Curiosity TV Poster Image

Curiosity

(i)

 

Provocative, mature queries can yield engrossing answers.

What parents need to know

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

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.

Violence
Not applicable
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.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

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.

Parents say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Premiere date:August 7, 2011
Cast:Martin Sheen
Network:Discovery Channel
Genre:Educational
TV rating:TV-PG

This review of Curiosity was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?