Parent reviews for The Who Was? Show

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Common Sense says

age 7+

Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 48 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 18 reviews

age 7+

Fun show but parental discretion is advised.

We love this show, however there is mention in the Julius Caesar episode that the Romans made same sex marriage legal in Rome and it shows a same sex couple holding hands while the narrator speaks over the animation in that particular section of the episode. The mention /scene is quite brief but it’s just something to be aware of with younger kids. It’s definitely meant to be a sketch show, so I wouldn’t use it as my child’s only exposure to historical figures, but if your children like history and are “in” on the jokes, it’s very entertaining.
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age 6+

The best!

My friend from a Pregnancy club told me about this show, I watched it with my kids and I thought it was good! There is one part I thought was a little odd in a episode (I forgot which one) it shows a banner that says “Passport To Hell” so yeah but overall it was awesome

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age 12+

Not appropriate for children

Ghangis Khan episode said "Passport to Hell" and spelled it out on the screen. It is violent and probably best for 14+. Not impressed with this video.

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Too much violence
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age 7+

Fun Funny Educational Show

The Who Was Show is so much fun my kids really loved it. They used songs and funny pairings of historical figures to make it fun. With jokes, adventure, and historical facts which made it a great resource. Really wish it was not canceled.

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age 10+

Inaccurate and Boring

The Who Was? Show is filled with a very questionable, inaccurate version of history. Suppose you are planning on using it for a "fun" historical movie day for your homeschool routine, don't bother. While the books are gold, the show itself falls short in many ways. In an effort to diversify the characters, the show makes them very confusing. Having a mix of characters from different periods in one show also gives younger viewers a chaotic view of the historical events. Finally, the mix of fact and fiction also twists the points in a child's mind. By the end of an episode, my seven-year-old didn't know which parts of the show were genuine or not. The show attempts to be funny, like a form of comedy. However, this falls flat too. We didn't even laugh because the slapstick humor was so corny. The show disappointed me because the books are so good.
age 2+

History

You kids should watch the Is show because it contains history and teaches kids about people who lived a long time ago and did amazing things

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age 8+

It’s okay.

My kids and I watched the Galileo episode together. Afterward, I made my kids watch a different perspective and we talked about it. Do some further inquiry on what happened to Galileo. As a parent, don’t allow only one source of information to be fact in your household.
age 6+

AMAZING

They teach about history in a fun and interesting way

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age 6+

Simply AMAZING

In our opinion as parents of an 8 yo and a 6 yo, it is an excellent, entertaining and wonderfully made, planned and performed show.

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age 8+

Great kids Edutainment!

I love history and have recently begun homeschooling my 6th grader. So, I was excited to check this out and mix things up in our lessons. Now, I will admit, I hated this show for the first two episodes. I felt like they spent too much time on ridiculous stuff like Shakespeare’s dad singing about gloves. Not a part of history that needs remembering. They could’ve been spending that time on the actual facts about the main characters. But the series quickly redeemed itself with the following episodes. I watched with my daughter and we both found ourselves laughing and learning new things. I googled along, fact checking what was real and what was added for comedic relief, which was helpful when she asked me questions about certain parts of the stories. The show did exactly what I was hoping and peaked both out interests in learning more about several historical figures. I especially like how they portrayed Marie Antoinette as if she was a Kardashian. Perfectly relatable comparison for today’s pop culture soaked generations.

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