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TV Show and Movies are the New Family Heirlooms

Jun 17, 2015

For families, TV time is all about sharing. But for many dads, TV time is also about introducing little ones to the surprises, adventures and fantastic worlds of his favourite childhood shows. This heirloom experience makes watching with dad all about geeking out, bonding, and passing the torch of fandom from one generation to the next.  

According to new research* from Netflix, 79% of Canadian dads love re-watching the TV shows and movies they grew up on with their kids, and 65% of Canadian Dads watch cartoons when streaming TV shows and movies with their kids.

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So what classic TV shows are dads passing down? Alvin and The Chipmunks, Scooby-Doo, Spider-Man, The Smurfs and Transformers are Canadian dads’ favourite shows to watch with their kids.

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Not only do 76% of dads in Canada say watching retro TV shows or movies with their kids lets them feel like a kid again, but 48% of them say their kids enjoy watching shows and movies with them because it is their special bonding time.

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Canadian Dad’s Top Shows to Watch With Kids:

  • Alvin and The Chipmunks
  • Scooby Doo
  • Spider-Man
  • The Smurfs
  • Transformers

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The survey asked dads what shows they’re most looking forward to passing down.  Superheros ranked high around the world with shows like Spider-man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Marvel’s Avengers.  The survey also revealed a few key cultural differences between countries:

  • Dads in the U.S. ‘Go, Go Gadget Go’ for Inspector Gadget
  • Tom and Jerry earned the top spot among dads in Brazil
  • British dads are loyal to Danger Mouse
  • Canadians find the Smurfs...well, Smurfy
  • Asterix is king with French dads
  • Dads in Germany have a soft spot for Pippi Longstocking
  • Mexican dads favor the Pink Panther


Have Your Say

Do you have a favorite show to watch with your Dad?  Comment below and share your special moments!