TV review by Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Hard-hitting news documentaries for teens and up.

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 1 review

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If your kid wants to watch this, give them a medal!

It is the rare kid that would willingly watch an investigative journalism program documenting current affairs like Frontline. The show is heavy on politics and other complicated subject matter, often dealing with some of the most pressing (and controversial) issues of our day. Each episode has a different storyline, and each may contain its own levels of violence and sex. Many episodes deal with war and terrorism, so of course those will have violence. However, everything you see is what is really going on in our world. If your kid wants to watch this show, consider yourself proud to have a child with an inquisitive mind and an interest in what's going on in the world around them. Rather than shielding them from the truth, embrace their curiosity with open arms.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: January 17, 1983
  • Cast: Will Lyman
  • Network: PBS
  • Genre: Educational
  • TV rating: NR
  • Last updated: April 4, 2022

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