Brain Games

TV review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Captivating look at mind's abilities, but content can vary.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 17 reviews

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age 18+

Inappropriate Imaging

Season 2 episode 4, “Don’t be Afraid” looks at what your brain remembers after flashing a series of every day ordinary objects. One of the images flashed is of a woman in a sports bra, construction helmet, with a sledgehammer. First of all, this is completely objectifying this woman. She’s not a normal every day object. Additionally it is sexualizing women. Why on earth did anyone think that this is acceptable to be included in subliminal flashes of everyday images, to young children with developing brains? It may seem harmless, but that image is one of many that perpetuates the unhealthy stereotype the patriarchy has created about women. I am in no way implying women’s bodies are shameful, but am pointing out the irrelevant placement of this image in a science show (I thought) targeting young children. This image is normalizing the objectification and sexualization of women for the developing mind. 

This title has:

Too much sex
age 12+

Can d I without the various college age activities

Many old episodes used attractive women to get some attention. Others showed college age kids in bars. Great for older kids to watch but it does lead to a lifestyle not all are ok with.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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