A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series promotes cultural awareness, as the host’s travels introduce him to people of many different ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds, and he respectfully ingratiates himself to them and takes part in many of their rituals and traditions.
Positive Role Models
Steeds and his crew are always respectful toward the indigenous people they meet during their travels.
Violence & Scariness
Some of the cultural rituals that Steeds witnesses include animal sacrifice. Cameras are averted for the actual killings, but the animal’s body is shown twitching and bleeding immediately afterward, and later as it’s skinned and dismembered for the meat. In some segments, Steeds participates in traditions like eating a goat’s testicles.
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Occasional instances of “s--t” are bleeped. Rare use of words like “hellish."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine and other alcoholic beverages are sometimes consumed during traditional meals.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this series includes scenes of traditions and rituals (like mummification and animal sacrifice) that may be confusing or upsetting to kids and tweens with little knowledge of other cultures. Although the act itself isn't shown when animals are killed, the bloody body is, so sensitive viewers of all ages may have trouble with this content when it arises. But for older tweens, teens, and adults, the show offers a fascinating journey through history and an intriguing glimpse at people and places that rarely make the front page.
Is It Any Good?
If you're striking out on a treasure hunt -- even a virtual one -- a lot rides on the appeal of your guide, and Steeds' enthusiasm, knowledge, and passion for his work makes the journey a real treat for viewers. He leaves no stone unturned in his quest for the truth, and his travels take him all over the world and introduce him to an array of people from little-known cultures. In other words, there's no shortage of educational content here.
But don't be misled by the show's title. Steeds rarely uncovers any definitive evidence to put historical mysteries to bed -- though he does make some new discoveries and interpret existing clues to pose intriguing theories. For teens and adults, Solving History is an exciting, Indiana Jones-like tour of history, but the heady material and potential for confusing and sometimes violent cultural practices ensures that it's not for young kids.
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