The Dick Van Dyke Show TV Poster Image

Part comedy, part variety show, this entertaining sitcom was significant for its reflection of a middle-class awareness of JFK-inspired social movements and trends of the early 1960s while still focusing on the domestic issues of a married suburban couple.

Gilligan's Island TV Poster Image

Five passengers are marooned on a deserted island in this classic comedy. Through ingenuity and resourcefulness, they recreate the comforts of home, often to hilarious effect. Little in the way of educational content, but positive themes throughout.

Happy Days TV Poster Image

Landmark '50s-set sitcom about a middle-class family in Milwaukee and iconic character Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli. Squeaky-clean and still funny, although kids may find dialogue trite. Situations revolve around comic confusion and misunderstanding.

Home Improvement TV Poster Image

Realistic view of life in typical nuclear family, with humor in family-friendly issues like sibling dynamics, parenting challenges, and an accident-prone dad. Occasionally touches on more serious topics like divorce or a family member's death.

Laverne & Shirley TV Poster Image

Slapstick sitcom about two young women living and working on their own in Milwaukee in the late '50s and early '60s. Their choices usually defy gender stereotypes, making them two of TV's first liberated women. Stresses friendship, loyalty, and family.


Common Sense Tips

  • Share classic shows you loved as a kid and talk about how the world has changed.
  • When tweens see age-inappropriate stuff on TV, use it as a teachable moment.