Childrearing

10 Big Kid TV Shows That Are Worse Than Caillou

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I suffered through crappy toddler and pre-school TV for years- Caillou, Thomas the Train, Dora – all of the usual suspects. I figured life would get a lot better entertainment-wise once my kids were older. Well, those days are here – my kids are seven and five – and I have come to discover that the big kid TV shows are also pretty shitty.

We watch mostly, Nickelodeon and a little Disney Channel with a splash of Cartoon Network. I have to admit- most of the worst shows are on Nickelodeon, which bums me out because they had GREAT shows when I was a kid. I have come to discover that there are just as many annoying shows for older kids and that at times, they are worse than Caillou and the other little kid shows I had grown to loathe. These shows try so hard to make kids laugh with the character’s outlandish behavior and it’s just so cringe-worthy plus, annoying. I know a lot of you dear readers have babies and small children so I am here to educate you on what to watch out for one day when you’re kids have outgrown horrors such as Max and Ruby so you know what to actively avoid from day one. You are welcome.

1. Jessie

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So.much.sass. Jessie is the nanny for a bunch of rich kids. They are all mean to their butler and call him fat and Jessie gets them out of all kinds of trouble with her sass. This show makes my ears bleed from the theme song to the desperate over-acting from all involved parties. It is the absolute worst.

2. Nicky, Ricky, Dicky And Dawn

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The title alone makes me want to punch things but holy hell, these quadruplets are obnoxious. And the only thing MORE obnoxious? Their parents. Only three episodes have come out so far and much to my chagrin, my kids positively love this garbage.

3. The Thundermans

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I liked this show at first but God, these kids get away with a lot of bad behavior and crazy schemes because they are a family of SUPER HEROES! They use their powers to fix any manner of bad decisions. It grates on my nerves super hard. Oh, lots of over-acting in this one too- which is kind of a running theme in these elementary school-geared shows.

4. The Haunted Hathaways

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This show is so irritating. Spunky single mom and her two daughters move into a “haunted” house with annoying ghosts. The younger Hathaway daughter is sneaky and kind of a jerk and gets away with everything. The older daughter is shallow and self-centered and the mom is portrayed as a clueless nitwit who never knows what’s up. Eff this show.

5. Breadwinners

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This show is just pure ridiculousness. Cartoon ducks (who don’t even really look like ducks) that deliver bread. The songs are horrible, but get stuck in your head for days. Do not want.

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134 Comments

  1. Jem

    October 23, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    People make fun of little kid shows all the time, but I for one am cherishing every day my son still wants to watch Peppa Pig and Umi Zoomi. I have brothers much younger than me and was exposed to the “new style” of kid and tween shows where basically all parents are dumb and all kids are really mean, sassy, sarcastic, self centered and offensive. But if they smile that makes their behavior ok, right? I’m a fairly sarcastic person and I couldn’t even handle the level of sarcasm some of the shows had.

    • OptimusPrime*

      October 23, 2014 at 4:41 pm

      Teen tv is even worse. I say while also admitting to watching PLL (I’m a grown-arse woman and see the ridic, but can’t stop).

    • Kathryn Mackenzie

      October 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      I’m 37 and watch PLL. I want to know how it all ends.

    • rockmonster

      October 23, 2014 at 4:42 pm

      iCarly irks me because of the Fred episode. Don’t like something that your friends do and are nice about it? Well, you’re a massive dick and deserve to be humiliated!

    • WarriorMermaids

      October 23, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      Yeah, the tweeny sitcoms are pretty stupid. I also hate the overacting.

    • noodlestein's danger tits

      October 23, 2014 at 5:26 pm

      Yeah, when did that become the default? It’s almost offensive, like they think that older children and pre-teens are incapable of understanding anything nuanced, so they throw this overblown garbage at them. Also, super annoying. It sucketh.

