TV I Watched With My Parents Growing Up
This list isn't so much TV I watched with my parents, but rather TV my parents watched that I too was forced to watch. Having two single, independent, uncompromising parents meant that I was exposed to a lot of very adult things before I likely should have been. That being said, I wouldn't have wanted it any other way.
- •The SopranosI've been a nighthawk ever since I can remember, which growing up meant that I would impede on my parent's very much needed late-night alone time. My presence, of course, did not stop my mom from turning on her all-time favourite show. She always made me look away, but the sound was enough to get me hooked on Tony and his ducks at the age of 7.
- •JeopardyDespite the fact that my father (and my caretaker) could only ever correctly guess about 12% of the answers, he always turned on this game show (among others). I absolutely despised it back then, but now, at the age of 21, I'm actually able to impress my father, which always feels good.
- •The NewsThe second I could understand what was being said on the news, I remember thinking that the world had suddenly become a scary, terrible place. My mother had to reassure me that bad things always happened and that I was only just being able to understand it now. I think that was the moment I realized adulthood wasn't necessarily something to look forward to
- •Just for Laughs GagsThis show has its moments, but whenever I watched it with my dad all I could focus on was his ridiculously entertaining reactions. I don't think I've ever seen my dad laugh as hard as when he's watching French Canadian being pranked.