Connected

TV review by
Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media
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Super science docuseries encourages curiosity, skepticism.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

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Positive Messages

Presents science as something cool and interesting. Also presents science and technology as something to be skeptical of sometimes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Host Latif Nasser is an excellent example of curiosity and inquiry into the world. He is Muslim and he talks about his background a bit on the show.

Violence

Varies from segment to segment, mostly minimal violence and scariness. The "Nukes" episode talks about nuclear bombs and their devastating consequences, and the "Clouds" episode mentions a scientist who took his own life.

Sex

Some segments feature conversations about sex between consenting adults, some segments reference animals mating.

Language

Moderate language like "damn" and "shit."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some segments feature adults smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol in moderation. One episode talks about the fact that adults take illegal drugs (like Ecstasy), another briefly features the word "marijuana" on screen (but it is not talked about).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Connected is a fantastic science documentary series that touches on moderately mature themes in some segments. A few episodes make reference to consensual sex between adults and mating animals. The "Nukes" episode talks about nuclear bombs and their devastating consequences, and the "Clouds" episode mentions a scientist who took his own life. Some scenes have background cigarette smoking, others show adults enjoying alcohol responsibly, and the "Poop" episode mentions the fact that some adults take illegal drugs. There is moderate language like "damn" and "shit," the frequency depends on the episode.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 6 and 11-year-old Written byKolbrkr October 31, 2020

Great for kids interested in science, but has some adult themes

My 11 year old and I watch this together. Although there are some more adult themes such as the Tinder dating app that made my son a little uncomfortable, the s... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bySlendernonono1 March 9, 2021

great

this is good but it has profainity, threat and bad drug uses with added sexual references that are dealt with social media
Kid, 12 years old January 25, 2021

A must watch

This is a real intresting show. It does contain some in apropriate jokes that are sexual or talk about drugs.

What's the story?

As host Latif Nasser tweeted about his new show, Connected is "basically if Bill Nye and Anthony Bourdain had an awkward Muslim baby." Nasser, a veteran science journalist of Radiolab podcast fame, now travels around the world to report on amazing science and technology stories. Each episode focuses on a different theme like "surveillance," "poop," and "digits." For each segment, Nasser interviews experts in various science disciplines. He then explains how seemingly different stories in science and technology are actually related. For example, in the "surveillance" episode, he compares human dating apps like Tinder to ZIMS, a computer program that helps zoologists find mating pairs between animals at different zoos. He also explains how facial recognition software is used in both pig farming and for human law enforcement.

Is it any good?

This excellent science series will likely inspire a lot of excited "did you know..." conversations from teen viewers. The stories featured in Connected are incredibly fascinating and not ones teens are likely learning in science class. Beautiful cinematography and compelling storytelling make this show feel more like a travelogue than a procedural science documentary. Host Latif Nasser strikes a perfect balance of someone who is equally amazed about scientific advancements and wary of the unintended consequences they can sometimes bring. Most importantly, he explains why the science is very relevant to our everyday lives. Curious teenagers and adults will enjoy this great show.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how host Latif Nasser feels curious about the world around him. Did anything from the episode make you curious and inspire you to learn more?

  • Nasser also has a lot of skepticism around the way certain technologies are used. Did anything featured in the show make you feel uneasy? Why or why not?

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