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Wednesday, October 21 2015 09:14

Traveling from Boo York to Wonderland, Mockingbird Lane to Atlanta...

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Netflix #StreamTeamI always say that it's a sorta odd thing that we only have one true Netflix profile, despite the availability of Netflix Kids, and the fact that I, as a card-carrying writer in the Netflix #StreamTeam, should certainly have one of my own. Bottom line is that the Netflix AI (artificial intelligence) tends to think that "James" wishes to watch a completely bipolar assortment of family programming... or highlight inappropriate for kids stuff. Fact is, The Rock Daughters still dominate our Netflix profile, and the time has come once more to throw down a few choice picks for mid-October (for kids and grownups alike). Let's go traveling down the rabbit hole and off broadway, cool?

MONSTER HIGH: BOO YORK, BOO YORK - It's taken a bit to fully take hold, but the Monster High bug has bitten the girls like a whimsical vampire aching for adventure. The first full-fledged musical to feature Mattel's ghoulish girls (and beastly boys), BOO YORK, BOO YORK is colorful fun with Cleo de Nile and friends at the center of the action.

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EVER AFTER HIGH: WAY TOO WONDERLAND - The more colorful cousins to the the "Monster" crowd, this other Mattel property continues to grow as a Netflix Original Series. This time around, it's an Alice in Wonderland theme, and the latest four-episode season is must-watch entertainment with classic fairytale storytelling. One thing that's really impressed me about EVER AFTER HIGH is how detailed and beautiful the actual dolls are. Their costumes are really impressive, and a lot of that carries over into the series, which my girls certainly love.

Bonus: A Netflix Mystery Box arrived here at Rock Father HQ  containing an EVER AFTER HIGH Mystery Bag. We did a live unboxing via Periscope, which has since been captured and uploaded to YouTube. (Please Note: Since this was captured from a Periscope stream, it's low-res).

THE MUNSTERS: I really don't know how long THE MUNSTERS has been on Netflix, but this 60s series has been lurking in the depths of the catalog for what seems like a very long time. I hadn't shown it to the girls, but in the Halloween spirit, we've seen a few episodes. The little ones think it's hilarious (would there be a MONSTER HIGH, if not for THE MUNSTERS paving the way?), but my wife is not a fan - never has been. This is a National treasure right here, and you owe it to yourself to sit down with Herman, Lily, Grandpa and the gang! 

THE WALKING DEAD (not for kids): I'm in the minority here, but TWD lost me in the sure-fire, tried-and-true way that so many other series' have - they took a mid-season break from November to February during Season Two, and I never came back. I'm just terrible about mid-season breaks and returning to a series (RIP, REVOLUTION), and that's where Netflix is always such a win for me - content available when it's convenient for me. I've just started creeping back into AMC's THE WALKING DEAD, picking up where I left off around the mid-way part of Season Two. It's such a Halloween-y show to begin with, but it was the recent spinoff, FEAR THE WALKING DEAD that made me fire up the Netflix to go back to the source material (not counting the comics, of course).

Other Kids Picks for October - R.L. Stine's MONSTERVILLE: CABINET OF SOULS,  TEAM HOT WHEELS: BUILD THE EPIC RACE

Other Grownup Picks for October - GOTHAM, ANTHONY JESELNIK: THOUGHTS & PRAYERS, KEITH RICHARDS: UNDER THE INFLUENCE, GLEN CAMPBELL: I'LL BE ME

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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