Sitting down with your teens to watch movies or TV shows together is a great way to bond. Discussing something that you watched together can lead to conversations about a variety of topics that you may never have tackled with your teens before. And laughing at comedies together will bring back great fun memories.
If you haven’t connected Netflix to your TV set yet, you should. It will make family viewing much easier. The best way is to purchase a media streaming device, such as a Roku. They are simple to use, and all cost between $50 and $100.
Here are some great movies and TV shows for both teens and parents:
13 Going On 30 – In this romantic comedy, Jenna, an unpopular, 13 year-old year old girl, wishes she was 30. She wakes up the next morning as a 30 year-old woman with a job and an apartment and no idea how she got there. Jennifer Garner stars as 30 year-old Jenna and Mark Ruffalo co-stars as the 30 year-old version of her geeky childhood best friend. Great soundtrack of memorable 80’s hits. Fun movie, especially for moms and daughters. (2004)
The Breakfast Club – A classic teen movie, many of you have probably already seen it. But if either you or your teens have not yet watched this film, starring members of the brat pack staying after school for detention, it is time to do so. (1985)
Clueless – Clueless was very loosely based on Jane Austen’s Emma, however it takes place in present day Beverly Hills. Alicia Silverstone is Cher, a Valley Girl, who is always playing matchmaker. The movie stars Paul Rudd (in one of his first movie roles) and the late Brittany Murphy. This movie was extremely popular and spawned a television series and collection of books. It also added the saying “as if” to our vocabulary. (1995)
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – High school senior Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) decides to take a day off from school and roam around Chicago with his girlfriend and best friend. An extremely popular, feel good, movie to this day. (1986)
Chuck – Chuck is a comedy spy series, in which a computer geek accidentally downloads a chip full of government secrets to his brain. He winds up working with CIA and NSA handlers while he keeps his job at the BuyMore as his cover. So funny, with action and romance also. It was one of my family’s favorite shows, especially the first few seasons. (2007-2012)
Friday Night Lights – A drama about a high school football team in a small town in Texas and their family, friends and coaches. The series stars Kyle Chandler as the varsity football coach and Connie Britton as his wife. The critics loved this show and they had raving fans. The ratings were never very high, yet it still managed to last five seasons. (2006-2011)
Lost – The series about the plane that crashes on a mysterious island. Although there were elements of science fiction, time travel, purgatory and a smoke monster, Lost was really all about the characters. And the viewers that loved the show all the way to the end, were those that realized that. My favorite show of all time, I highly recommend it for teens and parents. I had more discussions with my teens about Lost than almost anything else. (2004-2010)
The Vampire Diaries – This series is still on the air, going into its fifth season. More happens in one episode of The Vampire Diaries than in any three episodes on other shows, so it is best if you catch up on the first four season before you try watching new episodes. You may think that The Vampire Diaries is only for teenagers. You would be wrong. I have been watching it from day one and love it. It helps if you like vampire stories. And this is a much more sanitary version than True Blood. (2009 – )
Do you have any recommendations of TV series or movies that you have enjoyed watching with your teens?
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