BACK-TO-SCHOOL means back to new TV, especially for those of us who grew up hooked on the thing, as I did — despite the fact that my mother banned certain kinds of it. “Tom and Jerry”? Not in her house. “The Three Stooges”? Definitely not. Before I had kids, I also vowed never to let them watch anything ever ever. Now that I am forehead-deep in kids, we have a shamefully long list of shows I have approved because without them I might end up “with all the nuts and the squirrels,” as Miss Hannigan sings in the musical “Annie.”
In this September’s bevy of new shows for small people, the most noteworthy is “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” on PBS. If you’re a Gen Xer, or a savvy Millennial, you might remember Daniel, the shy Tiger puppet who lived in a clock in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” so many decades ago. He now has a son, also named Daniel, who is the focus of this new series. I catch bits of it in between writing and preparing classes, as I do laundry, scrub stuff, and defrost things.