Baby Shows, Mama Dada Shows...

Baby Shows, Mama Dada Shows...

And Man Shows

My older daughter considers everything on television and Netflix to be divided into two categories: “baby shows” and “mama dada shows.” Baby shows are watched during the daytime, and mama dada shows are watched at night. Baby shows are shows like Dora the Explorer, Thomas the Tank Engine, Max and Ruby, Octonauts and so forth and so on. Mama dada shows are shows like The X-Files, Cheers, The Simpsons and so forth.

Little does she know, there is a secret third category. She's aware of the existence of shows like The X-Files, which she calls “Mulder.” But she doesn't pay a lot of attention to them, because they're over her head. While mama and dada are watching Mulder, she colors or plays with her dolls. The secret third category of shows comes into play only when she falls asleep. This is the category of shows that are completely inappropriate to watch while she's awake, even if she's not paying any attention.

 

What's in the secret category? The Walking Dead and Sons of Anarchy, The Sopranos, The Tudors- anything with lots of sex and/or violence. The mere existence of such shows is not yet suspected by our little girl. However, she has recently added another category, which would technically be the fourth category although she thinks it's the third. This is the category of the “man show,” which she associates exclusively with her grandfather. What is a “man show”? It's stuff like Hardball, where a bunch of cranky middle-aged men sit around a table and bicker about politics. That stuff is probably even more inappropriate than Sons of Anarchy, but she has no interest in even being in the same room when a man show is on.