Parents' Guide to

Antiques Roadshow

By Ellen Dendy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

PBS gem mixes appraisals, history, and suspense.

TV PBS Educational 1997
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 8+

I love everything about the show

Make sure you appreciate the shows ability to make time stop

This title has:

Great messages
Too much swearing
age 18+

This show is cool.

I kind of enjoy looking at these antiques. They're really cool, and I don't always watch this show, but when I do, really enjoy it.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (3 ):

This isn't nearly as fast-paced as most of network programming, but if you're at all interested in history, waiting for the verdict on each item can be more suspenseful than the scariest thriller. There's so much to learn from Antiques Roadshow. IAnd the breadth of history is never-ending because there's no end to the types of featured items, their origins, and the time periods in which they were made and used. An appraisal of an ancient Chinese vessel might be followed by an appraisal of rhinestone sunglasses once owned by Elvis Presley, and so on.

The show also inspires kids to learn more about their own family history and heirlooms, as well as the value and all-around fun of collecting. Appraisers tell owners and viewers how to avoid purchasing fakes and forgeries and how to care for and restore precious objects. Sometimes kids even appear on the show, talking to appraisers with ease and pride about their personal treasures.

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