As a purveyor of popular culture and as a parent, I have often been poor at passing on great stuff to my progeny.
Appreciate Star Wars, they do not.
They do not love The Rolling Stones, Waylon Jennings or Run-DMC.
My one area of success has been Doctor Who.
That guy — with his wit, his adventures and his phone box that can travel through space and time — has been a hit so far with my 4th and 1st graders.
This all happened by accident a few years ago when I was watching an episode with a giant spider lady. And my older girl walked in. And sat down and watched, too, because who doesn’t like a show with a giant spider lady?
After that, she wanted to watch some more, so I let her. This was when we tried to steer her clear of even mildly frightening scenes because who knows what might give a kid nightmares.
But the Doctor on the whole steers clear of violence, instead settling matters with his brain and his Sonic Screwdriver.
So we’ve been faithful viewers ever since — although there have been some missteps even in this area.
For example, multiple “The Doctor Is In” T-shirts that have been offered up as AWESOME gifts have been used as pajama shirts but never proudly worn to school.
And a new * TARDIS snow cap that was opened RIGHT IN FRONT OF HER FRIENDS on her birthday resulted mainly in a slightly askew nose, as if someone smelled something funny.
Nevertheless, when the 50th season of Doctor Who starts this weekend, I hope we’ll be right there, having a family adventure as we watch.
Do you have shows you watch together as a family? And have you been more successful than I have been in passing along an appreciation of other crucial aspects of popular culture?
*That’s the name of the time-traveling phone box. Time and Relative Dimension in Space.