NOVA scienceNOW

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Science newsmagazine is educational, if a bit bland.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 2+
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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The series exposes viewers to cutting-edge advances in science and technology, and the information is presented in a way that's easy for viewers to understand.


Some episodes cover potentially scary topics like hurricanes, global warming, epidemics, mass extinction, asteroids headed toward Earth, etc. But none of the topics are overdramatized or played up for effect.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that curious teens and adults will learn a lot from this newsmagazine series about cutting-edge science -- but tweens and younger kids may be bored by the show's technical content and relatively bland presentation. That said, there's no iffy content for any age, so if you and your kids share an interest in science, this is a great show to enjoy together.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBrynsusan April 5, 2009

Great Family Program

Our family watches only PBS, so our child doesn't have context from network TV to think PBS is boring or slow-paced. Our six-year-old girl loves this progr... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old November 30, 2012

Very educational!!!

Just like NOVA, this is really good!!! They make learning fun for Kids and Adults!!! I would seriously recommend it if you hate Science because it will make i... Continue reading

What's the story?

NOVA SCIENCENOW is an investigative science series that gives viewers a glimpse of technology's latest innovations and discoveries. Genial astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson goes behind the scenes at far-flung laboratories to report on advances like computer technology that's unlocking the secrets in ancient manuscripts, diamond \"farms\" that generate flawless stones, and robots that exhibit emotion. In addition to presenting the facts, Tyson and other experts postulate on what implications these advances could have for the future.

Is it any good?

There's an inherent fascination in watching science unfold before your eyes, and this intriguing series is sure to captivate curious viewers who have an interest in the subject. Engaging and accessible, Tyson does his job well, asking all the questions that viewers -- even those of us without a degree in advanced science -- would want answered.

But while the show celebrates technology, it actually regresses with respect to its own presentation style. Compared to other recent science/educational series that are bolstered by high-definition images and cutting-edge CGI, this stripped-down version feels pretty bland. It likely won't grab young kids' attention, but older tweens, teens, and adults with an interest in the sciences will be able to look past its stylistic shortcomings and enjoy the quality information it offers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about technology's impact on society. How has science improved our lives? What inventions most impact your own lifestyle? How has our society's safety, efficiency, and health been affected by science? What improvements do you expect in the next decade? If you could invent something, what would it be? How would it make life better?

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