In our house, I am not adverse to screen time. Some parents are, and that’s perfectly okay, but to be frank, I appreciate the relative peace it brings. It’s far more enjoyable to listen to Jessie refereeing a fight between the Ross children, or Liv and Maddie battling it out than it is listening to my own kids fighting and screaming at one another.

So, they watch TV. I am selective though, not only with the TV but also with what they view on their tablets, as well as what films we watch as a family. The absolute best thing about the children growing up, is that we can watch films that the whole family enjoy. Paddington, Big Hero 6, Maleficent… we’ve watched and enjoyed them all.

Mind you, there’s still a lot to be said for Peppa Pig and the Golden Boots. 

Anyway, a strange phenomena always seems to occur this time of year. Now, I know it’s because all the broadcasters premiere their new seasons in the Fall or autumn (I work in the U.S; it’s Fall to me). I also know the best film releases are about now too, in order to get in for awards contention, but there’s just too much! I can’t keep up!


Over here in the UK, we have Strictly Come Dancing every Saturday and Sunday nights. That’s compulsory viewing. The X Factor is also on, but we tend to look down on people who watch that. On a Saturday there’s also Doctor Who and a Sunday sees us (not the kids) taking a trip to Downton Abbey. 

The Apprentice has also just started up again; mercifully it’s taken over from The Great British Bake Off otherwise we’d never cope on a Wednesday. Then there’s Netflix.

Possibly the best thing ever. For adults, there’s Orange is the New Black, Sense8 (HIGHLY RECOMMEND), Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Suits, Breaking Bad, Heroes, The Walking Dead, The Flash…I could go on.

The Unicorn has discovered Mia and Me, a show all about unicorns (he thinks he stars in it). Other popular kids favourites include Sonic, Ninjago and DinoTrux. Away from Netflix there’s The Next Step, Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World, I Didn’t Do It, and many, many more.

There is not enough hours in the day to watch all the good TV out there…and that’s before we’ve even added in films!

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Jurassic World is about to be released on DVD. That’s on our list, but before we get to that, the kids need to watch the others first! Spectre is already lined up for our next date night, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens is compulsory viewing even for Miss P who declares it the worst thing in the entire world and not suitable for girls. (Ever the feminist.)

Pretty soon, Christmas will be upon us and even more fantastic film and TV will surface. How will we ever cope? We have jobs! Don’t the studios realise this? If we gave all this amazing entertainment the time and devotion it so rightly deserves, we’d all be broke, with weeping, red eyes through lack of sleep.

Miss P wants to watch Gremlins. This leads me into wanting to show her Goonies, Back to the Future, Big…all the films I loved as a kid. If only there was enough time. Grab the popcorn, kids, our 27 hour movie marathon starts now.