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Mystery Lab

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Solid science behind Brazilian show makes up for campy vibe.

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For all of the campiness in this series (and there's a lot), the actual learning content is clear, concise, and presented exceptionally well. Castanhari alternates between talking directly to viewers and chatting it up with his coworkers -- Dr. Tay, the brilliant scientist; and Betinho, the resident over-reactor and asker of sophomoric questions. And when an even more practical explanation is required, Briggs is there to weigh in on the subject as well. The result is some occasionally corny acting but a wealth of really interesting and thorough scientific analyses of curious topics.

Mystery Lab's selectivity in subject matter goes far in enticing viewers as well. Rather than tackling vague and voluminous content topics like evolution or natural disasters, the show teaches those subjects as they relate to less dry, more enticing ones like a zombie apocalypse. It's this big-picture method of teaching that pairs well with the informal scripted structure of the characters' interactions. This bodes well for the show's teen viewers' interest level and keeps things a little more within the grasp of lay adult viewers as well.

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