Family TV: Tween

Monday

 

  7 7:30 8 9:30 9 9:30 Disc Kids Trading Spaces: B vs. G Endurance Strange Days Scout's Safari Kenny the Shark Tutenstein Cartoon Net Grim Adventures Ed, Edd 'n Eddy Ozzy & Drix Yu-Gi-Oh! Codename: Kids Next Door Foster's Home Nick Jimmy Neutron Fairly OddParents SpongeBob Drake & Josh Full House Fatherhood WB Friends Raymond 7th Heaven Everwood Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Back to Main

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Trading Spaces: Boys vs. Girls Discovery Kids, Weekdays, 7pm

Can't get your kids to clean up their rooms? Put them on TV and let their best friends do it. When the home-improvement concept goes kiddie, boys and girls have 48 hours to create the ultimate bedroom for a neighbor. They decorate to fit their friend's personality '- even if that clashes with their own taste. It's a great way to spur your kids' creativity, and maybe even yours.

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Seventh Heaven WB, 8pm

Oh, no! The preacher's son is having premarital sex! But hey, he's mostly grown, and this series about a minister and his wife raising a brood of seven does its best to stay real. It's a complex world, and unfortunately our kids encounter heavy issues like suicide and hate crimes. This show handles these topics sensitively and encourages discussion. It's relevant, informative and charming, all at once.

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Everwood WB, 9pm

Despite the premise of a dad trying to reconnect with his kids after their mom dies, Everwood isn't just another wanna-be tearjerker. Exploring edgy topics like medical marijuana, abortion and STDs through the patients in Dr. Andrew Brown's free clinic, this show is a great vehicle for launching those tough parent-teen talks. Preteen Delia adds spice with a different level of dilemma, but even she's growing up fast.

Tuesday

 

  7 7:30 8 9:30 9 9:30 ABC Jeopardy Wheel of Fortune My Wife and Kids George Lopex According to Jim Rodney CBS Insider Entertainment Tonight NCIS Amazing Race Disney Sister, Siser That's So Raven Movie Noggin Fresh Prince Degrassi Sabrina Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Back to Main

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Wheel of Fortune ABC, Weekdays, 7:30pm

It's amazing how someone turning letters can remain so popular year after year, and yet here it is. Watching Vanna and her letters never goes out of style, and it's fun to see if you can guess the words before your kids do.

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NCIS CBS, 8pm

"You can't handle the truth!" Oh, yes, we can! And we will, thanks to this series about a team of special agents investigating crimes connected to the Navy and Marines. Created by Donald Bellisario of Magnum, P.I. fame, what's not to like? You've got rich storylines, all-too-human personalities and enough variety to appeal to both teenagers and parents. And let's not forget the fabulous Mark Harmon and David McCallum.

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Sabrina, The Teenage Witch Noggin, 9pm

Unlike Buffy, the vampire slayer, sweet Sabrina doesn't live in such a menacing world. She's got plenty of girl-power, mind you, it's just not directed as much at defeating evil as it is at poking gentle fun at the tween life. Melissa Joan Hart, who also starred in Clarissa Explains it All is also trying to get a new generation of fans as the voice of Becky on Recess.

Wednesday

 

  7 7:30 8 9:30 9 9:30 Disc Monster Nation Mythbusters WB Friends Raymond Smallville Jack & Bobby TVLand Green Acres The Munsters Green Acres Andy Griffith Leave it to Beaver Boom Hanna Barbera Flintstones Jetsons Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Back to Main

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Everybody Loves Raymond TBS, Weekdays, 7pm and 7:30pm

Okay, so most of this show's fans are of retirement age, but you'd be surprised by how much your kids like it and get the family humor even though Ray's children aren't the focus. Maybe they secretly use the show to laugh at all the corny things the adults do, inverting the way most family sitcoms work to make adults laugh at the kids.

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Smallville WB, 8pm

As if being a teenager weren't hard enough, what if you also had to leap tall buildings, stop speeding bullets and fight evil foes (who look, oddly, like lawyers and accountants)? That's the conundrum of our hero in this modern-day Superman drama. It brings a whole new generation into the Man of Steel fold, which is good, because kids don't read comic books like they used to.

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MythBusters Discovery, 9pm

Nothing is off-limits for the hosts of this show, two ordinary guys whose main goal in life is to separate fact from urban legend. Like how many helium balloons does it actually take to lift a small child off the ground? Or if an elevator falls, can you save yourself by jumping up at the last second? And is it possible to throw a playing card fast enough to inflict bodily harm? Inquiring minds want to know.

Thursday

 

  7 7:30 8 9:30 9 9:30 NBC Extra Access Hollywood Joey Will & Grace The Apprentice Pax Pyramid Family Feud Funniest Home Videos Diagnosis Murder FX King of the Hill HGTV Curb Appeal House Hunters Weekend Warriors Landscapers Divine Design Designer's Challenge Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Back to Main

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Joey NBC, 8pm

How you doin'? If you're Matt LeBlanc, you're pretty fine, thank you very much. This Friends spin-off places the lad in L.A., living with his genius nephew while trying to jump-start his acting career and keep his sister in line. Since the show is produced by some of the same folks who made Friends, the writing is clever and touches on grown-up issues without being overbearing. If your kids were into Friends, they'll probably like Joey too.

