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By Mark Dolan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Well-meaning science pranks aren't that sciencey or funny.

TV SCIENCE Comedy 2018
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Based on 2 parent reviews

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Drink Some SmartWater

Can people really be that gullible? Wow! We really have dumbed down over the past 40 years. Who wouldn’t get that they were being pranked after the first few minutes? And cutting edge science? The only cutting edge in this so called science, is the knife they should use to cut it out of the TV line up! I would not let my child watch this for fear they might lose all their reasoning/logical deduction skills. #ScienceOfGulibility

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

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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