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Inspired Quiz: Should You Be Watching That TV Show? Take This Test

There are SO many shows that are available on TV, how do you know which ones are okay to watch?

Find out if you’re using the right methods to decide whether a TV show is okay to watch (or not!!) by taking the following “yes”/”no” quiz.

Inspired Quiz: Should You Be Watching That TV Show?

Is that show you’re watching (answer yes or no)…

1. Is it a Christian show that Glorifies God?

2. Does the show avoid dishonoring God?

3. Does the show truly and honestly meet your best judgment?

4. If the show breaks any or all of the 10 Commandments, does it do so with the intention to teach?

5. If the television show has sex, violence and/or bad language, is it shown appropriately and with the intention to teach?

6. Is the show rated for your age group?

7. Did you read positive reviews of the show from your peers before watching it?

Ahhh! Don’t peek until you complete the quiz! Results are below!

ANSWER KEY:

Okay! So count up all your “yes” responses and refer to the following results. Remember — this is just a fun quiz, not a scientific study. The goal of this quiz is to guide you in selecting appropriate television shows!

7 out of 7 “yes” answers means…

If you answered all seven questions with a “yes,” you’re a super star! You’re doing a great job in choosing television shows. You’re being smart and realistic about your choices, ensuring that they’re appropriate for you and honoring God.

4-6 out of 7 “yes” answers means…

If you answered “yes” to four to six questions, you’re a smart watcher! You’re using good judgment in selecting your shows, but you’re taking some risks.

3 or less out of 7 “yes” answers means…

If you answered “yes” to three or less questions, you need to reevaluate your choice of television shows. It just may be the case that you’re not being cautious enough.

I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.” – Psalm 101 verse 3

COMMENTS ON EACH OF THE QUIZ QUESTIONS:

1. Even if you answered, “no”, don’t be too hard on yourself. Let’s face it, there aren’t that many shows that glorify God, so unless you’re happy to shut off the television for good, it’s okay to give TV shows a chance.

2. In the event that the show doesn’t specifically glorify God, ensure that it at least makes an effort not to dishonor Him.

3. At the end of the day, you need to use your best judgment based on your faith and the teachings of Jesus Christ. At the same time, you need to be honest. Instead of watching a show like Jersey Shore and saying, “Well, this teaches me how not to act,” you should ask yourself whether the show gives positive examples of how you should act. We all know that Jersey Shore does NOT do that! Best bet – avoid Jersey Shore!

4. Some good programs show characters breaking commandments, but only for the sake of teaching rather than glamorizing the behavior. Again, be honest about the message behind the show.

5. There are shows that include sex, violence and bad language to make a point — you need to be responsible when selecting which shows do this appropriately. Ask yourself how much is necessary to create a valuable teaching moment and what qualifies as too much, inappropriate and/or extreme content.

6. Ratings aren’t always the best way to determine whether a show is okay for you, as an individual, to watch. Ratings are established by government entities that don’t take your faith into consideration. They do, however, give you an idea of whether a show is age-appropriate. So with this in mind, you can use this rating system to some extent and then add your personal judgment.

7. The internet is a great resource for learning about shows. Find out what other Christian teens are saying about the show you’re interested in watching. With some research, you can find shows to watch that are appropriate. While it may seem like a smart idea to watch something to determine whether it’s okay to watch, that strategy may backfire, especially if the show is extremely inappropriate. Of course you could change the channel, but some images may be so bad they may become ingrained in your mind. I feel especially strongly about this when it comes to horror movies. Research shows first!

What shows are you currently watching?

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  1. mydonkess

    Posted by mydonkess on February 3, 2013 at 03:35

    I feel bad because I watch Geordie Shore but then again only watch it for humour, I don’t believe in anything their doing…its a joke. I think 7th Heaven is a good example.

