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 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.
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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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