How to Introduce Your Kids to Classic TV Shows
Watching classic TV shows takes us back to a simpler time in our lives, before we found ourselves saddled with adult responsibilities. Many of these shows, in fact, may have become formative influences in our lives, shaping the way we look at the world and even helping us to decide what occupation we should pursue. While these TV series may not be as good as we remember them to be, watching them still brings a thrill of nostalgia, particularly when we hear classic catchphrases such as “…to boldly go where no man has gone before” and “You’ve just crossed over into The Twilight Zone”.
Of course, we would like to share the joy of watching these classic series with our children. Fortunately, to introduce your kids to classic TV shows is easier than ever, due to the sheer availability of these shows in various media. For example, there are various websites where full episodes of these series can be viewed, most notably the TV Land site, as well as various other TV nostalgia sites. The TV Land cable channel itself remains a good place to watch fondly-remembered TV series, although recent programming changes have led them to focus on more recent shows.
Another way to introduce your kids to classic TV shows is through DVD box sets. You can purchase either full runs of a series, individual seasons or greatest hits collections featuring the best episodes of a series’ run. But you don’t have to spend any money to familiarize your children with the joys of classic TV. Many local stations continue to run episodes of old series on a daily basis on weekdays in order to fill programming gaps. Be warned, however, that many of these episodes may be missing important scenes as the stations cut them down to make time for more commercials.