A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show illustrates scientific concepts in a way kids will understand and enjoy, often embracing slapstick humor in order to show a scientific property.
Host Phil is having a great time as he races around carrying out experiments and explaining why things happen, which can draw viewers in and then awaken their scientific curiosity.
Positive Role Models
The cast could use some ethnic and gender diversity -- host Phil is a white guy who generally carries out his experiments with and seeks advice from other male scientists. Still, he's an affable and enthusiastic host, and appealing to young viewers.
Violence & Scariness
There's always the potential for danger when experiments go wrong, and Phil occasionally hurls things around the lab. But he wears and explains proper safety gear to viewers.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Science Max is an educational show that focuses on scientific concepts that will interest kids. Examples include how to levitate using magnets or make a bridge out of pasta. Host Phil is go-for-broke and fun; watching this show can increase viewers' scientific curiosity. Viewers should be cautioned not to try Phil's experiments at home without asking Mom and Dad first, even though Phil and his cohorts wear proper safety gear. Kids may also occasionally be mystified by the occasional Canadian word, as when Phil uses a "loony" (a Canadian coin) in an experiment. But the science is sound, interesting, and fun.
Is It Any Good?
Manic, frantic, and lots of fun, this science show is like Mr. Wizard meets MythBusters. Host McCordic looks and acts like an overgrown kid who clearly relishes carrying out his experiments and visiting locations like a magnet factory or public pool. He's equally sharp in cutaway comic vignettes that demonstrate scientific properties in a manner that may remind parents of Alton Brown's old food show, Good Eats, like when Phil demos ferromagnetism by hurling doughnuts, paperclips, and a shoe at a big magnet. Science Max is a lot of fun, and since it's educational, parents feel good about junior scientists watching. Everyone wins!
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