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by Attie the Jesus Freak on June 14, 2012 at 16:24

    Well, there is this show, Dance Moms and the dancing is just AMAZING! But, it has the occasional bad word, they don’t really break any commandments, it doesn’t dishonor God, it doesn’t really give examples since it’s 10-7 year olds dancing. It’s the moms that cuss and stuff. So what do you think T.M. Gaouette? Is it OK?

  3. Loving.Lexie

    Posted by Loving.Lexie on May 9, 2012 at 16:33

    What about the show Victorious?

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by LizGolightly on January 5, 2012 at 18:00

    Does anime (Japanese Animation) count? Im a tad bit worried because I like it so much like Fruits Basket and Sailor Moon? What about cartoon networks Adventure Time With Finn and Jake and Regular Show bad?

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by MaryE.Matthews97 on December 28, 2011 at 11:05

    I don’t have cable tv because my parents don’t want my siblings or me to see that stuff or even start acting on it.I haven’t been watching that much tv this year because I’m so busy and by me not watching danceing with the stars any more I’ve started to have a quiet time with god and this is helping me so much because I’ve been doing this quiet time with God since October and I’m actually not watching that much tv any more, so that is how I see God changing my life.

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by BeMyLoveStory on November 2, 2011 at 16:57

    I watch Vampire Diaries, Glee, Pretty Little Liars, The Lying Game, Degrassi, and like a few disney shows lol. Not all of them are all so appropriate though, like Vampire Diaries, but it’s my favorite show. Lol but it doesn’t affect my actions so I think it’s okay.

    • Nessa.girl01

      Posted by Nessa.girl01 on July 22, 2014 at 17:11

      i watch the same show:) and same here if it doesnt affect my attidude then im good:)

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by JojoIsMe on October 30, 2011 at 11:02

    i love history, national geographic, and animal planet. i also like wipeout but im always afraid someone will be seriously injured on that!

  8. Posted by on October 27, 2011 at 05:47

    I watch a lot of anime (appropriate ones of course), Pawn Stars, Jeopardy, and Project Runway.

  9. Posted by on October 19, 2011 at 17:28

    I think it is a bad thing if Number Four is answered Yes. If the show is teaching you to disobey the Ten Commandments then most certainly, you should not answer YES.

    • Posted by on October 27, 2011 at 05:48

      I was thinking the same thing.

  10. Posted by on October 19, 2011 at 12:05

    Now I have to admit, all I watch is reality tv & a throw in some chick shows and thats me. These include the Kardashians,Teen Mom,16 & Pregnant, Big Brother, Dance Moms, America’s Got Talent, The Lying Game, etc. Sure, I watch some shows more then others, but I’m Christian and i fully belive God will not care what I watch.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by BeMyLoveStory on November 2, 2011 at 16:59

      I watch the Lying Game too 🙂 I think it’s fairly appropriate, like nothing too bad anyway. And as long as it doesn’t negatively affect our own behaviors I don’t think he really minds what I watch because it gives me things to look forward to and I enjoy the show.

  11. Posted by on October 17, 2011 at 13:48

    I always thought that if you know what’s right and wrong, and are strong on those values, then watching something with some not exactly holy things in it wouldnt really be a problem. Like my two favorite shows are House and Monk. Monk is a whole bunch better than House. House is an athiest and there’s a bunch of sexual stuff and House is pretty much the meanest guy ever. But that’s not why i like it, its like getting a yummy kids meal at mcdonalds but getting that stupid, plastic, worthless “toy”. I like it for the medical mysteries, and i like to try to figure out House’s character (like hoping he’ll change or do good things sometimes). The humor makes me laugh but its not generally good humor. I got a 1 or 2/7……well that isnt good, what does anyone think? I don’t let the bad stuff mess with my head, never, no matter what i watch. I know who my God is and nothing is going to change how i feel about Him, nothing, never ever ever 🙂

    • Luthien Tinuviel

      Posted by Luthien Tinuviel on February 5, 2015 at 17:15

      I know what you mean because my favorite show is Sherlock. They mention homosexuality a lot and even say straight out that it’s OK at one point. Sherlock is, frankly, not a very nice person, and obviously does not believe in God. That bothered me because in the stories, he DID believe in God! At least one episode is really inappropriate, and my Mom did not let me watch it. But I like the show because I’ve loved Sherlock Holmes for years, I like the mysteries, the characters are fascinating, and it’s really funny. I wish it didn’t have the bad stuff in it, but I know homosexuality is wrong, and I would never deny the existence of God.

