Parents' Guide to

How the Earth Was Made

By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Science show traces the origins of Earth's natural wonders.

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Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 1 parent review

age 7+

Great host, great show

It’s great! The host is fun to watch and the information and images are incredible. Sometimes the information gets a bit lost in its point but all in all great to watch.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Rare is the series that manages to interest viewers in, quite literally, the history of dirt. How the Earth Was Made manages to do so, largely because it selects experts who really know their stuff and can explain it in terms that are easy to understand. It also digs deep (literally and figuratively), revealing both interesting science and interesting history. Sure, everyone knows that the Grand Canyon was formed by erosion over millions of years, but not many people know that a century ago, researchers disagreed over which river was the cause.

The end result is more than just a geology lecture -- it's also a primer on the evolution of ideas. It may be more than most people think they need to know about rocks and mountains and rivers, but none of it is useless information.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: February 10, 2009
  • Network: History
  • Genre: Educational
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: June 21, 2023

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