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To let my 5 yr old DS watch The Simpsons?

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LastOrders Thu 18-Jun-09 23:42:59

I think not, but my friend said earlier there was no way she'd let her DC watch it. My exP went hmm at it too.

I know the humour is of an adult nature, but if it's that bad why do channel 4 put it on at 6pm (the same time as ITNG)

And I find some other childrens progs even worse for violence etc.

So, am I the only one who thinks The Simpsons is fine for viewing by an addicted 5 yr old?

Tinker Thu 18-Jun-09 23:44:13

Absolutely fine, to be encouraged even.

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Thu 18-Jun-09 23:45:26

The Simpson's is an educational programme and free DVD's should be handed out at school to each child in the reception class.

Could be worse, it could be bevis and but head!

SomeGuy Thu 18-Jun-09 23:54:10

It was my son's favourite programme when he was 3 AIR.

jodee Fri 19-Jun-09 00:00:29

There is definitely a case for squeezing The Simpsons onto the National Curriculum somewhere...

I just love Ralph Wiggum -

Ralph: I won! I won!

Skinner: No, Ralph, this means you're failing English.

Ralph: Me fail English? That's unpossible!

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Fri 19-Jun-09 00:04:06

lol! grin

I think Maggie's cool. Silent but know's it all.

Wilts Fri 19-Jun-09 00:06:51

Both my boys watched it at that age and I think anything inappropriate goes over Ds2's(6) head.

I quite like The Simpons myself, Homer " help me Jebus" grin

Marthasmama Fri 19-Jun-09 08:17:40

Ah Ralph. He's wonderful. 'Miss Hoover, my worm went in my mouth and then I ate my worm. Can I have another one?'

LastOrders Fri 19-Jun-09 09:43:58

I knew I wasn't BU wink

Part of the joys of growingup - it will make him a better man!

brimfull Fri 19-Jun-09 09:47:00

ds watches it
part of his male bonding thing wiht dh
smutty bits go over his head

12StoneNeedsToBe10 Fri 19-Jun-09 09:51:50

The amount if information stored in DS's head that I wasn't aware he knew, invariably came from The Simpsons (he's a HUGE fan and has all series on DVD blush )
Nothing wrong with it in my view, and the adult humour would, on the whole, go straight over your little one's head any way.

katiestar Fri 19-Jun-09 09:57:02

LOL my DD2 aged 4 has learned to say 'oh nuts!' and 'on crap !' from watching it.So definitely educational (grin)

Surfermum Fri 19-Jun-09 10:00:16

DD just understood her Nanny dying and what's going to happen a whole lot better because of the episode when Homer went to spread his mother's ashes.

Rubyrubyrubyinthegame Fri 19-Jun-09 10:00:44

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Pyrocanthus Fri 19-Jun-09 10:17:13

Watching The Simpsons as a family is probably a better bonding experience than singing madrigals round the piano (not that I've tried the latter). Itchy and Scratchy episodes used to make me cringe when the children were small, and we used to avoid Halloween specials for the benefit of the nightmare-prone one, but I agree that the more inappropriate material goes straight to the keeper. I don't think our children are turning out to be particularly violent, stupid, immoral or even yellow as a result.

posieparker Fri 19-Jun-09 10:23:21

The only problem is casual use of words like 'butthead' and 'jerkoff', my dss watch it occasionally and those words did creep into their vocabulary which does sound pretty vile coming out of such young mouths!

2anddone Fri 19-Jun-09 10:34:14

I love the simpsons so does my ds(3) but I must say I am shock that I came on this thread thinking I was going to have to defend the OP and say mine watch it too and you all like it. I never admitted to it before, wondering if in the world of MN simpsons is up there with Fruit Shoots!

paisleyleaf Fri 19-Jun-09 11:17:54

My DD (4) has seen it a few times. Some of them are just fine, and some of them aren't, and you never know until it's on.
Hollyoaks is on at tea time too though - and I'd not let her watch that.

GeckoLovingHornedThing Fri 19-Jun-09 11:19:42

my kids all love it 9,4 and 2

I love it too

mayorquimby Fri 19-Jun-09 11:45:16

once it's not any of the last 3/4 seasons you're fine. anything before that is just genius and should be compulsory for children.
as should real music instead of crappy nursery rhymes.

bronze Fri 19-Jun-09 11:47:13

My lot watch it and you can see bits that we (the adults) find funny go over the boys heads completely. The only bits I don't like is itchy and scratchy and occasionally the odd haloween special and the like

lal123 Fri 19-Jun-09 11:49:05

DD (5) never misses an episode - if I'm out of the room at 6pm I get a loud shout of "Mummy - its the simpsons!!" Listerning to her singing the theme tune is the funniest thing!

LupusinaLlamasuit Fri 19-Jun-09 11:51:48

Ya have to ask?

Come on. I swear my eldest's first word was 'Doh!'. The younger ones had no chance but indoctrination in the ways of the Simpsons. And it is very intelligent satire.

Geocentric Fri 19-Jun-09 11:53:31

I don't see a problem with the Simpsons... I'm more of a South Park fan, myself, but that's definitely a no-go for the DCs!!!!!!!

Morloth Fri 19-Jun-09 11:56:59

Boy has been watching the Simpsons (and Futurama shock since he was a baby. He can be a bit odd sometimes, but seems none the worse for wear.

He also thinks the Jurassic Park movies are the greatest films ever made and is going to move to LA and make dinosaur movies when he grows up.

He is referred to in this house as "The Boy".

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