I was one of those pushing very hard to get this subforum set up... and I have been away for a long time, ironically after finally having a child. :) Busy busy busy.
Very nice to see this here.
I started wondering if I had officially fallen off of the TV-Free wagon, alas, I will give up on monikers. :)
So: we don't have cable. I do watch over-the-air news (for my work) on rabbit ears at night after DD has gone to bed.
However: we have a TV and video players.
She doesn't watch traditional TV, but she does watch "a show" about once every other day. She did not watch anything at all until she was 19 months.
I have decided to use it as a tool for the most part.
This is what we have for HER to watch, often on her own while we make dinner - we also have lots of grown-up films:
- Story Book International set (highly recommend this!!)
- Faerie Tale Theatre set
- The Story Teller set (Jim Henson)
- Sesame Street Old School Volume 2
- Sesame Street Anniversary special (with Bill Cosby)
- Peter Pan - Live action
- Star Trek sets (OS, STNG, DS9 & ENT - with some episode exceptions)
- Care Bears set - 1980s
- Planet Earth set (Nature, Amazing, stunning)
- Little House on the Prairie (2 seasons)
- Various DVDs from the Library: Ballets, plays, operas, etc.
- I would like to eventually get: The Black Stallion, Mr. Dress-up, and Mr. Rogers.
- Amost every classic Disney animation:
- Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Pinocchio, Winnie the Pooh, etc.
(DH always sits with her through these ones, always explaining, and, actually she gets a LOT out of them: "why did he do that, where is that going, etc" plus, I find the art in most of these to be really impressive.)
- She does have a couple of the computer animated Disney shows: Monsters Inc and Toy Story.... but we try limit those because I find the scene changes too fast and the animation to be really... unnatural? Hard to describe it. I have also hidden the more modern ones like Disney's Hercules and Tarzan because I find the changes really jarring and the dialogue really....smarmy.
I am pretty okay with this, since she is limited to about an hour a day, or every other day, and the ones that I have bolded are just excellent.
For those who are looking for really great stories told at a nice pace, I cannot recommend "Story Book International" enough. All live action, all narration, and wonderful.