By Alan Carter
September 11, 1989 12:00 PM

Lifetime (Wed., Sept. 6, 10 P.M. ET)


This provocative documentary, anchored by Jill Clayburgh, suggests most parents and kids don’t talk about sex. Surprise: The U.S. has the developed world’s highest teenage pregnancy and abortion rates.

This one-hour show is not all stodgy statistics. A series of sex-ed experts (including my very own favorite high school “health” teacher, Ms. Lenny Roseman of Beach Channel High in Far Rockaway, N.Y.) and parents talk about communication. On occasion, there’s even some humor. One man recounts how he felt when his dad told him about sex: “I thought, do my parents do that!? I was grossed out.”

Too bad this show didn’t exist 23 years ago. My dad taught me about sex using the space program as a metaphor. (You figure it out.) No wonder I get tingly all over when I hear a countdown.