    • WarriorMermaids

      October 23, 2014 at 7:32 pm

      Eh, Hannah Montana effect. After that show became a massive hit, Disney (and eventually Nick) started putting out lots and lots of similar shows.

    • ChickenKira

      October 24, 2014 at 4:18 am

      I enjoy Peppa Pig a little too much for the parent in the household. Same goes with Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom, specifically I enjoy Nanny Plum’s tone of voice.

      I am hoping that by the time ChickenEgg’s Peppa and Ben and Holly days are over we will have moved past the “Sassy is so cool lets make it thecornerstone of every TV show” phase. To me sassy is just a cutesy term for pain in the ass.

  2. leahdawn

    October 23, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    As children we weren’t allowed to watch Full House because the children were mouthy little assholes, and my mom had quite enough of that without it being fueled by the show.
    On the other hand, they let us watch the Simpsons, which despite having mouthy children was not a problem because it was a cartoon, and it had been pounded into us from a very early age that cartoons were NOT REAL and you could not do the things you saw in them (this came from my mother’s fear that I might crawl into a sewer in search of Ninja Turtles…)

    • rockmonster

      October 23, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      But live-action scripted TV isn’t real either?

    • leahdawn

      October 23, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      True enough, but harder for us to understand that (at like 6 years old), because the people themselves are “real” but the characters aren’t.
      Keep in mind this was back in the dawn of cable.

    • rockmonster

      October 23, 2014 at 4:47 pm

      I was one of those kids who kids who took “Don’t try this at home.” very very very seriously, but I get where your mom was coming from.

    • Linzon

      October 23, 2014 at 4:41 pm

      Yeah, I was allowed to watch the Simpsons but not Power Rangers.

    • Ursi

      October 23, 2014 at 5:17 pm

      I wasn’t allowed to watch the Simpsons. It was a huge deal to sneak around watching it with friends during the first season.

    • Sri

      October 23, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      I remember being ten years old, going across the street to watch The Simpsons at my best friend’s house, and feeling like such a rebel. My parents were pretty liberal about what I could read and watch, but The Simpsons and Ren and Stimpy were banned in my house.

    • Mystik Spiral

      October 23, 2014 at 6:23 pm

      Haha, my mom banned Friends (because the fist episode she saw a few seconds of featured Carol after she came out) and Roseanne, because she thought they were a terrible family. But we got to watch the Simpsons. Must be something about cartoons…

    • rockmonster

      October 24, 2014 at 11:06 am

      Your parents though that animated = for kids?

    • Lauren

      October 24, 2014 at 4:11 pm

      My parents assumed that about South Park when it first aired and I was 5 years old, they didn’t realise what I was watching until they heard me call my 2 year old sister a goddamn son of a b****. The Simpsons practically was a kids show compared to the other adult cartoons that followed it.

    • Kathryn Mackenzie

      October 23, 2014 at 7:02 pm

      Once when my nephew was little he was saying he knew Puffer fish were poisonous except for one little bit you can eat, because he saw it on The Simpsons. My BIL was all “does everything you learn come from TV?”
      Nephew: “Is it true about them being poison?”
      BIL: “Yes.”
      Nephew: “Then I do learn from TV.”

    • WarriorMermaids

      October 24, 2014 at 1:20 am

      I didn’t have cable growing up, so daily access to kid’s TV was limited. If my mom picked us up early from the after-school program, I’d get home in time to see Sailor Moon or even Pokemon, but mostly I watched Saturday morning cartoons. And, The Simpsons. My mom was easily offended and would turn it off it they told a single “inappropriate” joke, but I still got to watch it a lot along with King of the Hill.

    • Azalea

      October 24, 2014 at 9:32 am

      My mom hated Full House as well. I think it was the fact that Michelle did whatever she wanted with zero consequences.
      The Simpsons, though – my parents had no problem with my brother and me watching it religiously. The adult jokes went over our heads, and the cartoon antics were pretty harmless. And, if you think about it, the show does promote some really good values – Bart is punished for the stunts he pulls, the parents love the kids and each other, and even though Bart and Lisa fight, they do care about one another.

