I’m not going to pretend that I vigilantly limit how much tv my kids watch (video games is another beast altogether). The tv is on a lot at our house but we also do a lot of story time, outside time and creative/craft time so I’m not too worried about it.
That being said their are a few shows that are really starting to get on my nerves.
1. Sid The Science Kid. I appreciate that it is trying to teach kids basic science and to go out into their own backyard and discover the wonder that nature and science have to offer. I get it. But I can’t stand any of their voices. It’s obvious that all of the kid characters are voiced by adults trying to sound like kids. Kids just don’t talk like that! Get some kid actors for goodness sakes. And that Grandma… No grandma sounds like that. It’s a bad impersonation of someone doing an old-person impression. And why are Sid’s feed so big? He can’t even walk straight. He waddles everywhere because his feet are too big for his body. What’s with the school and teacher Suzy? Is she a teacher, a lounge singer? Make up your minds. Plus, what kind of school only has 4 students in a state of the art building? Where are the rest of the kids?
2. Super Why. Again, I appreciate the shows efforts to encourage reading and literacy. What I don’t like is that they feel it’s okay to change the story to suit their needs. Real life doesn’t work that way. Recently they added a new character. Dictionary Dog, or something like that. I don’t know what it is about that dog but when I first heard it’s voice I wanted to kick it. And why are all of their feet so big? Again with the shoes. It’s a wonder they can get anywhere without stumbling all over themselves. It’s a cartoon, I know, but it just rubs me the wrong way. If you want a show that encourages reading and teaches spelling skills watch Word World.
3. Wonder Pets. At first it was cute. Operetta sung by classroom pets but after about 2 episodes I was done. Every show feels the same. Starts off in the classroom the same, they escape from their cages the same, they find their costumes the same, build that dumb fly-boat the same way, zoom off all to the same music. It’s like a broken record and you know what they say about broken records. Sure, the style of music changes according to their dilemma but it’s still really predictable. Kids may love it but as a parent it’s like nails on a chalk board.
When it comes to annoying kid shows I bet you thought I was going to say Yo Gabba Gabba. Yeah, it’s annoying but I can take it. It’s meant to be weird.
What are some of your least favorite kid shows?