Should I stop my 11 DD watching Family Guy and Russell Howard.

(61 Posts)
Jellybeanz1 Sun 01-Sep-13 11:29:24

During the summer holidays my daughter often sleeps in my bed as my DH works away half the week. I watch late night telly and she came in whilst I was watching these shows. At the beginning I turned it off when language or content was too outrageous however gradually the bar got pushed and now she's complaining when I don't let her watch. I told her we'd have to stop when she goes back to school but as it's on at the weekend she says IABU as loads from her class watch them. I feel am very bad M but cant cure my addiction either. Should I stop?

BlackAffronted Sun 01-Sep-13 11:30:46

Wouldnt let mine watch Russell Howard for sure! far too mature themes.

I don't know who Russell Howard is but I do know Family Guy which I love.

My ds did watch it at 11 because of his two older brothers who had it on.

I'd only be stopping if the late nights cause a problem with her schooling.

kali110 Sun 01-Sep-13 11:34:53

Think yabu if you've let her watch them and are now saying no. Dont actually think either them are particulay bad. Most kids watch family guy now.

gallicgirl Sun 01-Sep-13 11:36:37

Turn the tv off and put her to bed at 8.30.

wonderingsoul Sun 01-Sep-13 11:37:58

no. i wouldnt.

but my eldest is only 7 and im torn between letting them watch the simpsons. as SOME are not suitable for children.

Jellybeanz1 Sun 01-Sep-13 11:40:03

Yes when I started watching it I wasn't too sure of the content myself. I think Family Guy can stay and no to Russell Howard.

Whereisegg Sun 01-Sep-13 11:46:02

Wow I LOVE family guy and have a 10yo dd and no way will she be watching it next year!

The themes are far too adult for pre teens, well not the themes as such but the way they deal with and joke about them spattered with swearing, is just a no for me.

And if 'all my friends are allowed' means that we should let them do whatever they ask, then there wouldn't really be any rules for anyone.

If you do decide she's not allowed after you have let her watch some, then no it's not unfair, it's you re-evaluating a decision as a parent.

fackinell Sun 01-Sep-13 11:52:18

Record it and watch it together earlier, FF past the unsuitable bits. Or just say no?

NoComet Sun 01-Sep-13 11:53:24

Never seen Family Guy, doesn't appeal to me at all, don't thing the DDs (12&15) have ever watched it.

They are very fond of QI, Mock the Week and Russell Howard's Good News (which is I think the worst, and not really sutiable). QI is very dodgy too, but I love it and we all sit down and watch it with tea.

I'm afraid I'd much rather they watched totally inappropriate, clever, comedy than East Enders and Xfactors Got No talent and Big brother/Celebrity leave us all in the jungle Please!

In any case both have lap tops in their rooms and can watch what they like, so I'd much rather they don't feel a need to lie.

Jellybeanz1 Sun 01-Sep-13 11:55:21

Thanks W egg I think I use the school term as an excuse to re evaluate my initial poor choice. After all it is very late as well as very dirty.

BrokenSunglasses Sun 01-Sep-13 11:59:26

I don't really watch Russell Howard so can't comment on that, but I don't like my 11 and 13yo watching Family Guy. They saw it about a year ago with their Dad (who I don't live with), I went apeshit when I found out. I doubt it's going to do any everlasting harm, but I don't want that to be their first introduction to some of the themes it deals with. I've chatted with them about some of the things they have seen on their and their Dad has now done the same as he can see where I'm coming from. I didn't want them thinking that it was a reflection of normal adult life outside what they already know, because it isn't, but being children they can't know that.

CatAmongThePigeons Sun 01-Sep-13 12:01:37

I prefer RHGN to FG for younger viewers. Family guy is just so way over the mark IMO. Although some bits are very funny for younger ones

SkinnybitchWannabe Sun 01-Sep-13 12:03:16

I dont watch either but my 14 year old ds watches Family Guy.
My other 2 ds are obsessed with The Big Bang Theory which I do watch.
I've got a friend who watches Celebrity Juice with her 13 year old dd..that makes me cringe.

catinabox Sun 01-Sep-13 12:07:01

Neither. What happened to discovering this stuff and sniggering with your mates as a teenager?!

There is a reason these programmes are on late.

My poor DD is being raised Amish in comparison to some of her peers but i wouldn't have it any other way!

