Exploring Social, Cultural, and Familial Differences through Adventure Time

In this lesson, students will analyze the Adventure Time episode “Her Parents” for its themes of social, cultural, and familial differences, they will discuss the ways the episode represents such differences in relation to real-life experiences, and they will think about the ways real-life social, cultural, and family differences can be resolved or avoided.


Some media may contain mature content. Discretion is advised when viewing with students.

Lesson Plan

Before playing the Adventure Time episode "Her Parents," engage your students in a discussion about Adventure Time, its qualities and characters, and the kinds of issues it addresses. Use initiating questions such as the following:

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Lesson tags: Eighth, Ninth, Seventh, Social Studies, Television, Tenth

Niall Brennan

Niall Brennan Niall is a professor in the Department of Communication at Fairfield University and holds a Ph.D in Media and Communications. Niall is a well-traveled educator and has taught across the globe from Brazil to the UK. He has also worked in publishing, advertising and information systems in New York City. When he’s not teaching, Niall enjoys cooking, photography and spending time with his best friend and dog, Harry.