3 Family Friendly TV Shows

Finding an age appropriate show is hard! It seems like every time you try to watch something for Family Night, you come upon nudity, swearing, and graphic violence, making it difficult for the kids to be in the room. Many of the ones that are appropriate lack a good plot line and you're rolling your eyes halfway through because it's so stupid.

Thankfully there are TV shows out there who defy the norm, who create a films that is appropriate, but also suspenseful, hilarious, and romantic without being dirty. Below are some of my favorites

Jeeves and Wooster

Starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, TV-PG

Bertie Wooster is a rich young gentleman with too many eccentric friends, and a brilliant valet named Jeeves. Whenever Bertie's pals have trouble with relationships and business they inevitably drag him into it and nobody but Jeeves can help. Each episode is packed with sarcasm and British humor. Based on the book series by P. G. Wodehouse. There are four seasons total.

Warning: There is some swearing and Bertie and his friends like to drink, though being drunk is generally looked down upon.

Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye

Starring Deanne Bray, Yannick Bisson, Enuka Okuma, and Ted Atherton, Dove Approved All Ages

This is based on the story of Sue Thomas, a deaf woman who read lips and worked in F.B.I. Sue moves to Washington D.C., where she gets a job at the Bureau. But those with disabilities are only assigned to analyzing fingerprints, something Sue didn't have in mind. She's determines to go higher and Special Agent Jack Hudson, who is attracted to her, helps her out.

She ends up becoming a Special Investigative Analyst and helps her unit by reading lips on surveillance cameras. Assisted by her trusty hearing dog, Levi, Jack and the other quirky agents, including sarcastic Bobby Manning, arrogant Myles Leland III, and fun Lucy Dotson, she combats the bad guys and helps those who are in trouble.

Some bundle the series in three seasons, others five.

Note: There are some episodes that involve terrorists or serial killers that may frighten younger children.

All Creatures Great and Small

Starring Anna Madeley and Samuel West, TV-PG

Scottish James Herriot is thrilled when he gets a job as a vet in Darrowby, a town in the North of England. Being Darrowby's vet isn't easy, but he loves his work and the animals he helps. The series follows him as he tries to win Helen Alderson's heart, deal with his gruff employer and head vet Siegfried Farnon, and makes friends with Tristian Farnon and the housekeeper Mrs. Hall.

At the moment there are four seasons, though they are still making the series.

Granite Flats

Starring Jonathan Morgan Heit, Richard Gunn, Tom Wright, and Peter Murnik, TV G

After her husband dies Beth Milligan moves to Granite Flats with her son, Arthur, and begins working at the hospital. Arthur begins to work with Timmy Sanders, the police chief's son, and Madeline Andrews to solve the mystery of the random chunks of metal, which leads them to dig deeper into other mysteries.

At the same time Beth becomes involved with a top secret military project with Lieutenant Frank Quincy, Major Slim Kirkpatrick is suspected of dirty work, and Chief Sanders gets sucked into a case with an FBI agent on the hunt for Soviet spies. The parents try to keep the young sleuths out of it, but they're more involved than anyone realizes.

There are three seasons in the series.

Lark Rise To Candleford

Starring Olivia Hallinan, Julia Sawalha, and Brendan Coyle

Laura Timmins' life changes the day she leaves the hamlet of Lark Rise and moves to the market town of Candleford to work at the post office. Dorcas Lane, the postmistress, quickly befriends the girl and helps her integrate into the postal routine. As Laura matures from a girl to a woman, she gets a front seat view of the scandal, romance, problems and joys that both Lark Rise and Candleford inhabitants experience.

There are four seasons in the series.

Warning: There's a character who reads tea leaves and is superstitious. Also there's an episode were there's a "ghost."

Road To Avonlea

Starring Zachary Bennett, Lady Cadeau, Meg Ruffman, and Sarah Polley, Rated PG

When Sara Stanley goes to live with the Kings, her dead mother's family, she instantly clashes with them. But soon her cousins - Felicity, Felix, and Cecily - warm to her and she becomes good friends with the people of Avonlea. As the cousins grow up together they are involved in the ups and downs of the inhabitants of the town, as well as their own family.

There are seven seasons, as well as a movie that takes place after the last season. It's called An Avonlea Christmas (also known as Happy Christmas, Miss King). Road To Avonlea is also titled Avonlea.

Warning: There is a character who calls herself a witch.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Starring Eric Mabius, Kristin Booth, Crystal Lowe, and Geoff Gustafson, most are Dove Approved All Ages

Shane McInerney is accidentally transferred to the Dead Letter Office (DLO), where three dedicated postal workers investigate where lost and mangled letters are supposed to go. She rocks their boats with her unconventional ways, especially Oliver O'Toole, who runs on routine and rules. An obvious attraction springs up between them, but Oliver cannot pursue her because he's technically still married. Rita Haywith longs to attract nerdy Norman Dorman, but doesn't know how to. With their unique and different skillsets they study the letters and reunite others, often arriving in the nick of time.

Note: The Dark Of Night episode is centered around a woman being raped. May not be appropriate for children.

Also, the series is a mix of movies and episodes. Because of this, I have listed all the titles below.

~ Second Chances (The Pilot)

~ Time to Start Livin'

~ To Whom It May Concern

~ Soulmates

~ The Masterpiece

~ The Edge of Forever

~ The Future Me

~ Something Good

~ Dark of Night

~ The Treasure Box

~ A Hope and a Future

~ Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas

~ From Paris with Love

~ Truth Be Told

~ The Impossible Dream

~ From the Heartbreakers

~ One in a Million

~ Lost Without You

~ Higher Ground

~ Home Again

~ The Road Less Travelled

~ To the Altar

~ The Vows We Have Made

Starring Eric Mabius, Kristin Booth, Crystal Lowe, and Geoff Gustafson, most are Dove Approved All Ages

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