LaFataTurchina Sun 01-Sep-13 12:07:58

I don't think either are massivly suitable for an 11 year old but personally I'd be more okay with Russel Howard (Mature themes but not generally offensive) than Family Guy (Mature themes and a blacker sort of humour which I think can be more offensive).

Maybe watch something like Big Bang Theory, QI or HIGTFY with her. Still technically for adults but much milder humour.

That said my mum used to let me watch The X Files with her and I turned out fine.

Capitola Sun 01-Sep-13 12:11:38

I wouldn't let my 11 year old. Much as I love it, it's way too adult sometimes.

RoxyFox211 Sun 01-Sep-13 12:26:28

I think both of them are fine for an 11 year old imo. But then it is up to you and you make the rules, decide what you're comfortable with and stick to it!

ShellyBoobs Sun 01-Sep-13 12:59:05

Crikey no.

I'm very openminded but I wouldn't be letting an 11yo watch Family Guy.

It's very age inappropriate.

It's not so much the sex talk, etc, but the way minorities and the disabled, etc, are portrayed.

I don't think that young children would be able to understand the irony those themes are delivered with.

TurnOffTheTv Sun 01-Sep-13 13:03:02

There is no way I'd let my 13yo DD watch Family Guy. I watch it, but there is far too much swearing/violence/sexual references for an 11yo

Rollermum Sun 01-Sep-13 13:11:09

I don't have a DC (yet) but I can't imagine letting an 11 year old watch either of those - especially FG. I like them both but they are too sexual and FG is sometimes totally over the line with regards to women, disabled groups etc. I think I would have found it too much at that age.

snickersnacker Sun 01-Sep-13 13:13:34

I used to like both but I've noticed a real shft in the humour in both recently, including a lot of casual rape jokes and references.

LJL69 Sun 01-Sep-13 13:18:35

My nearly 10 yr old DD watches Mock the Week too. I agree with previous poster who would rather she watched that than Honey Boo Boo or the like. I make it clear that she shouldnt be using the language but it delights me to hear her laughing at this kind of stuff. I doubt she actually gets it but I can pretend to myself!

RedHelenB Sun 01-Sep-13 13:25:09

My 11 year old watched RH & I think a lot of the sexual stuff went over her head ( she knew it was to do with sex but not what it meant exactly)

Longdistance Sun 01-Sep-13 13:31:09

I'll say, no.

Let her watch it if she likes it. says she who used to watch the Young Ones at the age of 8

Never did me any harm, thought it was hilarious.

MrsWilberforce Sun 01-Sep-13 13:35:59

Of the two I would say Family Guy is far worse - it's gone the same way as South Park, a lot of the 'humour' is pretty sick.

I wouldn't be happy with an 11 year-old watching it and she would probably be just as happy to watch something else - it's the shared bed and late-night aspect that they really like.

LoopyLoopyLoopy Sun 01-Sep-13 13:39:44

Both totally inappropriate IMO.

Watching TV in bed isn't something I'd encourage either (for either of you). Do you have problems sleeping? I used to do this, and really struggled to sleep. A few years ago we removed the TV from our room and now both read (DH was never a reader before) and it has helped us both massively with sleeping.

AnyoneButLulu Sun 01-Sep-13 13:40:18

Family Guy hugely inappropriate I'd say - I don't watch RHGN so can't say.

Dobbiesmum Sun 01-Sep-13 13:42:15

Family Guy isn't watched here, not our thing really, I know DS (12yo) has watched it doesn't like it much.
Russell Howard can be pretty funny at times and he does like him, plus QI, HIGNFY, A League of their own and quite a few comedians on Live at the Apollo... smile
I'd rather he watched that type of program than crappy soaps and Big Brother tbh.
Although if he quotes Peter Kay at me one more time this weekend he will lose the use of the tv until he moves out..

MadeOfStarDust Sun 01-Sep-13 13:43:05

Ours are 11 and 12 and we would not let them watch either..

They do watch the big bang theory as we actually think it is funny without being cringily adult in themes.. and it shows we geeks are people too!

Mind you they don't watch soaps or reality tv either as they suck the "spare" time out of your life...

Jellybeanz1 Sun 01-Sep-13 23:11:55

Many thanks all, I think I'll just keep it for myself - another guilty pleasure.

