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TV shows you should watch with your teens



Washington Post
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Recently I wrote a column for on the seven movies all parents should watch with their teens. I enjoyed perusing the reader comments, with many people offering their own picks. And one person asked, “How about television series recommendations?”

Great idea. Here are my top seven.

Roots. The miniseries based on Alex Haley’s novel first aired in 1977 and was remade in 2016. Both versions are excellent, but the original won nine Emmys.

Battlestar Galactica. The 1978 show was a cosmic flop, but the 2005 reboot ran for five years and was exceptional.

Friday Night Lights. It started as a book, then became a movie and then a television series that ran for five years starting in 2006.

The West Wing. This one is a bit of a commitment because seven seasons is a long stretch, but it’s worth it.

Freaks and Geeks. Long before James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jason Segel were big-screen household names, they appeared on this 1999 show, which sadly only lasted one season. Luckily it’s still on Netflix because it’s funny and poignant.

The Handmaid’s Tale. Parents need to use their judgment with this one because of the language and graphic violence, including rape scenes.

The Office. Picture the worst boss you ever had. Multiple it by 100, and that’s Michael Scott, as played by the very funny Steve Carrell.

(Redmond is the executive director of Spectrum Youth & Family Services in Vermont and the author of “The Goodness Within: Reaching Out to Troubled Teens With Love and Compassion.” )