questionshave your kids ever got you hooked on something?

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My nieces were very into Webkinz. My sister gave me one so that I could interact with theirs online, and so that I could earn points for them. I wound up being super-addicted. I had, like, 7 of them, and I built these elaborate living spaces for them all. I had an online garden that I tended to, and I would sell much of what I grew at a profit--I managed my life better in the Webkinz universe than I did in real life. And the mini-games on the site were super-habit forming.

Eventually, I went cold turkey and, with the exception of a few flare-ups, no longer play any computer games at all. I just get way too into them.

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I'm 34 years old and I love the Lego video games. The games are not challenging by any stretch of the imagination - but it's fun to co-op with my kids and find all the hidden characters and items. I bought them Lego Batman 2 the day it came out and my youngest beat the entire game without me :(

Also, Spongebob is a guilty pleasure - it's actually entertaining and has some adult humor sprinkled here and there. My wife caught me watching it one night and I had a deer in the headlights look like I was caught watching porn.

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My kids won't even allow me to know what they are interested in any more.

They got me hooked on:

Pokemon - (by the way their is a download for Black and White at Gamestop that started Aug 27th)
Anime (specifically Naruto and Bleach)
Linkin Park
Halo (can't wait for #4)
YouTube
STARCRAFT (I appropriated their Battlechest and I was the first in the house to get SC2)
Harry Potter books (but I got even and got them hooked on Artemis Fowl, Bartimaeus, and the Myth series)

@hottubrf: Thanks for the reminder - Yu Gi Oh - card game and cartoon (when it actually had YuGi in it)

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I don't have kids but my nephews introduced me to Phineas and Ferb. I've been known to plan my workouts around when it's on so I can watch it at the gym (no cable at home). Great show.

And I got my mom hooked on the Harry Potter books, Bones the tv show and the Temperance Brennan books by Kathy Reichs. And half my group at work are now Browncoats thanks to my passing around a copy of Firefly a bunch of years back.

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Another one for SpongeBob. Until I had kids, I thought it looked like the dumbest cartoon ever. And now, ten years later, it's still the one kids show I hope they will put on.

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@gt0163c: I can dig it. Phineas and Ferb is another one we always watch. Hey, where's Perry?

You should give Gravity Falls a look. You won't be disappointed.

http://tv.disney.go.com/disneychannel/gravityfalls/

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The Legend of Zelda
Adventure Time With Finn & Jake (jeez, that's a weird show)
Woot.com

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@lavikinga: I never knew you had such good taste :) - glad to know I'm not the only grown man (/woman) who watches cartoons..
You probably already know, but there are some pretty good shows/cartoons on Adult Swim (especially on Sat & Sunday night).. it has good shows 7 days a week but the original ones are on Sunday.. Some are hit and miss, some are great..

There are a ridiculous amount of original shows, a few of the decent ones I've been recording on Sunday are Squidbillies, Aqua Something, Black Dynamite and I think Metalocalypse.. Definitely not "kid-friendly" though :)

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@drchops: One of my youngest (at home going to college) watches Metacapolis. Definitely an acquired taste. She guffaws at it. She's a fan of Adult Swim as well. I'll watch if they're goofing on my beloved Johnny Quest or other cartoons from my youth. Usually, AS goes just to the edge, but sometimes it goes over the cliff in a ball of fire.
I never could get past Sponge Bob's voice.
Sometimes I miss the OLD Ren & Stimpy. The unclipped versions.

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@theoneill555: Went to the theater to see the movie. Got a Blue Eyes Black Dragon with the price of admission.

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@lavikinga: Haha, yeah I think "acquired taste" is pretty accurate. I think one of the reasons I like those cartoons so much is because I've been watching 'em since I was a kid (and because I watched shows like Ren & Stimpy and Rocko's Modern Life heh)

It's too bad kids cartoons have changed so much so fast.. in the past probably 8 years cartoons have went from entertaining and clever to turning into 24 minute commercials for their polymer-toy and/or card-based counterparts (BeyBlades, BeyWheels, Pokemon lol..)
I'd much rather have my kids watch Ren & Stimpy than "BeyWheelz"

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I've got a 27 YO who still likes Spongebob Squarebutt.

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Phineas & Ferb
Gravity Falls
Flapjack
Spongebob
The Wiggles

just to name a few

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For a number of years I rarely watched television. I got my bills paid on time, I completed my volunteer duties, I helped the kids with homework, and my house stayed reasonably clean. Then a marathon of old Buffy episodes ran on TV during Christmas break. I had planned to take a few days of vacation to stay home with the kids, but DD persuaded me to watch "just one" with her to see why she liked it.

The rest is history. Buffy was just the gateway show for me. It's very sad. I don't like to talk about it.

Hello, my name is belyndag and I'm a television addict.

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Just any type of freezer-pops, dang it. Have you been looking in my freezer recently?

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Woot. My son did it, it's all his fault. I'm keeping track of all the money I've spent here and subtracting it from his inheritance, if there's any left.....

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Suikoden 2...got hooked and i just don't remember anything from that period in my life.

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Another vote for Phineas and Ferb. I particularly love the episode where the boys build a wild contraption, their sister Candace tries to bust then and Agent P has to put a stop to Dr. Doofenshmirtz's evil scheme.

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My roomate got me hooked on it, but for you parents out there check out Avatar the last airbender and watch it with your kids (the tv cartoon not the awful movie). It is a simply fantastic show.

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Omg good question. Mine got hooked on Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. It was hours and hours of the show and constant rewind and he would carry this wooden Rudolph everywhere that my dad made. It was exhausting and nauseating. After about 9 months he finally gave it up.

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@chellemonkey: Yes, yes it is. The faux-irony was intentional.

In fact, P&F may be the single most formulaic show ever produced. Even when the show veers from the normal format they still carry over a giant assortment of repeating gags that have still haven't gotten old.