What My Tween Watched on Netflix in 2014


My daughter turned 11 this year and her TV viewing habits and desires certainly changed. As a matter of fact, they started catching up to what I like to watch and her viewing patterns became my viewing patterns. What she watched, I watched. We must have binged several shows for hours and hours, not only on the TV but on the iPad and computer.

Netflix changed the landscape of television for all of us and gave us the ability to watch whatever we want, whenever we want. My daughter and I curled up many the night in my bed with the iPad and binged several episodes of a show at once.  I’m still excited about the shows that await us, but I have to say it takes a long time to get through seven seasons of The Gilmore Girls! We’re on Season five right now.

Other shows that charmed us this year include The New Girl, Freaks & Geeks and Gossip Girl, but no shows charmed us much as The Fosters and Switched at Birth (as well as Chasing Life, not yet on Netflix). ABC Family seems to be the master at producing shows for tweens – shows with real issues that are having the most impact in 2014 – from coming out as a tween to transgender issues to special needs and disabilities to single motherhood. I salute ABC Family for giving me so much to watch and talk about with my tween.

So while I love Netflix for bringing shows into my world like Orange is the New Black and Breaking Bad, two shows with a social conscious, and a slew of movies I couldn’t live without, I also love it for bringing these awesome shows into our lives and I can’t wait to see what shows they get in 2015.

Netflix has not only brought us closer together this year, but it’s also provided an outlet to teach her about pop culture and introduce her to what I love most in life: good TV shows that teach us about social issues, advocacy and difference.

Disclosure: I’m a member of the Netflix Streamteam and receive complimentary Netflix. However, all opinions are my own and I was a fan before I became a part of this amazing group.




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  1. I can’t wait to watch some shows with my kids! (Like, other than Sofia the First) 😉

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