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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show sends the message that history is important and that Dr. Zahi Hawass is doing important work by studying the ancient history of Egypt and expanding our understanding of this important period.
Positive Role Models
Hawass clearly takes his work very seriously. He's knowledgeable and intense, but he can also be a taskmaster. He has little patience for incompetence and is quick to anger at anyone who does not perform their job perfectly. He often yells at his colleagues, insulting their intelligence and capabilities, and seems ready to fire them for even the slightest mistake.
Violence & Scariness
Digging through ancient Egyptian tombs can be dangerous, and people are sometimes injured or trapped.
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Language includes "hell," and, very rarely, "s--t" (which is bleeped).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this educational series about the work of respected Egyptologist Dr. Zahi Hawass is sure to capture the imagination of anyone who's interested in ancient Egypt. Most of the show's content is age-appropriate for tweens and up, though there's some infrequent strong language and some of the underground tomb-exploration sequences can be a bit intense, with real-life Indiana Jones-style action (Hawass even wears a similar hat). It's also worth noting that Hawass is a larger-than-life personality who basks in the adulation of his team but can quickly explode into anger at even small mistakes.
Is It Any Good?
This entertaining educational series focuses on two things: ancient Egypt and the outsized, bombastic personality that is Dr. Hawass. He clearly loves his work, but he has no patience for fools, incompetence, or people who have the misfortune to be around when there's any kind of accident. He frequently loses his temper, and his wrath is a force of nature to behold. He can quickly shift gears from kindly professor discussing the important attributes of some priceless antiquity to outraged boss berating an unfortunate colleague. It's not always fun to watch, and while Hawass certainly has made many contributions to the field, it's not clear that his work entitles him to behave like this.
It may come as a surprise to some people that there are still people finding and excavating new tombs in Egypt, and the sequences filmed underground are fascinating. There's still much to be learned from these sites, which sometimes look like a scene out of Indiana Jones; Hawass even has the appropriate hat.
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