Curiosity

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Provocative, mature queries can yield engrossing answers.

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Positive Messages

As the title suggests, the series encourages curiosity and proposes provocative questions that require real thought to answer. It also stirs up a general interest in science and scientific inquiry.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The celebrities whose questions prompt each episode remain largely neutral in terms of role modeling, serving as narrators and, occasionally, participants in the search for answers.

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Sex

Although the series is generally devoid of sexual content, one episode asks, "Why is sex fun?" and explores the scientific role of the male and female orgasm.

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One episode explores the addictive nature of narcotics and how they work.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the focus of this largely educational series changes from week to week, so some topics may be more appropriate for kids than others. One episode, for example, deals with sexual pleasure and the biology of male and female orgasms. Another deals with the addictive qualities of narcotic drugs. And another ponders the existence of God.

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What's the story?

Actors, scientists, and other well-known personalities stoke their collective sense of CURIOSITY by asking provocative questions and wading through the facts to find out the answers, from "Could we survive an alien invasion?" to "Why is sex fun?" Celebrity participants include astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, actor Morgan Freeman, and filmmaker Morgan Spurlock.

Is it any good?

The curious thing about Curiosity is that some episodes just don't hold your attention, thanks in large part to rambling tangents that don't really seem pertinent to the question at hand -- at least, at first. In Stephen Hawking's heady search for an answer to the question, "Was there a creator?" for example, we're taken to observe a solar eclipse with the Vikings and, later on, explore the finer points of planetary movement with Galileo. And somewhere in between, you're left wondering what this all has to do with the subject of creation.

Hawking ties it all up eventually, of course. But by that time, your curiosity has waned.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how television can be used not only to entertain, but also to educate and encourage discussion. Do you prefer TV that educates, entertains, or does a little of both? What are some of your favorite educational shows?

  • Why do you think the series chose to include questions from celebrities? Does the fact that a celebrity is asking a question make you care any more about the answer?

  • What kinds of things are you curious about? Are there any questions you can come up with that haven't been definitively answered? How would you go about exploring the answer?

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For kids who love learning

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