The Star Wars Toys That Made Us

I’m of a certain age where Star Wars was space. It was also the world. My entire childhood was woven with action figures. There’s a series on Netflix that just reminds me of how great it all was but also filled in a bunch of the back story. The Toys That Made Us, is a bit of nostalgia and a bit of documentary. Perfect for Gen-Xer’s these days.

AppleTV Screensaver List

My family and I love to watch the AppleTV screensavers. The 4K versions are even better. But, it really bugs me that there’s no way to know exactly what we’re looking at. Luckily Benjamin Mayo has done all of the hard work by providing an interactive page for viewing the screensavers with information about the location. This solves so many disagreements in my house. Invariably one of us thinks it’s Dubai.

A Few Recent Advances in Children's TV

Good children’s television is hard to come by. I mean, an actually tolerable, enjoyable by an adult, children’s TV is as rare as an honest toy commercial. But, this past year my family has discovered several new shows that we’ve all enjoyed. Here’s the top 5. Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street (Amazon) is one of the best young adult shows I’ve ever seen. The acting can be cheesy and the stories a bit predictable but the overall two season story arc is endearing and grows the characters in surprising ways.

The Best Television I Watched in 2015

2015 has been the year of great television. There’s never been a year quite like this with consistently great and surprising shows.1 Here are my “hot takes.” Maybe I’m abnormal, but it’s really thrilling that Netflix and Amazon are both making some of the best television around. I haven’t cared what was playing on the big three for quite a long time. Unfortunately it’s also getting harder to avoid subscriptions to Netflix and Amazon Prime for anyone that’s interested in the future of television.