Last week, we talked about movies and TV Shows and whether we should care about what we watch. While many Christians disagree on whether it matters or not, I talked about my recent personal convictions and how at one time, I didn’t care about what I watched. The only genres I wouldn’t watch was horror or vulgar comedy, but I used to watch shows like Supernatural and Game of Thrones. Last week, I talked about seven specific shows that I had once watched and regret watching and now, refuse to watch and broke down my reasons for choosing not to watch those shows.
But if you’re like me, you may feel discouraged because television and film these days seems like it’s getting worse. Are there any good clean shows that are dramatic? I’ve asked myself the same question before and over the years, I’ve found a handful of ones that I feel are good. So, I thought I would share them with you, that way, you can hopefully find shows to enjoy that you don’t have to worry about having anything “bad” in them.
Like last week, these are my personal convictions—or in this case, shows I’m not convicted about, but that may be different for you. I always suggest that you pray and seek God about this personally to see what He wants you to do.
- Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman
This is one of my favorite TV Shows of all time and such a clean one. It also is complete up to season six, I believe. It focuses around a woman doctor in the 1870s back when that was uncommon. It’s also very clean and the characters in it believe in God, but the show deals with a lot of controversial issues and handles them well. In every episode, there are people on both sides of pretty much every controversial topic you can think of and they also deal with a lot of issues that are easily relatable today. It came out in the 90s and was mega popular, but I can even see scenarios where I relate to the characters and understand what they’re going through today in modern times, despite that the show takes place in the 1800s. It is very clean and I do appreciate that they aren’t graphic with the surgery scenes (unlike Outlander, who also features a woman doctor, but they get graphic with their surgery scenes). And while the main characters do kiss and are one of the best romantic couples on television, they don’t have any sex scenes and no nudity whatsoever. Even the “bad guys” of the shows are given humanity, so it shows that people are gray—not everyone is right all the time and not everyone is wrong all the time. They deal with many issues while at the same time showing all sides and points of view, which has expanded my thinking on a lot of different topics. And yet, the characters are still Christians, which I really respect. I don’t have any complaints about the show and nothing that made me uncomfortable about it. It’s perfect if you want historical fiction with relatable, memorable characters.
Speaking of which, why has this show not had a reboot yet? The writer and cast are all ready to return!
Another best show of all time, tying with Dr. Quinn. My cousin watched it from the very first episode and grew up watching it with her dad, so it’s very nostalgic. It’s a show about Superman before he was superman, but the writers of the show stayed true to the original superman. They even had a few episodes that featured Christopher Reeves, who was one of the most popular Superman actors.
The cast of this show is beyond phenomenal. Even the bad guys like Lionel and Lex Luther are ones you just love to hate and hate to love. I love Tom Welling and he will always be my superman, the one I grew up with. Their league of superheroes is also my personal Justice League and always will be no matter what anyone says.
It is complete and finished years ago, with ten beautiful seasons. It was also one that had the best season finale of all time, so if you ever want to know how to end an epic franchise, watch Smallville’s and take notes!
They took the Superman legends and did so much with it, and added their own epic twists to it while being true to the original comics (as far as I know, since I don’t read the comics). It’s also very clean, with no sex scenes or nudity, although there are a few romantic scenes with the characters covered or blackouts. They also deal with a lot of different superpowers, some of which can get a little on the magical side, so if that makes you uncomfortable, you may want to skip some episodes.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Rebels, and the Mandalorian
Any of the Star Wars TV Shows that I count as official canon are clean and fantastic. Since Star Wars is a single franchise, though, I listed them all into one—The Clone Wars and Rebels are both animated, but the Clone Wars is more mature. It deals with the Clone Wars that takes place between Episodes 2 and 3 of the movies. It honestly expands the prequel era so much and actually gets me attached to all the random Jedi Knights that didn’t have any screen time in the movies. We get to know them, their stories, and the clones as well. It gives us a chance to know that the clones have personalities and stories of their own and became beloved to us as well.
Rebels wasn’t as mature, but it was still good, set between Episodes 3 and 4. Then, the Mandalorian was Star Wars’ first live action TV show. It’s a little more mature and darker, but still clean and true to Star Wars. It takes place after Episode 6.
The Clone Wars is finished with a TON of seasons and episodes—too many too count, so you have plenty to binge if you want to start watching. Rebels ended with four seasons, but is also complete. The Mandalorian is still going strong at 2 seasons with more to come.
I think you can find all these shows on Disney Plus, although, I have the entire Clone Wars Series and Rebels on DVD. But I’m crazy, lol.
- Touched by an Angel
This is another older show, but it finished with 8 or 9 seasons. I have most of them and loved them as a child. I remember watching them and Walker Texas Ranger with my grandma as a kid and it’s so nostalgic. It’s a Christian show, about angels who have assignments to help people here on earth. It’s very true to the Bible and each and every episode will spiritually touch you. Most make me sob like a baby, but bring out God’s truth and light to a lot of different situations that are easily relatable.
