By Martin Brown,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Quirky docuseries explores financial decisions and pitfalls.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Money, Explained is about financial literacy and making good decisions with money.
Positive Role Models
Features a diverse panel of interview subjects that vary in age, gender, and race.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual content is limited to occasional mention of sexuality, usually as a sales tactic.
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Products & Purchases
The series explores consumerism and how products and sellers can convince consumers to spend. Products like apps, credit cards are discussed in terms of how they work and how they make money.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking and smoking are shown in archival footage. Drug addiction is sometimes mentioned to put other things into context, e.g. comparing drug addiction to gambling.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Money, Explained is a documentary series about ways people use and lose money. The series uses a collage of animation, interviews, and archival footage to illustrate complex ideas in an accessible way. Each episode focuses on a different aspect of money, for example, scams, credit, retirement, student loans, and gambling. The series focuses on financial literacy: how to understand potentially confusing things like 401Ks and Ponzi schemes and how to make well-informed decisions with money. It has no violence or curse words; drinking and smoking are shown in archival footage; sexuality is mentioned in connection with sales.
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Based on 2 parent reviews
First episode not so good
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What's the Story?
MONEY, EXPLAINED is a documentary series hosted by Tiffany Haddish that looks at how money is spent and often lost. Episodes focus on everything from credit cards and student loans to gambling and scams, and trace spending from the adrenaline rush of a purchase or investment to those that end in poverty or debt.
Is It Any Good?
Somehow this docuseries manages to make seemingly boring and complicated topics like 401Ks and student loans entertaining and understandable for casual viewers. Money, Explained finds the fun in financial literacy; it's like 3-2-1 Contact for teens and up -- compelling as well as practical. The series is a solid introduction to how investments can go bad over time, and viewers should walk away with a better understanding of where they're putting their money and what questions to ask before they do.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about money. What was the topic of the episode you watched? How familiar were you with the topic? How does it show up in your daily life? How does it show up in pop culture?
What did you think of the production of the show, which is hosted by comedian-actor Tiffany Haddish and uses entertaining visuals to enliven the material?
Do you feel like Money, Explained helps you make better decisions with money? Why or why not? What are some principles or pieces of advice you took away from the series?
- Premiere date: May 11, 2021
- Cast: Tiffany Haddish, Bobby Cannavale, Jane Lynch
- Network: Netflix
- Genre: Educational
- TV rating: TV-14
- Last updated: February 18, 2023
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