Dad Grades: Philip Banks From The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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In this edition of Dad Grades, we’ll take a look at Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince. “Hold the phone,” you’re probably saying. “Isn’t Uncle Phil, first and foremost, an uncle? Plus he’s only Will’s uncle by marriage. Last I checked, this website wasn’t called The Uncle. I’m an uncle, send me some shirts that say ‘The Uncle’ on them.”

First of all, calm down. Secondly, fair enough. Let’s talk about Will’s father.


Will’s dad abandoned the family when he was only four. Gone. The Fresh King, nowhere to be found. Years later, Will got into a scrap on the b-ball court that landed him square in the custody of well-to-do relatives on the West Coast. After Will had settled into his new home his biological dad, Lou, made a single cameo in his life. It turned out that will already had everything he needed with Phil.

Philip Banks had a full plate, kid-wise. There was his oldest daughter, Hilary, a self-obsessed shopaholic. Carlton, his naive, preppy dweeb of a son. His youngest daughter, Ashley, a rebellious free-spirit. And finally, midway through the series, a newborn named Nicky. Throw in a demanding legal career, and most men would have hesitations about assuming the role of father figure for their wife’s immature, bright neon nephew. But not Uncle Phil.

Welcoming Will into his home was tantamount to Danny Tanner adopting Kimmy Gibbler, or Carl Winslow giving Urkel a spare house key. Yet Phil loved Will as if he were his own son, doling out life lessons, tough love, and hugs at every opportunity. Over the course of six seasons, Phil would go on to prove that being a dad is much more than mere biological proximity.


Uncle Phil was loud and cranky, sure. But the man was a courtroom judge. Day in, day out, pounding his gavel, bearing witness to the transgressions of wrongdoers, interpreting the rule of law and shouting over SoCal’s most uncooperative miscreants. Of course he’s gonna raise his voice and hurl Jazz onto the front lawn from time to time.

While it’s easy to condemn Philip for such a quick temper, keep in mind that this is also his primary strength as a father and protector. Case in point: when Will and Carlton were wrongfully accused of car theft, Phil essentially lion roared them out of a jail cell.


Phil had a kind heart, level head, and presumably tired vocal cords. He was a loving, devoted father and uncle. Our only real beef with him is one rooted in suspicion. After three seasons, Phil’s wife Vivian, a.k.a. Aunt Viv, is mysteriously replaced by a completely different woman. It’s never addressed. Everyone just sort of acts as if she’s been Aunt Viv the whole time.

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Fishy as hell, huh?


Check out our previous edition when we graded Walter Hobbs from Elf!

Dad and Daughter Team up to Take Down Record-Sized 14 Ft 700 Lb Gator

Shelby Derrick Snelson Catch Record Gator
(Lethal Guide Service)

Catching an alligator at any age is a serious feat, but taking down a whopping 14-foot-long and 700-pound monster at only 14-years-old is downright astonishing.

Shelby Snelson definitely has bragging rights after she and her dad, Derrick, bagged the biggest gator in Georgia state history on September 1st. The father-daughter duo made the catch on Lake Eufaula, where they were accompanied by a team from Lethal Guide Service, a hunting guide business.

“To be honest with you, we were just happy to see how big it was,” Snelson told CNN. “I ain’t never caught anything like that before, it was just amazing.”

The catch was made during Georgia’s official gator-hunting season, which runs from August 16 to October 7, and was initiated to help manage the reptiles’ flourishing population. Hunters can only bag one gator each, and the Snelson’s clearly wanted to get their money’s worth.

(Lethal Guide Service)

Incredibly, this was Shelby’s first time hunting alligators and only her father’s second outing. She says the hunt was exhilarating but also pretty frightening considering the massive gator almost knocked her into the water.

“[The boat] was rocking back and forth, and a few times [the gator] hit the side of the boat with its tail,” the teen recalled.

But it wasn’t enough to stop her from doing what needed to be done in order to get the grab. In fact, she said she’d “jump in the truck right now” if she had the opportunity to go gator hunting again.

The family has already skinned the animal for its meat, but obviously has plans for displaying the beast in the near future, too.

“We’ll have it ‘life-size’ mounted,” Derrick said. “I guess I’ll have to build a house around it. It’s going to be a monster laying on the living room floor for a while!”

