Hey guys, I don’t know if you have this problem, but my kids like to mock me when it comes to TV shows. They always seem to be the ones I miss from my own youth. Granted, the shows today are fast paced and kids are media-addicts, but there has to be shows to prove that I’m still a cool dad.
1 – Battlestar Galactica
Created in 1978, Glen A. Larsen captured our imagination to such an extent, the story has been revamped a number of times. The original series was from 1978-79, then aired again in 1980 as “Galactica.” But you can show your kids that it was also revamped and aired from 2003-2009, with all the special effects a junkie needs. You can also point out that the story has a successful comic book and RPG (role playing game) line.
2 – The A Team
Chances are your teens have seen the 2010 box office hit with Liam Neeson, but have they seen the original TV stint? How many shows do you know of where it takes 20,000 rounds of ammo to blow out a tire? Yeah, educate the brats on what was considered cool military entertainment from 1983-1987. You can add that, even though Mr. T may be wearing dentures by now, he also plays World of Warcraft.
3 – Batman
You can proudly beat your chest and point out that you had Batman before Christian Bale was even born! Created by 20th Century Fox Television, the show aired January 12th, 1966 and ended in March of 1968. Adam West played Batman for 120 episodes and was the original live representation of one of the greatest superhero icons of our day.
4 – The Dukes of Hazzard
5 – The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
6 – Max Headroom
7 – Doctor Who
Another brilliant TV series from the UK is also one of the longest series in TV history. What’s cooler than traveling with a Time Lord? I mean, come on. Now, the older series won’t impress the kids much—unless they’re into quality scripts. However, if you sit them down with the revamped series starting in 2005, you’ll have the full special effects and humor only the Doctor can deliver.
8 – The Twilight Zone
This is the one show that I believe will shock young minds. It’s much slower in pace that todays programming, but the stories will grab them and never let go. I can promise you’ll hear a lot of opinions after a single episode. I recommend starting with To Serve Man (season 3), just to twist their brains a bit.
9 – Miami Vice
In 1984, NBC created the show that defined cool. Just look at some of your own pictures as a teen. Don’t deny it. Every guy wanted to be Crockett or Tubbs in the ’80s. With five seasons under their belts and music from Jan Hammer—you’re a shoe-in for coolness.
10 – Star Trek
There’s my list. Have suggestions of your own that prove your coolness? I’d love to hear what they are. Leave a comment below and share your views.
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