A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Curiosity and exploration of the unknown are big themes here.
Positive Role Models
Many of the subjects highlighted are experts in their field, and working to make the world a better place.
Violence & Scariness
Sandy Hook and other school shootings are discussed.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
An episode is about ketamine's uses as a drug for depression.
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Parents Need to Know
Bright Now is a magazine series that explores various subjects, usually having to do with STEM subjects, current events, and social issues. Each short episode focuses on a different idea or story, from a tiny house in Hawaii to the rise of the Wright Brothers. The show wastes no time getting into some serious science; most of these episodes are probably best for teens and up. Content varies, but an episode discusses suicide and ketamine's transformation from street drug to a treatment for severe depression, as well as addressing the Sandy Hook school shooting.
Is It Any Good?
These short newsmagazine-type segments are uniformly interesting, even as the subject matter varies wildly. Bringing challenging ideas to the forefront, each epsiode offers just enough information to give viewers something to talk about (they would be great as classroom supplements). Like a Wikipedia page come to life, Bright Now is a great pick for curious teens.
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