Back to school means different things for different people… a return to schedules and routines, fall sports and activities, lots of homework and much less free time. As a stay-at-home Mom of three young kids, for me it means finally being able to watch whatever I want on TV while I fold laundry.
Once the kids are all back in school (two in preschool and one in first grade, in my case) there is no chance someone under the age of six will walk in during a risqué love scene and ask, “Um, what are they doing??” (Wrestling, silly!) or “Why did that girl just call that other girl a bitch? What does bitch mean?” (Oh, that’s just one of those not-so-nice words that only people on TV say and we should never use in real life… unless someone is texting while driving and almost crashes into your car, but that’s a lesson for another day.)
Here’s what I’m watching on laundry days this September (thank you DVR! And On Demand! And Netflix!):
So You Think You Can Dance – You might be thinking, “C’mon, you can watch this with your kids around!” but really, I can’t. Believe me, I’ve tried. You’d be surprised how many of the dance routines are about sex or addiction or other topics that are too heavy for my young ones. And I don’t even want to think about having to explain Mary Murphy and her hot tamale train.
Revenge – I tried to resist. I swore I wasn’t going to get sucked in. But then someone told me that all of my kids’ names appear on this show, so of course I had to check it out just once. Hello, Season Pass. Now I’m catching up. The guiltiest pleasure on this list.
Awkward - I know that as a 40-year-old mother, I’m not the target audience for this show, but I LOVE it. I love Jenna. I love the boys that love Jenna. And most importantly, I love that delicious bitch, Sadie. (“Bitch” was totally called for in this case. Don’t tell my kid.)
Girls – Oh, Lena Dunham, where were you when I was your age? (Actually, if you must know, she was in sixth grade. She was probably a serious overachiever even back then. She’s genius.)
Sex & the City reruns – This was the show that was around when I was Lena Dunham’s age and you’ll hear no complaints from me. I love revisiting the angst of Carrie, Charlotte, and Miranda (Samantha had no angst… just sex) and remembering how my friends and I often found ourselves screaming at the TV, “Yes! That is so true!” I loved living through those single years with them… but we’re going to pretend that second movie never happened.
So how about you… are you reclaiming your TV now that the kids are back in school? Or does Back to School have some other meaning for you?