My little guy has recently started watching a bit more TV (before you stone me, he takes breathing treatments that are about 20 minutes long, and it fills the time). We’ve been watching a number of shows on PBS and another little-kids’ network, Qubo.
One of the Qubo shows is a silly sci-fi farce called 3-2-1 Penguins! Simple premise – 2 kids have a toy spaceship and penguin dolls, and imagine adventures flying through the galaxy. There’s always a nice message; yesterday’s show was about valuing people’s character more than their looks. And there are a number of in-jokes for the parents. So far, so good.
So imagine my surprise when, at the start of an episode, I overhear the little girl’s mother quoting the freaking Bible to her! And then the show ends, and the two little kids are kneeling at their bedsides saying prayers that encapsulate the lesson of the show!
It’s not enough to keep us from watching, but seriously?! You have to proselytize to children in a show about space-faring penguins?! At least we’ve still got Dinosaur Train (with Dr. Scott the paleontologist) on PBS to inject a little reality.