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TV Shows Your White Liberal Parents Love

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    Modern Family

    Modern Family

    • Network: ABC

    O boy, do your parents LOVE Modern Family! They kept seeing it win at the Emmys over and over and over again and checked it out, and it was love at first sight. Modern Family has everything, a nuclear family getting into hijinks because of his zany dad, a baby boomer whose married to a Colombian bobshell, and two of the least offensive homosexuals on television, y'know they kind of remind me of that Nathan Lane fellow, you know Nathan Lane? He was the voice of that cat thingy in that Lion King that you used to watch all the time, oh he's wonderful.

    It's an inoffensive comedy that doesn't go for being "edgy" like South Park, and it appeals to that masses unlike that "Community" show you just won't stop talking about. It's brainless pap, but your Dad did enough thinking for a lifetime in Nam so just shut up and watch Ty Burell fall over like an American.

    Practice these conversation starters:
    "Wasn't Julie Bowen on Boston Legal?"
    "Aren't those two just the cutest gay couple?"
    "Sophia Vegara, am I right?" (Dads only)
     

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    The Sopranos

    The Sopranos

    • Network: HBO

    Your parents...I mean, your Dad loves The Sopranos. Your Mom tolerates it* because she loves your Dad, but if she misses an episode she's not going to be upset. Too much swearing and nudity for her, thank you. But your Dad? Your Dad loves The Sopranos so much that he's started buying homemade pasta at Italian Mom & Pop shops and pronouncing Capocollo as "GabbaGoul", complete with broad hand motions. He's even starting to suspect that his friend Luigi with the gardening business might have some connections...not that he's interested or anything, that's just pretty cool, isn't it? Just knowin'?

    *And even though she doesn't love The Sopranos, your Mom loves Carmella Soprano. Now that's the kind of women you should marry. Someone strong and intelligent.

    Practice these conversation starters:
    "Good thing your kids weren't that bad...right....right?"
    "James Gandolfini. Damn Shame, huh?"
    "Lorraine Braco, Am I Right?" (Dads Only)

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    The Wire

    The Wire

    • Network: HBO

    Are you a white liberal? Then you love The Wire. Even if you haven't seen it yet, you LOVE The Wire. Hell, if you're a white conservative chances are you love The Wire. If you're not white? You guessed it. YOU LOVE THE WIRE. Maybe you hate people who won't shut up about The Wire, but that doesn't mean you don't like The Wire.

    And you know who LOVES The Wire? Your Parents.

    Of course your white liberal parents love The Wire. It's educational. You know, a friend of theirs from college grew up in Baltimore? It was just as rough then. It's a little violent, but that's how it is in Baltimore. You should be really happy your Mom and I raised you in such a nice town.

    Practice these conversation starters:
    "Did you know that a lot of them were actual gangsters?"
    "Omar's based off a real guy."
    "They really should make another season."

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    Castle

    Castle

    • Network: ABC

    This crime procedural featuring the long-term love affair of homicide detective Kate Beckett and best-selling mystery novelist Richard Castle and your parents can not get enough. There's weekly mysteries, an overarching story related to the death of Beckett's mother (maybe you should call your own more often, huh?), and that Nathan Fillion is just the most charming man, isn't he? Just absolutely charming. They also really like all those supporting characters that aren't important enough to go on the posters, but not as much as Beckett and Castle. You parents love Castle so much, they even bought all the tie-in books supposedly written by the fictional main character of this fictional tv show.

    Practice these conversation starters:
    "You guys ever try watching Firefly...?"

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    The Good Wife

    The Good Wife

    • Network: CBS

    Having just completed it's 5th season, there's a lot of CBS's The Good Wife to catch up on, but it's all worth it. Following the story of disgraced-political-wife turned hotshot lawyer Alicia Florrick, it lacks a lot of the blood and darkness that defines contemporary televised sucess, but makes up for it by having compelling characters, twisty plotlines, steamy romance, and not being afraid to push the envelope. Besides, it probably has one of your parents favorite actors on its all-star cast which features Julianne Marguiles (ER), Josh Charles (Sports Night, which was written by Aaron Sorkin who your liberal parents just adore.), Chris Noth (Mr. Big from Sex and the City), Alan Cumming (He introduces Masterpiece Mystery! on PBS and causes your parents to ask "where do I know him from?") and Christine Baranski (The Meryl Streep of Musical Theatre).

    It doesn't hurt that The Good Wife is one of the most modern shows on television, striving to portray lesser-acknowledged aspects of American life. One of its main characters is a bisexual woman of Indian descent, doesn't get more unique than that. It's also been called the most technologically progressive show on television, covering issues like Cybersecurity, the NSA, Anonymous, and even featuring a whole episode about Bitcoin way back in early 2012 before it was the talk of the town!

    Practice these conversation starters:
    "So, do you think Peter Florrick is guilty?"
    "Ugh, It's a shame Kalinda doesn't get much to do anymore. I mean, Archie Punjabi won an Emmy!"
    "Will Gardner! Can you believe it?"
    "I think Alicia is a very good mother."

