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The show offers an educational look at scientific and man-made causes of various disasters.
Violence & Scariness
Computer-generated images of fires, natural disasters, and transportation crashes can be disturbing. Re-enactments of the scenes include some implied trauma as well as some shots of dead bodies.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this documentary series explains in minute detail the factors leading up to some of the most memorable natural and man-made disasters of modern history -- like the loss of the Columbia space shuttle and the eruption of Mount St. Helens. While depictions of physical trauma are usually vague and bloodless, there are some re-enacted scenes of corpses that could upset kids. The series uses video footage and photos as well as graphic computer-generated images and eyewitness accounts to re-create the scenes of the disasters, resulting in intriguing -- yet emotionally wrenching -- tales. Expert testimony and scientific tests offer explanations of how and why these disasters occurred.
Is It Any Good?
While there's a lot of knowledge to be garnered from this intriguing and very thorough series, its intensely emotional content means that it's not the best choice for family viewing. Re-enacted scenes of corpses and victims fleeing disaster sites will likely upset young viewers, and video footage of the devastation underscores the harsh reality of the subject matter. Consider previewing an episode or two before sharing the series with teens; if you do, you can use the opportunity to discuss your family's precautionary disaster plan.
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