Hollywood Science TV Poster Image

Hollywood Science



Series separates special F/X fact from fiction.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Viewers get a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the science behind the entertainment industry.

Violence & scariness

Gunshots, explosions, and vehicle crashes are common in clips from movies and TV shows.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Not applicable

The video clips act as teasers for the selected movies and TV shows.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this investigative docuseries helps decipher which parts of movies and TV shows are complete Hollywood fiction and which are rooted in fact. The series is lots of fun for both parents and kids, as long as younger viewers can handle the action-packed scenes of explosions, vehicle crashes, and gun violence from the featured movies and shows (the clips are brief but plentiful).

User reviews

Parents say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

What's the story?

Investigative docuseries HOLLYWOOD SCIENCE examines both the process behind Hollywood special effects and the inspirations for weapons, tools, and vehicles as yet unheard of in real life. Each episode focuses on one group of items, including amazing gadgets and futuristic vehicles. Using video clips from movies and TV shows, the series shows the effects in action and explains which parts are based in fact -- and which are pure imagination. For example, one episode focused on the high-tech spy tools used by characters in movies like True Lies and The Bourne Identity. Experts showed that quick-acting biological weapons (as seen on 24) are a plausible current concern, that retinal scanners used to monitor a person's movements (Minority Report) are a future possibility, that implanted microchips storing a person's personal information (Bourne Identity) have only small hurdles to overcome before being a viable option, and that tracking devices are in fact not impervious to factors like crowds or a building's infrastructure (Enemy of the State).

Is it any good?


If you have an inquiring mind when it comes to what you see on screen, Hollywood Science will captivate you almost as much as the action films themselves. And if your kids and tweens can handle the brief, action-packed clips from some series and movies that might be a little too old for them, they'll probably enjoy the behind-the-scenes look at how Hollywood puts on a show.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about media special effects. How do special effects change a movie or TV show? Does the change always make the production better? How important are the effects to the show's or movie's overall feel? How can effects change the actors' appearance? What about the realism of violence? Do shows with high-quality effects have a stronger impact on viewers? Why or why not? What are some of the best effects you've seen? The worst? How have technological advances changed the entertainment industry?

TV details

Premiere date:March 19, 2006
Cast:Dave Hoffman
Network:National Geographic Channel
Topics:Science and nature
TV rating:TV-G

This review of Hollywood Science was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

  • Vehicle wreck dissections can be quite scary.
  • Witty team puts urban legends to the scientific test.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?