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Top Fall TV Shows To Watch After the Kids Are Asleep

By amywindsor |

"Yay!!! I can't wait for my shows to come back on!"

There are lots of shows coming back in September and October that we’re looking forward to, but only a few of them can make the cut for that precious hour or two that can be carved out for the after-bedtime hours that busy parents get. And even fewer have what it takes to pull you in and keep you up until 1am every night for days on end as you obsessively go through past season’s episodes to bring you up to current episodes.. My husband and I call them our “adult shows,” (I know. We need a new name.) and we only watch them after the kids are asleep and we can relax on the sofa together. Because many of the shows are racy cable fare, NO CHILDREN ALLOWED and remotes must be nearby to hit pause if we hear footsteps on the stairs.

With a lot of the juiciest shows on cable, which we don’t have, we have to watch them later or online, after the seasons are released. Thankfully, Netflix, iTunes, and Hulu Plus are making it easier (and cheaper) than ever to watch previous seasons of shows. So if you want to start watching a show that  you feel like you’ve missed too much to begin watching mid-stream, now is the time to start catching up.

Check out this list of shows that you may have been the missing, but still have time to get up to speed before they start again in a month or few. Or, if you’re like me and have about 100 hours to catch up on in some shows’ cases, in time to buy this season when it comes out next year.

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Top Fall TV Shows To Watch After the Kids Are Asleep

Grey's Anatomy

Premieres September 22 at 9 PM on ABC. It may have gone through a few doldrums during the course of it's seven seasons, but Grey's Anatomy came back with gusto last year and left us all dying to know how Merideth and Derek are going to work it all out this time, having given up on "happily ever after" a few seasons ago. Rolling it all the way back to the beginning would be a summer well spent, if a little soggy. Keep the tissues nearby!


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Photo © 2011 – Fox
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Amy Windsor is an avid mommy blogger whose blog, Bitchin' Wives Club, was named one of Babble's Top 100 Mom Blogs in 2012. She was a contributor to Babble's Parenting channels.

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0 thoughts on “Top Fall TV Shows To Watch After the Kids Are Asleep

  1. Sara says:

    Well, at least you can watch the comedies while your kids are still awake. My 7 year old enjoys Modern Family!

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