Journalist Tim van Rodijnen (27) reads and writes about the world of Dutch television and entertainment. At Tims Television he writes down what catches his attention, surprises him and excites him.

“The good thing about Hockey Fathers is that the main character is growing from a cowardly rake to an understanding man”

Somewhat skeptical, I started the Videoland series hockey dadsBecause normally I’m not a big fan of Dutch series. But those doubts soon vanished. I enjoyed the way the series cleverly shows what could be wrong with the rich white man and the privilege he knows. Highly recommended for anyone who subconsciously doesn’t even realize what inappropriate behavior is sometimes considered normal.

Take, for example, the crude jokes that are made about different cultures. Or solve another white man’s problems by covering up what he did. In the series, a hockey player has been paid 10,000 euros to keep her mouth shut about the white coach who was harassing her. The task of the typical ball – and also president of the hockey club – JP, superbly played by Tijn Docter, is to calm things down when the woman in question returns to the hockey club after several years. And this time she is not going to keep her mouth shut. The club is also facing a public scandal because videos of racist pranks have been leaked.

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JP enlists the help of Chimène, one of hockey’s top stars, to restore the club’s image. He and a bunch of other people also constantly make inappropriate comments to him, which aren’t always meant to be, but are simply ingrained in his behavior. He is not uncomfortable to watch, because he is done in a humorous way. the beauty of hockey dads is that the main character is experiencing growth; from a stiff rake to a modern and understanding man. The generation gap and associated ideas also work well. In this series, the older generation learns from their children, who often see issues like the environment, gender diversity, and transgressive (sexual) behavior in a very different way.

I also think it’s good to see that creators are making TV shows more consciously these days. Compare hockey dads for example with silly women, which is somewhat the female counterpart. There are twenty sloppy years between the first episodes of both shows, but a lot has changed in that period. And we see it reflected in a series of this type in which the families of the Netherlands are central. In silly women for example, all the protagonists are white. They also have a white partner and white children. A character like Tippi Wan was set aside in a stereotypical way at the time, as was the homosexual Yari, by the way.

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none of that at all hockey dads. It’s okay, there is an all-white family, but that’s okay, of course there are enough of them. Kasim, one of the main characters, is Moroccan. His wife then comes from the Netherlands. Another main character, Wouter, is no longer with his wife. Her ex, a woman of color, later found out that she (also) likes women.

We see these familiar situations, and many more variations of them, constantly around us in daily life. It is good to note that we also see that reflected in the image and that, therefore, the creators reflect on it. In an ice cream parlor there are also dozens of different flavors, so why would we want to see only vanilla? A little variety keeps it fun.

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Then I’d like to pay one last compliment to whoever is responsible for the casting. Because from the beginning of the series I couldn’t stop watching it; Ellie de Lange, who plays the role of Maartje, would resemble her real daughter in terms of appearance. hockey parents Sanne Wallis de Vries and Tijn Docter can be. If you don’t believe me, then I leave you a photo that I took very personally so that you can be convinced. Flashy, isn’t it? And yes, they are all white. I know. I wasn’t saying there was anything wrong with vanilla, as long as there are other flavors to choose from.

Sanne Wallis de Vries, Ellie de Lange and Tijn Docter in Hockey Fathers

Sanne Wallis de Vries, Ellie de Lange and Tijn Docter in Hockey Fathers

Image © RTL