The Hunt for Amazing Treasures

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Docuseries connects interesting finds with history lessons.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The show celebrates curiosity and an interest in history, as well as an appreciation for storytelling.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Most of the experts are interested in the historical and cultural significance of the items, though some exhibit a bit of greed.

Violence

Violent episodes, like the sinking of the Titanic and the subsequent deaths, etc.  are discussed within the context of the treasures that are found. Occasionally searches for things like lost ships, can be dangerous, but there's nothing explicitly violent.

Sex

Occasionally photographs offer some sexy images of actors like Marilyn Monroe.

Language
Consumerism

Old logos are occasionally visible on found items.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Hunt for Amazing Treasures is a documentary series that offers a look at a wide variety of found items, including coins, jewels, documents, and ephemera. Violent or tragic events, like the sinking of the Titanic, are discussed. The historical discussions featured here are interesting, but it is unlikely that kids will be clamoring to see it.

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What's the story?

THE HUNT FOR AMAZING TREASURES (1995; 2003-2004) is a docuseries that features searches for and appraisals of all sorts of treasures from around the world. Both the original series (hosted by Antonio Sabato Jr. and Eric Close) and its updated version (hosted by Eric Close and narrated by Mark Hamill) showcases a variety of valuable finds, ranging from diamonds and gold sovereigns, to rare antiques, music, and documents belonging to important historical figures. From a deck chair from the Titanic to an unknown composition by Beethoven, experts, researchers, and archeologists reveal the history of these items, and offer appraisals of their historic, cultural, and financial value. The long-term work that goes into locating some of these items is also discussed.

Is it any good?

The Hunt for Amazing Treasures reveals the historical detective work that goes into looking for and finding rare things that have been lost over time, including gold, photographs, and other records that reveal information about the era in which they were in use. The technology used to find some of these items, and the ownership disputes that arise once they are found, are also discussed.

The finds are interesting, but what is also entertaining are the stories that accompany the treasures that are being sought or found. The appraised value of many of these items may be eyebrow raising, too. But what makes this show most valuable is the connection it makes to what experts find, and what these items teach us about the past.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes something a "treasure." Is it its financial value? Its historical significance? Its place in popular culture? Do you have things or collections in your home that you consider a treasure?

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