    • Brooklyngirl28

      October 24, 2014 at 10:13 am

      I wasnt allowed to watch the simpsons, pretty much because my dad hated adult cartoons. But Married with Children and Rosanne were go to family programming in my house. My little sister did Al and Peggy Bundy impression at age 5!

  3. chill

    October 23, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    I know so little about these shows and I have no objections to TV in general. What I have objections to is the quality of older kids shows, so my kids know Cosby Show, Little House on the Prairie and Brady Bunch. Sure, they’ve seen some of these occasionally, but many of my parent friends freely admit what brats their kids become after watching the “sassy” shows for too long. If this makes me a pearl clutcher, bring ’em on.

  4. rockmonster

    October 23, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    THE FUCKING RABBIDS ARGH. The little bastards almost ruined Rayman.
    But don’t you diss Gumball. Ever.

  5. Maitri

    October 23, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Teen Titans Go! for the win. That shit is funny.

    • simoneutecht

      October 23, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      Love Teen Titans Go! Waffles, waaaaaafffffffflllllllleeeesssss!

    • Libby13

      October 23, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      We just watched that episode again this morning! I asked the kids if they wanted to change it because we’ve seen it a million times (although I didn’t want to) and they said, “Waaaaafffflllleees”.

    • Maitri

      October 24, 2014 at 11:35 am

      That dude’s got baby hands!

    • simoneutecht

      October 24, 2014 at 2:20 pm

      And he tells uncle jokes!

    • ILoveJellybeans

      October 24, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      My oldest 3 love Teen Titans Go! They are also big on Adventure Time, Amazing World of Gumball, Johnny Test and Regular Show.
      They got too into Gumball though, the 11 and 9 year olds answered to Gumball and Darwin for a month.

  6. leahdawn

    October 23, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    My nieces are obsessed with Adventure Time, which suits me just fine because I have Finn and Jake action figures on my desk at work. Just in case things get mathematical!

    • rockmonster

      October 23, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      Rhombus!

    • Alanna Jorgensen

      October 23, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      I am collecting the tins right now. Thinking about using them at work for post its and such.

    • Linda7

      October 24, 2014 at 1:58 am

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  7. OptimusPrime*

    October 23, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    When I am working on grad school homework, I have to confess that I turn the Disney Channel on as background noise. I’m embarrassed to admit I’m actually entertained by some of those shows (Austin and Ally, I Didn’t Do It, and Girl Meets World). At least with the last, I have the excuse of Cory and Topanga. I need a 12 step program. 😉

    • Cee

      October 23, 2014 at 10:19 pm

      MMA fighting was my background noise at first, lol! Its odd that I ended up with Disney Channel/cartoons. They are also great background noise or shows to watch when I have anxiety.
      I was into Austin and Ally for a bit during the “will they or won’t they” time when they kissed on stage (right?). But after that, I just didn’t care too much. Besides, I couldn’t stand the manager or the redhead friend too much.

    • 2Well

      October 23, 2014 at 11:28 pm

      Girl Meets World has its flaws, but it isn’t a festering pile of shit. And Shawn is coming back soon. At the end of the day, the parents are sometimes actually right.

  8. LaughingRat

    October 23, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Gimmie my Steven Universe and Adventure Time all. Damn. Day. When did Cartoon Network start making all the good Nicktoons? Apart from Avatar Nick really has nothing of any interest anymore.

    • WarriorMermaids

      October 23, 2014 at 5:02 pm

      Avatar got shoved to online-only. They say it works better there because of the audience it’s attracted, but I’m wondering if part of the reason for the decision was because of how violent season 3 got.

    • 2Well

      October 23, 2014 at 11:26 pm

      It really is suspect that they bumped it the episode before the Earth Queen was suffocated on screen.