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Will & Grace NBC, 8:30pm

Relationships star in this sharply written series. The four lead actors mesh so well that it's hard to imagine any one of them without the others. Like all long-running shows, however, sometimes the stories veer off course into themes that don't serve the characters well. Overall, though, this is a playful sitcom with a sweet, loving heart. There are gay themes, but only you can decide if they're appropriate for your kids to watch.

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Divine Design and Designer's Challenge HGTV, TKpm

If you think redecorating a room is boring, then watch the kooky Candice Olson tackle home-design dilemmas. The very tall blonde and her clever cast of characters '- a carpenter, electrician, painter and design assistant '- team up to throw some style into a space. Finish the hour off with Designer's Challenge, where real-life people get to choose from different plans offered by three design experts. Fun and creative!

Friday

 

  7 7:30 8 9:30 9 9:30 CBS Insider Entertainment Tonight Joan of Arcadia JAG ABC Jeopardy Wheel of Fortune Hope & Faith Complete Savages Hope & Faith Less Than Perfect Nick Jimmy Neutron Fairly OddParents Danny Phantom Teenage Robot SpongeBob Fairly OddParents Cartoon Net Foster's Home Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi Powerpuff Girls Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Back to Main

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Joan of Arcadia CBS, 8pm

A superb ensemble cast and some of the best writing on TV make this a standout for your kids. Think Touched by an Angel '- if the angel had multiple piercings and inspired more questions than answers. What's more, this is a "clean" show about spirituality, growth and acceptance that emphasizes friends and family as the most important things in life. Great for kids of all ages.

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Hope & Faith and Less Than Perfect ABC, 9pm and 9:30pm

If there's nothing else going on Friday night, it can't hurt to veg out with these two traditional sitcoms about families and work. Both Kelly Ripa and Sara Rue, stars of the respective shows, offer a refreshing change of pace from the usual sitcom women we've seen for years.

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Whose Line Is It Anyway? Family Channel, 10pm

Who knew that watching four people make stuff up could be so engaging? This is one of those shows where your spouse will be in the next room shouting, "Whaddaya laughin' at?" as you watch with the kids. You can try to explain, but you won't be able to, because it has to be seen to be properly appreciated. Bonus: There's nothing offensive for the youngsters.

Saturday

 

  7 7:30 8 9:30 9 9:30 CBS Entertainment Tonight Amazing Race Movie Cartoon Net Dual Masters Rave Master Teen Titans Justice League Megas XLR Yuyu Hakusho TVLand Bonanza The Munsters Green Acres Andy Griffith Leave it to Beaver Nick Drake & Josh SpongeBob All Grown Up Romeo All That Amanda Show Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Back to Main

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The Amazing Race CBS, 8pm

This cultural odyssey pits two-person teams against each other in a race around the world for $1 million. As reality shows go, this one's got everything: adrenaline, teamwork and a can-do attitude. The globetrotters encounter a gross food oddity or two, but nothing to rival Fear Factor, and there's none of the rampant sexuality of Survivor. Maybe watching with your kids will spur you to plan an adventure of your own.

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The Andy Griffith Show TVLAND, 9pm

When life gets complicated, your kids can always hang out in Aunt Bee's kitchen or Floyd's Barber Shop for a night. Mayberry still serves up some of the best writing on TV and the best life lessons to learn. The fact that it's relevant decades later says a lot for this long-lived series. And any age group can watch it. How shocking!

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Leave It to Beaver TVLAND, 9:30pm

Yup, the Beav is still on the air generations later, and still amazing to watch '- a breath of fresh air for the kids and a pleasant trip down memory lane for the parents. Sure, Ward and June probably aren't the norm when it comes to parenting these days, but shows about growing up never go out of style.

Sunday

 

  7 7:30 8 9:30 9 9:30 Fox King of the Hill Malcolm in the Middle Simpsons Arrested Development My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss NBC Dateline NBC American Dreams Law & Order Game Show Extreme Dodgeball Noggin Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Back to Main

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King of the Hill Fox, 7pm

Everyone can identify with a little chunk of the Hill world, whether it's Hank's exasperation, Peggy's authority, Bobby's confusion or one of the neighbors' wackiness. This witty cartoon sitcom is the Everybody Loves Raymond of cartoons, but the show also has a Seinfeld-like ability to merge several storylines in one episode, bringing them all together in a poignant ending.

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Malcolm in the Middle Fox, 9pm

"The best thing about childhood is... at some point it stops." Or at least that's Malcolm's philosophy while stuck with his squabbling brothers and parents. Star Frankie Muniz has a unique brand of cynical wit that keeps things interesting, especially when Malcolm suddenly finds himself in a gifted class full of social misfits. This show is harmless and entertaining, and has maintained its balance even as the boys grow up.

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American Dreams NBC, 8pm

America is nostalgia crazy, and maybe that's why this show is so popular. Or maybe it's just because American Dreams is a thoughtful, well-written series that provides a good springboard for parent-kid discussion. Set against a backdrop of '60s music, culture clashes and the Vietnam War, national headlines are made personal through the struggles of the Pryor family of Philadelphia. It's all set to an American Bandstand beat (thanks to executive producer Dick Clark), with current performers like Usher and Kelly Clarkson appearing as '60s stars.

Jane Louise Boursaw writes a syndicated column, Reel Life with Jane, about movies and television. For more info, visit her Website www.reellifewithjane.com.

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