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By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

British series is more stunt work than science.

TV G4 Reality TV 2003
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age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+
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Soft porn pretending to be science

Presenter parading in a bikini asking 'How hard is your thing?' while recording results using a 'hard ranker'. You might like your ten year old watching this sort of soft porn but I certainly wouldn't!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (4 ):

One thing's for sure: Fun and mess definitely seem to trump science and innovation on this show. In one segment, for example, the cast puts an airplane flight recorder to the test to find out whether it is really as indestructible as it's chalked up to be. They shoot it with a cannon, pepper it with shotgun blasts and blow it up -- only to discover that it most likely would survive a fiery crash after all.

In general, the show favors stunt work over scientific method, and the brief experiments usually include little background information or follow-up. Some real educational information is occasionally included (an explanation of how X-rays work, for example), but it's not common. The show's use of guns and explosives and the prevalence of scantily dressed women (why?) make this series somewhat iffy for tweens -- not to mention the fact that they might get some questionable ideas from the show's stunts.

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