    • WarriorMermaids

      October 24, 2014 at 1:21 am

      Yeah, I begin watching the episode, a bit miffed at the move since I saw it as a further sign of Nick screwing the show over. Then the Earth Queen violently dies onscreen and I think “… I’m starting to realize there might be another reason they took this off TV”.

  9. LeggEggTorpedoTits

    October 23, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    If anything remotely resembles “Jesse” it’s a big hairy NO from me. My kids watched it at their Grandmom’s house despite my protests and came home with these crazy facial expressions:

    http://media.giphy.com/media/hAHRumFLLnQHK/giphy.gif

    …loud voices and absurdly unskilled attempts at irony.

    • sandra richter

      October 23, 2014 at 9:39 pm

      That is a pretty cool hat, though. I would rock it without the facial expressions. But, I’m 45.

  10. KarenMS

    October 23, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    I work in pediatrics and when I’m at our “big kid” facility, I relish being able to watch the tween shows over more Sprout! But when I’m at my moms house and my 11 year old brothers are watching “Uncle Grandpa” I question tween shows all over again.

    • rockmonster

      October 23, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      What is up with Uncle Grandpa? I can’t even try to comprehend it. It’s like the TV incarnation of an Elder God.

    • KarenMS

      October 23, 2014 at 5:07 pm

      No clue; I’m usually pretty good with the surreal, but this show is over the top for me.

    • simoneutecht

      October 23, 2014 at 7:28 pm

      It’s like being weird for the sake of being weird. I watch a lot of cartoons and this makes absolutely no sense to me.

  11. WarriorMermaids

    October 23, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    I have standards, so I only watch quality, high-class children’s programming like Gravity Falls. *sips tea*

    • LaughingRat

      October 23, 2014 at 5:04 pm

      Season 3 absolutely made up for seasons 1 & 2 in my mind. Lawd, they went hardcore with that show.

    • pixie Ninja Tits

      October 23, 2014 at 6:25 pm

      I just finished watching season 3 of Korra like 5 minutes ago! It was so intense.
      And I really want an air bison now.

    • WarriorMermaids

      October 23, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      Season 3 was the shit, man.

    • Cee

      October 23, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      OMG yes! I love Gravity Falls! Is it me or has this season gotten creepier? Even I got a little scared! *shame*

    • WarriorMermaids

      October 24, 2014 at 1:20 am

      It’s the best! Considering it’s Disney Channel, I’m surprised it often gets away with such dark and sometimes raunchy content. (maybe there’s a CONSPIRACY!) On the Alex Hirsch Reddit AMA, someone asked him what jokes the network DIDN’T allow them to get away with. XD Grunkle Stan is hilarious! “My ex wife still misses me… But her aim is getting better! You see, because marriage is terrible.”

      I’ve recently taken up sewing, and I plan on making a Bill Cipher costume soon. Hoping to wear it to a convention or something.

    • Cee

      October 24, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      Awesome! I read that “Grunkle Stan is not what he seems” I hope hes not evil! So many conspiracies!

    • WarriorMermaids

      October 24, 2014 at 8:43 pm

      I know, I love it! And the Stan thing is pretty cryptic. Worth noting that within in the context of the show, he’s well-known as a conman, so maybe the cryptogram is just confirming what we already know. Alternately, there’s a very popular fan theory (with lots of evidence) that Stan has/had a twin brother named Stanley, and the message refers to THAT Stan.

    • Cee

      October 24, 2014 at 10:11 pm

      Ooh! I love fan theory. I go down the rabbit hole with Adventure Time theory. Welp, now l know what l’ll be doing all weekend.

  12. Greta Young

    October 23, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Haven’t ever seen “Breadwinners,” but it looks eerily similar to that “Handiquacks” show that Peter & Chris wrote on an episode of Family Guy once…

    • rockmonster

      October 23, 2014 at 5:08 pm

      Well, the show is just as creepy as Quagmire…

    • WarriorMermaids

      October 24, 2014 at 1:16 am

      oh my god…

  13. Ursi

    October 23, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    I find most shows geared towards tweens to be irritating. I didn’t even like Saved By The Bell when I was in the targeted age group.

