Rusty.....my hubby and I have friends here in the San Antonio area who have two kids (one in her teens and one son about 10). They do not own a t.v. because they do not want their children watching t.v. They have the "quietest" home I've ever been in. :chuckle
One of my sisters would only permit her sons to watch the videos that she would rent for them. No t.v. allowed. She homeschooled them, and today they are both fine young men (one an Atlanta policeman, and the other is in the Air Force)....who now watch lots of t.v.....much to their mom's disappointment. :chuckle
I allowed my children to watch t.v. The shows they were allowed to watch were restricted to their own age group, and we never let them watch t.v. unless one of us (parents) watched it with them. Our kids were much too involved in outdoor sports, going to the library, reading a slew of books all the time, and whatever else kept them positively involved.
As a child, my father only permitted my siblings and I to watch the news...WITH HIM...and any documentary shows that were historic in nature. Whenever he and my mom split......which was quite often......our mother would let us watch whatever we wanted to on t.v. So.....we loved it when our parents were separated. :chuckle
My children do not permit a lot of t.v. watching among their own children, but keep them involved in more positive activities. They are even limited to the use of their video games.
Hubby watches much more t.v. than I do. He has his shows that he likes, and I have mine.
T.V. is a very useful tool.....or "friend" to invite into one's home. Like any "friend" you invite into your home.....certain do's and dont's apply.