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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Promotes science; fosters curiosity and further research.
Positive Role Models
People from various cultures (past and present) around the world are featured.
Violence & Scariness
Scientific/historical coverage of subjects like war, weapons, crime forensics, and natural and man-made disasters (examples: tornados, plane crashes, 9/11). Some accompanying images can be harrowing.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Scientific coverage of human sexuality, gender, and reproduction, as well as AIDS, population control, and other sex-related topics
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Sometimes shown in the context of scientific coverage (ie, "Search for a Safe Cigarette").
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that NOVA is an award-winning science series that explores many topics that may be considered controversial, from AIDS to human cloning and "safe" cigarettes. While the science is presented in easy-to-understand terms, younger kids may not be able to grasp everything presented or may lose interest altogether. The show's documentary-style format is lively and far from dry, but parents should be aware that younger or less-curious kids may lose interest in this hour-long program, especially if they're used to watching lighter fare. Parents need to be aware that this show can be used as a teaching tool -- watch it with your kids, then conduct additional research to further expand your minds.
Is It Any Good?
This series strives to present complex scientific concepts in easy-to-understand terms and is a great educational tool for teens and tweens. Younger kids can also get a lot from the show if they're able to pay attention, but parents may end up fielding some serious science questions from curious little ones who aren't able to grasp every detail. The show's subject material is wide-ranging and can include controversial topics like human cloning and sexuality, so parents may want to watch along with their kids, or pre-approve episodes on an individual basis. What makes NOVA such a stand-out series is that it really digs into the topic at hand, leaving no stone unturned as it seeks to reveal the human side of its scientific subjects. It's this thorough, investigative approach that makes NOVA such a great learning tool for families.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.