J2 Content – Perspectives

A varied collection of thoughts on education and parenting

The Sun Always Shines on TV

When television first started showing original programming, all families were pretty much the same. The Cleavers, the Stones, the Nelsons and the Andersons were all happy, well-adjusted folks who supported each other, had great jobs and were well-educated. When the 60′s came around, people wanted something more real on television, so they were given less…. read more

Pop Culture Required Reading

Last week, I took my kids to see Mr. Popper’s Penguins (they liked it).  During the previews, we saw this trailer… My kids laughed and became excited for the new Chipmunks movie, but I had to wonder – did the studio really expect fans of the Chipmunks to be familiar with Titanic? It turns out…. read more

Who’s the (new) King?

Being the King of TV is certainly a full-time job but it isn’t as glamorous as you might think. In addition to watching some great TV, there is also a lot of crappy TV I am forced to watch. Unless you’ve spent a summer watching every hour of Big Brother After Dark, you don’t know…. read more

The 9 Lives of Chloe King

Last week I wrote a review of the new ABC Family show, Switched at Birth. If you read it, which I find hard to believe, you’ll remember that I was less than impressed with the show. I was hard pressed to think of a show in resent memory that was more heavy-handed while having less…. read more

Switched at Birth

I’m not a huge fan of the original programming on ABC Family, in fact I was upset when Fox sold them because they had just started showing remastered episodes of Hawaii 5-0. But since I’m not really the audience for most of their shows, this is not a big deal. However, since I started writing…. read more

Late Nights

When I was a kid, late night television always held a special mystique. Since there were no DVR’s or even VCR’s, the only way to watch was to stay up late. Even way back then, school started pretty early, so my parents insisted that I go to bed at a reasonable time and get my…. read more

My Daughter, the Pre-Teen Eco-Terrorist

Well, she would be, if I let her proclaim her love for Whale Wars the way she’d like to. Okay, okay… I have no idea if the FBI really does put people who donate to Sea Shephard or are active members of their support community on a terror watch list. In fact, I suspect they…. read more

Modern Family – “See You Next Fall”

Modern Family – “See You Next Fall” In case you don’t watch Modern Family, let me tell you that you should. In addition to being a very funny sitcom it provides a rich cross-section of family archetypes to laugh at. There’s the non-traditional gay couple who have an adopted Asian baby. There is also the…. read more

Some Family Friendly Spin-Offs I Would Like to See

When one of our favorite TV shows goes off the air, it always brings sadness. However, many times, the silver lining in the cancellation is the birth of a spinoff. Sometimes it can be a great thing (Lou Grant), and sometimes the results can be less than ideal (Joey). Here are some spinoff ideas that…. read more

The 10 Stupidest TV Dads

It seems to me that, over the years, fathers on television are portrayed in one of two ways. They are either the thoughtful and caring father we all wished he had or they are a total moron. Here is a list of some of the most spectacularly stupid dads. 10. Homer Simpson (The Simpsons) It’s…. read more

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