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13 Shows We All Watched With Our Moms And Pretended To Hate (But Secretly Loved)

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We all had our favorite shows growing up. Keenan & Kel, Buffy, Doug, and Full House were must-watch television for us kids, but our parents probably hated them. When our shows were done, it was time for our moms to take over the remote. We'd always pretend to hate whatever they chose, but more often than not we ended up sitting on the couch throughout most of it.

These are some of the shows our moms loved, and we pretended to hate. Ultimately, though, they were some of our favorites and we still hold them in our hearts.

1. Murder, She Wrote

If you thought your love for Angela Lansbury stemmed from Beauty and the Beast, you're wrong. It most likely came from your subconscious love of watching Murder, She Wrote with your mom. Even if you didn't admit it, watching Jessica Fletcher seek out criminals in Cabot Cove was a highlight of your week.

2. Diagnosis Murder

Dick Van Dyke is a national treasure, and you probably loved this show because he reminded you of your Mary Poppins obsession. Fun fact: Van Dyke's character name is Dr. Mark Sloan, which is then used in Grey's Anatomy. Whether your mom watched for the crime or just to look at Barry Van Dyke, you were right there with her.

3. Law & Order

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Sure, it probably wasn't appropriate, but we all stuck around to watch Law & Order when our parents did. This one gets a second award for being a show we would secretly watch when our parents weren't home or late at night when everyone was asleep.

4. Touched By An Angel

THIS. FREAKIN'. SHOW. I used to tell my mom I "hated it" and that I didn't want to watch, but you can bet your bottom dollar I sat there and listened to every single piece of advice Della Reese was willing to throw at me.

5. I Dream of Jeannie

It's most likely that your mom watched the reruns of this show, but that didn't make it any less funny. You would pretend that it was too "old" or "vintage" for you to find it funny, but the reality was you stealthily ran to the TV set whenever you heard the opening credits.

5. Dallas

This one is fair. Who didn't want to know who shot J.R.?

6. Wheel of Fortune

After the evening news, but before Jeopardy, we were blessed with Wheel of Fortune. The show was great to watch, but what was not fun was listening to your mom yell out every possible word combination known to man. It did give us the ultimate hang-man cheat-sheet though...R-S-T-L-N-E.

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