What TV show do you only watch when you're with your parents?

I feels like there’s an entire class of TV show that people only watch when they go to visit family. One of the ways my dad and I interact when I go home is by watching gearhead marathons. I’ve spent hours and (consecutive) hours watching shows like American Chopper, Street Customs, and Overhaulin’series I never watch on my own, but fall into like a beloved habit when I cross my parents’ threshold.  I got a sneak peek at what I’ll no doubt be watching over the holidays: the new TLC reality special Family Armor, (premiering Nov. 19) about a large Mormon family in San Antonio who runs Texas Armoring Corporation, a company that custom bullet-proofs vehicles for celebrities, heads of state, and regular old people who’ve got something to fear. So picture lots of explosions, gunfire, and a baby-faced CEO who says things like, “It’s not about Big Love. It’s tough love.”

So, tell me: What are your TV shows that you only watch when you’re with your parents?


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  • DJ

    Any of the CSI shows…they are hooked on all of them, but the only time I watch them is when we’re visiting them.

    • Diana

      Me too – they’re my dad’s favorite shows. I’m a fan at my own place but not enough to watch. Though I watched last week’s trilogy and it’s not the same without Grissom *sigh*

    • Laura K.

      My in-laws like those, too. Really any of the CBS crime shows–CSI, NCIS, Criminal Minds, whatever. Honestly, I think CSI is poorly written and predictable and would NEVER watch it on my own, but am compelled to sit through it with them.

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    • Alan

      Yes, any of the procedurals. I never watch them, but parents seem to love the Cold Case, CSI, NCIS type shows.

  • Tim

    Any remodeling show on TLC or DIY channels. Even when I am with them, I can only handle about an hour and a half, then I’m hunting for the remote control.

  • ruth

    Wheel of Fortune

    • Chris

      My family too! and Jepordy… my step-dad actually DVR’s it!

    • pop

      same here on the wheel of fortune

    • Terri

      Yep, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune…they never miss it.

      • Breeze

        Wheel of Fortune for sure! Plus the stock market channel – riveting stuff.

  • CJ

    My parents and I will obsessively watch Bones, Boston Legal, and The Tudors whenever I’m home. I’m talking four or five hours at a time–we seem to have a problem limiting ourselves!

  • Andy

    Definately not gossip girl.

  • liz

    Clean House and Design Star. I’m an interior designer and I think it’s mom’s way of connecting with me, but those shows drive me nuts!

  • Katie

    My family is obsessed with Antiques Roadshow.

  • dancerindc

    Monk. I know a lot of folks are obsessed with it, but I just find it to be OK. Yet my parents love it, and I enjoy seeing them get such a kick out of it.

  • Jessica

    Old television shows like M*A*S*H and All in the Family. My dad loves TVLand. I also find myself constantly watches the Game Show Network when I’m at their house. Stuff like Match Game and Family Feud.

  • Megg

    Pretty much any of the Law&Orders and the Food Network.

  • Emily

    What a funny topic! And so funny too that so many others only watch game shows when parents are around. Jeopardy & Deal or No Deal are our routine at 6pm these days, if I am over there. My 3 yr old just recently drew a person without hair & told me it was “Howie”!

  • Synth

    defintely game shows like millionaire and wheel of fortune.

    also nature shows and the history channel. we all sit around and discuss the topic, and usually ends up becoming a heated debate lol.

  • nt

    my dad loves ncis, i never watch it alone, but i end up watching with him whenever im home

    • Belle

      My Dad loves NCIS too, and I only end up watching it when I’m with him.

    • michka

      My dad worships 24 and he hates FRIENDS, I mean, seriously. The first time he saw Friends, it was TOW the “seven” with Mon, Rach and Chandler, and he hated the show since. But I think he just hated it because me and my brothers loved it lol.
      My mom only watches soaps like the Bold and the Beautiful

  • Lisa G

    My family loves the Food Network, and it seems like “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” is always on!

  • Jennifer

    Leno. Sigh.

    • Lisa Simpson

      My condolences.

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