From the way he likes to include his daughter, we wouldn’t be surprised if Shelby gets to be an associate contractor on that job, too.

‘Go the F- to Sleep’ Gets a Threequel: ‘F-, Now There Are Two of You’

F, Now There Are Two of You Book

There’s some big effing news for parents and lovers of literary expletives. Author Adam Mansbach has released another follow up to his New York Times Bestseller “Go the F—- to Sleep,” and parents everywhere will undoubtedly relate and rejoice.

Illustrated once again by the talented Owen Brozman, the author’s new “adult bedtime story” highlights the struggles and headaches of transitioning from one child to two. “So, ‘F–k, Now There Are Two of You,’ is very much my reality,” Mansbach shared in a press release for his new book, adding in that “somehow, two is a million more kids than one,” something any parent will attest is true.


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According to the publisher “Fuck, Now There Are Two of You is a loving monologue about the new addition to the family, addressed to a big sibling and shot through with Adam’s trademark profane truth-telling.” An audiobook will also be released with Seinfeld creator Larry David narrating, which honestly seems spot on. David telling Entertainment WeeklyAs the second-born child, I’m sure my parents experienced feelings similar to those of the narrator in this book,” adding “Is it any wonder I’m so fucked up?”

Manbach’s first book, ‘Go the F–k to Sleep,’ was recorded by Samuel L. Jackson.

While Breaking Bad Star Bryan Cranston lent his voice to Mansbach’s 2014 ‘You Have to F—ing Eat.’

Since finishing his new release, the already exhausted author has welcomed a third child. While Mandbach may release another book, the author says there’s currently no plan to further expand his family, joking in a statement “I’ll probably leave a few copies at the doctor’s office when I go in for my vasectomy.”

While it’s likely not suitable reading for your little ones, this title is sure to find it’s way onto slightly-out-of-reach bookshelves in homes across America.

‘F–k, Now There Are Two of You’ will be released on October 1st. It will be in stock on Amazon on September 23 and you can currently pre-order it for $14.36.

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Fatherhood and Fandom: Chatting With The Man Behind The New Robotech RPG

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In the 80s, kids had it pretty good when it came to after-school and Saturday morning shows. That’s not to say there isn’t a wealth of quality entertainment for kids to enjoy these days, but I’m just not convinced Paw Patrol and Peppa Pig will have the staying power of GI Joe or She-Ra. Among the giants of the era was an odd little number that went against the grain, and changed America’s relationship to cartoons, storytelling, and giant robots forever.

“I think Robotech has such a cool science fiction story that anyone could still latch on to it. And since it’s available on every platform to stream, more and more people are finding it. It’s still capturing people and still a juggernaut in the fandom.”

I’m talking to Bryan Young, the writer of Robotech: The Macross Saga Roleplaying Game from Strange Machine Games, which is available this week for preorder. Co-created with Jeff Mechlinski, the game is designed to give players the feeling they are in Robotech, clocking in at 264 pages of reference material, play scenarios and original in-universe stories by Young.

Robotech RPG
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Before the Power Rangers made repurposed footage a standard practice, Robotech was famous for splicing together three entirely different Japanese cartoons with new scripts to become one cohesive story. While some purists scoffed at the creative license, there is no arguing that Robotech is largely responsible for introducing young American audiences to long format storytelling, complicated relationships, and giant machines that could turn into different giant machines.

There was more complex storytelling going on than most fare from that era, especially in how it worked in a long-form story. It was the only show I didn’t feel like I could miss an episode because things would just change too quickly. With He-Man or GI Joe, the episodes were just sort of catch-as-catch-can; there was no continuity to them.”

They say you should never meet your heroes, but Young has spent his adult life staunchly defying that old idiom. As a writer, podcaster, filmmaker, and journalist, he has made a career out of his interests and passion, particularly for genre storytelling. In layman’s terms, “genre” in this case means, you know, nerdy shit.

But more than Robotech, more than the Star Wars analysis that made him “twitter famous” (my words, not his) and more than earning camaraderie with the filmmakers and writers that he idolizes, Young is invested in his family.

