Thursday Open Thread

March 14, 2013

Happy Thursday!

Let’s talk children’s programming. What do you like? What do you tolerate? What makes you want to climb the walls?

Drew Magary over at Deadspin has an ongoing series called Why Your Children’s Television Program Sucks. I found myself giggling and nodding in agreement with his assessment of Max and Ruby:

As a result of their parents’ mysterious absence (creator Rosemary Wells says that the parents are alive but never seen, which strikes me a flimsy attempt of a coverup. ROSEMARY WELLS IS HIDING SOMETHING FROM US), Ruby is forced to take on more maternal responsibilities than a bunny of her age would normally have to shoulder. She must feed Max. She must clothe Max. She must constantly pick up after Max because Max leaves his goddamn toys all over the place.

As a result of this added burden, Ruby is a coarsened young woman. Her frustration with Max’s bullshit manifests itself in EXTREME BITCHINESS. She micromanages poor Max nearly to death. Max is never allowed to do anything on his own. And his passion for toys and candy is frowned upon by this … this withered soul of a sister bunny. As a result of her constant haranguing, poor Max can speak in only Tourette’s-like, single-word bursts. “LOBSTER!” “SUPERBUNNY!” “FUCKROLL!” Stuff like that.

Despite this, I don’t mind Max and Ruby. I would say Yo! Gabba Gabba, Backyardigans and Pocoyo are my favorites. I tolerate Spongebob and Fairly Odd Parents, and find myself laughing on occasion, in spite of myself. I can’t think of a show that drives me absolutely bonkers, but that’s probably just dumb luck and the fact that my kids’ viewing repertoire is pretty limited.

What about you? Any shows you hate? Which ones do you suspect you enjoy even more than your children enjoy them?

What else is on your mind? Chat away!