Finding an 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 shows out there who defy the norm, who create a flick that is appropriate, but also suspenseful, hilarious, and romantic without being dirty. Below are three of my favorite.
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.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Starring Eric Mabius, Kristin Booth, Crystal Lowe, and Geoff Gustafson
Most are Dove Approved All Ages, but check before watching
Shane McInerney is accidentally transferred to the Dead Letter Office, 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 Norman Dorman, but she doesn’t know he’s nervous around her. 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 sketchy for children; you might want to pass on that one.
In the series include:
Second Chances (The Pilot)
Time to Start Livin’
To Whom It May Concern
The Edge of Forever
The Future Me
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
The Road Less Travelled
To the Altar
Starring Jonathan Morgan Heit, Richard Gunn, Tom Wright, and Peter Murnik
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 project with Lieutenant Frank Quincy, Major Slim Kirkpatrick is suspected of dirty work, and Chief Sanders gets sucked into a case with F.B.I. agent Ezekiel Scott 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.