I remember it like it was yesterday. Each Saturday morning, I would channel my inner Wonder Woman and leap out of bed with lightning speed to watch Saturday morning cartoons. This was a weekly ritual for me as a kid, one I never missed for anything (until the day I became too cool to watch). Then when I had kids of my own, channels like Treehouse TV was my saviour. It was our go to when the kids were up sick all night, or when I desperately needed some precious minutes of me time. Even though I was too tired to care, I was always hoping that whatever was on the tube at the time would hold their attention just long enough. After all, I didn’t have a choice with what was on TV at a particular time.
It wasn’t that long ago when we were told what to watch and when to watch. It worked back in the day when traditional “9-5” Monday to Friday jobs were actually a thing, but the workday has changed in a big way. Shopping malls gradually opened for business on Sundays, and banks stayed open later during the day and also opened on Saturdays. More people are working from home as technology enables us to work virtually anytime, anywhere. With work schedules all over the map, we need prime time to be whenever our schedules allows.
According to a recent Netflix survey, 34% of viewers like to start their day with comedies in the morning and 24% end their day with documentaries after midnight.
Thanks to streaming content, my family now has options to watch what we want, when we want. Being that each of us are on our own schedule, Netflix allows us to watch whenever the time suits us. When we are all actually together, we will have a family movie night. Otherwise, we each have our unique schedules, as noted below.
Since I work from home, I have on occasion taken in a lunchtime comedy viewing, especially after hectic mornings. Grace and Frankie and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (each only 30 minute episodes) are always guaranteed to make me laugh, no matter how grumpy I am. At night, I prefer watching dramas like Bloodline and House of Cards on my iPad.
This guy recently discovered The Looney Tunes Show. This is an updated version of the classic we use to watch as kids. My son has now come to appreciate the humour of Bugs Bunny and company. He could watch 24/7 if we let him, so we have to be sure he’s balancing his homework and extracurriculars.
She couldn’t be more different than her younger brother. Her nose is in the books and won’t think about down time until she’s finished all her studying. In the evenings and/or weekends, she’ll settle in to watch, with her current faves being Riverdale, The Mars Generation, and 13 Reasons Why.
Being an early riser, he goes to bed early, so his viewing time is mostly on weekends. He prefers watching movies, as he doesn’t have enough time to allow himself to get hooked to a series. He recently enjoyed watching the Netflix original film War Machine, starring Brad Pitt.
Tell us, what’s your family’s viewing schedule?
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Disclosure: As a member of Netflix Canada’s Stream Team, I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with Netflix. As always, all opinions are my own.
About Wendy Morelli
Wendy loves her 2 kids and her iPhone, not necessarily always in that order. She is an app obsessed mom who loves everything tech and is (unfortunately) old enough to remember the brick Motorola cell phone and the Commodore computer. Her love for technology stems back to the 10+ years of working for technology based companies. Wendy's alter ego, "AppHipMom" has been featured in Canadian Family, iVillage, Women in Biz, EverythingMom, BlogHer and Savvy Mom.