  12. Posted by on October 17, 2011 at 13:22

    i hate jersey shore and glee, but i like reality tv and guilty pleasure shows ;D

  13. Posted by on October 17, 2011 at 12:21

    I watch glee and the score that I recieved wasn’t great, but glee has been a big part of my life and it’s moved me to get involved in my passions and give me courage to be myself. What should i do? I feel like God has given me some really good life lessons through glee…

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by BeMyLoveStory on November 2, 2011 at 17:01

      Glee is pretty good, like every episode has a good moral like becoming a better person and standing up to bullies when you see someone get bullied and stuff. Plus remember that one Grilled Cheezus episode? Haha. They talked about different religions and stuff.

  14. Posted by on October 16, 2011 at 14:08

    I think you should you can have a healthy balance in your media and can still watch shows that aren’t so great. I’m not talking about the rated R for a little of everything, but just a show (or movie) that isn’t very bad. My friends and I love the Mentalist, but we only listen to Christian music to even it out. And I think we can avoid some immorality by turning the channel for sex scenes, using one of those “beeper” things, etc.

  15. Posted by on October 16, 2011 at 12:17

    hm… i watch futurama and i gave it a 5/7… not so sure…

  16. Posted by on October 16, 2011 at 09:22

    I graded “heartland” and it got a 6/7! It’s a pretty good show from Canada. You all should watch it 🙂

  17. Posted by on October 16, 2011 at 09:18

    i started watching glee last year, but i realized it was not something God wanted me, or any christian watching, so i gave it up. i am SO glad i did because some of my friends have mentioned Kurt and Blaine (yes to boys) loosing their virginity (together). it is not something that is good to watch and so i challenge you all to give up atleast that one bad tv show, and when you do, you might realize how addicting bad shows really are. whenever you feel like watching that show, 1) pray, 2) go to a friend to give you support and 3) go read your bible instead, or go walk around out side, etc…. it really helps
    hope you accept the challenge 🙂

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by BeMyLoveStory on November 2, 2011 at 17:03

      Kurt and Blaine did not loose their virginity together, and for proof, I didn’t even know that was possible between two guys so that didn’t happen lol.

    • Posted by on October 22, 2011 at 07:00

      Good thing I never really watched Glee. 🙂

  18. Posted by on October 15, 2011 at 11:17

    I have been watching Family Guy and I think this show is soooo stupid, but I keep watching it! Its totally disgraceful and everyone is so rude on there. The only episode that was a little decent was the one where Meg becomes a Christian. That was seriously the only episode that had to do with being Christian. I am banning myself from ever watching it again, although I cant help it if my brother turns it on, I guess I could just leave the room, right?

    • Posted by on October 22, 2011 at 07:00

      You can watch the Simpsons instead. It’s a little better than Family Guy. And the Simpsons are actually Christian. Ha Ha. 🙂

    • tmgaouette

      Posted by tmgaouette on October 15, 2011 at 15:20

      Right!

  19. Posted by on October 15, 2011 at 10:17

    I ADORE Doctor Who… but I almost got a 3/7 on it! (luckily one point saved it) Is Doctor Who an okay show to watch… even if I only got 4/7? It kinda worries me that I shouldn’t be watching it!

