Has there ever been a time that TV was totally safe for our kids to view?
Though there was a time when shows like The Flintstones, The Jetsons and Tom and Jerry dominated on all screens, there has never been a shortage of inappropriate kid shows out there.
In case you’re in the market for ways to scar your child further or looking for shows to avoid, check this list out.
1. Almost Naked Animals
If the name is not a clear indicator that it is one of the inappropriate kid shows out there, then we don’t know what is. It’s actually an interesting watch and we can see why Common Sense Media said that ‘The show’s writing is smart enough that adults will get some laughs right alongside their kids’.
Nevertheless, the show has some underlying meanings that don’t quite suit its audience. It is set in a tropical resort called the Banana Cabana and here’s the interesting part, it features funny animals that have all shaved their fur off and in turn are seen sporting underwear. Quirky right? Well… there’s more.
The theme song features a word that actually sounds like ‘penis’, it’s quite easy for kids to pick up on things like this. ‘Penis’ is not necessarily a ‘bad word’, but for a show that has been the most watched after-school children’s program among kids aged 4–9, we are free to feel a tad bit uncomfortable.
2. Courage The Cowardly Dog
Before you bring out the stake and torches, take a moment to ponder about the show. As awesome as this show was, it has really earned its spot on this list of inappropriate kid shows. A series of really creepy events went down on that farm and it could really affect the psyche of a child.
We might as well spoon feed our kids Dracula movies or those weird horror movies that just leave you wondering. Some of the things that went down on that farm are still highly likely to give a full grown man the creeps, talk less of the audience it was actually created for.
3. Adventure Time
Since we are on the topic of creepy stuff that kids should not be allowed to watch, here is the mother of all creepy shows for kids. At face value, it looks pretty stable, as it shows us the wonders of the post-apocalyptic land of Ooo. The show features a boy, Finn, and his adoptive brother/pet dog, Jake, who has the cool ability to change form.
Here’s where it all starts to get weird, there’s demon killing, an actual portrayal of Satan and even an episode that features split personalities and psycho behavior. Yes, if this is one television for kids to watch, we might as well hand them the spoons to scoop out their brains already.
4. Regular Show
This show definitely had it coming, hopefully, there is not an adult out there that does not agree that it is not suitable for such young audiences. For adults, it’s actually quite entertaining and funny, in fact, most adults enjoy watching it, kids may enjoy it too, but it is obviously not the same thing.
It is not so scary as much as it is sexually inappropriate and borderline vulgar. There are actual episodes with some light cussing and also some kissing and petting. There is also an unspeakable amount of violence that might, in turn, have adverse effects on a growing child.
5. SpongeBob SquarePants
Yes, our little square shaped friend who lives in a pineapple under the sea has made his way onto this list, this show is all sorts of inappropriate. The show, though actually quite enjoyable, has quite the number of undertones that qualify it as grossly unsuitable for its audience.
So why is it inappropriate? SpongeBob seems like a perfectly polite and quirky character, who tries to spread joy wherever he goes. Well for starters, there are some dirty jokes that get lost in translation… for the good kids; then there is the fact that some age-inappropriate stuff goes down. Remember when SpongeBob got busted for watching sea porn?
Let’s let our kids be kids, they can watch all these things when their minds are ready, but when they are really young be sure they steer clear of these shows.