“Being a father affects my creativity in ways I could never have even imagined. For one, they’re inspiring. My kids are all incredibly inquisitive and curious and I’m able to tap into that a lot easier because it’s something they continually teach me how to do better.”

We all hope our kids will love the same things we do, but Young knows that it’s better not to push it. “Bringing my kids into my fandoms is less important to me than letting them find their own. I’ll share my passions with them and if they happen to latch on like I did, then that’s great, but I want them to find their own. I love when they get to share those passions with me. This should be a two-way street and they should have the freedom to find what works for them.”

Of course, as many dads know, trusting your kids to find their own interests, even in the shared nerdsphere, can be…challenging.

“I spent like a weekend trying to survive in the harsh Minecraftian wilderness. By the end, I’d carved out a nice cave-dwelling, built fire, and was wearing a wolf-pelt. It was pretty primitive. At the end of the same weekend, Scout, my middle child, brought me over to their encampment and they were like, “Dad! Check out this roller coaster I built!”

Bryan and Family

Some dads think they have to choose between a creative career and a family, but the truth is, being a dad can teach you how to succeed in any area. After all, no matter how hard things can be, parents make it happen.

“As far as balancing the family and work, I try to work on my creative endeavors when they’re sleeping. I get up in the mornings before they’re typically awake and get my work done then so that when I get home, we can spend our time together as a family.”

While keeping his schedule tight, and family time special, Young makes sure to include his kids in the personal and professional enthusiasm he has for his work much as possible. Sometimes, it even leads to new ideas and projects that wouldn’t have happened without involving his kids. “In all honesty, the thing I love is that if my kids have a project they want to work on, we will. When Scout was about 8, they got really interested in learning about presidential assassinations and we went out and sought out a book for them on the topic that would be age-appropriate. When we didn’t find one, we worked on one together and that’s how my book “A Children’s Illustrated History of Presidential Assassination” was born. Scout even did illustrations at the back of every chapter in addition to the work of the professional illustrator who did the rest of the book.”

Truth be told though, sometimes dads just like to show off, and Bryan’s hard work has paid off in major dad bragging rights. “The standout moment for me has to be taking my eldest, Anakin, to the red carpet premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story. It was an incredible experience and I think I definitely won dad of the year last year for it.”

Part of what makes Robotech so enduring is the stories were designed for kids, but continue to resonate with adults, which makes for an ideal cultural touchstone for dads and their children to share. “The thing that changed viewing Robotech from an adult perspective for me is that there’s a deeper understanding. There’s a lot more honesty in the storytelling than I realized. Granted, there are more rough things in the storytelling than I realized, too, but it’s still so charming that it makes up for any of those hard edges.”

Follow Bryan on twitter for insightful film analysis and inside scoops on all things nerdy and cool, or at for original stories. Robotech: The Macross Saga Roleplaying Game is available now for digital download from Strange Machine Games, and preorders are now open for physical copies that will be released this December.

Skull One

And speaking of inside scoops, I don’t know if this will actually help in your game, but here’s a little tidbit about the writer’s favorite Mecha:  “Has to be Skull One. Roy Fokker’s paint job on that thing is iconic and it’s just a great fighter, full of history and tragedy.” Good luck, pilot.

Dad Pays for Stranger’s Cake on His Late Daughter’s Birthday

Dad Buys Cake for Stranger
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Earlier last week, a woman went to a bakery to pick up an extravagant Peppa Pig cake for her niece’s birthday. When she arrived, employees informed her a stranger had already paid for the cake. But this was no normal, run of the mill random act of kindness.

They explained to her the man had lost his own daughter when she was only 8 days old, and he had stopped by the bakery to buy the cake for another girl because he never had the chance to buy one for his own.

He left a note with the cake that left the bakery staff in tears. It read:

Dear Birthday Girl. In honor of what would have been my little girl’s 1st birthday, I have chosen to pay for your birthday cake. I am unable to buy my daughter a cake of her own today, but I hope you enjoy this one and have a fantastic birthday. God bless.

-Hannah’s daddy.

The woman, Leah O’Brien, posted about the situation on Facebook in an effort to find and thank the man for the overwhelming gesture.

The BBC did find the anonymous stranger, who said he just wanted to ‘share a bit of good’ to honor his daughter’s memory.

