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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show non-sensationally explores controversial topics like GMO crops and America's dependence on foreign oil, always emphasizing curiosity and human health and safety.
Positive Role Models
Kwon is an engaging and articulate host; many hard-working businesspeople of various types are depicted.
Products & Purchases
Spokespeople from real businesses are often used but few logos appear onscreen.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that America Revealed is a terrific four-part docuseries from PBS. It's a great way to get both kids and adults thinking about basics like food and power that make modern lives possible. Hosted by the engaging Yul Kwon (a past Survivor winner), the series uses compelling and non-disturbing imagery to dive into complex topics such as how grain gets on your plate, or how a wind turbine works. There's a lot of information packed into each show, and younger kids may lose interest or get confused. Older kids or those with a scientific bent will be fascinated at the "how things work" perspective. It's easy to imagine this show sparking a new interest, or even a course of study.
Is It Any Good?
There's a lot of technical information in each show, as Kwon jumps from topic to topic within the larger framework of "food" or "transportation." But the facts being presented are compelling and insider-y, and the imagery pretty enough to hold the attention of those with an interest in the subject matter. It may be a little boring and/or confusing for younger kids, but there is little to upset them here.
Tweens and teens are likely to be very drawn into the subject matter, and may have a lot of questions for parents after watching. America Revealed may spark some interesting, perhaps even uncomfortable conversations, even while it may interest kids in helping to solve some of our country's greatest problems.
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