First I want to mention the biggest surprise I had while watching BSG: that John Hodgman appeared in a late S4 episode. That caught me off guard. He looked so young.

But what a show overall. Almost 20 years on it looks somewhat dated - and one can see that it was produced by a fledgling niche TV network. But those limits couldn’t constrain the force of these actors and these characters and the basic essence of humanity upon which this show was built. After I had finished watching, I found myself weeping inwardly at the loss of it being over. I carried that loss around inside for several days.

What was it about Battlestar that resonated with me so much? The religious themes, check. The hokey philosophy, check. The underlying mystery that turns out to be a macguffin, check. The zoom out to the big picture at the end, check. The people. It was all about the people, for me. You can’t forget these characters, drawn in big operatic fashion. And you feel for their journeys.

Highly recommended. And now can’t wait for the Esmail Corp reboot.

→ Youth suicides rose in 2017

It’s probably impossible to prove a direct causal effect between watching a TV show and completing suicide — all I know is that my wife watched the first season of “13 Reasons Why,” and I couldn’t stand it — it was simultaneously riveting and too painful to watch and made my stomach church scene to scene as I caught glimpses walking by.

TV My Kids Enjoy

It is starting to feel as if my youngest boy will become the TV hound of the family. Even though he’s not yet 2 years old, he seems to receive more enjoyment from TV shows than anyone else in our family. Could be his tiny-ness, yes - I guess time and age will tell.

Here are our top 11 (in no particular order) and where to find them. There’s nothing particular revelatory or obscure here - just what they happen to like at the moment.

  1. Tumble Leaf (Prime Video)
  2. Lego ELVES (Netflix)
  3. PJ Masks (Netflix)
  4. Sheriff Callie’s Wild West (Disney JR)
  5. Spirit: Riding FREE (Netflix)
  6. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (Prime Video/PBS)
  7. Little Einsteins (Disney JR)
  8. Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir (Netflix)
  9. Creative Galaxy (Prime Video)
  10. Adventure Time (Cartoon Network, Hulu)
  11. Curious George (PBS, Hulu)