A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Physics, chemistry, and technology concepts are briefly explained.
While pranks aren't always a nice thing to do, these are done gently.
Positive Role Models
Co-host Tamara Robinson explains the science concepts and is positioned as being the smartest of the three hosts.
Violence & Scariness
Some mild explosions; a pretend animal control officer points a gun at a drone; a prank involves a supposedly out-of-control car.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that SciJinks is a hidden-camera prank show that tries to bring some educational value to the premise by explaining the science concepts used in the prank segments. Johnny Galecki of The Big Bang Theory hosts the show but doesn't participate in the pranks, making his overall involvement pretty minimal. The gags are silly and a bit tame, never approaching the levels of shows like Punk'd or Jackass, which makes the show suitable for younger viewers. Teens may find the content not risky enough to be entirely entertaining.
Is It Any Good?
Well-intentioned but uninspired, this series wants to take one of the simplest entertainment formats -- the hidden-camera prank show -- and use it for good by trying to add a little, and I do mean little, educational value. The pranks are tepid and the actors who are in on it overplay their roles to such an exaggerated degree that it's hard to believe that anyone is actually fooled. Meanwhile, the science, which is supposed to be the hook here, is barely an element. The science explanations are barely a minute long and feel simply like an after-the-fact justification to air this show on the Science Channel. There are certainly worse things on TV, and SciJinks has its heart in the right place as it tries to educate while entertaining, but it could commit more strongly to its comedy and its science.
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