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The Parenting Alicorn: 6 Kids’ Shows You’ll Like Too! Doctor Who, She-Ra, Teen Titans

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Winter brings frigid temperatures, early sunsets, and long breaks from school for the kids. I love to spend those cold winter evenings curled up on the couch with my little geeks watching television and drinking hot chocolate. However, watching kids shows can be like slow, repetitive, grating water torture – except with singing and dancing. As a parent of two school-aged kids, I have done countless hours of research watching Dora, Paw Patrol, PJ Masks, and other shows. Below is a list of shows that my kids loved and I thoroughly enjoyed.

There still might be singing and dancing…no promises:

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My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (Netflix)

I was skeptical when my five-year-old wanted to watch My Little Pony but I gave in, and my kid was obsessed. It took some time for me to get past the high-pitched voices, but once I did I was emotionally invested in Twilight Sparkle, Apple Jack, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Fluttershy, and Rainbow Dash (known as the Mane Six) and all of their friends. I even cried when *spoiler alert* the Cutie Mark Crusaders got their cutie marks. The show has a good balance of larger character and story arcs spread throughout individual 30 minute self-contained episodes; as well as ponies, unicorns, pegasi, and other magical and non-magical creatures. Season 8 just debuted on Netflix, so now is a great time to catch up.

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (Netflix)

A remake of the mid-80’s He-Man spin-off, She-Ra is a big winner in my house. I watched some of the original She-Ra episodes when I was a kid, but I don’t remember much so I get to experience it for the first time along with my kids. The characters are charming, the stories are engaging, and the animation is adorable. The day after starting the show, my younger child was already playing She-Ra with friends at school, and since there is only one male main character, some of the boys played as Princesses of Power. As a girl who spent a lot of time forced to play April when I wanted to be Leonardo, the large number of powerful, intelligent female characters is a selling point for me.

Teen Titans Go! (Hulu)

While this is technically a show for younger audiences, I know many teens and adults who love this show too. Teen Titans Go! is The Real World if it were animated – and the house was full of adolescent superheroes. The show has a nice balance of funny, serious, ridiculous, and fight scenes. My six-year-old is just old enough now to get into it, as previously the plots were a little too complicated. Like Disney movies, the kids get something different out of the humor than the adults do, which translates to fun for both groups. Additionally, Teen Titans Go! To The Movies, a feature-length kid-appropriate film, was released this summer and makes for a perfect for movie night. The original Teen Titans is better for slightly older kids and is available to stream on Amazon Prime.

Classic Doctor Who (BritBox)

Doctor Who started its initial run as a children’s show, airing at the teatime on Saturdays. With BritBox, which is the BBC’s streaming service, all available classic Doctor Who is now streaming on a common platform (though some episodes did not survive the ravages of time). And if like me, you didn’t grow up watching Doctor Who then you have a fabulous opportunity to explore it with your little geeks. I recommend pre-screening the first few episodes yourself, as some kids get more scared than others. My sixyear-old has even seen a few episodes of new Who…and begged for more.

Tangled: The Series (Amazon)

I debated whether to add this one to the list because of the cost of buying it, but it is so great that I had to include it. Confession: Tangled: The Series was the first kids show that I ever secretly binged when my kids weren’t around because I wanted to see what happens. It follows Rapunzel and Eugene as they navigate the period between the end of the Tangled film and their marriage in the Tangled Ever After short. It also includes a mad alchemist and a lady-in-waiting who wants to be a palace guard. Full disclosure: there is singing and dancing…but also sophisticated storylines having to do with Rapunzel settling in to a life with parents she’s just getting to know while recovering from her incredibly sheltered childhood.

For Toddlers: Curious George (Hulu)

The classic Curious George books and stories are now an animated television series – and this is the cream of the crop when you are talking about shows for kids under three. Through George’s adventures, kids learn about the scientific method, gravity, friendship, and the various animals he meets. It is not exactly riveting, and you likely won’t be streaming it when your kiddo isn’t around – but it is light-years better and more educational than Bubble Guppies or Caillou.

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Cutting the Fat: Holiday TV Episodes Too Hard to Swallow

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The holidays are a time to relax, eat rich foods until you feel slightly ill, and nap on the couch in between watching special episodes of your favorite television shows. With the magic of streaming, we are no longer limited to just this year’s holiday specials. However…

Not all holiday specials are created equal.

In fact, some can be as off as three-day-old green bean casserole. Worry not geek friends, I am here to help. Below is a list of holiday episodes from previous years that should be passed over just like that…jello salad?

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation s06e09: ‘Dog Eat Dog’

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Airing on Thanksgiving Day 2005, this episode features a man who (spoiler alert) eats so much in a short period that his stomach crushes his internal organs and he dies. On any other day, this episode might be interesting, but after eating a plate or two of turkey dinner and then topping it off with pie, the last thing I want to watch is an episode about someone dying from over-eating. The secondary plot of domestic violence leading to a dog mauling is not enough to save the viewer from a feeling queasy…and a bit judged.