    • tmgaouette

      Posted by tmgaouette on October 15, 2011 at 15:25

      Read the explanation for question 3 about using your best judgment. Answer it honestly regarding this show. If you are worried that you shouldn’t be watching it, that suggests that you probably shouldn’t be.

  20. Posted by on October 14, 2011 at 21:07

    I watch Chuck. Which is super funny, and Zachary Levi is an Evangelist, I think? But they do sleep together before marriage, so maybe I’ll rethink that one… It’s hard for us Christian teens nowadays, especially when the bad tv shows are made to look innocent and okay to watch, but little by little bad things creep in.

  21. Posted by on October 14, 2011 at 16:44

    For music, television, movies, and other reviews, check out: pluggedin.com! I love it! It’s really great, and helps me decide what is right and what isn’t on what to watch, listen to, etc.

  22. Posted by on October 14, 2011 at 14:53

    hmmm my favorite tv show is Doctor Who.. it kinda scored a 4/7, but I still love it… I just wish that it wouldn’t make Christians always seem odd, wrong, or be evil people. It doesn’t happen all the time, but sometimes they like to put down christianity by camouflaging their retorts. Like in ‘The God Complex’, the alien who was sending them there (an illusional hotel of nightmares that was really in outer space… sorry, I love sci fi) was one who took over worlds and made the people ‘worship him’, and it stripped them of their faith, and anyone who had faith was subject to death. In the end, people who believed in something (for instance, there was a muslim girl) suddenly were like, sort of hypnotized into ‘*praising him’, and then he killed them. *There were so many references by word from the Bible that it was disgusting! Hated that episode, I mean, come now people! Have you ever even read a Bible? have you ever thought about what it REALLY means? hmmm other than that, it’s a great tv show!

    • Posted by on October 15, 2011 at 13:46

      i LOVE doctor who and i thought it could be a 5/7. i haven’t seen that specific episode yet (i really dread season five because David Tennant leaves, but from what you’re saying, it could be that maybe they aren’t trying to put Chrisianity in a bad light, but certain “Christians”. i personally know people who act like they are so much better than i am and constantly question if i really am what i say. besides, i think that if someone is taking quotes out of the Bible and misusing them thats not bashing the Bible, but showing how many times in history people have done that. (KKK, burning homosexuals at the stake, etc) thats just my opinion though 🙂 hope it helped!

      • Posted by on October 22, 2011 at 07:03

        You are so right Breann! I mean God taught us to love, why are they bashing people that are different? I just can’t stand it when Aethiests say mean things about God!!! It makes you want to believe them, but you know they are wrong because why would God send Jesus to us if he was mean?

      • Posted by on October 19, 2011 at 17:35

        I disagree, I think misusing Bible Scripture IS bashing the Bible (In the way that Dr. Who uses it).

  23. Posted by on October 14, 2011 at 14:23

    Recently quit watching Secret Life of the American Teenager because basically no one in that show can make a commitment to anyone else and it was messing with my own commitment to someone. The only other show I watch regularly is Switched At Birth. It seemed like an okay show. Nowhere does it dishonor God, and sex is actually portrayed as something that is best avoided, unlike Secret Life, where it is basically the only thing talked about and is a competition.

  24. Posted by on October 14, 2011 at 13:20

    I watch Shake It Up, Say Yes to the Dress, Victorious, American Pickers, and ANYTHING on Food Network! …except Paula Deen and that lady that does Barefoot Contessa… I tried Shake It Up on this, and it got 2/7. :/ Would’ve gotten higher if I was a bit younger. XD Also, I didn’t read reviews until AFTER I started watching… Haven’t tried any of the others, but I have a feeling they would do better.

  25. Posted by on October 13, 2011 at 14:36

    JCTV! Check it out! A Christian Youth Music Channel! http://www.jctv.org

  26. Posted by on October 13, 2011 at 12:05

    Do you think shows like The Last Air bender, Victorious, iCarly, and things close in proximity to these are okay?