“I did it for Hannah,” he said.

Everyone finally met for the first time on a recent episode of This Morning:

Twitter Revolts at the Prospect of a ‘The Princess Bride’ Remake

Twitter Reacts to The Princess Bride Remake
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They’ve finally done it. They’ve finally gone too far.

People will tolerate a lot. We’ll tolerate Baby Shark making the Billboard charts. We’ll pumpkin spice making its way into SPAM. We’ll even tolerate countless remakes and reboots of believed properties, from Die Hard to Home Alone. But there’s only so much we can stands, and after today’s news, we can’t stands no more!

No, we’re not just going to sit idly by and watch while they remake The Princes Bride! Not on our watch!

To be perfectly clear, no such remake has been announced. But that doesn’t mean one won’t be. According to Sony Pictures Entertainment’s chief executive, Tony Vinciquerra, there are people in Hollywood clamoring to get one going. In Variety’s recent profile of TV legend and original Princess Brode producer Norman Lear, Vinciquerra let it slip.

“Very famous people whose names I won’t use, but they want to redo The Princess Bride … Not a month goes by when we don’t have an idea coming from some very big name wanting to do things with Norman.”

It’s positioned as an example of Lear’s continued standing in the industry, and again, even the person that started the firestorm with that quote sounds indignant at the possibility. But just to be sure, the internet reacted WITH PREJUDICE.

First, the Dread Pirate Roberts himself chimed in with the perfect response.

Then the floodgates opened. People are NOT pleased with this possibility, and they weren’t holding back. From outright anger:

To hilarious sarcasm:

From calls for solidarity:

To perfectly utilized quotes from the movie:

If you’re not satisfied with the public’s response, take it from the wife of the six-fingered man:

It’s safe to say that remaking this movie is inconceivable and that if Hollywood goes near this classic film, they’ll be falling victim to one of the classic blunders. Anybody want a peanut?

Dad Installs Fridge Safe to Protect Chocolate From Fiancee

Dad Installs Fridge Safe
(Facebook/Stacey Lowe)

Marriage is about love, and commitment, and dedicating your life to caring for and about another person, through thick and thin. We all know the vows, “for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health,” etc. It’s not easy to build a lasting marriage, and it requires sacrifice and compromise, but above all, it needs to be built on a foundation of trust.

But if that fails, go ahead and get yourself a safe.

That’s what one soon-to-be husband did, but it’s probably not the kind of safe you’re thinking of. Stacey Lowe took to Facebook to post a photo of her fiance’s safe, which he’s using to store his most treasured belongings. No, not money, or jewelry, or bearer bonds. Dave Lowe’s safe is full of chocolate.

Did I mention it’s a fridge safe?

Apparently, Dave was fed up with his fiancee repeatedly stealing his chocolate, so he had a fridge safe installed to protect his precious. She didn’t take to kindly to his efforts, and posted an image to Facebook, complete with some choice words to describe her man, specifically, “arsehole” and “prick!”

Viral Fridge Safe Post
(Facebook/Stacey Lowe)

Her entire caption reads:

“So this is what it has come too! You buy a house together, have a child together, get engaged, are planning a wedding and doing your house up and this happens! Dave goes and buys a fucking fridge safe because he’s an arsehole and doesn’t want to share his chocolate with me anymore! Anyone want him? Surely this is breakup material right?! Prick!”

She was also kind enough to tell us where Dave got his Fridge Safe.

She seems pretty upset with her dude, and she’s struck a chord with her post, as it has garnered over 100,000 comments and nearly 60,000 shares since it was posted last week. Couple everywhere are tagging their partners, sometimes to warn them against installing a safe, or letting them know what things may come to if they keep stealing their snacks!

Stacey’s post seems fairly lighthearted, but that didn’t stop some angry commenters from suggesting she “smash that shit wide open” with a bat, or chucking it all in the rubbish so no one can have any. Which seems like it would cause more conflict for the not-yet-married couple. But this surely isn’t the first fight, and it won’t be their last!

Luckily, my wife and I prefer different junk food, so we don’t need the safe – at least not to protect them from each other. But this is definitely a great solution for parents whose kids are constantly sneaking my snacks!