The West Wing s03e07: ‘The Indians in the Lobby’

The West Wing was considered a progressive show when this episode aired in November 2001, making it’s depiction of the titular Native Americans seem even worse. A tribal lawyer and his female assistant are typecast as stereotypical “stoic Native Americans” of little words (it is not explained why the lawyer rarely speaks for himself), are condescended to, have their own history explained to them, and are a foil to the white characters making it to Thanksgiving dinner on time. The show further flounders when President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) calls the Butterball Hotline for turkey advice and pretends to be a quaint North Dakotan. This episode is the television equivalent of your slightly racist uncle telling a bad joke at the dinner table.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer s04e08: ‘Pangs’

A Thanksgiving episode where Xander (Nicholas Brendan) accidentally wakes the vengeful spirit of a wronged Native American tribe that kills people and cuts off their ears as trophies after giving Xander infectious diseases. The depiction of Native Americans as violent, animalistic, and disease ridden is heavy-handed – even for a show that had beer that turned drinkers into cavemen and a giant penis shaped snake that eats young women at frat parties. Television shows should probably just give up using Native Americans as holiday plot devices.

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Doctor Who Christmas Special: ‘The Snowmen’

“Carnivorous snow meets Victorian values.” A sociopathic kid’s evil snowman imaginary friend starts killing people. An out-of-place-and-time Clara Oswin Oswald (Jenna Coleman) saves the world and dies. Again. Despite a welcome appearance of Jenny (Catrin Steward) and Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), this one-off Christmas Special is just too strange to enjoy. It feels like they wanted a vehicle for the broody and cranky Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith, a bit out of his range) to meet the “Impossible Clara” again and the story was an afterthought. Excellent wardrobe though.

Eureka s04e21: ‘Do You See What I See?’

In an effort to engineer the perfect White Christmas, a super proton generator explodes and turns all of Eureka into animated characters controlled by a child’s holographic SimCity-type toy. As characters rotate through different types of animation (claymation, anime, Disney), they attempt to fix the problem as the two-year-old controlling the toy sends a giant ninja snowman to battle them. The show is as ridiculous as it sounds, with no plot and lots of failed attempts at easy laughs. Trying something new can be good – but it can also be like trying a new recipe and ending up with blue soup and orange marmalade for dinner.

The X-Files s06e06 ‘How the Ghosts Stole Christmas’

Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) stake out a haunted house on a very weak pretext, enter the house for even less of a reason, and then (spoiler alert) are haunted into shooting each other by two ghosts reenacting a sick, violent version of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. In the end, none of it was real and Mulder and Scully walk out like it didn’t happen. The show ends with the most awkward gift exchange in television history, sort of like when that person you avoid in Accounting turns out to be your “Secret Santa.”

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving! I hope there’s some beauty in your day.

As always, I’m grateful to you, the visitors to Daily Nous who read the articles and participate in the conversations. I’m honored to be able to serve the profession in this way.

The following is a post that originally appeared on this site on Thanksgiving two years ago.

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In 1975, Ethics published “Gratitude” by Fred Berger, a philosopher at UC Davis. He opens the essay with the following:

Gratitude is not a subject much discussed in the philosophical literature, though hardly a book or article is published without some expression of gratitude by the author for the help of others. From the literature, one would have to conclude that gratitude plays a role in our moral life which, with only a few exceptions, philosophers have not seen fit to explore.

in 2015, the Stanford Encylopedia of Philosophy published an entry, “Gratitude,” by Tony Manela, a recently graduated PhD student from Georgetown University. As you can see, things have developed quite a bit in the past 40 years:

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It is a good read. Check it out.

There’s a lot I have to be grateful for—one is to be a philosopher today. Never in the history of humankind to date has there been as much high quality, careful, and insightful philosophy than there is today. There’s a trivial sense in which that’s true, of course, for we have access to a longer history of philosophy than we have in the past. But what I also mean is that there are more philosophers around today, working on more topics than ever before, approaching them in more ways, producing a tremendous amount of thoughtful work.

I’m sure some readers will be thinking that there is more bad philosophy around today than ever before, too. That may be true, but it hardly strikes me as a terrible problem, in part because bad philosophy is useful in a number of ways.

There is a lot in the world, or in your life, that you may be worried about. I have my worries, too. But I am trying to take today, Thanksgiving, as an opportunity to reflect on what and whom I’m grateful for. Philosophy and philosophers are high on my list.

Happy Thanksgiving, philosofriends.

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Uncle Sam’s Thanksgiving Dinner

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Something for everyone. From 1869.

Starbucks Holiday Cups for 2018

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Who’s ready to get wasted for Saturnalia?

Happy ThanksGetting Day

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Philip Farruggio Yes, we need to finally absolve ourselves, as Amerikans, from the con-job concerning Thanksgiving Day. All the ‘pomp and circumstance’ revolving around this holiday is just that, to quote Ebenezer Scrooge (one month early): Humbug! Of course, even the southern Colonial slaves and Northern ‘indentured servants’ of that era would be thankful to just have a roof over their heads and enough to eat each day. Yet, it was only the slave masters and owners of property and capital who could kneel in their churches or bow in reflected prayer at their lavish dinner tables in true thanksgiving. Amerika 2018 consists of well over 100 million of our citizens who are lucky just to stay head above water financially…perhaps a few paychecks from being out on the street…literally! How many families who live next door to me and to YOU (or maybe YOU yourself the reader) who have to have two (or more?) wage earners full time to just be able to function? How many single parents of even just one child need …

Eating Like a Bird

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 19/11/2018 - 7:00pm in

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Millennials are disrupting Thanksgiving with some tiny turkeys.