    I’m kind of curmudgeon-y about my television. I love cartoons for grownups but the kids stuff…ehhhhhh. I did recently become obsessed with Regular Show and that’s apparently a kid’s show and I had no idea, that’s how good it was, so there’s that.

    • NotTakenNotAvailable

      October 23, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      I’m such a curmudgeonly hipster that my current Amazon Prime fave is a fictional Israeli show about Modern Orthodox Jews trying to find love. But I shamefully confess that I do like to watch kiddie shows when I’m stoned. :p

    • Cee

      October 23, 2014 at 10:24 pm

      Haha wut?! That show would probably be the show I would watch while getting tipsy.

    • Ursi

      October 23, 2014 at 11:26 pm

      I NEED THIS SHOW tell me about it!

    • SunnyD847

      October 23, 2014 at 10:08 pm

      I hate the way these shows set up kids and adults as adversaries. And the adults are always dumbasses.

  14. Maria Guido

    October 23, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Oh no. Is this what I have to look forward to? Give me Wallykazam any day.

    • noodlestein's danger tits

      October 23, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      Muppets. Go with the Muppets. Kids are dumb. They’ll believe you when you say that that’s all there is for older kids!

    • SunnyD847

      October 23, 2014 at 10:26 pm

      My girls went through their Hannah Montana days to Jessie and Shake it Up, but now they exclusively watch animé like Full Metal Alchemist and Attack on Titan. Oh, and Doctor Who. I mean they are OBSESSED. So there’s hope for a post-Disney/Nickelodeon future.

    • rockmonster

      October 24, 2014 at 11:04 am

      ONE PIECE. DO IT. It’s not the heavily-edited and horrible sounding dub from Fox Kids! DO IT

  15. dragonzflame

    October 23, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    About a year ago, we went out for dinner with a client of my husband’s, who had a five-year-old son. He said that he found kids’ shows so dire and so quickly cut there was no room for the kid to develop an attention span, that he bought a whole bunch of DVDs of kids’ shows from the 80s and 90s – Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Captain Planet, The Smurfs – and used those as distracting entertainment. Moreover, he actually enjoyed watching them with him.

    Can’t argue with that. And best of all, though most of those 80s shows were vehicles to sell toys, the toys are no longer being made, so they don’t come with the pester factor!

  16. TheQuirkyDiva

    October 23, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Sam and Cat has generated more “do you think that’s an appropriate response to that situation” conversations than any other show my daughter has ever watched. I think my daughter finally caught on and got a little horrified, because she doesn’t watch it much anymore.

    • rockmonster

      October 23, 2014 at 5:40 pm

      That and iCarly make we wonder if Nickelodeon has even seen a real teenager before.

    • biggerthanthesound

      October 24, 2014 at 9:30 am

      Is anyone watching the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles though? It’s actually really good!! The relationship between the brothers/turtles is well thought out and the story line is rocking. That and Regular Show are favorites at our house.

    • biggerthanthesound

      October 24, 2014 at 9:28 am

      Yeah, what the hell was with the blue pop episode/breaking bad-esque episode? And it’s a little creepy about their MMA friend that hangs out…. i knew guys who were amature mma-ers and there was only one reason they’d be hanging out with girls that young, gross. I’m not saying they all were… but a lot did.

  17. radicalhw

    October 23, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Dear Disney: BRING BACK KIM POSSIBLE!

    • SunnyD847

      October 23, 2014 at 10:06 pm

      Kim Possible rocked!

    • Cee

      October 23, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      And Recess and Pepper Ann!