If you want to grab one of these bad boys for yourself, they’re available on Amazon for $39.99.

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Man Laughs Hysterically While Trying to Read ‘Dad Joke’ Book

Here’s Disney+’s Entire Line-Up of Movie and TV Shows

Disney+'s Entire Inventory

Over the past few months, Disney+ has been releasing little morsels of mouse droppings to whet our appetite for their new platform. They’ve hyped some of their new releases like The Mandalorian and a bunch of other MCU shows. They’ve catered to our nostalgic impulses by promising access to our favorite Marvel cartoons from the 80s and 90s and announced a forthcoming Home Alone reboot.

But they had yet to announce EVERYTHING we’d have access to.

Until now.

Disney+ just dropped the entire inventory of titles available on their streaming service inventory once it launches on November 12.

And it appears as though they’ve opened their vaults!

Movies Available on Disney+
• 10 Things I Hate About You
• 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
• 101 Dalmatians (1961)
• 101 Dalmatians (1996)
• 101 Dalmatians 2: Patch’s London Adventure
• 102 Dalmatians
• (500) Days of Summer

• A Bug’s Life
• A Goofy Movie
• A Kid in King Arthur’s Court
• A Ring of Endless Light
• A Wrinkle in Time
• Adventures in Babysitting (1987)
• Adventures in Babysitting (2016)
• Aladdin
• Aladdin and the King of Thieves
• Aladdin II: The Return of Jafar
• Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
• Alice in Wonderland (1951)
• Alice in Wonderland (2010)
• Alice Through the Looking Glass
• Aliens of the Deep
• Alley Cats Strike
• Almost Angels

• America’s Heart and Soul
• Amy
• An Extremely Goofy Movie
• Annie
• Ant-Man
• Ant-Man and The Wasp
• Apollo: Missions to the Moon
• Around the World in 80 Days
• Atlantis: Milo’s Return
• Atlantis Rising
• Atlantis: The Lost Empire
• Avalon High
• Avengers: Infinity War
• Avengers: Age of Ultron
• Avengers: Endgame
• Babes in Toyland
• Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend
• Bad Hair Day
• Bambi
• Bambi 2
• Bao
• Beauty and the Beast (1991)
• Beauty and the Beast (2017)

• Beauty and the Beast: Belle’s Magical World
• Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
• Beauty and the Briefcase
• Bedknobs and Broomsticks
• Bedtime Stories
• Before the Flood
• Benji the Hunted
• Beverly Hills Chihuahua
• Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2
• Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta
• Big Business
• Big Hero Six
• Bizarre Dinosaurs
• Black Panther
• Blackbeard’s Ghost
• Blank Check
• Bolt
• Boundin’
• Brave
• Breaking 2
• Breaking Away

• Bridge to Terabithia
• Brink
• Brother Bear
• Brother Bear 2
• Buffalo Dreams
• Burn-E
• Cadet Kelly
• Camp Nowhere
• Camp Rock
• Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam
• Can of Worms
• Candleshoe
• Captain America: Civil War
• Captain America: The First Avenger
• Captain Marvel
• Cars
• Cars 2
• Cars 3
• Cars Toon: Air Mater
• Cars Toon: Hiccups
• Cars Toon: Mater Private Eye
• Cars Toon: Mater the Greater
• Cars Toon: Monster Truck Mater
• Cars Toon: Time Travel Mater

• Cars Toons: Heavy Metal Mater
• Casebusters
• Cheetah
• Chef Donald
• Chicken Little
• Christmas Cupid
• Christopher Robin
• Cinderella (1950)
• Cinderella (2015)
• Cinderella 2: Dreams Come True
• Cinderella 3: A Twist in Time
• Cloud 9
• Coco
• College Road Trip
• Confessions of a Shopaholic
• Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
• Cool Runnings
• Cow Belles
• D2: The Mighty Ducks
• D3: The Mighty Ducks
• Dadnapped
• Dan in Real Life
• Darby O’Gill and the Little People

