None of the Above

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Fun science-themed show features big stunts, some danger.

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Positive Messages

Highlights how science and engineering can be interesting and fun.  

Positive Role Models & Representations

Tim Shaw is known as an award-winning British radio host, but is also an award-winning, Oxford educated engineer who loves science and teaching about how it works. 

Violence

Experiments can be potentially dangerous thanks to the use of heat sources, bullets, and force of motion; occasionally things are smashed, explode, etc. People are shown shooting guns, being struck by lightening, and breaking things as part of the demonstration. All potentially dangerous experiments are monitored by safety professionals. 

Sex

Occasional jokes are made about taking off one's clothes, but nothing really sexual. 

Language

Words like "hell" are audible on occasion. 

Consumerism

Shaw drives a classic Ford. Teslas and other cars are sometimes shown or featured in experiments. Local restaurants and other business sometimes shown. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A few experiments take place in bars and restaurants; beer and other beverages are served or used for experimentation.  

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that None of the Above features stunt-like science experiments designed to teach folks about science and engineering. The fun series shows things getting electrocuted, shot at with guns, and even blown up in the name of science, but viewers of all ages should be reminded never to try these activities on their own. There's an occasional strong word and some experiments involve beer or alcohol, but tweens should be able to handle the show and maybe even get excited about the science behind the experiments.

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What's the story?

NONE OF THE ABOVE is a educational series that shows how science and engineering can be amazing. British host Tim Shaw wanders the streets of America challenging people he meets and television audiences to predict the outcome of experiments that range from strange to spectacular. After each stunt is over, he explains the science behind it in understandable terms.

Is it any good?

From stringing a pickle with electrodes to see what happens, to demonstrating that frozen cotton balls are almost impossible to break, the whacky stunts presented here offer an interesting way of demonstrating the basic principles of science and engineering outside of a laboratory. Tim Shaw's comedy style also creates some lighthearted moments. 

The experiments are fun, but they aren't designed to be replicated thanks to the dangers they pose when not done by professionals. But science fans will enjoy what is discussed here, and folks across the board will be surprised at the different things they will learn.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about science shows. Are these programs designed to be educational or entertaining? Do viewers really learn a lot about science from them, or do these shows oversimplify the information too much? Is it appropriate to show people participating in potentially dangerous experiments?

  • Are you tempted to reproduce any of the experiments you see on this show? What would be a safe way to experiment with some of the same scientific principles?

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