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tv shows for an 11 year old?

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Pikachuwithyourmouthclosed Sun 08-Oct-17 04:16:38

She's at that awkward age, too old for kids stuff, but not old enough for most of the adult shows. When I reach back in time and show her things I remember as being great they usually haven't aged well and the jokes are unfortunate at best.

She could do with a box-set of something to take her mind off other stuff.

Any recommendations? Particularly of older shows which are easier for us to get hold of than things airing now (we're outside UK).

She loves Bake-off, Doctor Who, Red Dwarf, and Monty Python.

scottishdiem Sun 08-Oct-17 04:58:06

Depends what genres she likes. Netflix has a full array of series and films that could help. There are teen films and series. Smallville perhaps or maybe some of the current superhero ones (Flash? Arrow? Supergirl?). Buffy was great.

twofalls Sun 08-Oct-17 07:08:53

My dd who is the same age loves Once Upon a Time and the Unfortunate events series. Both Netflix. She is working her way through modern family and likes Miranda. She also likes watching don’t tell the bride!

Some of her friends watch pretty little liars on Netflix but it’s not dd’s thing at all.

FaithAgain Sun 08-Oct-17 07:17:17

What about Gilmore Girls? I love Buffy but wonder if she's that bit young yet (I'd be waiting for the box set to drop in price in your position, saving it for the future!).

Ricekrispie22 Sun 08-Oct-17 07:39:28

Call The Midwife, Outnumbered, The Durrells and Creature Comforts.

SerendipityFelix Sun 08-Oct-17 08:55:23

Once Upon A Time would be good - literally subverting fairytale stereotypes and lots of strong female leads. And pretty PG from what I recall.

badbadhusky Sun 08-Oct-17 16:01:14

Timeless on Netflix is great for all the family, but my kids (12 & 9) absolutely loved it. Strong female lead & it is very well written, using the time travel aspect to highlight sexist and racist attitudes and challenge them. Only 1 season so far, but the network that produced it have reversed their decision to axe it & a second season is in production.

poorbuthappy Sun 08-Oct-17 16:09:06

Buffy? Maybe a little too old?

ArcheryAnnie Sun 08-Oct-17 16:10:56

If she likes Doctor Who, has she seen the Sara Jane Adventures? Both DS (who is 15) and I have just rewatched them, and they are so great.

CornflakeHomunculus Sun 08-Oct-17 16:17:45

The Legend of Korra. It's an animated series with lots of awesome female characters and really excellent storylines.

EllaHen Sun 08-Oct-17 16:26:07

I watch Star Trek DS9 and Voyager with DD. Also, the new one Discovery. In fact, we are all watching that.

We watched Gilmore Girls about a year ago.

Tried Buffy but it was too scary. We will return to it.

Dh watches lots of animé with the kids and females figure highly I believe but it's not my cup of tea.

EllaHen Sun 08-Oct-17 16:27:58

Oh, with Gilmore Girls we did a lot of scoffing at taking such shoddy treatment from men. It is funny and lovely though.

ArcheryAnnie Sun 08-Oct-17 16:30:09

Seconding DS9 and Voyager!

Pikachuwithyourmouthclosed Sun 08-Oct-17 22:13:02

Star Trek! Yes, great idea. And Once Upon a Time - we might even have that somewhere.

Buffy def too old for her, for now.
Gilmore Girls a bit too relashionshippy for her I think. She claims to find love stories squicky.

Will look up Sarah Jane Adventures, Korra and Timeless. Haven't ever heard of either.

Thanks all, you've given me some good ideas.

WickedLazy Sun 08-Oct-17 22:20:02

I second call the midwife. What about stargate sg1? I loved it when I was around that age, Samantha Carter is fab.

WickedLazy Sun 08-Oct-17 22:24:32

And warehouse 13 was good, and not risqué or too violent (from what I remeber).

WickedLazy Sun 08-Oct-17 22:24:50


PassiveAgressiveQueen Sun 08-Oct-17 22:51:38

We love taskmaster, the language is foul but we presume as he is now in secondary school he will know it all very soon (if he doesn't already)

PassiveAgressiveQueen Sun 08-Oct-17 22:52:35

My son is finding warehouse 13 a bit "weird"

Pikachuwithyourmouthclosed Sun 08-Oct-17 23:56:14

I love task master.

Taytotots Mon 09-Oct-17 00:50:42

The TV series of firefly might be good if she likes red dwarf. Father Ted or the IT crowd if she likes Monty python?

PassiveAgressiveQueen Mon 09-Oct-17 11:01:05

Firefly has an "escort" as one of the main chars, it is rated 15, as is buffy.

Miffer Mon 09-Oct-17 14:43:35

Buffy was on at 6pm in the UK, the first few series are very PG. It's certainly no worse than Red Dwarf.

I can see how series 6 was 15 though.

FaithAgain Mon 09-Oct-17 16:48:27

I think the issue with Buffy is that it 'grew up' with its viewers. Early seasons are pretty teeny, boyfriend angst, fitting slaying round homework...Like Miffer says, later story lines with the dynamics between Buffy and Spike gets very dark around season 6, there's a reason it's a 15...I wouldn't want my DD watching that at 11.

MaroonPencil Mon 09-Oct-17 16:52:13

When I was 11 I loved MASH, but I don't know how that will have aged.

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