Top 5 Reasons Kid Shows Make Me Wince

I wrote a post this week over on Babble’s blog, Family Style: 5 Kid Shows that Won’t Annoy You. Yes, my beloved penguins made the list. That show might have the best one liners since Seinfeld. Believe it or not, this wasn’t an easy list to create. Let’s just say it was far easier to list the shows I don’t like, as opposed to the shows I like.  There are a few things about kid shows I just can’t stand:

1. – Men wearing tights. I find this totally ridiculous. What happened to normal pants? Why in the world does a grown man need to jump around and dance for an audience of small children wearing nothing but a smile and thin layer of spandex? If you know, please enlighten me.

2. – Characters with mismatched outfits. I understand these shows are all about bright colors and carefree attitudes, but why must the characters wear a pink top, orange socks, purple shoes, green shorts, etc. It really starts to bug me after the first 10 minutes. I keep wishing for a “makeover” episode where the character gets a new look and they burn the bad clothes in an animated inferno.

3. – Cartoon animals with tails. Have you noticed the Wonder Pets character, Tuck (the turtle), no longer has a tail? I won’t elaborate, but when he stands up and walks around, it doesn’t look like a tail….

4. – Puppet people. Oh, the downright freaky, puppet people. These cartoons feature a mixture of real people and people in puppet-like costumes. It doesn’t bother me in shows like Sesame Street because all of those characters are fluffy and lovable. In the newer shows, these characters are creepy and unnerving. If one of them rang my doorbell, I’d surely grab a weapon.

5. – Tricking us with yelling disguised as singing. You might be able to fool a toddler, but adults know the difference. Just because you can be really loud and read lyrics, doesn’t make it a song.

On the flip side, want to see which kid shows I love?  Hop over to Family Style! I’ve listed five educational, unique and witty shows that won’t make you wince at all. 🙂

Jack Black on ‘Yo Gabba Gabba’ Makes Perfect Sense

jack-blackI love it when celebs get involved with kiddie shows. Alicia Keys lending her voice to an alien on The Backyardigans is one of my favorites. Now, funnyman Jack Black will be gettin’ groovy with the odd, yet popular crew on Yo Gabba Gabba! His guest appearance in “New Friends” airs on  April 3rd.

Luckily for me, my little dudes aren’t into this show. I’m not saying it’s bad, but I am saying it’s really creepy. I liken it to Teletubbies, which I would describe as “gently disturbing.” You can see for yourself without actually watching the show. Just visit the blog, Yo Blogga Blogga! That will give you a big old spoonful of weird.  No big deal though, the show wasn’t really created for me.

Anyway, tune in on April 3rd to see Mr. Black transform into…well, himself in an orange jumpsuit. After all, this is his son’s favorite show. See what parenthood does to you. It makes you all kooky. And that’s a good thing.