United Stats of America

Common Sense Media says

Edutaining show features history, numbers, mild innuendo.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series highlights how statistics can be used to describe, explain, and predict changes in American society, which encourages curiosity. It also offers historical evidence to explain the significance of these changes.

Positive role models

The Sklar twins are curious, smart, mild-mannered, funny, and respectful towards the people they meet, but their humor can sometimes be a bit snarky.

Violence

Musket shooting, sumo wrestling, and other activities are featured as part of the historical discussion and data collection process. No one gets hurt.

Sex

Some statistics deal with sex and its relationship to other things. References to sexting and sexual issues (like requests to "turn your head and cough" and Schwarzenegger "making secret babies"). Fight re-reenactments feature wrestlers in buttocks-revealing outfits, but these images are not sexual in nature.

Language

Words like "hell" audible. Occasional curses like "f--k" and "s--t" are bleeped.

Consumerism

The Nissan logo is occasionally visible but not prominently featured. Humorous references to activities like P90x workouts, pop culture icons like Oprah and Johnny Cash and films like Footloose.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some discussions about the connection between the consumption of alcohol and various physical and behavioral trends throughout American history. Contains brief references to drinking and getting drunk.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that United Stats of America is a mild, educational series, but its subversive humor and occasional strong vocab ("hell"; "s--t," "f--k" bleeped) might be a bit much for younger viewers. Reenactments of historical events feature things like soldiers shooting muskets, as well as sumo wrestlers fighting in buttocks-revealing outfits. The show also contains brief references to "sexting" and other subtle sexual innuendo.

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What's the story?

UNITED STATS OF AMERICA is a quirky educational series that examines and analyzes statistics used to describe changing trends in the United States. Twin comedians Randy and Jason Sklar travel around the country to find answers to questions like why today's men are statistically shorter than men from two centuries ago, and what it is that Americans, on average, like spend their money on today. While they engage in their own unique ways of collecting data, they also speak to experts about the changes that have taken place throughout history to help them uncover the stories behind the numbers, and to predict future trends and behaviors.

Is it any good?

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The show mixes humor, history, and numbers to show how statistics can help us understand how America has changed over time, and how they can be used to predict future changes. It also demonstrates how important it is to understand the social and historical details about American society that results in the numbers collected.

It's fun and informative, but some folks may find the hosts' comedic style a little too strong for younger viewers. But overall the show offers a lot to think about, and those old enough to handle it will definitely find themselves learning something new and different.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about statistics. What kinds of things are modern statistical calculations applied to today? Are there things that statistics simply cannot explain or predict in our lives?

  • Does this show make you curious to find out other statistics? What would you like to know more about?

  • Why do you think this show mixes strong language and sexual humor into an educational show? Does that make it more entertaining?

TV details

Cast:Jason Sklar, randy sklar
Network:History
Genre:Educational
Topics:History
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Adult Written byKittiposte May 15, 2012
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Annoying

Too many dumb (double entandre) jokes. Enough with the "laid" and "balls" and "hump" already!
What other families should know
Too much swearing

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