IceCreamForCrow Sun 01-Sep-13 23:24:18

Not here either. I can't say I've seen much of RH as I don't find him very funny.

FG I have seen, again not my thing esp but I can see the cartoon format appealing to an 11 yr old. But it's too old for mine so not for a good while yet.

Mintyy Sun 01-Sep-13 23:27:09

Really? People here don't mind their 11 year olds watching Family Guy??


My DC love RH ( DS is 13.6 DD is 11) BUT DH or I watch it first and some episodes we say no to.

If there is an adult part, I look at DS. He's either smirking or it's gone over his head.
(Then I ask "where did you hear about that " ?)

Yes you should

I don't let my 15 year old watch it.

What's Family Guy? Is that a cartoon (like South Park) or real people ?

DD and I once counted all Lee Evans swear words. She was shock.
His routine isn't too bad apart from the swearing, (no filth)

YoungBritishPissArtist Sun 01-Sep-13 23:36:17

Never seen Russell Howard.

Haven't watched much FG, although seen enough to hear a rape joke hmm I don't think an 11 year old should be exposed to that.

moodyblues Sun 01-Sep-13 23:37:15

I'm shocked any parent even needs to question whether family guy is appropriate for their 11 year old child.


StuntGirl Sun 01-Sep-13 23:38:54

I adore both.

I'm an adult.

Your child is not.

Of course it's not fucking suitable.

Jellybeanz1 Sun 01-Sep-13 23:39:12

Many thanks all, I think I'll just keep it for myself - another guilty pleasure.

StuntGirl Sun 01-Sep-13 23:45:55

Here you are 70s

NoComet Sun 01-Sep-13 23:47:24

I'm just confused by DCs who watch TV on a TV at the time it's on.

My two iPlayer or series record everything and watch it when they like.

Long ago DS1(now15) and I did have words about ask permission before watching post watershed TV on iPlayer, she just smiled innocently and said, "but mum iPlayer doesn't tell you when it was on"

Since they are both very sensible, but quietly devious, unstable TV is a battle I've decided not to have.

I'm as likely to catch DD1 watching history and science program's as the vampire diaries and DD2 is usually to be found on Utube watching gymnastics

soontobeburns Sun 01-Sep-13 23:50:37

I remember being 11 and my mum telling me I could watch anything but not eurotrash. Guess what I watched grin

I grew up watching adult programmes and have turned out fine.

aftermay Sun 01-Sep-13 23:56:06

DS 13 not allowed Family Guy. I'm afraid he watches Russell Howard.

valiumredhead Mon 02-Sep-13 00:07:27

No to both of them, 12 year old.

LeoandBoosmum Mon 02-Sep-13 00:10:34

Russell Howard can be very blue...not appropriate for such a young mind. Don't know about FG as I don't watch it, never have so can't advise.

ICantGoOverItICantGoUnderIt Mon 02-Sep-13 02:10:25

I'm glad you've decided no OP. There's plenty of time for her to watch stuff like this when she's older.

I think Family Guy throws a lot of people off because it's a cartoon and therefore people assume it must be aimed at children and young teenagers. It isn't. It is not just the fact that there is a lot of sex references, sexual and racial discrimination, homophobia, violence etc, I would be concerned that a child or young teenager would not appreciate the humour in the way it is intended to be taken. The producers are pointing out how stupid these people who hold these discriminatory attitudes are by portraying these notions humorously. I would be concerned a child would believe that holding these views is simply funny.

I know a 5yo who watches Family Guy. sad

ICantGoOverItICantGoUnderIt Mon 02-Sep-13 02:12:08

I'm glad you've decided no OP. There's plenty of time for her to watch stuff like this when she's older.

I think Family Guy throws a lot of people off because it's a cartoon and therefore people assume it must be aimed at children and young teenagers. It isn't. It is not just the fact that there is a lot of sex references, sexual and racial discrimination, homophobia, violence etc, I would be concerned that a child or young teenager would not appreciate the humour in the way it is intended to be taken. The producers are pointing out how stupid these people who hold these discriminatory attitudes are by portraying these notions humorously. I would be concerned a child would believe that holding these views is simply funny.

I know a 5yo who watches Family Guy.

ICantGoOverItICantGoUnderIt Mon 02-Sep-13 02:12:38

Sorry for double post.

