Parents' Guide to

Hack My Life

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Lighthearted experiment show promotes curiosity.

TV truTV , Max Educational 2015
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Approached in a comical, episodic style, the show is delivered in bite-sized chunks, offering up as many spectacular failures as it does impressive successes. Both hosts of Hack My Life are likable, and there's a strong camaraderie between them when they embark on the messier challenges, like covering themselves in waterproofs to see whether tapping a shaken beer can stop it spraying.

Some of the discoveries are legitimately surprising and potentially useful, like using a sink plunger to get a dent out of a car door. Others -- like using tube socks to warm a toilet seat or a banana to shine shoes -- not so much. The snippets of scientific explanation are just enough to shed some light, without getting too academic. The use of gimmicky sections and phrases -- "Undercover Hack," "Reen-Hackment," "Hacked or Fiction" -- can feel a little much at times, though they do keep the energy up, and the pace fast, making the episodes fly by. The show is not reinventing the wheel, but it could probably find an amusing way to replace one with household objects.

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