They don’t mention Jesus at all, so if that’s okay with you, then it’s a perfect show for you.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender
This is an amazing animated show but it isn’t just for kids. It’s silly and witty and can be enjoyed by kids, but man, the characters and plotline is SO complex, it’s something I hope to achieve with my own books! Some of my favorite ideas and character tropes have come from this show and the world building is the best I’ve ever seen, other than Star Wars.
It does feature beliefs from a lot of other religions, including Buddhist beliefs, so if that doesn’t bother you, then there really isn’t anything that should make you uncomfortable. It’s animated and made for kids, so it doesn’t have violence in it. While it does have a ton of epic fight scenes, it deals with a lot of real martial arts in many different styles and they bring that into the story.
Next to Dr. Quinn and Smallville, Avatar is my third favorite—tied with them, I mean!
So far, this show has two seasons. When I first started it, I honestly thought it was going to be another Game of Thrones. While it has that same grit to it, it’s clean. There isn’t a whole lot of violence and no nudity. I do think there may be a few intense kissing scenes, but nothing bad. It’s historical about the Templars and has a lot of historical events during that time period. I loooove it and can’t wait for its third season. Plus, Mark Hammil, who plays Luke Skywalker in Star Wars and the Fire Lord in Avatar also plays one of the Templar Masters in season two!
- The Bible
This is the very first series that took it upon itself to make a Biblical show going all the way through the Bible. There are some stories from the Bible they go through quickly and others that they skip. Because they only had a certain amount of episodes, they had to pick and choose which Bible stories would be considered the highlights. But it’s really good and the only one of its kind. Typically, you see Biblical stories as movies and sometimes, they aren’t Biblically accurate. These are and I love it. It starts at Genesis and goes all the way through Jesus and highlights the New Testament and John writing Revelation.
It was created by a man and woman, and the woman was one of the lead actors in Touched by an Angel!
- Sons of Liberty
Another historical show—as you can see, I love them—but that’s completely clean! This is about John Adams and the Sons of Liberty before the Revolutionary War broke out. It’s really good and waaayyy too short. I could have gone on for like four more seasons, but we only got one.
- Once Upon A Time (only up to season four; five is when it gets bad)
Once Upon A Time was my favorite show of all time, hands down. The first season was amazing and it seriously is the BEST show I have ever seen with twists you don’t see coming. That was their theme—taking a fairy tail and twisting it in a way you don’t see coming. The characters are some of my all time favorites and the couples are also my all time favorites. It does get confusing, so you have to watch it all in order to understand what’s going on. I heard a lot of people quit watching it, not because it was bad, but because it was too hard to understand.
Haha! For me, the more complex, the better.
The only problem with this show, was that in episode 18 of the 5th season, they added their first gay couple. I don’t like watching homosexual couples on TV, especially when it’s just thrown in at random without making any sense, just to check a box off, like they did. Season 5 and 6 were pretty good other than that, and that single episode was the only time they included that couple or any other gay couple. Season 7 completely sucked, not because it was bad, but because all of their main actors quit, so they changed when and where the show was set and it took away from what made it special. I still haven’t finished it because I am so bored with the final season, I just can’t get through it.
So, it’s good until season five and after that, it’s up to you whether you want to keep watching it and skip episode 18 or not.
- Beauty and The Beast
This does have some romantic scenes, but I don’t think they’re too indecent; most of the characters are covered up. But watch with caution if that makes you uncomfortable. It doesn’t have too much violence and is great for people who love mostly clean romances and crime shows. The characters really sell the show and they get really dramatic with the storyline. It did get canceled, so I believe there is only three seasons which broke my heart.
It’s a retelling of an older Beauty and the Beast TV show, but I never saw the original, so I don’t know how much they kept or not. It is a twist on the original Beauty and Beast retelling and this one had some AMAZING ideas that spurred a Valiant Book and others.
- Prison Break
I love Prison Break, but I would recommend this show with caution. It’s realistic and shows a lot about prison life, even though it’s fictional, there’s a lot of truth about what goes on inside our prisons. So, if you’re uncomfortable with some of the bad guys in the show being portrayed as truly bad, then this may not be the show for you. I didn’t feel convicted over this show; I felt they were realistic with it and portrayed it as disgusting and evil, as well as they were also very subtle about it and didn’t make it very obvious. The actors also did a great job in it as well.
When it comes to choosing what shows you should watch or shouldn’t and whether this show is okay or whether this one may be too bad or lukewarm, just remember these verses and what the Bible says:
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8.
I had to get to a place where I was willing to give up what I wanted, where I chose not to fill my mind with terrible things and junk and to dwell on things that are good instead.
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12: 1 -2.
If you fill your life with too much of the world, you won’t be able to hear the Holy Spirit telling you God’s will. That’s the importance of putting God first in our lives and living to follow Jesus Christ, and making Him Lord, not just our Savior.
Our bodies belong to God and yes, we are saved if we believe in Jesus and repent of our sins, but part of repentance is choosing to walk with Jesus, to follow Him, not living like the world and filling our minds, hearts, souls, spirits, and bodies with filth from this world that opens doors for the devil to enter in.
Always go to God in prayer. Seek Him and what He wants you to do—His will before our own. It may be hard, but I promise you, His will is ultimately better, even if we don’t know or understand it at the time. If you put Him first in all things, including something like what you watch, He will bless you for it.