Jellybeanz1 Tue 03-Sep-13 02:54:32

Yes, thanks everyone who posted. I have decided to go cold Turkey as well after a few barneys with dd ( her rules, I have to give up Come dine with Me haha). Dh came home after week and half and we have decided to reset many rules; tv and computer time, more nutritious food etc. We spent yesterday playing happy families with books, board games and selected nature programmes. Wow - feeling nervously smug. it seemed easier than I thought, I still have the power well one day at a time, thanks all lets hope I can keep on top of it, back on the straight and narrow.. wink

ICantGoOverItICantGoUnderIt Tue 03-Sep-13 06:58:58

Good luck. smile

Whereisegg Tue 03-Sep-13 08:29:26

I'm pleased you have stopped her watching these shows, and your life overhaul sounds great......
BUT letting an 11 year old tell you what you can and can't watch?
Sorry op, but fuck that!

mrsjay Tue 03-Sep-13 08:34:43

hmm not sure about both really Family is hilarious but really adult as is RH who I also like I think \Russel howard has tried to be more edgier on his programme and i have started cringing instead of laughing .at it. It is really up to you but I wouldn't like an 11 year old watching either ,

LeGavrOrf Tue 03-Sep-13 08:37:39

I like 'I still have the power'

That sounds great OP.

Pretty surprised that so many people would be happy for their 11 year olds to watch Family Guy. I think it's vile personally, and wouldn't like a child to think that some of the themes in it were funny. I moan like hell when my dd watches it, and she is 17.

Have never watched Russell Howard's show, be is bad enough in 5 minute snippets on Mock the week.

GuardofHull Sun 29-Dec-13 20:47:36

Slightly different perspective.

Firstly I do get the impression that your daughter may be acting as a quasi surrogate husband when your husband is away. Not sure whether that's good or bad but it is a factor in your dilemma. You have allowed her to assume non-child status in part of your relationship.

Anyone else spot the irony of those posters who used swear words when condemning your decision to allow her to see this material ?

Eleven years old - so secondary school at least on the horizon, first teenage hormones kicking in, dissecting frogs and worms to come in science class, a history syllabus that will be knee deep in gore at several stages, and if you think Family Guy is un PC you should check out the average playground.

I don't think you will have done much harm by letting her view this material. I've never heard of anyone blaming inappropriately early exposure to stand-up for their life going off the rails and this does sound like quality time.

Personally on a judgement call I'd say "not suitable", particularly Family Guy.

But I think I can comfort you by saying that you are likely to mess up as a parent in far worse ways than letting her watch inappropriate comedy shows.


KrabbyPatty Sun 29-Dec-13 20:51:27

I wouldn't want my 15 year old to watch it, let alone my 11 year old.

Euphemia Sun 29-Dec-13 21:01:23

What do people reckon to 11 year-olds and Glee?

A lot of references to sex, but DD (11.6) has watched a few episodes and seems to have come away with really positive messages about how it doesn't matter who you are, if you like singing and dancing then you can do them and have fun. smile

NurseRoscoe Sun 29-Dec-13 21:16:05

I think at 11 years old most children will be able to cope with a bit of bad language/sexual references. I would MUCH rather they heard it whilst watching TV with me where they can ask what it means and have me explain it to them than from other children at school then to get laughed at because they have do idea what's all about.

I know not everyone will agree & that's fine but I really don't think you can protect children from the world once they are at an age where they speak to other children/start to go places without their parents. I believe that some parents try to do this for their own sakes rather than their children's (because of what other parents will think or because they want their children to stay little/protect their innocence). Fitting in with friends is so important to a preteen and unless a film or something is really terrifying and graphic (such as insidious off the top of my head, that scared even me) then stopping them watching things or playing certain games is just a waste of time and unnecessary arguments/bad feeling. They will only do it at friends houses anyway.

madmomma Sun 29-Dec-13 21:31:23

I think family guy is a bit much for a 11 yr old personally, but I have friends who always let their kids watch that and other adult comedy and they've turned out great so I wouldn't worry too much.

anotherrandomusername Sun 29-Dec-13 21:34:57

I don't understand why people think Family Guy is okay for kids. The same material, NOT spoken by animated characters would be deemed very offensive.

UsedToBeNDP Sun 29-Dec-13 21:37:47

I have an 11yo and wouldn't let her watch either

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