• Davy Crockett and the River Pirates
• Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier
• Day and Night
• Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic
• Den Brother
• Descendants
• Descendants 2
• Diana: In Her Own Words
• Diary of a Wimpy Kid
• Dick Tracy
• Dinosaur
• Disney’s A Christmas Carol
• Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings
• Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic
• Disneynature African Cats
• Disneynature Bears
• Disneynature Born in China
• Disneynature Chimpanzee
• Disneynature Crimson Wing

• Disneynature Expedition China
• Disneynature Ghost of the Mountains
• Disneynature Growing Up Wild
• Disneynature Monkey Kingdom
• Disneynature Oceans
• Disneynature Penguins
• Disneynature Wings of Life
• Doctor Dolittle
• Doctor Strange
• Don’t Look Under the Bed
• Donald and Pluto
• Double Teamed
• Doug’s 1st Movie
• DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp
• Dug’s Special Mission
• Dumbo
• Dumbo (Live-Action)
• Earth Live
• Easter Island Unsolved

• Eddie’s Million Dollar Cook-Off
• Eight Below
• Emil and the Detectives
• Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy
• Escape to Witch Mountain
• Expedition Mars: Spirit and Opportunity
• Fantasia
• Fantasia 2000
• Finding Dory
• Finding Nemo
• First Kid
• Flight of the Navigator
• Flowers and Trees
• Flubber
• For the Birds
• Frank and Ollie
• Frankenweenie (1984)
• Frankenweenie (2012)
• Freaky Friday (1977)
• Freaky Friday (2003)
• Freaky Friday (2018)

• Free Solo
• Frenemies
• Frozen
• Full-Court Miracle
• Fun and Fancy Free
• Fuzzbucket
• G-Force
• Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties
• Geek Charming
• Genius
• George and A.J.
• George of the Jungle
• George of the Jungle 2
• Get a Clue
• Giants of the Deep Blue
• Girl vs Monster
• Glory Road
• Go Figure
• Going to the Mat
• Good Luck Charlie: It’s Christmas!
• Gotta Kick It Up
• Greyfriars Bobby
• Guardians of the Galaxy
• Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2

• Halloweentown High
• Halloweentown
• Halloweentown 2: Kalabar’s Revenge
• Hannah Montana: The Movie
• Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert
• Hatching Pete
• Heavyweights
• Herbie: Fully Loaded
• Herbie Goes Bananas
• Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo
• Herbie Rides Again
• Hercules
• High School Musical
• High School Musical 2
• High School Musical 3: Senior Year
• Hocus Pocus
• Holes
• Holiday in Handcuffs
• Home on the Range
• Homeward Bound 2: Lost in San Francisco

• Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
• Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
• Honey, We Shrank Ourselves
• Honey, I Blew Up the Kid
• Horse Sense
• How Dogs Got Their Shapes
• How to Build a Better Boy
• I Am Number Four
• I’ll Be Home for Christmas
• Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas
• Ice Age: The Great Egg-scapade
• Ice Princess
• Incredible: The Story of Dr. Pol
• Inner Workings
• Inside Out
• Inspector Gadget
• Inspector Gadget 2
• Into the Grand Canyon
• Into the Okavango

• Into the Woods
• Invincible
• Invisible Sister
• Iron Man
• Iron Man 2
• Iron Man 3
• Iron Man and Hulk: Heroes United
• Iron Will
• Jack
• Jack-Jack Attack
• James and the Giant Peach
• Jane
• John Carter
• Johnny Kapahala: Back On Board
• Johnny Tsunami
• Jonas Brothers: The Concert Experience
• Journey to Shark Eden
• Journey to the Center of the Earth
• Jump In
• Jumping Ship
• Jungle 2 Jungle
• Jungle Cat
• Justin Morgan Had a Horse
• Kazaam

• Kim Possible (2019)
• Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama
• Kingdom of the Blue Whale
• Kronk’s New Groove
• La Luna
• Lady and the Tramp
• Lady and the Tramp 2: Scamp’s Adventure
• Lava
• Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles – Clash of the Skywalkers
• Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles – Escape from the Jedi Temple
• Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles – Race for the Holocrons
• Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles – Raid on Coruscant
• Lemonade Mouth
• Lend a Paw
• Leroy and Stitch

