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The TV Shows And Movies Our Parents Didn’t Want Us Watching (That We Watched Anyway)

Ren & Stimpy
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Let’s be honest -- kids and parents aren’t always on the same page when it comes to watching movies and TV shows. Often, the shows that we'd like our kids to watch aren't the same shows that our kids would choose to watch themselves.

Growing up in the mid-90s during the heyday of cartoons like "Doug," "Rocko's Modern Life," "Dexter's Laboratory" and "Powerpuff Girls" that were smash hits for Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network respectively, it was a constant chess match between me and my parents. I'd wait until they'd leave the room for a few minutes, grab the clicker, and change the channel from the more wholesome, educational fare like "Arthur," "Between The Lions" or whatever the pre-approved PBS program du jour was (shows I loved in their own right) to shows that my parents found to employ far too much crude humor -- shows like "Rocko's Modern Life," "Aaahh!!! Real Monsters" or "Ed, Edd n Eddy." And it didn't end with cartoons. As I got older, sometimes I'd sneak downstairs at night after my parents went to bed and turn on MTV or VH1 to watch the racy music videos they couldn't air during the daytime. So when Comedy Central announced earlier this month that it would be reviving the classic Nickelodeon cartoon "Ren & Stimpy," another show that is a 90s favorite but has a complicated legacy as a kid's show that dealt with dark themes and often used grotesque humor and animation, I was instantly transported back to watching TV as a child and trying to devise ways I could watch what I really wanted to when my parents were otherwise occupied.

Today on AirTalk, we want to hear about the TV shows or movies that you snuck around to watch as a kid. How did you accomplish it without alerting your parents, if you did? If you're a parent now, do you handle this differently with your kids than your parents did with you? Join the live conversation by calling 866-893-5722