A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this series often revolves around filming things blowing up -- but no one gets hurt, and there are lots of cautions/warnings. The show encourages curiosity, but there doesn't always seem to be a compelling scientific reason behind the experiments.
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What's the story?
TIME WARP is all about figuring out what happens -- and why. Events both complex and simple are filmed with super-speed cameras and then slowed down so that we can see what happens at speeds too fast for the human eye to register. Scientists have been using similar technology for a long time to discover the existence of stress faults, find out how hummingbirds fly, and so on; now host/scientist Jeff Lieberman is putting it to use on more mundane (but no less interesting) matters.
Is it any good?
While some of the stunts featured in the show seem rather silly and pointless, not to mention extremely dangerous (blending up seven butane lighters, for example), the joy of discovery is infectious and fun. Viewers will learn how a blender works and why it's sometimes better to use a lower speed. And sometimes "Why not?" is all the reason you need to do something. The trick, of course, will be encouraging the "why not" without encouraging burning down the house or juggling chain saws.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why it's entertaining to watch things blow up. Does your interest in watching something like that depend on whether or not someone one gets hurt? Do you think shows like this are really teaching viewers that much about science, or are they using science education as an excuse to play with fireworks? Are the warnings not to try this stuff at home really that effective at discouraging kids?