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Old 05-11-2009, 12:57 PM   #1
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Cool Were you ever forbidden from watching certain shows as a kid?

My parents limited my TV time when I was a kid, but I don't remember being told I wasn't allowed to watch a certain TV show. Of course, I did grow up in the 80's with one TV in the house and no cable.
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Not really - I just wanted to stay up and watch more TV but they were pretty strict about bedtime.
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There were certain shows I couldn't watch because it was past bedtime, I usually went to bed around 10 when I was 7 or 8. I became a fan of 1970's and 1980's dramas through syndication because they were on past my bedtime when they originally aired: Charlie's Angels, Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Dallas, Dukes of Hazzard.

There were a lot of sitcoms that my parents would watch with me: Happy Days, Three's Company, Golden Girls, The Jeffersons, etc.
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My parents weren't really strict about the stuff I watched. There were some stuff on MTV that they didn't like but once I was 11 they pretty much let me watch whatever I wanted. I had a friends whose parents didn't let them watch Roseanne and Beavis&Butthead
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Old 05-11-2009, 06:43 PM   #6
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Well my parents were really odd about what i was and wasn't allowed to watch... until i was like 14 i wasn't allowed to watch "Roseanne", "The Simpsons", "Married With Children" or anything on MTV. However i was allowed to watch daytime soap operas, "Melrose Place" and "Beverly Hills, 90210" with my mother, we also watched "Knot's Landing" together. So it was strange. I also remember not being allowed to watch "In Living Color" because my parents thought it was "too mature".

But when i turned 14 my parents decided i was old enough to decide for myself what i was allowed to watch. Their only strict rule was bedtime, when i was younger i had to be in bed by 730 or 8oo, except on weekends when my bedtime was 930. But by age 14 my bedtime was moved to 10pm on weekdays and 11pm on weekends.

I was allowed to watch whatever i wanted and was told that if i didn't understand something to ask them about it... They were fair parents, if they thought something was too mature they explained things to me.

The funny thing is most of those shows that they didn't let me watch are shows that to this day i won't watch. I guess they biased me in my head. Although i did end up watching a lot of MTV shows and still enjoy "Roseanne" i never got into MWC, The Simpsons or In Living Color.
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My parents were very over-protective when I was a kid. I wasn't allowed to watch "Those weird yellow cartoons with foul mouths" (The Simpsons), "That twisted pervert's home" (Pee-Wee's Playhouse), or "Those spoiled teenagers" (Saved by the Bell).

Of course my brother (who's 8 years younger) could watch anything he wanted
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Well my parents were really odd about what i was and wasn't allowed to watch... until i was like 14 i wasn't allowed to watch "Roseanne", "The Simpsons", "Married With Children" or anything on MTV. However i was allowed to watch daytime soap operas, "Melrose Place" and "Beverly Hills, 90210" with my mother, we also watched "Knot's Landing" together. So it was strange.

Get out! I always thought I was the only one who wasn't allowed to watch The Simpsons! Every other kid in class was talking about it, and I had nothing to contribute I was so left out!

But on the other hand, my mother was a huge Stephen King fan. I saw The Shining and It when I was in elementary school. And Alfred Hitchcock was a distant cousin of ours, so I saw Psycho and The Birds when I was far, far too young

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My parents weren't strict about my TV viewing as much as they were about my bedtime. The one exception was a movie called "Something About Amelia". My mother made it very clear she did not want me to see it because of its incest theme.

Movies were another matter, however. I didn't even see my first R-rated movie until I was 13.
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My dad wouldn't let us watch the simpsion or whos line is it any way?. cause he didn't like drew carry me and my brother watched it any way. we watch the simpsion for a while then theygot dirty so we couldn't watch them,.
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My dad wouldn't let us watch the simpsion or whos line is it any way?. cause he didn't like drew carry me and my brother watched it any way. we watch the simpsion for a while then theygot dirty so we couldn't watch them,.

I distinctly remember a few shows during my childhood that were supposed very "adult", but I was allowed to watch them all, God bless my folks. Oddly enough (unlike today's "mature" humor which has more to do with scatological and sexual "envelope pushing" and nothing whatsoever to do with truly "adult" themes), they were all quality shows; "All in the Family", "Hot L Baltimore", "Soap" and "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman."
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I don't remember any shows that I wasn't allowed to watch, but I do remember having to go to bed at 10pm when the news came on.
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My parents weren't stict about what I watched, then again when I grew up everything was family friendly. The only iffy shows at the time were All In The Family and Maude.
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Get out! I always thought I was the only one who wasn't allowed to watch The Simpsons! Every other kid in class was talking about it, and I had nothing to contribute I was so left out!

There was a time my parents wouldn't let my family watch The Simpsons for the 1st 4 years, b/c of me getting in trouble for saying "Eat My Shorts."

But ironically, my folks let us watch Married with Children them.



And also I too had a strict curfew w/ staying up late, even though I still sometimes stayed up late to watch Johnny Carson and a lot of other shows that aired late nights on my Fridays and early Saturdays off during my Pre-School and 2nd grade years.
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