J2 Content – Perspectives

A varied collection of thoughts on education and parenting

Five Good Role Models for Kids

Since I watch a lot of television with my kids, I often have to point out to them that while a character might be hilarious to watch, they aren’t necessarily a good role model. This inevitably brings up the question, “Why are the funniest characters on television the worst role models?” Well, to disprove that…. read more

TV’s Funniest Substance Abusers

As often happens with children, the topic of drug use came up today and I was forced to explain the distinction between using drugs and abusing drugs. The conversation inevitable turned to all the funny characters on television who are clearly addicted to some kind of controlled substance. Here is a collection of the funniest….. read more

The Day I Met Mr. T

The other day, my kid asked me who was the biggest celebrity I had ever met and I told them this story. As many of you know, in the year 2000 I was crowned TV Land’s Ultimate Fan. It was a great experience that I will always remember. I got to visit New York in…. read more

The X Factor

Before The X Factor started, there was a lot of talk about how it’s too similar to American Idol. Early reviews compared Simon, Paula and LA Reid to the old days of Simon, Paula, and Randy Jackson and asked why they should watch. Well, the show premiered last month and it turns out those early…. read more

Futurama, the Mathiest Cartoon on TV

If you listened to episode 262 of the Paul Goebel Show, produced by Perspectives contributor Paul Goebel, you heard Paul, Tom, Jim, and special guest Paul Jay discussing Futurama and what a smart show it is. Paul referenced the special features on the Bender’s Game DVD, and the guys talked about a number of math-specific…. read more

Even More Family Spinoffs

When one of our favorite TV shows goes off the air, it can be devastating. However, many times, the cancellation is the birth of a spinoff. Sometimes it can be a great thing (Benson) and sometimes not so much (Hangin’ In). Here are some spinoff ideas that I would love to see. Buddy & Buddy…. read more

The Lying Game

Well, ABC Family has done it again. Done what, you ask? Created another crappy TV show. This one is called The Lying Game. The premise is a twist on The Prince and the Pauper. Twins are separated at birth. One is adopted by a rich family and the other grows up in a foster home….. read more

Still More Family Friendly Spinoffs I’d Like to See

When one of our favorite TV shows goes off the air, it can be devastating. However, many times, the cancellation is the birth of a spinoff. Sometimes it can be a great thing (Mork & Mindy and sometimes not so much (Joanie Loves Chachi). Here are some spinoff ideas that I would love to see….. read more

Harry Who?

Wait a minute. This Harry Potter movie is going to be the last one? Why didn’t somebody say anything? I need to hurry and make plans to NOT go see this movie just like I did the other Harry Potter films. While I’m at it, I should find some time in my schedule to NOT…. read more

God Bless the Child

One of the favorite shows of my kids is Tru TV’s World’s Worst. In case you haven’t seen it, it’s a clip show where low level celebrities make “funny” comments. I’ve watched it with them once or twice and that was all I needed. The most interesting part of the show is the collection of…. read more

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