Or perhaps the more appropriate question here is what do you watch when they are still awake? My friends and I were recently having this discussion, so I thought I would post it here as well.
Most people I know are very conscious about what the children watch. Here, we limit violent shows that might seem harmless to a 5 year old, but I can tell you that shows like Power Rangers are not my friend. At least in my household, they result in immediate reenactment of scenes, which often end up with an injured younger sister. Not good. We also avoid the animated shows that really are designed for adults - AKA Sponge Bob, Family Guy, South Park, etc.
But what about the PARENTS television consumption while the kids are present? For me, honestly, it isn't a huge issue. I don't really watch TV. Now that we are limited to antenna channels or Netflix, I watch even less. Before, I was prone to home improvement shows and sports. I do have a perhaps unhealthy love of the show Nashville, and reserve that for my tub TV time and a glass of wine. No kids allowed there for sure! Sometimes, I have to remind the Mister that watching a "beat 'em up, shoot 'em up" movie or one with adult themes is probably too much for K-man's mind in particular. He doesn't like it much, but he also agrees.
What I am wondering about more though are sitcoms. When we were young, we would watch shows like The Cosby's or Family Ties, together as a family. However, they were also largely FAMILY oriented shows. Both were about families, had small children in them and on at a time that worked with my bed time. I have seen reruns in recent years and there are lots of adult themes to them too. Of course, now looking at the time the show aired... it started in 1984! I was 10, not 5 years old. No wonder I was allowed to watch. And they started at 8pm, past my 5 year old's bedtime.
I enjoy some of the sitcoms, when I choose to watch any - Last Man Standing, Big Bang Theory, Guys with Kids. But I can't think of a single one that I find appropriate for my kids... yet. They have moments that my kids might get, but for the most part, the story lines revolve around relationships... ahem between men and women, if you get what I mean. Most people I know agree with me, but I know there are some that feel like they watch whatever and the kids will eventually, so who cares? I figure while I have the opportunity for some level of control, why not?
It isn't like we have to forgo watching them all together thanks to the fabulous advent of DVRs. Record all you want, and watch when you want... after the kids are down.
Of course, this is what usually happens LOL. What do you do in your household?