A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It showcases different kinds of machines and what they do.
Positive Role Models
Catie Munnings is a successful female race car driver who is enthusiastic about driving different kinds of vehicles.
Violence & Scariness
Nothing violent, but safety gear has to be worn during most drives. Some of the vehicles are used for military operations, and are subtly discussed in this context.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Catie's Amazing Machines features rising rally racing car driver Catie Munnings as she introduces larger-than-life machines used for construction, military maneuvers, and transportation. Some vehicles are shown driving (and crushing) other cars or knocking down big things, but protective gear is used, and no gets hurt or injured. There are efforts throughout the show to move away from gender-specific terms.
Is It Any Good?
This entertaining series offers preschoolers a chance to learn more about different kinds of vehicles and how they work. While the concept itself isn't particularly original, the fact that it is hosted by a woman makes it feel like it is. Despite a rising number of women in motor sports, and in the fields of science and engineering, Catie Munnings' presence still manages to create the sense that the show is, in part, meant to challenge gender stereotypes as as they relate to machines, technology, and who uses them. Adding to this are some of the host's obvious efforts to stay away from gender-specific terminology. These aren't bad things, since they serves to normalize the presence of people from all walks of life in these areas for future generations. But what also makes Catie's Amazing Machines fun is that it features enough big, fast, and sophisticated vehicles to satisfy young motor vehicle enthusiasts.
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