    I try to avoid anything that isn’t a kid/preteen show because some KID SHOWS, and this is sad, are not even appropriate. No matter how old you are or guarded it isn’t a good idea to surround yourself with things not of the Lord.
    Besides, I think that kids shows are perfectly entertaining without being tedious or boring to watch.

    I’m if-y about Air bender if only for the fact that it has four elements stuff. Other than that I think it’s fine and it doesn’t seem to go beyond that into any extremes, or use circles for casting or anything resembling witchcraft. They basically fling water, air, fire, and rocks at each other.
    They don’t even really hurt each other and it’s pretty positive. I just don’t want to watch it if I shouldn’t.

    • Posted by on October 14, 2011 at 21:05

      My brother watches the tv show, cartoon version, of The Lat Airbender. I haven’t watched much, but it seemed okay. I guess you just have to keep your eyes open, and if it makes you uncomfortable, switch it off.

    • Posted by on October 14, 2011 at 14:25

      Personally I’d be against the Last Airbender, and my standards for what I watch are pretty low. However, all I’ve ever seen is the last five minutes of the movie, so I may be wrong.

      • Posted by on October 16, 2011 at 10:47

        First of all, that movie was the worst thing of the decade. You should never go off movies because the originals are completely different. The show was amazing and had a good message. It shows different cultures and introduces the styles of the world. It’s not trying to convert anyone, but instead showing different aspects at life.

      • Posted by on October 15, 2011 at 05:31

        i love atla (avatar the last airbender) it does say some things that are buddhist or tao but its not trying to convert you, they dont cuss or talk about anything super weird. the only weird thing is when sokka drinks cactus juice and thinks he sees a giant mushroom

  27. Posted by on October 13, 2011 at 00:24

    Nicolce! 🙂 What shows do you like watching? Any ideas for good, entertaining shows that stay true<3

  28. Posted by on October 12, 2011 at 15:19

    *6/7 my bad, 10/10 is just a refrence.

    • Posted by on October 12, 2011 at 15:19

      AARRRRRGGGGH, reference

  29. Posted by on October 12, 2011 at 09:40

    I’m more of a Disney Channel cartoons and shows, and Nickelodean show kind of girl. I do watch Ancient Aliens sometimes (but I laugh at how dumb some of the things they say). I watch Smosh on Youtube it’s funny but I don’t think I should watch it anymore- cussing, and sexual talk. Although some episodes are clean. But still why take the chance? I should start watching the history channel more or planet green. One of my favorite shows on GSN is Baggage. I know it has a lot of sexual references to it, but it’s a cool show.
    Thanks Project Inspired. 😀

    • Posted by on October 12, 2011 at 15:18

      Yeah, I watch AYAOTD (Are You Afraid Of The Dark) and it gets 9/10 on this.

  30. Posted by on October 11, 2011 at 21:05

    I LOVE “Good Luck Charlie!!!”

    • Posted by on October 13, 2011 at 18:45

      me too! i remember one episode when Gabe was telling P.J how he mad a promise to God to help him get over his fears.

  31. Posted by on October 11, 2011 at 18:33

    I am soo confused on what to watch and what not to watch. So I watch America’s Got Talent, TLC, Nickelodeon, and Disney Channel.

    • Posted by Nicole on October 11, 2011 at 20:54

      those are good choices!

      • Posted by on October 12, 2011 at 18:30

        Thanks Nicole:) My concern is that I can’t watch Disney forever…

  32. Posted by on October 11, 2011 at 18:10

    Xtreme life! its awesome and its all about God and extreme sports like surfing snowboarding bmx skateboarding and all that!

  33. Posted by on October 11, 2011 at 17:57

    Love the quiz! I am watching Acquire The Fire on the NRB network. It is a show for christian teens and I love it. You guys will love it too.