• Let It Shine
• Life is Ruff
• Life Size 2
• Life with Mikey
• Lifted
• Lilo and Stitch
• Lilo and Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch
• Lonesome Ghosts
• Lou
• Lovestruck: The Musical
• Luck of the Irish
• Luxo Jr.
• Man Among Cheetahs
• Mars: Inside SpaceX
• Mars Needs Moms
• Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors
• Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe
• Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Frost Fight
• Mary Poppins
• Mary Poppins Returns
• Mater and the Ghostlight
• Max Keeble’s Big Move

• McFarland, USA
• Meet the Deedles
• Meet the Robinsons
• Melody Time
• Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers
• Mickey’s House of Villains
• Mickey’s Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse
• Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
• Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas
• Mighty Joe Young
• Mike’s New Car
• Million Dollar Arm
• Minutemen
• Miracle
• Miracle at Midnight
• Miracle in Lane 2
• Miracle Landing on the Hudson
• Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
• Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

• Mission to the Sun
• Moana
• Modern Inventions
• Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire
• Monsters, Inc.
• Monsters University
• Motocrossed
• Mr. Boogedy
• Mr. Holand’s Opus
• Mr. Magoo
• Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium
• Mulan
• Mulan 2
• Muppet Treasure Island
• Muppets Most Wanted
• Musical Farmer
• My Fake Fiance
• My Favorite Martian
• My Future Boyfriend
• National Treasure
• National Treasure: Book of Secrets
• Never Been Kissed
• Newsies
• Newsies: The Broadway Musical

• Now You See It
• Olaf’s Frozen Adventure
• Old Dogs
• Old Yeller
• Oliver and Company
• Once Upon a Mattress
• One Magic Christmas
• Operation Dumbo Drop
• Oz the Great and Powerful
• Paris to Pittsburgh
• Partly Cloudy
• Party Central
• People Like Us
• Perri
• Pete’s Dragon (1977)
• Pete’s Dragon (2016)
• Peter Pan
• Peter Pan: Return to Neverland
• Phantom of the Megaplex
• Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel
• Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension

• Piglet’s Big Movie
• Pinocchio
• Piper
• Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
• Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
• Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
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Slater and Zack are Back in the ‘Saved by the Bell’ Revival

Saved By The Bell Revival
(TVLine/Courtesy NBC)

Is this the darkest timeline?

Between the nonstop political firestorms, climate change’s literal storms, fire and otherwise, the real world is not the happiest place right now. So we turn to pop culture, and while some news is welcome, like a return to The Matrix, or news of Marvel’s endless slate of movies, some plans bode less well. Do we really need a Home Alone reboot? Or a Die Hard prequel?

Maybe you like those ideas. But I doubt you’re gonna like this one: Saved by the Bell is coming back. And not as a reboot. As a straight-up sequel.

NBC Universal is debuting yet another new streaming platform, to be called Peacock, in April of 2020. And one of the titles they’ll be launching in conjunction with their service is a “Saved by the Bell” sequel series, starring Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkely as their “classic” A.C. “Abnormally Cruel” Slater and Jesse Spano.

Not to be left behind, Mark-Paul Gosselaar and other original stars (by “stars” one can only assume they mean Tiffani-Amber Thiessen and maybe even the scandal-plagued Dustin Diamond) are currently in talks to join as well. Considering the premise of the show, as reported by the Hollywood Reporter, consists of Zack Morris having ascended, somehow, to Governor of California, it sounds like they’ll need him.

Apparently Governor Morris is trying to improve his reputation after closing some low-income schools, so he sends those less-than-one-percenters to wealthier neighborhoods, like Bayside, where Jesse and Slater are parents. Are they married? Will Zack continue to “stop time” and break the fourth wall while in the governor’s office? Does the Max use Postmates? God only knows.

I’m not sure the world needs this show. Don’t get me wrong, I watched every single episode when I was a kid, but even then I knew it was trash. I even watched the College Years! (What can I say, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen was quite a draw back in the day!) But let’s be real here: it was juvenile and amateurish and painfully unfunny and just plain bad. It aired on Saturday mornings for a reason! It led into a show about a basketball team that was coached by football legend Dick Butkus and played on a court the size of a shoebox! The standards weren’t high.

TV has improved, and so have some of the actors (I can’t speak for Mario Lopez). So the jury is out. Here’s hoping it’s as good as Jimmy Fallon’s reboot.