ICarly made its way into our living room this winter, and, I confess, I watch Modern Family, and um, American Idol (but only sometimes). Don’t judge. Oh, fine, judge. I deserve it.
TV viewing isn’t big on my list of loves, but I watch my share of junk, and so does my family.
Today’s focus? ABC’s Secret Millionaire, the show in which millionaires go “undercover,” learn about helping-related organizations throughout the US, and later donate $100,000 of their own money to organizations making a difference in their communities.
Now, I know what critics of the show say about the wealthy throwing money at the poor. I know about attempting to band-aid serious issues, and I also acknowledge that a few contrived situations and perfectly cued music make for happy viewers.
But, with that being said, I also see some good.
To me, Secret Millionaire has little to do with the millionaire and loads to do with people and organizations who work to better their communities and the lives of those who live there. Why shouldn’t good organizations get a little national screen time?
Also, Secret Millionaire provides a platform for discussion with your kids. In one episode, our family hit on abandoned houses, soup kitchens, scholarships, and unemployment.
What about you? What TV shows prompt positive discussion in your house?