A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Encourages curiosity, using experiments to test out theories that could save time and money, then explaining the science behind the results. It teaches that new things can be discovered when you keep an open mind. Teamwork is celebrated.
Positive Role Models
Hosts Kevin and Brooke are smart and enthusiastic, carrying out experiments with help of diverse range of public volunteers. Though emphasis is on entertainment, both hosts are actively safety conscious.
Violence & Scariness
Some experiments involve potential peril, including fire, explosions, and using objects such as hammers and knives. No injuries are shown, though volunteers subject themselves to some pain, including eating spicy food and having body hair waxed. Statistics about injuries are mentioned, but no real-life injuries are shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual references are made in mock ads.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A number of experiments involve alcohol being drunk. Hangovers are mentioned in passing, though nobody is seen drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hack My Life is a science show that tests out "life hacks" designed to save time and money using everyday objects. Hosts Kevin Pereira and Brooke van Poppelen carry out experiments to explore the theories, and then infographics are used to explain the science behind the results. There is some mild peril, including fire, sharp objects, and small explosions, but no injuries are shown. Occasional sexual references are made in mock advertisements, and alcohol is drunk as part of the experiments. Overall the content is mild and played for laughs, and there is no strong language or serious danger.
Is It Any Good?
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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