  18. sandra richter

    October 23, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Sanctimommy warning: We allow our 8 and 10 year olds no real TV. None. None of this crap. We saw with neighbors and friends just how rude a 9 year old girl emulating her favorite Disney/Nickleodeon/Cartoon character can be. With Hulu, Netflix, DVD’s streaming everything…we can customize our family screen time to shows (Magnum P.I. made milk come out of my son’s nose he laughed so hard) and movies (who doesn’t cry at the end of The Man From Snowy River or the Black Stallion–yep, we’re a horse family) that we all enjoy and that hold to some of our family values (manners, hard work, humor that only involves farts on Saturdays). There’s just no reason to rot a kid’s brain with that nonsense

    • Ursi

      October 23, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      I dig your style

    • sandra richter

      October 23, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      Thanks Ursi. We generally have a lot of fun together. Until I get a look at the kids’ sock drawers….

  19. Mystik Spiral

    October 23, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    I don’t know why, but those Breadwinner’s remind me of Handi-Quacks. Though at least the Handi-Quacks LOOK like ducks…

    http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090327160103/familyguy/images/f/f6/Handiquacks.png

  20. Rachel Sea

    October 23, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    This is part of why I don’t have cable or Netflix, I don’t want this crap in my house. Any kids I get will sneak-watch terrible shows at their friends’ houses like god intended. For at home I have a million DVDs of shows like Degrassi Jr High where the kids aren’t such spectacular assholes.

    • Kathryn Mackenzie

      October 23, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      I don’t know, I kind of remember Caitlin being a judgemental bitch. And Joey could’ve done with a good smack every now and then.

    • Rachel Sea

      October 23, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      Yeah, but they give the characters consequences for being jerks, both from the other kids, and the adults.

    • Kathryn Mackenzie

      October 23, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      Very true. I miss Degrassi.

    • Rachel Sea

      October 23, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      Yeah, I wouldn’t mind newer kids shows showing characters with such terrible attitudes except that the behavior is expressed as being positive, like if you’re just enough of a bitchy liar you get whatever you want in life.

      And I’ll take the abusive gym teacher from Grange Hill over all the inept and clueless adults on Nickelodeon any day. I don’t want any of the kids I know – especially some of my “nieces” – to get the idea that adults can’t help with important problems.

    • jendra_berri

      October 23, 2014 at 7:27 pm

      It was Kathleen who was the judgemental bitch. Caitlin was awesome!

      (I’ve been re-watching the whole series for work)

    • Kathryn Mackenzie

      October 23, 2014 at 7:31 pm

      Kathleen. With the blonde hair, and she was anoxeric or bulimic for a while…it’s all coming back to me now. Yeah, she always had the bitchface going.
      Man comparing the American shows I used to watch afterschool with the Canadian & British ones I used to watch…the Canadian & British ones were so far ahead when it came to dealing with actual issues.
      I loved The Press Gang as well.

    • rockmonster

      October 23, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      Now, see, I got a story about Degrassi. I was 12 in 2007 when Nick GAS went off-air for good and I loooooved Legends of the Hidden Temple. So one day, I came home from school and turned on the living room TV. Instead of the Orange Iguanas, I saw some high school dorks talking about girls and shit. Then, I saw the logo in the corner. I got so mad. I spent the greater part of the month irrationally angry at high schoolers, Nickelodeon, and Canada.
      But now the TeenNick channel has just turned into a rerun farm, which is sad.

  21. Kathryn Mackenzie

    October 23, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    I watched my sister’s kids 3 days a week when they were little. My nieces favourite shows were X-Files, Xena and ReBoot. I’m so thankful I didn’t have to watch annoying kiddie shows, because she wanted Mulder & Scully.

  22. simoneutecht

    October 23, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Give Gumball another chance it’s actually sweet. The characters actually care about each other and feelings. In fact I’m watching it right now.

    • Valerie

      October 24, 2014 at 8:52 am

      I might! I’m seeing a lot of positive comments about it!

