How TV is Making Us Smarter

There is this wide misconception that watching the television could kill your brain cells. Now don’t get me wrong, it certainly depends on the type of content you’re absorbing on the daily basis, but television is not as bad as it’s made out to be. With the right balance of educational and entertaining television shows, you can expand your mind with TV programming. Take, for instance, the new trend of doing it yourself; there are so many shows out there that can actually teach you how to be a better homeowner and chef, that are equally entertaining.

It’s All About the Lineup

What matters most about your screen time is the type of shows you’re watching. With the right channel lineup, you could really find some amusing shows on television that can also teach you a thing or two. Sites like provide information on qualifying cities, like Houston Direct TV deals that include the ability to watch hundreds of channels. Choosing the best channel lineup will keep you informed on a regular basis.

Here is a list of categories which you can learn from:

Home Improvement Shows

Who doesn’t like to switch things up around the house? With networks like HGTV, DIY Network, TLC, and BBC, viewers can learn a multitude of new tricks. Shows like Real Rooms show people how to take small spaces and turn them into gorgeous, functional rooms. If you’re looking to do some yard work, watching shows like Desperate Landscapes can teach you how to turn your barely there lawn into a plush, green oasis that you can spend time with the family in. Looking to rent out a property? Shows like Income Properties and Property Brothers show homeowners how to renovate their home on a tight budget and ask for enough rent to cover the cost of their mortgage.

Cooking Shows

Cooking shows have forever changed the way we prepare traditional family meals. You can learn how to make culinary basics, cook on a budget, or even learn how to make healthy food taste great. Before you know it, you’ll be slicing and dicing like the pros. If you’re looking for ways to make quick yet healthy meals, watching shows like Tia Mowry at Home can give you a few pointers. If you want to add a bit of flavor to your meal choices, going with a southern cooking show like Trisha’s Southern Kitchen might be right up your alley. You can learn how to make fine southern dishes that will have your guests asking for more (and eventually falling asleep from full tummies).

Style Shows

We all want to look our best. So why not learn a thing or two about style? Whether you want to learn about the trendiest fashions to date or you’re looking for basic style and fashion tips there are shows that can teach you how to look like a celebrity every time you step out the door. TLC has a makeover show called Style by Jury in which they give expert advice on how to wear some of the hottest fashion staples. They also give participants makeovers in which they show the before and after pics. This is great for picking up pointers so that you look your best every day.

You see, there is a lot more to television than drama filled reality shows and nonsense sitcoms (though I enjoy those on occasion too). There is so much you can learn from watching a few hours of television. From learning how to improve the look of your home to fine dining and the latest fashion trends, you can absorb a lot of information that is beneficial to everyday living. If you’re interested in any of the above discussed shows, check with your television service provider to find out if the network is available in your area.



  1. So I guess I am just learning rather than wasting time watching all those DIY and food shows 🙂

  2. With all the cooking shows I watch I should be a master chef by now! Lol! Sadly I am not. I have picked up quite a few tricks though.

  3. Victoria Ess says

    I love home improvement shows! I get so much inspiration from them!

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