The Crown – Season 1

Finding a television series that my family and I can watch together and actually enjoy together has always been a challenge. My girls are in their young teens which makes it a little bit easier since they now have more mature tastes in programming. My wife likes a good love story and nothing with suspense. Me, I’m not hard to please. I enjoy seeing any movie or TV show that is well written and produced. The four of us have spent many evenings browsing the Netflix listings looking for something to watch together. Many times, those evenings end in disappointment … Continue reading The Crown – Season 1

Agents of Shield

Watching Agents of Shield has become the go to Father/Daughter event of my household. When I, along with my 12 and 14 year old girls decided to start watching Agents of Shield last summer, I made one rule; we must watch each episode together. My hope was that the experience of watching a particular show together would become a highlight of our week and even create special memories for all 3 of us. I remember back in my childhood sitting next to my Mom many a nights watching Mary Tyler Moore and All In The Family, Taxi, and Cheers, and laughing … Continue reading Agents of Shield

Galaxy Quest – Funny Sci-Fi

I introduced my kids to one of the great science fiction comedies of all time, Galaxy Quest. The plot centers around the cast of a fictional science fiction TV show. It’s obviously patterned off of the original Star Trek tv series starring William Shatner and Leonard Neemoy. The series in the movie is called, Galaxy Quest, and it’s tired and older cast members includeed Tim Allen as the actor who played the Captain of the Spaceship, Alan Rickman who plays the actor who plays the science officer, and Sigourney Weaver who plays the actor who played the lone female cast member. I … Continue reading Galaxy Quest – Funny Sci-Fi

The Other Letter

Here is my third video discovery in my series of video shorts that illustrate the heart of Christmas. This one, made by Ikea, is aimed squarely at parents. I can attest that I had tears rolling down my cheeks one minute into it. They’re good tears, the kind we parents should cry more often, but too often we’re too busy for these kind of tears. So, please watch it with a box of Kleenex by your side, and enjoy. And don’t let the fact that it’s in Spanish turn you off. The subtitles are easy to read and the message still speaks loud … Continue reading The Other Letter

The Flash

The CW Network TV series, The Flash plays like a classic superhero tale that the whole family can enjoy. My daughters (13 and 11) and I watched several episodes together this past weekend and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. As a superhero story it has everything going for it that one would expect. It’s about a likeable guy who gets extraordinary powers and ends up being a really cool superhero. Our hero, Barry Allen is surrounded by colorful characters that add lots of relationship drama that compliments the good hero verses bad villain plotlines. I thought the show did a good job of balancing … Continue reading The Flash

Controversial Emmy Nominations

I award the Emmy Awards a big SPLAT for honoring television’s most controversial shows with the most Emmy 2015 nominations. HBO’s Game of Thrones (heavy nudity, violence, and very bad depiction of women) received 24 nominations. FX’s American Horror Story (violence and gore) was next with 19. Amazon’s Transparent (about a transgender father) received 11. AMC’s Mad Men (sexuality, foul language, drugs and alcohol) also received 11. And, Inside Amy Schumer (R-Rated humor) received 7 nominations. Game of Thrones has even come under heavy criticism lately for recent episodes that bring their treatment of women to new lows. One episode contains a brutal rape of a … Continue reading Controversial Emmy Nominations

Dads are the Stars of The Dove Super Bowl Ad

In an age where the role of fathers is mocked and belittled in our entertainment and media, it’s refreshing to see this inspiring TV ad produced by Dove. It will be airing this weekend during the Super Bowl. I’m a Dad of 4 wonderful kids. This 1 minute collection of Dad moments chokes me up every time I watch it. That’s because it captures what it’s really like to be a Dad. Our importance in the life of a child is huge. Good job Dove. Continue reading Dads are the Stars of The Dove Super Bowl Ad

Fifty Shades of Sesame Street

In a recent Ernie and Bert sketch on everyone’s favorite educational kid’s show Sesame Street, there is an obvious allusion to the Shades of Grey book. Bert is sitting on a park bench and reading a book that clearly shows the title “Fifty Shades of Oatmeal”. He addresses the camera and then reads the book. He says, “I’m Bert. I’m just reading this book: Fifty Shades of Oatmeal. Yeah… One: beige… Two: tan… Wow, this is steamy stuff.” I’m not making this up. Watch the Video Here. I know most of you who watch the clip will do like I did and smile … Continue reading Fifty Shades of Sesame Street

Once Upon A Time

Honestly, I don’t watch much TV because of a lack of time, and because there is almost always something better I can be doing. And, my kids don’t watch much TV because we encourage reading over screen watching as much as possible. But, if you’ve read my blog at all you will know that I’m a huge fan of watching movies and even television as a family when there is something worthwhile to watch. Call me boring if you wish but that’s a fun evening to me. I say all of this to recommend one TV show that is still … Continue reading Once Upon A Time

Does God Exist? True-U

I am currently going through this DVD series with a group of teenagers at my church. The series is called True-U, Does God Exist? I give it a big STAR and I highly recommend this series as well as the other two True-U sets, “Is The Bible Reliable” and “Who is Jesus?”. It’s professionally made and very enlightening. This is no simplified Sunday School lesson. It’s presented more as a college course with one of the top Christian Scientists and Apologists, Dr. Stephen Meyer speaking to a room full of college age kids. Focus on the Family designed the True-U series … Continue reading Does God Exist? True-U