Parents' Guide to

Get the Math

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Teens' career field trips highlight algebra's usefulness.

TV PBS Educational 2010
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age 2+

Based on 1 parent review

age 2+


my kid was so bored

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kudos to any series that can entice tweens to appreciate the usefulness of math. But while that's the plan for Get the Math, but unfortunately falls victim to its own ambition. Because the show tries to be thorough in giving background on the adult participants and the jobs they do before bringing in the teens, there's just too little time to devote to the part of the show that's really geared to its young audience. In the end, the teens' time onscreen is minimal, and, as a result, the simplistic challenges feel pretty one-dimensional.

But that's not to say the show isn't worthwhile. If the subject matter interests your tweens enough to keep them watching, then only good can come of exposing them to the idea of the diverse, real-life applications of math.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: October 20, 2010
  • Network: PBS
  • Genre: Educational
  • TV rating: NR
  • Last updated: September 19, 2019

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