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    The West Wing

    The West Wing

    • Network: NBC (But your parents watch it on Netflix)

    Your parents are all about this "binging" craze. Back in their day if you wanted to watch an episode that had already aired, you had to buy a TV Guide and wait for the re-run! Nowadays you just pay 8 bucks a month and suddenly you're able watch an entire series online? And there's no better series for marathoning with your parents than The West Wing. It's a wonderful political show, but not soapy like that "Scandal" they're always advertising. No, The West Wing is a show not about big twists or shocking subject matter, The West Wing is all about political theory and real life drama. Sure, maybe its a little outdated, but your parents have a much better memory than kids your age, so they know when stuff like this was really happening, and it's all so much fun when they're speaking Aaron Sorkin's lines! And those actors! Martin Sheen (Ugh, that poor father. Having a son like that. Charlie, I mean. That Emilio turned out alright), Allison Janney (wasn't she in that thing? Y'know that one movie we took you to. She played a mom), Bradley Whitford (It's a shame he doesn't get more work. He seems like a stand-up guy), Kristen Chenoweth (She was in that Wicked show your mom loves so much.) and Alan Alda! (Back in the day, when there were only three channels EVERYONE watched the same shows, and boys that M*A*S*H* finale...)

    Practice these conversation starters:
    "Why can't we just elect President Bartlett, huh?"
    "Y'know the guy who plays Charlie is on Psych? I think you guys would really like that show."
    "They don't make Washington shows like that anymore. House of Cards? Please!"

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    Dancing With The Stars

    Dancing With The Stars

    • Network: ABC

    Nothing makes your parents happier then knowing who is famous. They like keeping up, keeping hip with the kids, your parents just want to be cool. Your parents haven't been cool since they were your age. You know a good show that not only teaches them who is famous, but also quenches their thirst for Ballroom dancing? Dancing With The Stars. Your parents tune in to ask you "Oh, what's he from" and complain "Oh, well that's not fair that an ice skater's in the competition. She's already a dancer!", and they're not wrong! And isn't that Tom Bergeron just the most swell guy? Is he Canadian? I feel like he's Canadian.

    Practice these conversation starters:
    "What'd you think of that Foxtrot competition?"
    "Can you believe all these Olympians?"
    "I guess Billy Dee Williams needed the money, huh?"

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    NCIS

    NCIS

    • Network: CBS

    Your parents can not get enough of NCIS, and its spinoffs NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans, but especially the original NCIS. It's got everything! They're part of the Navy, it stars Mark Harmon, there's a quirky Tech specialist (your parents love quirky tech specialists), and it's getting more and more popular every year! They love how the plot niftily wraps itself up at the end of every episode, although every now and then there's a two-parter and those are just action packed, lemme tell ya! It gets a little violent sometimes, but never too bad. It's not over the top like that goshdarn "Hannibal" show you keep Facebooking about.

    Practice these conversation starters:
    "Wow, that was quite an improbably crime!"
    "What do you think of the new spinoff?"
    "Pauly Perrette, am I right?" (Dads Only)

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    The Big Bang Theory

    The Big Bang Theory

    • Network: CBS

    This is the King right here. Your parents have every single season on DVD. That Jim Parson won 3 Emmys for Best Actor in a Comedy, and that doesn't happen on accident! While you're reading episode reviews of the latest episode of True Detective, your parents are sitting back drinking wine, and laughing along with the laugh track on the CBS ratings juggernaut that is The Big Bang Theory. It's a simple premise, a bunch of nerds live across from a hot girl, and there's differences! So many differences! Is Sheldon referencing Dungeons & Dragons again? Hot girls don't know what Dungeons & Dragons is! That's for nerds! "Bazinga!" HA! Y'know, son, when I was in high school we used to beat up nerds like that, but these guys are funny so it's okay. How's the football goin'?

    Practice these conversation starters:
    "Oh, hey, was that a Star Wars reference in that one episode?"
    "Mayim Bialik has had quite the career, eh?"
    "BAZINGA!"

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    The Blacklist

    The Blacklist

    • Network: NBC

    Your parents LOVE The Blacklist. That James Spader can do just about anything can't he?

    The Blacklist features all the predictable plot twists and faux-espionage that parents have grown to love in their Television. When you get to your parents age, you're less interested in seeing what's gonna happen to these characters, and you just want know what's gonna happen to these characters, and be able to guess along the way. The supporting cast really isn't that important except for Special Agent Elizabeth Keen who is totally Red's daughter, right? There's no way she isn't. The only important thing about this show is it has your parents absolute favorite actor, James Spader. Although they really wish he was doing more funny roles like Boston Legal, remember Boston Legal? Man your parents really loved Boston Legal.

    Practice these conversation starters:
    "I mean, she HAS to be his daughter!!!"
    "Did you see that coming? I was not expecting Red to get out of that one."
    "Maybe Bill Shatner will show up, and it'll be just like BL!"

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