More must see TV. These two shows have recently come out on the History channel. I and my family are enjoying them greatly. There is a lot of pausing on the DVR. The children have lots of questions. We talk about the different issues and scenes that come up and sometimes don't even finish watching the episode. I've known more than a few churchian types that ban TV from their homes. I find this to be an over reaction. If you can't understand how to use the tools of this world to better see God's Word, that is something you should work on. The internet definitely falls in this same category.
Is it fear of temptation? Have these people been greatly tempted in the past and therefore just remove themselves from that temptation. If so, I understand the initial reaction. However, following this mentality would necessarily lead to a Mennonite or Amish society of believers in a short time. This becomes a conflict between avoiding the temptress and understanding that things are neither clean, nor unclean. This is also where a community of believers is so important in our lives. Having people to hold you accountable helps you understand the difference between going to a strip club by yourself and having a healthy sex life with your spouse. Identifying Satan's lies in society is something we need to share with each other.
Back to the TV shows. Our family enjoys alien and zombie movies as well. Vikings and The Bible have kept us enthralled and given us great opportunities to talk more about God's Word. In fact the children have been rereading the Bible to more clearly understand certain stories. It's awesome. I find the enslaved monk on Vikings to be an awesome character. This
monk has to deal with being a Christian slave in a pagan society. He has some
great lines in the show including his questioning of why God allowed
this to happen to him. The visual aids of understanding what happened in the Bible has also been great. Seeing what the parting of the Red Sea would look like is cool.
So if you are looking for some quality family entertainment, I highly recommend both. Get ready to crack open the Bible or crack open a digital version of the Bible (gasp!). Your kids will enjoy it and remember it when they are long gone from your home.