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NOVA scienceNOW

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Science newsmagazine is educational, if a bit bland.

TV PBS Educational 2005
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age 5+

Based on 1 parent review

age 5+

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 program as well as NOVA (if we think the content isn't age appropriate we turn the TV off). NOVA feeds into kids natural curiosity about the world. During and after a program our child asks all kinds of thoughtful questions which allow us to spend time discussing, looking up data in our books and encyclopedias or on PBS's website. PBS offers wonderful, varied, educational programming.

Is It Any Good?

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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.

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