Bonehead Detectives of the Paleoworld

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Smart teens check out dinos' real world.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Various real-life academics of both genders are shown in the field, demonstrating a passion for learning.

Violence & scariness

No visual violence, but since the show deals with carnivores, there's occasional discussion of blood and ripping flesh thanks to dino teeth and claws.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that since all of the information presented here is based on fact, sensitive kids could be scared. The dinosaurs are either animated or large-scale models, but there's some discussion about what a carnivore could do to other creatures -- without the context that the carnivore would be doing it in order to eat dinner.

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What's the story?

Fun and engaging, BONEHEAD DETECTIVES OF THE PALEOWORLD originally aired in the late 1990s and continues to pop up now and again. While filled with great information from all branches of science, it's most likely to appeal to other \"boneheads\" (dinosaur fans). In each episode, along with main characters Sam (Danny Tamberelli) and Allie (Rebecca Budig), kid viewers hear a Question of the Day from a phone answering machine. Then Sam and Allie use a videotape machine and editing board (which look like antiques now) to get answers from various dinosaur experts working around the world.

Is it any good?

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There's a lot of learning to be had in this show. The segments are short enough to hold a younger viewer's attention but long enough to transmit some real meaty information, largely because each episode covers a fairly narrow topic -- such as how to find dinosaur tracks, how to use math to figure out how fast a dinosaur could run, or the regular feature Sam's Wacky Timeline, which shows when the events that are being covered happened.

Unfortunately, this tight focus is also the show's downfall. While well done and fun to watch, Bonehead Detectives isn't likely to appeal to kids who aren't interested in dinosaurs. It's just too specific.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how a show like this is made. How do you think they get the clips of the scientists doing their work? How many do you think they had to film before they got enough good ones to tell their story? Families can try making a mini-documentary on dinosaurs to see how it's done.

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Adult Written byLetticia87 November 12, 2011
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Bonehead Detectives is a gr8 and fun way to educate your child!

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Adult Written byMOTTDEHOOPLE September 26, 2010
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BONEHEADS - A WORK YOU MIGHT DIG

THIS SHOW IS RIGHT ON FOR THE KID THAT HAS DEVELOPING INTERESTS IN THE ANCIENT... IT IS NOT BAD FOR COLLEGE LEVEL INFO! THE HOSTS ARE AMUSING AND BECOME THE SUBJECT AS THEY ARE GOOD ACTORS AND SEEM TO BE EDUCATED. SERIOUSLY THEY MAKE A GOOD - BETTER PRESENTATION
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