ByRose Moore, writer at
Writer, cosplayer and all around nerd. @RoseMooreWrites
Rose Moore

We're at the halfway point of this week's challenge, and this one took more than a little thought.

A TV show you weren't allowed to watch as a kid, but did anyway...

Here's the problem: I never really watched anything that I wasn't allowed to.

For one thing, I simply didn't have the kind of access to TV that would make this a possibility; there was never a TV in my bedroom (still isn't, for that matter), this is way before the days of iPads, personal laptops, or streaming shows online, and for a big chunk of my "kidhood", I didn't have cable. I could have been absolutely desperate to sneak an adult show after my parents went to bed, but that wouldn't make it physically possible.

Nope, none of this
Nope, none of this

Another reason for my pre-teen rebellious failure is that TV didn't exactly offer anything thrilling enough to want to watch it in secret. That dubious honor went to R-rated and horror movies, usually snuck into a sleepover where viewing was as simple as putting in a tape (not trying to find/record/acquire multiple episodes of a show). I got my fair share of sex, gore, and nightmare fodder through film, not TV.

In fact, there is only one show that I can even remember my parents being slightly disappointed about my having watched at a friend's house.

The Simpsons

Yup. These fiends!
Yup. These fiends!

It may seem tame compared to many other animated offerings out these days, but this was never family viewing in my house. (For one thing, it wasn't on the channels that we received - this US import aired on cable in the UK, rather than on the free TV that was available to everyone.)

Even if it had been sanctioned by the mighty BBC, we still wouldn't have been watching it, because my mother thought it was crass.

She's not totally wrong...
She's not totally wrong...

She disliked the idea that this dysfunctional, violent family was being offered up as normal, or acceptable. A lazy, alcoholic father who is consistently abusive, a wife who exists to be the butt of jokes, the nagger, the clean-up crew and the disciplinarian, a hyperactive and aggressive son and a miserably lonely daughter - not exactly role models.

While often satirical and always humorous, this just wasn't a show that appealed to my parents as kid-friendly viewing, However, they never outright banned it, so far from hiding under the covers with Netflix open, I saw a few episodes at a friend's house, in the living room, with the full sanction of the supervising adult.

My mother, on discovering this, did a more-than-passable Marge impression.


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