Catch It Keep It
By Emily Ashby,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Science-based contests will get tweens' gears turning.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Demonstrates the need to use skills, knowledge, and teamwork to overcome challenges. Also demonstrates everyday applications of science and technology.
Positive Role Models
Participants usually work well together and respect one another's suggestions, but when time limits loom and pressure mounts, tempers do flare. Encouragingly, the participant pool includes women, who are in the minority in these fields.
Violence & Scariness
No violence, but the show does include potentially dangerous, man-made stunts like gale-force winds, intense fire, and explosions. Each episode begins with a public-service warning against trying similar endeavors at home.
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Occasional use of words like “damn.”
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
In at least one episode, a cache of beer is the object of the engineers’ attention.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this science-based series demonstrates some of the real-world applications of technology and construction skills like carpentry and welding. Contestants must work together, combining their know-how and keeping a cool head under pressure to win the competition. In some cases, though, that same pressure causes tempers to flare, so expect occasional strong language ("damn," mostly) and tense exchanges. Episodes also frequently feature challenge-related fires, explosions, and more. But overall, the series encourages creative thinking and problem-solving and is a fun choice for older tweens and teens.
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What's the Story?
In CATCH IT KEEP IT, contestants get 48 hours to overcome the scientific and engineering challenges that stand between them and a prize. In each episode, a three-person team must devise a way to protect a specific item -- a guitar, an aquarium, or a year's supply of beer, for instance -- from the destructive tactics of the show's resident engineer, Mike Senese, who simultaneously builds his own invention for meeting the same challenge. If the team is successful, they win a prize associated with the episode's theme.
Is It Any Good?
This no-frills, science-based series is an intriguing choice for older tweens and teens who enjoy watching the problem-solving process in action. The challenges are designed to get viewers' gears turning along with the contestants', and families can have fun devising their own solutions to the tasks (which they're invited to submit via the show's Web site).
And aside from some occasional strong language as a result of the participants' stressful working conditions, the content is mostly worry free, so families of tweens and teens can tune in without concern.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can also talk about science and its applications. How do science and technology improve our daily existence? What aspects of science interest you? What problems would like to solve? How would you go about it?
What parts of the show are based in pure science, and which do you think might have been added to make for more exciting TV? Would you have been as interested in watching if there weren't any explosions, etc?
How much of what you see on TV is actually advertising? How do TV shows and movies include product placement in their content? Does the Internet increase this advertising overload?
- Premiere date: July 17, 2009
- Cast: Mike Senese, Zach Selwyn
- Network: SCIENCE
- Genre: Educational
- TV rating: TV-PG
- Last updated: February 24, 2022
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