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Dude, What Would Happen

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Teens' wacky experiments are fun for curious tweens.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

There’s little educational quality to the guys’ experiments, but the show might inspire tweens and teens to think critically about the world and devise their own tests -- on a smaller scale, that is.

Positive role models

The teens appear to fly solo for much of the experimentation phase, which isn’t likely considering the danger involved in much of the equipment they use. Unnamed adult assistants (dubbed "Lab Dudes") do lend a hand when there’s something to construct. The three-person team is multicultural, and all have an equal hand in creating and executing each experiment.

Violence

Many of the team’s stunts involve some level of danger, like soaring through the sky strapped to helium balloons or firing flame throwers at a camper filled with popcorn kernels. But they take plenty of safety precautions, and no one is ever injured.

Sex

The teens sometimes chat about "finding chicks." In one segment, a sumo wrestler’s buttocks are visible around his traditional garb.

Language

Multiple uses of "Oh, my God!"

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this series misses a great opportunity to demonstrate some of the practical applications of science, it will still get viewers’ gears turning about the way things work. The teens on the show sometimes use potentially dangerous tools like flame throwers in their experiments, but the environment is always safe, and they take precautions against injury. Content-wise, the show is age-appropriate for its intended tween audience, though parents may want to follow up with some cautionary words against trying similar experiments at home.

What's the story?

What do you get when you give three teens carte blanche to discover the answers to their wildest questions? Answer: The high-energy adventure of DUDE, WHAT WOULD HAPPEN, which stars friends CJ Manigo, Ali Sepasyar, and Jackson Rogow as the curious minds behind some of the zaniest experiments around. Whether it’s testing the lift capacity of hundreds of helium balloons or designing the world’s first mobile hot tub, there’s no distance these guys won’t go to satisfy their own curiosity.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Although there’s little intrinsic educational quality to this mostly fluffy series, it is a fun option for tweens who are curious about how things work. The guys’ off-the-wall ideas are sure to get viewers’ own minds turning over questions they might have, and with a little parental assistance, some of those ideas could present some fun learning opportunities.

As far as content goes, there’s nothing inappropriate for tweens, but younger kids might be misled by the guys’ apparent lack of supervision and unlimited access to supplies and tools. Do be sure to remind viewers of all ages that although they may not see it, the teens are under adult supervision and that their experiments do carry some risk of danger (so kids shouldn't try their own tests at home!).

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about science. How do we use science in our everyday lives? What scientific questions do you have that you’d like to test? How would you go about it?

  • What steps do you take to make sure you’re safe at school, at home, and when you’re in public? What rules does your family have about TV and Internet use to ensure that you’re safe?

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TV details

Premiere date:August 19, 2009
Cast:Ali Sepasyar, CJ Manigo, Jackson Rogow
Network:Cartoon Network
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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Teen, 16 years old Written byMr. King December 19, 2012

Ack!

I'M SO GLAD this is gone! It sucked crap! The acting is actrious,the characters,are stupid,ect.CRAP! CRAP! CRAP! CRAP! CRAAAAAAAAP!
Kid, 11 years old December 13, 2014

Really?

First of all I think the parents may have over reacted a little bit, no offense. But really how hard is it to come up with a a funny science show. The hosts are idiots who ask stupid questions that they didn't even come up with. I think one day ask the question, "dude, how do we get a life and a good carrier without going to college?" Another thing is they are always saying "dude" which definitely gets on my nerves. Some questionable language. for me some stupid things people do for science can be funny, and also entertaining, but this really pushes the limit on stupidity. really cartoon network, I thought this channel was supposed to be funny.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 15 years old Written byAnimeIsAwesome808 June 4, 2013

Dude, this is so lame.

Another fail on CN's part. Dude, What Would Happen is just a really bad show and i'm glad it got the ax. It was junk. The plot is pointless. Each episode is just a mindless filler with no story.