Television: here are 9 shows that can be watched with the family

Television: here are 9 shows to watch as a family


Watching TV is an activity that is now practiced more solo. When TV was live, long before the advent of viewing platforms, big family get-togethers took place in front of the small screen. The pandemic brought back this habit, since we had to stay at home all together. Today, parent-child listening is slowly returning to young people at a young age. Watching a show with the family, is it an outdated habit or on the way to coming back? 

Family listening has withered not only in Quebec, but around the world. Conventional TV is struggling everywhere to rally the young people who have deserted it to the profits of the various platforms. According to a survey, the Global Family Study, carried out by Kids Industries in London among families in ten countries, last January, 73% of respondents said that half of the content watched by children under 13 l were family.

What are consumers looking for? Positive role models, opportunities for fun, problem solving, testimonials and fictional content. We also reveal that viewing is shared between linear TV and burst platforms. We note that the latter are often favored by “co-viewing” since they make it possible to bring people together at a desired time for a desired duration. Given the multiplication of possibilities, the public enjoys a great deal of freedom. For young people over the age of 13, solo listening takes place mainly on social media.


However, television accompanies many households during dinner time, which explains in particular, without detracting from the quality of the programs, the great popularity of the daily 7 p.m. slot. To reach young and old, creators rely on content which, through their characters or their speakers, through unifying themes, places for which we have a reference and humorous proposals, manage to unite more than one generation at the same time. . 

Commitment by votes is also a unifying factor, explaining the popularity of “tele-hook” for two decades. Authenticity, quest for knowledge, laughter and entertainment are the values ​​at the heart of the projects that seem to stand out on a global scale. Quebec is no exception.

Nine intergenerational programs 

Les petits tannants

A fairly tasty program, hosted by Pierre Hébert, who looks at family. Because the children are the protagonists, because they are accompanied by their parents, because laughter is there, there is a certain notion of suspense and because we can recognize ourselves in it, it's a family get-together par excellence.

Friday at 8 p.m. on ICI Télé

The cheater

This popular game focuses not only on questions of general knowledge (you will notice that there are no more than 10 per show), but above all on the interaction between the participants. No need to be a connoisseur, we rather play at detecting a divergent look, a giggle, an explanation that does not hold water. Since the pandemic, humorous concepts of imitations, puppets or songs have been added to reinforce the entertainment.

Monday to Friday 6:30 p.m. at VAT


Making science accessible and unifying was a great challenge. Stéphane Bellavance and Martin Carli animate this family meeting which opens the door to many discussions. The content is educational, the container fun and the tone is ageless. By having artists and adults as competitors, young people do not have to be embarrassed not to know quite the contrary, they have as much chance as anyone, if not more, of arriving at the right answer. 

Monday to Thursday 7 p.m. on Télé-Québec

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The Voice

Musical competitions are enjoying great intergenerational success around the world. The varied age of the competitors and repertoires, the accessibility to “ordinary” people who surpass themselves, the talent that generates emotion and surprise, the attachment to their stories, allow the public to project themselves into them. We are in a positive although competitive approach, since it leads to the fulfillment of a dream. The diverse origin of the participants also creates commitment. You can feel it during the vote.

Sunday 7:30 p.m. at VAT

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If “infotainment” makes it possible to interest young people in politics, that is a good thing. Jean-René Dufort with his youthful side and his humor manages to find the right unifying tone. He intelligently finds the flaw in each situation, highlights the absurdities, but knows how, in his own way, to highlight the good moves. Never in bad faith, he points out what generally goes under the radar, but which can, in certain respects, have an impact on our community. It informs without taking the lead.

Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on ICI Télé

Get me out of here!

Reality TV attracts people young people. It generates commitment. She demonstrates authenticity as she immerses participants in uncomfortable situations. This is the case here. Regardless of the notoriety of the participants, it is the vulnerability in the face of the ordeal, the suspense and the satisfaction of overtaking that appeal. It is also resilience in the face of failure. The exotic background doesn't hurt either.

Sunday 6:30 p.m. at VAT


The new variety brings people from generations Z, Y, X and boomers together in the studio. In the results, Damien Robitaille in a humorous nod to François Pérusse and Martin Fontaine accompanied by a young krump dancer leads the ranking (at the time of writing these lines). Humor, common references, intergenerational, well thought-out values. And remember the place of the public vote at home.

Thursday 8 p.m. on ICI Télé


Comedies score points with young people. Although Happiness sometimes hits hard, irony, cynicism and satire prove to be unifying when it comes to criticizing our society. Everything is magnified, but not so far from a truth. The actors deliver a great performance. In the pictures, both teens and adults find themselves there.

Wednesday 9 p.m. at VAT

The eye of the storm

The unifying quality of this series lies in its realism. As was the case with the popular show Les Parent, we easily recognize ourselves in the members of the Gagnon-Despaties family, and the situations we witness. Self-mockery is also the key to his success with young people and adults alike.

Monday 7:30 p.m. on ICI TV