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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Sends the message that history is cool for all ages and that asking questions and exploring your surroundings can lead to exciting discoveries.
Violence & Scariness
Torture chambers are discussed and explored -- acts described (but not shown) include burning out prisoners' eyes, castration, cutting tongues, being buried alive, slaughters, etc.
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When rafting through water that contained feces, the host called it "ancient s--t," but "s--t" was bleeped. In general, no swearing.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that each episode of this series is a detail-packed mini history lesson about the tunnels, caves, cisterns, dungeons, and tombs that have been discovered beneath the streets in cities all over the world. Kids may find some spaces and descriptions frightening -- like those involving prisons, tombs, and torture dungeons -- but thanks to the high-definition video and dramatic music and camera angles, this show will hold the attention of school-aged children interested in history, archaeology, or engineering.
Is It Any Good?
Some information -- like discussions of bodies being buried, slaughtered, and tortured -- may be too violent, sad, or frightening for young or tender-hearted viewers. But the excitement that the hosts and the featured experts get as they uncover underground tunnels, caves, palaces, and streets is palpable for school-aged viewers and up.
The trick to holding the attention of kids this age for an hour-long history show is special effects. With its dramatic close-ups, fade-outs, and sharp angles -- accompanied by equally dramatic music -- Cities of the Underworld gets the job done well. Plus, helpful graphics offer more details on the structures being discussed: how they might have appeared when they were new, how they were built, how they're used today, and so on. For history buffs, young engineers, or any kids who like uncovering secrets, Cities of the Underworld is a good fit -- as long as you're comfortable with discussions of past violence.
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