A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this humor-laced game show -- which tests contestants’ grasp of scientific facts and concepts -- is filled with content that's both intriguing and educational. The series shows a variety of experiments in action and challenges participants to predict the outcome before it’s revealed, so viewers learn plenty about basic scientific principles at work. The show's content touches on many areas of both natural and laboratory science, so there’s plenty of material for all levels of interest. That said, much of the subject matter is too advanced for little kids to understand, so the show is more age-appropriate for tweens and up.
What's the story?
HEAD GAMES is a trivia-based game show that challenges contestants’ knowledge of scientific history, facts, and concepts. In each episode, three participants answer a series of quirky questions about the natural and laboratory sciences. Typical topics include oddities like the intricacies of mummification, the long-term effect of vinegar on eggs, and the liquid that’s most helpful in jump-starting a dead battery. After three rounds, the two highest-scoring contestants face off in a lightning round to determine the winner, who takes home a cash prize.
Is it any good?
Hosted by comedian Greg Proops and produced by Whoopi Goldberg, Head Games is the Science Channel's first game show. Its unique blend of comedy and gritty factual knowledge will appeal to families, who are sure to enjoy both Proops’ comical one-liners and the curious nature of most of the question topics. And the show’s use of video and audio clips breaks any potential monotony and keeps viewers interested the entire time.
Both parents and kids are sure to learn something new every time they tune in, and apart from some mild sexual innuendo, there’s no iffy content to worry about. That said, most of the scientific concepts addressed in the show are too advanced for young kids, so save this one for your tweens and teens.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the media's role in education. Tweens: Do you think TV can be used as a learning tool? Why or why not? Which shows have taught you something? Can television offer anything that textbooks can't?
How much does the Internet play a role in how and what you learn? Do you use it as a tool for research and homework? What would you do without it? What are the dangers of the Internet? What rules does your family have for Internet safety?
How does science affect our daily lives? What advancements do you rely most heavily on? What aspects of scientific study intrigue you?