Duck Quacks Don't Echo

Fun, informative show mixes trivia, science, iffy humor.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

It demonstrates how experiments can be conducted to test different sorts of data. It also shows how science, engineering, and testing facts can be fun. 

Positive role models

The hosts are comedians, not science experts. 


Nothing violent, but occasionally there's some mild crashing or spitting out food during in-studio experiments.

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Occasionally jokes contain a few iffy remarks, like references to "rednecks."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Duck Quacks Don't Echo is a humorous and informative series that presents fun and interestingly obscure facts, and shows how science, engineering, and research can be applied to test the validity of this trivia. It's pretty mild, but on occasion the comedians hosting the show use some questionable language (for example, "rednecks") and are mildly competitive, which leads to things like crashing into each other and the spitting out food during experiments. All this being said, it's an entertaining show that will appeal to older tweens and teens.

What's the story?

DUCK QUACKS DON'T ECHO is a unique competition show that tests the validity of random facts. Show hosts Tom Papa, Michael Ian Black, and Seth Herzog take turns presenting interesting, unusual, or just plain weird facts. Experiments are then conducted in front of the studio audience or during a pre-recorded segment with the help of experts in order to authenticate the fact. In-between segments, the TV viewing audience is presented with quizzes testing their knowledge of obscure information. At the end of each episode, the studio audience gets to vote on which host earns the coveted Golden Quack for the coolest fact.

Is it any good?


From using treadmills to determine whether shrimp run faster than the average human, to demonstrating the impossibility of eating six saltine crackers in sixty seconds without water, the show combines humor, trivia, and the sciences to create a viewing experience that is both fun and uniquely informative. It also shows how simple experiments can often be conducted to test even the most random information.

Things like determining the distance between toilet spray and your toothbrush in a bathroom can get a little gross, but there's a lot of great things to be learned here. More importantly, it offers a lively and amusing way of getting viewers interested in science, engineering, and research by showing how these subjects can be applied to odd (but amusing) minutiae. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the different ways that experiments can be conducted to validate statements. Is it always possible to test facts to see if they are actually true? Why are people interested in testing facts that are random or obscure? Is it for the sake of becoming more educated, or is it just fun to do?

  • Should stereotypes ever be used to create a laugh? What different ways can you be funny without relying on generalizations?

TV details

Cast:Michael Ian Black, Seth Herzog, Tom Papa
Network:National Geographic Channel
Genre:Game Shows
Topics:Science and nature
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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