6 Fall TV Shows Christian Parents Should Know About

Fall TV show premieres are happening NOW and within the next few weeks we will be seeing even more new shows hit the airwaves. Although it remains to be seen which shows will be hits and which will be misses, there are some coming up that parents concerned with faith should know about. These are shows that could spark great conversations about faith and family with your kids or with you’d like to talk about Christ with. Here are just a few.

Splitting Up Together (ABC)

This family sitcom stars Jenna Fischer (who we all loved as Pam on The Office) and Oliver Hudson as a couple who is divorcing, but still sharing a house and parenting duties. As they split up, they start to realize how much they need each other, and their marriage re-ignites.

Why it matters: Marriage is seen as rather disposable these days, and it’s rare for couples to REALLY try and patch things up either before OR after they call it quits. From the show’s trailer, I am not sure that the rest of the show’s content is going to be something I’d watch with my kids, but I love the premise and I think it’s great to talk about the importance of working on your marriage.

By the Book (CBS)

Based on the book “A Year of Living Biblically,” this show centers around a regular Joe who decides to start living by the rules of the Bible after the death of his best friend. But he decides to observe EVERY single rule, even the obscure Old Testament ones, and starts not just living biblically, but living WEIRDLY.

Why it matters: Well, the Bible will be a serious focus of the show, and having people focusing on God’s Word is ALWAYS good. I’m just hoping that the show has respect for God’s Word as well as a sense of humor. In any case, it will be a great way to discuss faith with non-Christian friends.

The Good Place (CBS)

The Good Place is not actually new, it just started its second season. (I actually watched it last year excitedly because I LOVE Kristen Bell.) When bad girl Eleanor Shellstrop (Bell) wakes up in a strange place, she’s told she’s dead and in “The Good Place” because she was SUCH a good person while alive. But Eleanor immediately knows she’s NOT supposed to be there, and embarks on an adventure to keep her secret and keep herself safe in “The Good Place” and OUT of “The Bad Place.”

Why it matters: The show has LOTS to say on being a “good” or “bad” person, ethics, morals, and of course, heaven and hell. It’s hilarious to boot, and will open up TONS of opportunities for you to discuss Christ with someone who needs to hear about a real depiction of eternity.

13 Reasons Why, Season 2 (Netflix)

Jenny Rapson
Jenny Rapson
Jenny is a follower of Christ, a wife and mom of three from Ohio and a freelance writer and editor.

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