Naked Science

TV review by
Brenda Kienan, Common Sense Media
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Science demystified; best for bigger kids.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Among the experts, women and people of color are appropriately represented. The show promotes an interest in science.

Violence

Some episodes cover topics or show images that might disturb younger viewers: how bullets work, Roman weaponry, effects of natural disasters, etc.

Sex

Some might find the episode titled "What's Sexy" a bit frank for the youngest viewers.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while most episodes of this series don't contain sex or violence, some cover topics like human reproduction, gun ballistics, mummification, and Roman war technology. For younger or more sensitive children, some of the related imagery might be more disturbing than demystifying. Similarly, episodes about things like the end of the sun, extinctions, and volcanic devastation have images that some kids might interpret as "violence." Many episodes examine phenomena that some people consider less than credible; the show presents perspectives from some scientists that might surprise viewers.

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What's the story?

NAKED SCIENCE takes a realistic, deeply scientific, and -- frankly -- way-cool look at a variety of phenomena, from ballistics to volcanoes. Since some episodes investigate topics like aliens, Atlantis, and telepathy, you might think that the series is a bit sensationalist or even downright wacky -- but it's not. The show explores all of its topics in remarkable depth and clarity, explaining complex aspects of the evidence in terms that anyone can understand. Each episode focuses on a single topic, examining it from a variety of scientific perspectives and revealing the most current thinking on the subject. The episodes on seemingly less-serious topics (like Atlantis) take as hard a look at their subjects as do the installments on the ocean floor, the birth of the earth, and Roman technology.

Is it any good?

Naked Science is no dry documentary; it's a successful blend of well-described concepts, beautifully produced film footage, and easy-to-understand explanations by respected authorities. As exciting as it is informative, Naked Science is a rare treat: An intriguing science show that investigates burning questions from "Who built Stonehenge?" to "What is 'human'?" That said, some of the show's imagery may be upsetting to younger kids -- particularly when topics like the end of the sun or volcanic devastation are up for discussion.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the differences between belief and science. How does the show set up a problem, describe various theories, and separate opinion from fact? Of the viewpoints presented, which seems based on the most reliable facts? Does everyone always agree in the scientific world? It might also be interesting to note the credentials of the various experts and talk about what makes them experts. What kind of education, experience, and work led this person to become an authority on this topic?

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