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New Family Fun: The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show

When I was a kid I thought few things were cooler than Johnny Carson stepping through that shimmering curtain and taking a phantom swing with his imaginary club, teeing off the monologue and a night of neat, wacky stuff.

I’m sure that a good portion of the allure was the fact that if I was watching the beginning of The Tonight Show then I had somehow managed to stay up well past my bedtime, so in a way watching Carson was adding to my street cred (not as much as catching the occasional episode of Benny Hill, but still, it was something).

Of course, staying up late on a school night always made morning all the more difficult (some things never change), but Saturday morning I was up at the crack of dawn, a mental alarm set for 6:30 a.m., followed by a quiet crawl over orange shag carpet and my usual seat about two inches from the box of a T.V. in the living room. I would spend the morning with Super Friends, Waffelos (man, I miss Waffelos) and a talking dog that was smarter than any person I knew. Also, his boy Sherman.

That dog was Mr. Peabody, and, frankly, he and Sherman have aged remarkably well.

Needless to say, when Netflix announced The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show, an all-new original series from DreamWorks Animation Television that combines my love of late night with my love of smart, talking dogs it was like worlds colliding.

The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show is a late night talk show starring the title characters (voiced by Chris Parnell and Max Charles, respectively) filmed, according to the press release, “in front of a live studio audience from their swanky New York penthouse.”

The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show “takes a sideward look at both world history and television through comedy built for kids and their families.” It is available now on Netflix, which means that my kids can get their own street cred by watching late night television, but at a reasonable hour—I just hope it’s not 6:30 a.m. on a Saturday.

In honor of The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show my boys wanted to create their own version, but without practice or any production value to speak of. They like to wing it, and they have a ball doing it. I’d watch their show (call me, Netflix).



This post was written as part of our relationship with the Netflix #StreamTeam. Netflix has a lot of great shows for the whole family available for streaming or rental, which is nice. All opinions are our own.

Whit Honea is the author of “The Parents’ Phrase Book” and co-founder of the philanthropic organization Dads 4 Change. He is the Social Media Director/Community Manager of the Dad 2.0 Summit. His writing can be found at Fandango, GeekDad, Disney, Today, Good Housekeeping, City Dads Group, Stand Magazine, The Washington Post and several other popular publications. He previously covered travel for Orbitz, CBS and AOL, and served as Editor of Family Travel for UpTake. Deemed “the activist dad” by UpWorthy and one of the “funniest dads on Twitter” by Mashable, Whit has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and is the 2015 winner of the Iris Award for Best Writing.