When to Introduce Your Children to Star Wars, Batman, Doctor Who & Other Iconic Geek Franchises

by Kevin Hellions @TeamHellions on April 30, 2013

in Nerd Culture

There comes a time when your young son or daughter discovers your shelf shelves wall of DVDs & Blu-rays. Some of the images and cover art are appealing. The most important decision you can make as a parent begins: How old should my child be before he or she watches this?

With a little one on the way I’ve been pondering the point at which my little guy should be indoctrinated into the major geek worlds. Here’s what I’ve decided:

Star Wars – 6 years old

And by all means, start with Episodes IV, V & VI. Why destroy the world for a kid at such a young age? Let the child enjoy something good for a few years before saddling her with prequel baggage. The Force Awakens now provides a whole new entry point for a new generation.

Many of the animated series and specials are great entry points as well for younger viewers. I’m thinking the first time that mine is home sick from school the two of us will sit down and have ourselves a little Star Wars movie marathon.


Superheroes – 2 years old

As soon as a kid is old enough to know about television, he’s going to discover superheroes. It could be a commercial, or a cartoon, or who knows what. They’re everywhere now, completely mainstream. I mean really, do you remember how you first discovered Batman? Probably not but we all knew of Batman as a child.

Thanks to Netflix it’s even easier for kids to discover these characters. I’d start with Batman: The Brave and the Bold for DC and Super Hero Squad for Marvel characters.


Doctor Who – never too young

As my wife said, “there is no such thing as too young for Doctor Who. He should go from teet to TARDIS. From boob to blue box. From C cup to Cybermen. From D cup to Daleks. From breasts to BBC.” I can’t argue with any of that.


Star Trek – maybe never

Ugh. I don’t know. Whenever your kid wants to pay attention to way too much talking per action-ratio programming. I’m not trying to antagonize the Trekkies, but Star Trek is not what kids are looking for.

The new movies could be better but all those lens flares and explosions and quick camera work done inside an Apple store could trigger a Pokemon-style epileptic reaction.


Wrestling – 8 years old

This depends on whether or not you’re a terrible parent. You’ll need to “kill the magic” to a point and teach kids that it’s all a show. It’s pretend. If you don’t, you run the risk of them grappling with their friends and you getting an angry call from a parent down the street because your little angel RKO’d her son. Also, maybe stay away from the hardcore wrestling until they’re at least teenagers.

Of course I reserve the right to change my mind on these opinions at any time once I actually have a child.


Kevin Hellions is the creator of Team Hellions.  Hailing from upstate New York, you can find him enjoying everything from 2CW to the Young Adult (meaning comic book) section of the local library.  

Batfan April 30, 2013 at 3:26 pm

This post could have been one word long … “Birth.”

Before my son was born, we setup his room with a Batman theme. Since then, he’s expanded to more Marvel/DC characters and Star Wars (6 seems like too long of a wait) too. He’s now coming up on 4.

I find Star Trek to be ridiculously boring and I just don’t understand the Dr. Who thing so, I think we’ll be skipping those.

handsybroad April 30, 2013 at 7:20 pm

I agree, the oldest for wrestling. I’m not into doctor who or star trek either so never is fine with me.

Count Marzo April 30, 2013 at 7:38 pm

If I had offspring (heaven forbid), I’d definitely brainwash them with all kinds of He-Man and 80s goodness at a very young age, just like how it got me. lol

LOVING all the USF goodness lately! Been crankin out the good stuff. Monday Memory-gasm and Tuesday Takeover = great stuff! One of my first daily internet stops keeps getting better!

Howard Decker May 1, 2013 at 9:45 am

Thanks Marzo!! You are our one-man focus group

Lamar The Revenger April 30, 2013 at 8:40 pm

My son started Star Wars at 9 months thanks to my father babysitting him during a Spike Star Wars Marathon. He loves it all. He started with superheroes around 1 or 2, so he’s good there. Now he’s five. I started him on Speed Racer. Gonna work Robotech & StarBlazers in there. Biggest hurdle? Getting away from Bayformers & keeping him in G1 Transformers mindset

Howard Decker May 1, 2013 at 9:45 am

oh that’s damn near impossible. I wish you luck though. We’ve been lucky so far- my son is almost 4 and has no knowledge of the Bay TF universe whatsoever. He could probably identify G1 Optimus Prime but that’s it.

Hail Mary April 30, 2013 at 9:53 pm

I remember being scared shitless of the Dr Who theme music when I was between 3-5 years old at my grandparents’ house.

Howard Decker May 1, 2013 at 9:43 am

and look at you now. Lasting ill effects.

Kevin Hellions April 30, 2013 at 10:10 pm

I cant guarantee in a year I wont go back on all of these time frames. I saw my goddaughter kick out her legs and arms to form Voltron the other day, and now I want my own to do that as young as possible for maximum adorableness.

Howard Decker May 1, 2013 at 9:42 am

yeah, that’s undeniably awesome.

OldSchool80s May 1, 2013 at 9:00 am

Started my daughter on Star Wars at about 2 or so. And she has been a fan ever since.

Agree on never for Star Trek.

Howard Decker May 1, 2013 at 9:41 am

I didn’t intend to start my son on Star Wars until he was old enough to comprehend the “big reveal” in ESB, but he just latched on somehow. So much marketing of Star Wars toys, clothes and school supplies is targeted at kids it is unavoidable. Kids who have never seen one minute of a SW movie consider themselves “fans” merely because they have some of the SW LEGO sets. My son got into it around 2 as well and never looked back.

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