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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Making History is a comedy about the time-traveling adventures of a goofball and his professor buddy. It features lots of comedic violence, some of which is offered in historical context. Beatings, shootings, explosions, and hatchet throwing sometimes result in blood, injuries, and death. There's some mild sexual innuendo, sexist behavior (usually in the context of the time), and some strong words ("damn," "bitch"). There's also lots of drinking (beer, ale, martinis, champagne). Brands such as York Peppermint Patty and Starbucks are referenced. It's a little much for tweens, but most teens should be able to handle it.
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What's the story?
MAKING HISTORY is a comedy series about the chaos that ensues when traveling through time. Bedford College facilities manager Dan (Adam Pally) uses a time-travel machine inside a duffel bag to regularly meet up with his girlfriend Deborah (Leighton Meester), who just happens to live in Lexington, Massachusetts during colonial times. But when he realizes that his reckless antics are changing history, he enlists the help of a straight-laced history professor named Chris (Yassir Lester) to help him figure out how to make things right. Soon the three find themselves traveling back in time for a variety of reasons, all the while trying not to disrupt things too much.
Is it any good?
This lighthearted series features lots of funny moments thanks to the combo of contemporary humor with historic events and iconic real-life characters. The popular culture references and not-so-subtle conversations about current political issues that take place as each narrative unfolds add to the fray.
There's some good comedy here, but some of writing is more silly than clever. But this is easy to forgive, especially since it's clear that Making History isn't meant to be taken seriously. Ultimately, it's the kind of show you'll enjoy when you're looking for some laughs.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about time travel. What makes the idea of going to different time periods so popular, especially on shows such as Making History?
If you had a chance to travel through time, where in time would you travel to? What are the risks of going there? Would you stay hidden and uninvolved, or would you actively participate in that society like the Making History cast does?