  23. jendra_berri

    October 23, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Nicky is short for Nicholas.
    Ricky is short for Richard.
    Dicky is a derivative of Dick, which is short for… Richard.
    “These are my kids, Nicholas, Richard, Richard and Dawn!
    I couldn’t think of a third boy’s name.”

    • Rachel Sea

      October 23, 2014 at 7:32 pm

      This is my brother Darryl, and this is my other brother Darryl.

    • whiteroses

      October 23, 2014 at 10:32 pm

      It’s like The Adventures of Pete and Pete, except terrible.

    • LP225

      October 24, 2014 at 10:05 am

      You just made me laugh til I snorted in the middle of the laundromat!

    • Jem

      October 23, 2014 at 10:53 pm

      I went to school with twin girls named Jenny and Ginny…

    • CW

      October 24, 2014 at 1:12 pm

      I babysat twins Timothy and Thomas and their little sister Tamara. Yes, they were called Timmy, Tommy, and Tammy.

    • whiteroses

      October 24, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      I once met a set of triplets named Holly, Molly and Polly. They said when they were eighteen they were going to change their names to Charlotte, Emily and Anne after the Bronte sisters. I think they’ll be ok 🙂

    • OptimusPrime*

      October 24, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      I grew up in a town with a large family of Garys. Every male with the name Gary, no I, II, or III, no Jr., Sr.. Just Gary.

    • Alicia

      October 25, 2014 at 9:33 am

      Ricky can also be a nickname for Frederick.

  24. LadyClodia the Modest Rat

    October 23, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    My boys love Rabbids Invasion, but they are 2 and 5, so they have no taste. It’s dumb, but they think it’s hilarious, and it’s easy to tune out.
    The older one has been asking to watch Gumball for years, but we don’t. I let them watch it once in French while we were in France, and it didn’t seem to matter to them that they had no idea what was being said.

    • Mrs. Waterson to you

      October 24, 2014 at 8:52 am

      Give Gumball a try! We love it and started watching that at about 5 or 6 yo. When I say we, I include me! I love that show! Silly and funny! Cheers!

  25. Mehra Sarethi's new acct.

    October 23, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    There is NO show worse than Caillou, NONE!

    • sandra richter

      October 23, 2014 at 9:46 pm

      Hmmmm. O.K. yes.

  26. Grr! Arrgh!

    October 23, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Truth, I’ve been terrified of tweenie Nick TV since well before we spawned because of NPR. I remember years ago, listening to Dan Savage on This American Life, a man who advertises himself as a sleezy sex advice columnist and talks about the weirdest, grossest sexual behaviors without a blink on the regular, talk about how he wouldn’t let his then 10 year old son watch the Suite Life of Zack and Cody because he found it so unsettling. I don’t want to come within 100 yards of a network whose programming skeeved out Dan Savage.

    I might take a page from the rest of you and start curating a DVD collection of shows that don’t make me want to stab out my eyeballs now. Anyone know if you can get “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” on blueray?

    • Jem

      October 23, 2014 at 10:56 pm

      It’s available on Amazon instant video! Are You Afraid Of the Dark, that is…

    • Grr! Arrgh!

      October 24, 2014 at 12:25 am

      OMG, this makes me so, so happy! I’m totally going to try and sneak in the episode about the howling of the hounds tomorrow night before my husband gets home!

    • LP225

      October 24, 2014 at 10:04 am

      Netflix has a bunch of old shows too. Amazon Instant Video even had….wait for it….DAVID THE GNOME!!!

  27. Alanna Jorgensen

    October 23, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    I am so glad my kid is into Adventure Time, Regular Show, Courage the Cowardly Dog and Spongebob. When I had cable I pretty much banned Disney Channel in the house because I could not stand the shows. The only one on the list I disagree with is Gumball, because that show hypnotizes me, lol.

  28. tk88

    October 23, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    I actually like Gumball, but a lot of those are awful. That Rabbids is torturous and makes my brain juice leak out though.

