Glad You Asked

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Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Investigative docu series is fun but light on substance.

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Positive Messages

Glad You Asked explores quasi-scientific explanations of human phenomena, based around some of YouTube’s most-searched and most-interesting questions. It educates viewers on a number of different topics and ideas.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The four hosts are Vox producers with journalism backgrounds and are thorough in their investigations. Glad You Asked seems to use sources from diverse backgrounds when able to, but does interview mostly White older authority figures for their inquiries. 

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Occasional, subtle product placement. For example, in one episode they go to an advertising firm and show marked-up ads for actual products. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Glad You Asked is a video essay-style series that investigates scientific and sociological topics based on YouTube's most searched and interesting questions. The four hosts are Vox producers with journalism backgrounds. Each episode explores a specific topic, such as how life could function on Mars or how memes grew in popularity and importance. The show is geared toward younger viewers, but the team's investigations can seem vague or incomplete and might need to be fact-checked or supplemented with other information for kids to get the most out of watching.

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What's the story?

GLAD YOU ASKED is a documentary series where each episode explores a topic inspired by one of the most frequently-asked questions on YouTube -- things like "Will we survive Mars?", "Why do memes matter?," and "What happens when we die?" A team of four hosts take turns investigating the topic from several angles, interviewing people involved with it and digging into a little bit of the history behind each question. 

Is it any good?

Put a question in the title of something, and the audience is going to want an answer. Yet Glad You Asked, with episodes that explore topics like memes, death, and Mars, doesn't use the scientific method to investigate its queries as much as it uses something along the lines of a mood board -- pulling the information that seems most conveniently accessible and drawing vague, unsatisfying conclusions from it. The fact that they bring up divisive figures like Elon Musk, Marianne Williamson, and 4chan users as examples without diving into the complexity of those figures makes the vagueness feel intentional. This is a show where some media literacy could come in handy. It's important to know where the information that's getting presented as factual is actually coming from before fully trusting it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about research. How does the team on Glad You Asked go about finding answers to their questions? What are some of the pros and cons of their approach? Do they use any strategies or investigation techniques that surprised you?

  • What was the topic of the episode you watched? Were you interested in that topic before the show? How about after? Did the show change how you thought about the topic?

  • Talk about the fact that the hosts are journalists. How does that background inform their research? How would the show differ if the hosts did not investigate with journalism principles in mind?

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