A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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 & Scariness
Musket shooting, sumo wrestling, and other activities are featured as part of the historical discussion and data collection process. No one gets hurt.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Words like "hell" audible. Occasional curses like "f--k" and "s--t" are bleeped.
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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.
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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.
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.
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