Having two kids under the age of five, one would think our house's most popular channel would be PBS Kids or Toon Disney or at least the Cartoon Network. But the channel that our family watches the most together is TNN – The Nashville Network. No seriously, this California family plans their TV viewing around TNN’s shows.
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Handed down from Rickerd generation to Rickerd generation is the love of cars. Though the strong German blood has been thinned out over the years, the automobile gene seems to strengthen with each child. I should specify male children since my husband has informed me that Rickerd's only make boys and he has the proof - two sons. Because of that car thing, TNN has captured my family's loyalty.
Rickerd’s TNN Guide
We start out Sunday morning hunting for Trucks, Crank & Chrome, My Classic Car and Horsepower TV. These shows feature customization for trucks and cars. Whether you are looking to work on the exterior, interior or under the hood, you can always find new tips on these shows. Also shown are segments on repairs such as brakes or hoses and the like. My husband’s favorite choice is Trucks. Last Sunday we even went to a different Church service because we couldn’t miss Trucks. Currently the boys are watching the restoration of a Willy’s truck. I just hope he doesn’t choose that ucky green color for our Willy’s.
Usually while waiting around for the “good” shows to come on we occasionally vegetate to the Nascar shows: Nascar Garage, Inside Nascar and Nascar Racing. Nascar Garage gives you the inside edge on Nascar racecars. You get a mechanic’s look at the engine, suspension and tires. While Nascar Racing is pretty self explanatory, Inside Nascar gives you scoops and details about the Nascar way of life. From interviews with drivers, owners and the pit crew to a diagnosis about up coming or past races, if you are into Nascar racing, TNN is the network for you.
During the week, male bonding time takes place watching The Dukes of Hazzard. I wasn’t quite sure this was a show I wanted my almost four year old to watch, but it really isn’t half-bad. Corny plots that show family loyalty and end showing a moral or two can be on my TV anytime. My son really doesn’t get what the show is about anyway. He just watches the car stuff. He probably thinks the General Lee is the star of the show. Jumping over ravines, riding up on two wheels and leaving dust all over everything puts smiles on my boys’ faces, husband included. OK, John Schneider makes it easy for Mom to also watch the show. TNN also has other Series shows, such as The Magnificent Seven, Alice and The Waltons.
Last but not least we come to Friday night. My son’s bedtime is stretched to 9 p.m. and we all watch Motor Madness. Motor Madness is really Monster Truck Racing. Freestyle is the most fun event to watch. Here the drivers get points for being the craziest. Spinning donuts, crushing buses and rolling over always win points with my boys. I just wish that his favorite wasn’t GraveDigger. I have nothing against the driver or race team. But for my little boy to be shouting GraveDigger and asking for a T-shirt with skull and cross bones on it, I just wish it was a more pleasant picture. Maybe it is a Mom thing.
What Other Shows?
TNN offers great variety in its line-up. TNN has everything from Rodeos and Bull Riding, to Outdoor Shows like Bass Fishing to music shows and football (arena that is). Being a Rock & Roll lover, NFL loyal and the fact that I am pretty much a city girl, channel surfing is my choice when these shows come on.
This brings me to the one thing I will not let my son watch on TNN, which is ECW Wrestling My son does not need anybody showing him how to body slam or head butt somebody. I am sure he will learn these skills all on his own eventually. I have heard wrestling is fake, so if it is, I don’t get the draw of the sport. But either way, he will have to wait a little while, before Mom and Dad give in to that show.
My Plea to TNN
Trying to find your favorite show on TNN can be a bit of a chore. They do have show schedule on their website and you can use a TV Guide, but the car and truck shows come and go with the wind. We can work around the Sunday schedule once we figure it out, but if Friday’s Monster Madness is missing, I have one broken hearted son.