Head Rush

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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MythBusters spin-off makes science fun for tweens.

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Educational Value

The show tests viewers’ knowledge of basic scientific facts and demonstrates how science plays a role in our daily lives.

Positive Messages

The series teaches tweens about the usefulness of science and shows how collaborative efforts can help solve a problem or answer a question.

Positive Role Models & Representations

All of the show’s experts use science to solve problems or answer questions. They undertake every challenge with a can-do attitude and use failed attempts as learning tools for later tries.

Violence & Scariness

Some segments use explosives, potentially dangerous chemical agents, and sharp instruments. Injuries sometimes occur, but they’re never life-threatening.

Sexy Stuff

Some animal-related segments allude to mating practices.

Language

Rare uses of “hell” and the like are bleeped.

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this fast-paced series helps tweens appreciate the "curiosity factor" in science and relates its applications to modern life in a way that makes learning seem like fun. Viewers will be intrigued by the unusual facts that pop up and can test their own knowledge during the show’s quiz segments. The show has close ties to MythBusters (in fact, it devotes the majority of its time to replaying portions of that hit show, and Head Rush host Kari Byron co-stars on that series as well), so if tweens like what they see here, they’ll probably want to check MythBusters out ... if they haven't already.

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Kid, 12 years old September 4, 2010

The Head Rush segments are for kiddies

I won't talk about the Mythbusters episode, since it is a proven fact they are awesome, so I'll focus on the fifteen minutes spent on Head Rush. It... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byjojo2121 November 6, 2010
I love this show its very educational. However kids younger than 7 may think about trying the things on the show i hope not. But the show is the best!!

What's the story?

Have you ever wondered how much a cloud weighs? How about why pie-eating contestants’ stomachs don’t explode? If scientific questions like these get your gears turning, then HEAD RUSH is sure to do the same with its fun, fast-paced glimpse into the modern-day applications of science. Hosted by MythBusters’ Kari Byron and featuring abbreviated episodes from that show, Head Rush dabbles in all things science, including home-grown chemistry experiments, unusual animal facts, and field trips that show viewers how professionals have built science-related careers.

Is it any good?

Curious tweens will find a lot to stimulate their senses in this intriguing series, which doesn’t shy away from the wild and wacky “did you knows” that thrill this age group. There’s a fair amount of smart content available here, and the show's fun format increases the chance that young viewers will actually absorb the useful information.

That said, it’s almost misleading to classify Head Rush as a series in its own right, since the MythBusters segments actually dominate about three-quarters of the show’s hour-long format. The mini-episodes are so lengthy that viewers get the sense that the brief Head Rush spots are there to complement the Busters’ work rather than vice versa. Of course, tweens probably won’t be disappointed by the guys’ entertaining blend of science and creative problem-solving, so it should all work out OK.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how science affects our daily lives. What scientific breakthroughs are you most dependent on? How would your life be different if these advancements hadn't been made? Where do you see science taking us next?

  • Tweens: Who has the right to control how scientific knowledge is used? What debates exist in the fields of genetic research and nuclear power, for instance?

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