeron became the new host. While parents and kids alike will not receive anything valuable by watching men getting hit in the crotch over and over again, the show still provides humor for the whole family.
Once Upon a Time
Sundays at 8:00 p.m.
The mashup of favorite childhood tales and Disney classic characters is in its third season and is still able to churn out stories with valuable lessons about building character every week. The show, created from the folks of “Lost” uniquely shares familiar stories and gives them a modern twist. Each episode focuses on imperfect fairy tale characters struggling to become better people. If you’ve never seen the show before, you’d be surprised to see values addressed including faith, love, forgiveness, integrity and more. The show is rich with metaphors that can be used for family discussions later on, and provides good role models for both boys and girls.
Dancing with the Stars
Mondays from 8:00-10:00 p.m.
While you can’t expect the entire show to be family-friendly, ABC does try to have something for everyone for this show. That’s why each season they feature sports stars, soap opera stars, former child stars and aging stars to compete. With the exception of some dance moves and comments from judge Bruno Tonioli, the show is fairly tame. It even features Tom Bergeron again as host. The show isn’t much different than when we were kids and we watched the Lawrence Welk Show. Only when Bobby and Sissy danced, Bobby kept his shirt on.