Parents' Guide to

Meltdown: Three Mile Island

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Absorbing, disturbing docu has cursing, radiation effects.

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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 11+


Wonderful docu about nuclear meltdown
age 13+

Not for young kids or even tweens.

Very compelling but possible a bit lopsided. Community activist were centered to the marginalization of the hardcore science. Too much human interest, not enough nuts and bolts analysis. For whatever it's worth this was too scary for my 10 year old.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

The informative but disturbing four-part docu-series reveals how close the Three Mile Island accident came to becoming a horrific catastrophe. While some of the information about what happened on the day is well known, Meltdown: Three Mile Island offers a lot of behind-the-scenes details about what transpired, highlighting the problematic political and economic issues associated with the use of nuclear power in the United States. It also underscores the important role whistleblowers Rick Parks and Larry King played in protecting the public from what could have been a second disaster, and introduces viewers to the community activists who fought to protect their town. The series will be especially interesting to those who remember what happened. But regardless of whether the events are before your time, chances are that what you learn from Meltdown: Three Mile Island will leave you feeling unsettled.

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