The President’s Must-See TV: ‘Modern Family,’ ‘Homeland’ and ‘Boardwalk Empire’

Bob D'Amico / ABC News

Between budgetary fights with Republicans on Capitol Hill, a flailing economy to tackle, and a campaign to keep his job in 2012, President Obama may not have a lot of spare time to relax. Like most Americans, however, the president does manage to find some time to hang out with his family in front of the TV.

"For the girls and me, 'Modern Family,' that's our favorite show," the President told People Magazine in an interview that hits stands Friday.

The president said he also likes shows that are "a little darker," including HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" and Showtime's "Homeland," but he might be sitting alone for those programs. "We don't watch TV with him," the First Lady jokingly told People.

In the past, the president has also been known to follow HBO's "Entourage" and be an avid viewer of ESPN's "SportsCenter."

What about daughters Malia, 13, and Sasha, 10? Once known to watch "Hannah Montana" and "SpongeBob SquarePants," have the Obama daughters moved on America's new favorite pastime: Facebook?

Apparently not. "Why would we want to have a whole bunch of people who we don't know knowing our business? That doesn't make much sense," Obama said. "We'll see how they feel in four years," he added.