My one year old loves to watch Noggin, Nickelodan's channel for Preschoolers. I do not neccessarily think it is a bad thing since it is educational. That is the only TV he watches, other then the occiational Family Guy with daddy.
When I am home with him, watching it, i tend to find my self really tuned in to some of the shows they air. "The Wonder Pets' for example. Catchy music and interesting resecues. If you are not familiar witht he show, its about 3 class pets (a hampster, turlte and chick) that get called via a red soup can connected to a string, but other animals they are in trouble. A cow stuck in a tree, or a skunk swallowed by a thorn bush. Their goal is to save the animals but putting on their capes and building their saftey vehicle, which is contructed of various class items. They always work together, sing a song and save the helpless animals.
Another show, which is mine and my wifes personal favorite is "Max and Ruby". Ruby and her little brother Max, both rabbits, live alone. No site or even a mention of their parents. The only "parental unit" is their grandmother who lives right next store. Although the fact about the parents not being around bothers me evertime I watch the show, I do not let that get in the way to learn what they are preaching. Basically in every episode, Ruby is caught in some sort of conflict. Through out the story, Max says only one or two words repeatidly while performing some distraction that causes Ruby to stop what she is doing and get Max out-of-her way. At the end, Ruby's conflicts are always resolved with Max's repeated words or actions that, at first, where nothing more then a nousence to her.
Lets not even get started on Yo! Gabba Gabba.
In between shows, there are short clips or music video's that are also entertaining and fun to learn with. At times, I want to just change the channel and throw away the remote, but other times its refreshing to sit back and watch something so simple.