Parents' Guide to

How We Got to Now

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

History's greatest ideas are smart fun for curious families.

TV PBS Educational 2014
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This documentary mini-series is educational TV at its best. Johnson investigates subjects whose scope and historical impact are deserving of their own individual series (the history of time, for instance) and masterfully condenses them down to hour-long segments that touch on the highlights, pay homage to the unsung heroes, and make fascinating connections between troubles of old and triumphs of today. If you're the type who wonders where the link exists between the age-old battle against dirt and the creation of the modern marvel that is your flat-screen TV, then this is the show for you.

As for its content, there's nothing here that's worrisome for families, but the subject matter isn't likely to strike a chord with kids and tweens. Not even Johnson's conversational delivery and obvious enthusiasm for the subject matter can entirely mask the fact that the series is a glorified history lesson. But for older viewers with an interest in these kinds of things, How We Got to Now is well worth the time.

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