Meteorite Men



Rock hunters' quests are fun and educational for tweens +.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show celebrates the rewards of being successful at what you do. While the guys' goals differ (one's in it for the money, and the other collects for the fun of it), they're both dedicated to what they do and think creatively about making the job more efficient.

Positive role models

Steve and Geoff are always respectful of the natural state of the sites where they hunt, and they heed all restrictions on what they can do with their finds. While Geoff hunts for his personal collection, Steve is outspoken about his quest to make money off his finds.

Not applicable
Not applicable

Numerous instances of “oh my God.”

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this show probably won’t interest kids, and the subject matter -- massive rocks falling to Earth from outer space -- might actually frighten very young or very sensitive ones. For everyone else, though, it offers an engrossing glimpse at the process of recovering these unique specimens as well as a basic education about the origin of meteorites themselves.

What's the story?

When it comes to treasure hunting, Steve Arnold and Geoff Notkin are as good as they come, but their booty isn’t the shiny stuff of legends. For these two space enthusiasts, the ultimate find is charcoal black, wrapped in a crust, and nearly impossible to locate without specialized hunting gear. That’s right -- they’re meteorite hunters who travel the world visiting impact sites in the hopes of unearthing some prime specimens to sell or add to their personal collections. The process is hard work, but their specialized detection equipment makes the process a bit easier.

Is it any good?


Even if the subject of rocks from outer space doesn’t top your interest list, the charismatic stars of METEORITE MEN just might win you over with their comfortable rapport and joint passion for the hunt of these unique treasures. It’s just plain fun to tag along with them on their journeys, and their excitement over the quests is infectious.

But there’s more to this show than entertainment, and viewers will learn a lot about meteorites as well as the specific sites the guys visit. Steve and Geoff often bring in local experts to help them locate search sites and analyze their finds, so the knowledge base is extensive and often specific, offering viewers a well-rounded introduction to the world of meteorite mania.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can discuss the educational quality of the media. How do TV and other media expose you to unfamiliar places and circumstances? Are any facets of the media (TV, Internet, movies, etc.) more reliable for information than others? If so, which ones, and why?

  • Tweens: What branches of science interest you the most? Why? What kinds of problems or questions would you like to use your knowledge of science to solve?

  • This show is a good example of how some people are able to turn their hobbies into careers. Tweens/teens: What are some of your hobbies? Would you ever consider making them a full-time career? What kind of special skills or knowledge would you have to acquire to be successful?

TV details

Cast:Geoff Notkin, Steve Arnold
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

This review of Meteorite Men was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Adult Written byTypeRtist January 25, 2010
LOVE IT! This is perfect for ANY students in grammar/middle school, high school, and colleges/universities... AND everyone with an interest in Science. Very educational. Its AWESOME!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old January 7, 2011


it was ok
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Star Wars Guide