Ian Spelling

Ian Spelling is a veteran entertainment journalist and editor who has covered the film and television industries for more than 35 years, dating back to college. He’s written for New York Times Syndicate, The Bergen Record, Below the Line News, TV Guide, On DirecTV, The A.V. Club, Fatherly.com, and many more newspapers, magazines, and websites, and served as the editor-in-chief of StarTrek.com, the official Star Trek site, from 2010 to 2019.

Ian also co-authored the acclaimed book, Star Trek: The Original Series -- A Celebration (Hero Collector/Penguin Random House), and has moderated panels in front of as many as 6,000 fans at events including Creation Entertainment’s Star Trek conventions, the Star Trek Cruise, and the Destination Star Trek celebrations in Germany and England. Now an empty nester, with his son and daughter out on their own, Ian lives in New Jersey with his wife, Linda, and the world's best dog, Oreo.

Ranch Talk

Yellowstone Marathons Are Streaming For Free On Pluto Ahead Of Season 5 Part 2

Here’s how and when to catch the free Yellowstone before its too late.

Ranch Talk

How To Watch The Live Yellowstone July 4 Marathon ASAP

Watch a TV marathon, the old-school way.

Old Friends

I Watched 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom' 30 Times In 1984 — Here’s What I Learned

How to make an unofficial Indiana Jones trivia book without really trying.

Watch Together

'Across the Spider-Verse' Is The Perfect Family Blockbuster For One Adorable Reason

“So much of this movie is about parent-child relationships.”

Ranch Talk

We're Alright Alright Alright If Matthew McConaughey Takes Over The 'Yellowstone' Spinoff

The sudden news of a new Yellowstone TV series means a lot of different things at once.

Watch Together

The 100 Best Kids TV Shows Of All Time

From modern classics to the shows we parents grew up on, there’s never been a better time to be a kid with a clicker.

The Fatherly Turntable

50 Years Ago, One Perfect Rock Album Became Immortal For The Wrong Reason

The cover of Aladdin Sane is famous. But the music on the album is even better.

Watch Together

The 100 Greatest Kids Movies Of All Time, According To Movie Critic Dads

From golden oldies to 21st-century instant classics, here’s our deeply curated, and surely controversial, ultimate ranking of 100 movies kids must see before they hit their 10th birthday.

Old Friends

40 Years Ago, One Movie Dared To Adapt Everyone’s Favorite YA Book Of All Time

Stay gold, Pony Boy.

Old Friends

30 Years Ago, 'Seinfeld' Made Us Believe Candy Could Save Your Life

Why “The Junior Mint” is still so refreshing.


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But you don't have to take our word for it. Listen to a message from the man himself.

The Fatherly Turntable

Bobby Caldwell’s Essential Albums, From The Classics To The Obscure

One of the best singers of the 20th century gave us some of the smoothest albums of all time.

Ford Tough

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Binging Harrison Ford in 1923? Here's what to know about the Yellowstone universe.

Old Friends

50 Years Ago, One Killer Show Redefined TV Superheroes Forever

There are millions of reasons to still love The Six Million Dollar Man.

The Fatherly Turntable

50 Years Ago, One Flawless Rock Album Changed Everything

Why Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon endures.

Ranch Talk

Let's Talk About That Shocking '1923' Season 1 Finale

Confused about the Dutton family tree? Here’s what we learned and what it might mean.

Old Friends

30 Years Ago, One Sitcom Dad Had To Choose Between His Beer And His Family

Why “Duffless” was a small triumph for The Simpsons.

Ranch Talk

These Are John Dutton's Very Best Parenting Quotes From Yellowstone

Words of wisdom from the dude with the most interesting ranch on TV.

Ranch Talk

Yellowstone Could End At Season 5 — Unless Matthew McConaughey Takes Over?

Rumors suggest 'Yellowstone' could be getting a new star.

Ranch Talk

Saddle Up! '1923' Season 2 Is Coming

Will Harrison Ford be back?