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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Uneven, edgy docu series explores mature themes.

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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

"Explained" 'explains" Life Issues in a "Comprehensive" Way--That Mean's Layman's Terms

I enjoy watching and learning from the Netflix series "Explained" and I'm over 50. Designed for those having reached adolescent age, this informative series, takes a hard and creative look at major life issues which are important in today's society. The only criticism I have is "information overload" with "data" and details, which may be difficult for the adolescent set to take in, but the information itself is presented in "layman's terms" which means "everyone" in the family beyond adolescence can comprehend. Do I need to "explain" anymore ?

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This uneven series delivers information with an edge that's sometimes more entertaining than newsworthy. It offers explanations of a wide range of topics based on journalistic investigation, but the stories about more complex subjects can be superficial. Meanwhile, some of the more politically charged issues are presented with a subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) bias. The inclusion of graphic footage can feel sensational as well. Those looking for an in-depth documentary series won't find it here, but Explained will satisfy if you're looking for some brief but illuminating insight into current events and popular culture.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: May 23, 2018
  • Network: Netflix
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-MA
  • Last updated: February 27, 2022

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