  34. Posted by on October 11, 2011 at 16:14

    I like to watch older sitcoms.. like Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman.. this show sometimes goes against Christian beliefs.. but those people are in the TV industry, so what do we expect? I also like the show, Emergency! I haven’t found anything wrong with it yet.

    • Posted by on October 17, 2011 at 16:39

      I LOVE Dr. Quinn and other old shows like it!!

    • Posted by on October 14, 2011 at 07:22

      I was named after Dr. Quinn 😉

  35. Posted by on October 11, 2011 at 16:14

    I hardly watch t.v shows I watch Korean drama’s There is no Cussing or bad behavior but there is no christian Korean show’s.

    • Posted by on October 28, 2011 at 08:48

      Korea, Japan and China are Atheist countries. You can actually get arrested for having a Bible.

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by jojo101 on July 26, 2012 at 01:56

        That isn’t true. Christianity is the #3 or 4th religion in japan(did a report 3 years ago i forget which one) and even about the atheist part that’s not true they r mostly Buddhist and some Shinto. The only time that that could be true is during the Chines cultural revolution where yeah the whole country was brainwashed into atheism and for Korea there is a k drama called your beautiful where the main character was training to become a nun for a good part of her life before she decided to take another route with her life. Also there are kpop stars who publicly state that they r devout Christians. I hope i didn’t sound mean just wanted to clear it up. and @jemima same here i mostly watch TLC, Natgeo, and K-dramas

  36. Posted by on October 11, 2011 at 15:34

    i guess glee is out then…..

    • Posted by on October 20, 2011 at 15:07

      Yeah Glee’s pretty messed up… to me it just emphasizes the way things are in the world that shouldn’t be, in a way that makes it look like we no choice, like it’s the only way to go. But trust me, I know how addictive that show is!!

    • Posted by on October 14, 2011 at 20:56

      That was my first thought too… Which stinks cause I am a HUGE Gleek…

      • Posted by on October 17, 2011 at 12:17

        Glee does often show the repercussions of negative actions though… When a character does something bad, they usually do not have good consequences for it…

  37. Posted by on October 11, 2011 at 13:34

    I watch What Not To Wear from TLC on YouTube… is that okay? I did the quiz and I got a 4/7 on there. They bleep out the swear words. And they honestly do try to change people for the better because some of the people’s wardrobes are horrible!

    • Posted by Nicole on October 11, 2011 at 20:51

      I love that show! that’s fine 🙂

      • Posted by on October 20, 2011 at 15:08

        I totally agree! I love that show! 🙂

  38. Posted by on October 11, 2011 at 11:59

    One of my favorites is, honestly, the Big Bang Therey. Could be better, could be worse I guess. Not the absolute best to watch, but better than a lot of other stuff on TV.

    • tmgaouette

      Posted by tmgaouette on October 11, 2011 at 21:09

      Unfortunately that doesn’t say much considering what is offered on television these days.

  39. Posted by on October 11, 2011 at 11:47

    I cannot STAND Jersey Shore. Everyone on there is a freakin idiot!!! All they do is get drunk, fight, make up words, and take people home from the club. It’s stupid!!! I can’t believe they’re getting paid 100,000$ an episode just to be morons on national TV. My sister loves it, but I can’t even sit through ten minutes. That and the Kardashians have to be the most pointless shows on television.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by ChipCynth on November 6, 2011 at 11:25

      Amen! I also have a sister that watches reality TV it’s so pointless.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by JojoIsMe on October 30, 2011 at 10:57

      i agree

    • Posted by on October 16, 2011 at 12:16

      Oh my goodness i know what ya mean! Jersey shore is soooo lame. Im going costume shopping at party city this halloween, but every where i look i see snooki costumes…. Honestly! I just want to be dorothy from the wizard of oz. Dumbest show ever to me..

    • Posted by on October 12, 2011 at 12:58

      Dude, I totally agree. I tried watching five minutes of it, but I couldn’t handle it. And I just regained all of my brain cells that I lost while watching it.