Parents' Guide to

The Who Was? Show

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Fun books-inspired show intros kids to historical figures.

TV Netflix Comedy 2018
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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 45 parent reviews

age 6+

The best!

My friend from a Pregnancy club told me about this show, I watched it with my kids and I thought it was good! There is one part I thought was a little odd in a episode (I forgot which one) it shows a banner that says “Passport To Hell” so yeah but overall it was awesome

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age 7+

Fun Funny Educational Show

The Who Was Show is so much fun my kids really loved it. They used songs and funny pairings of historical figures to make it fun. With jokes, adventure, and historical facts which made it a great resource. Really wish it was not canceled.

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (45 ):
Kids say (19 ):

With unexpected pairings like William Shakespeare and King Tut, Sacagawea and Blackbeard, and Pablo Picasso and The Wright Brothers, this series introduces historical figures and events in a fun and memorable way. You may have to dig into their pasts to find similarities between the subjects, but the show builds conceptual themes that relate to them and then has fun with all the many ways they're different from each other. In other words, The Who Was? Show dusts off seemingly dull players and topics from the past and makes them and their stories intriguing to today's kids.

Beyond the basics of when and where the subjects lived and what their important contributions to history were, there's not a lot of factual information to be had in this lighthearted show. It's highly entertaining, especially in parts that drop these vintage characters among modern trends like technology and dance parties, and its use of satire and hyperbole garner deserved enjoyment. Even so, The Who Was? Show can inspire curiosity about history and its players in a unique way that grade-schoolers will like.

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