The days of Hannah Montana are long gone and today’s children have a wide varsity of TV shows marketed towards them with several different platforms to access them. Studies show that children spend an average of 3 hours a day in front of the TV, making it a huge influence for the children of this generation. Several families have gotten rid of their cable plans and have switched to online platforms like Netflix and Hulu, giving their children 24/7 access to their favorite shows. Every year, I survey the kids in my ministry to find out their favorite TV shows. Here are the top 5 most popular shows among my kids.
Jesse follows a young southern girl who decides to move to New York and become a full time nanny for 4 children of a wealthy family. The show currently airs on the Disney Channel and is set to end in 2016. The show is a family focused coming of age story where Jesse learns to lean on her new family for support. The shows biggest fault comes in the claims of racial stereotyping; however I have never found Jesse to be in poor taste.
4. Amazing World of Gumball
Airing on the Cartoon Network, the Amazing World of Gumball is an animated show about a preteen cat name Gumball who is always getting himself in trouble (think I love Lucy). The show does not have s lot of moral fibers; it’s mainly just a wacky cartoon that aims to make you laugh. The show is very over the top and that is why kids love it so much.
3. Dog with a Blog
Yes, this is a real Disney Channel TV show. The show focused on a blended family who adopt a dog in hopes it will bring the family together. However this is no normal dog, Stan the Dog can talk (and yes he even has a blog). The kids soon find out his secret ability and promise to keep it a secret from the rest of the world. This is a perfect TV show for animal lovers and for blended families as the show paints a very positive light on family life.
2. Girl Meets World
A spin off the popular 1990’s TV show Boy Meets World, Girl Meets World tells the story of Jr. High student Riley, the daughter of Cory and Topanga from the original show. What I like best about Girl Meets World is that it’s a show parents and kids can enjoy together. The show focuses on the themes of family and friendship, as well as what it means to grow up for our current generation.
1. SpongeBob SquarePants
This Nickelodeon original has been on the air since 1999 and is still extremely popular among children. SpongeBob SquarePants lives in a pineapple under the sea and work at the local burger joint…..you know pretty much the typical life of any sponge. The show is silly and can come off as annoying but overall is good natured (except for a little cartoon violence and name calling).