  29. SunnyD847

    October 23, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Maybe you liked the Nick shows when you were a kid BECAUSE you were a kid? I’ve watched (and hated) these shows FOREVER because I had a much younger sister and nannied for years before becoming a parent myself. They’ve always sucked.

    • Valerie

      October 24, 2014 at 8:54 am

      No, I just think the shows now are WAY more obnoxious and sassy. Remember Alex Mack? And Hey, Dude? They were nowhere near on the level of shows now. Kids were respectful and a lot calmer. Now it’s like they are all on speed. Lol.

    • rockmonster

      October 24, 2014 at 10:59 am

      You just remember the good stuff. The mind has a way of excising crappy memories(especially of trivial stuff) after a time.

    • misskris

      October 24, 2014 at 11:40 am

      No way would Alex Mack have mouthed off to her mom. And forget giving any sass to Mrs. Darling. She was not having it.

  30. Cee

    October 23, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    I hate that I don’t work with smaller kids anymore so I can’t justify the amount of kid shows that I watch. Adventure Time, Gravity Falls, My Little Pony, and Phineas and Ferb.
    The only live action show I would watch was Good Luck Charlie. I felt that it was a show a whole family could watch without getting annoyed. Teddy (the main character) was a smart girl that loved her family, wanted to get into a good university and wanted to impart knowledge on her younger sister. PLUS they featured a lesbian couple! And, it was actually pretty funny.

    Jesse not only annoys me with its tween sass, but its stereotypes. The boy adopted from India is just there to make Indian jokes and the girl adopted from Africa is pretty much the sassy black friend.

    • SunnyD847

      October 23, 2014 at 10:11 pm

      And the parents are NEVER there.

    • Cee

      October 23, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      They’re off collecting more stereotypical children!

      I honestly don’t remember the dad. The mum was some vapid fashion designer or something.

    • SunnyD847

      October 23, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      I thought they were famous actors á la Brad and Angelina.

    • Alicia

      October 25, 2014 at 9:42 am

      The dad now plays Deacon on Nashville. Charles Estes? ?

  31. guest

    October 24, 2014 at 1:21 am

    Gumball is hilarious. Boo on you.

  32. Melissa T

    October 24, 2014 at 4:03 am

    You forgot that Jessie is full of casual racism–and sometimes, very blatant racism.

  33. Mrs. Waterson to you

    October 24, 2014 at 7:59 am

    We love Amazing World of Gumball! If it’s formulaic, it’s formulated for us. There are always things I laugh at that the kids miss. Love embedded humour that appeal to the ‘grownups!’ As a matter of fact, I am going as Nichole Waterson, Gumball’s mom, for Halloween. Love when she finally loses her shit and flames shoot out of her eyeballs!

  34. abbys_mom

    October 24, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Let me add Sanjay and Craig to this list. Ugh, nasty, stupid show.

    • rockmonster

      October 24, 2014 at 11:01 am

      Even a review of the episode “Fart Baby” made me cringe.

  35. LP225

    October 24, 2014 at 9:58 am

    I’ve never heard of any of these shows. (YAY, me!) My kids are super retro, so we’ll stick with Diff’rent Strokes & 227.

  36. LP225

    October 24, 2014 at 9:59 am

    PS: My kids love Boy Meets World, & now Girl Meets World. My heart swells!

  37. lisha

    October 24, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    I agree EXCEPT Gumball is great! the mom is my favorite.
    My child is not allowed to watch Disney of Nick because of the shows listed, they all behave like brats. Don’t get me started on Sam & Cat, I make a point to tell my daughter that REAL people don’t talk like babies…can not stand HER VOICE!
    Thanks for letting me vent

    • Mrs. Watterson to you

      October 26, 2014 at 9:36 am

      I am going as Gumball’s mmom for Halloween! Only costume my kids would approve! 🙂

  38. Assasymphony

    October 25, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    I love the rabbids.. 😀

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