Known Universe

TV review by
Will Wade, Common Sense Media
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Accessible science show explains mysteries of space.

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Positive Messages

The universe is so immense, so filled with unknowns, that just about anything is possible and mankind has barely begun to understand its mysteries. It’s both exciting and intimidating.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The scientists who explain the various concepts are extremely smart, but what makes them fun to watch is the obvious excitement they get from trying to plumb the mysteries of space.

Violence & Scariness

The idea that something might hit the Earth or otherwise damage the planet or the universe around us might be frightening to very sensitive viewers.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this educational show tries to explain some of the mysteries of the universe from a science-based perspective. Scientists describe some of the most advanced theories about space, such as whether we might ever encounter alien life, or what would happen if a huge celestial object slammed into Earth -- and some of these concepts might introduce fear or anxiety in very young or very sensitive viewers. The explanations can be understood by most tweens, but are interesting for anyone.

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What's the story?

Is there life on another planet? How did early civilizations learn to chart the stars? What would happen if a massive asteroid slammed into the Earth? KNOWN UNIVERSE tries to answer these questions, and more. Brilliant scientists from some of the top universities explain what we know -- and what we don’t know -- about space. It’s fascinating stuff, and it’s clear there’s still so much we can learn.

Is it any good?

Known Universe is ideal for anyone who ever looked up at the sky and wondered if anyone up there was watching us. It explains, in easy language, some of the biggest mysteries of space, then goes on to explain even more fun facts. Even people with a casual interest in astronomy and physics will enjoy this show, especially its amazing graphics that feature real footage of the cosmos and computer simulations of things that we think might really be out there.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the universe. What’s out there? Do you think there is life on another planet? How do your family's ideas about God or spirituality connect with the scientific ideas discussed in the show?

  • Are you interested in space? Does watching this show make you think about a career as an astronaut or scientist?

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For kids who love science

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