White Rabbit Project

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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MythBusters crew has fun exploring history with science.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

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Positive Messages

This show promotes an interest in science and curiosity; investigators wear proper protective gear and take precautions for any dangerous missions; children might need a reminder not to try dangerous stunts at home. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The trio of investigators on White Rabbit Project show enthusiasm for their work; "Whoa! Cool!" often greets new revelations. 

Violence

Dramatic reenactments of events may be violent -- for example, a prison break with masked men brandishing guns. Historical footage may feature disturbing material: prisoners behind barbed wire, paratroopers jumping out of planes. 

Sex

Reenacted scenes are occasionally off-color, such as a man running away from police in tightie whities or a man dressing as a woman to escape prison while whistles and catcalls flood the soundtrack, a guard slaps him on the tush, and the narrator refers to a "walk of shame." 

Language

No cursing; the occasional vulgar word: "It does not get more ballsy than that."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drugs could be mentioned in a criminal-justice context. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that White Rabbit Project is a reality show that investigates historical phenomena such as famous heists and odd World War II weaponry. This show's education value is high -- graphics and narration drive home the way things work, such as how an escape-proof building is constructed or how a hot-air balloon rises. Reenactments of some historical events may be worrisome to very young viewers; footage that shows paratroopers jumping out of planes or masked criminals threatening others with guns may require explanation from parents. There's no cursing, but the occasional off-color situation or word may arise: A man runs from police in brief underwear; a brave move is called "ballsy." But overall the show promotes scientific curiosity in an enthusiastic way that may get viewers wondering about how all sorts of things work. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bytrad e. June 19, 2017

Insensitive

I found it extremely insensitive , that they. Casually say [email protected]##it. Many religious people find this offensive and most people know that.
Adult Written bychrislives December 20, 2016

TV-PG? Really?

I have enjoyed the show as a whole. But, what gets it a three star rating from me is the language. I was surprised to sit down with the kids to watch the first... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old January 3, 2017
My family and I just started watching this. There is violence like in the prison episode they showed footage from World War 2 of a tunnel escape and there'... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byXaibra June 24, 2018

Intresting

The show talks about interesting stories on different topics. There is the occasional God d*am*it, but overall its pretty good.

What's the story?

WHITE RABBIT PROJECT, a spin-off of MythBusters that features that show's build team -- Kari Byron, Tory Belleci, and Grant Imahara -- investigates a different topic on each episode: famous heists, crazy WWII weaponry, technology that grants superpowers. The trio comes up with six examples of each topic -- say, difficult jailbreaks -- then investigates each, showing viewers dramatic reenactments of what happened. The most improbable get the deep-dive treatment, with hosts attempting to replicate difficult stunts such as building a hot-air balloon with primitive equipment. At the end of each show, the investigators crown one of the incidents tops in its category. 

Is it any good?

Conducted with zesty scientific curiosity and a healthy appreciation for the powers of a chain saw and a blowtorch, this show is a worthy successor to MythBusters. The setup is only slightly different: Instead of taking on urban legends or cinematic stunts, White Rabbit Project investigates real historical events and ephemera. It also lacks the gung-ho presence of Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage; while Belleci, Byron, and Imahara are affable, they're not quite as much fun. Still, kids and adults alike will get sucked into questions about how this or that works or how people can possibly have done what seems impossible, making this show a natural for whole-family watching and a high-ranking source of stealth STEM. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Grant, Kari, and Tori devise their test plans on MythBusters. Once they've identified their challenge, what steps do they take to gather supplies and prepare their testing area? What types of experts help them, and in what ways do they help them? How do they keep risks of injury to a minimum? 

  • How do Grant, Kari, and Tory demonstrate curiosity on White Rabbit Project? Why is this an important character strength?

  • This show offers parents a unique opportunity to show kids the importance of a well-rounded education. What disciplines (math, science, and so on) do the hosts use to set up their experiments? How do you use what you've learned in everyday life?

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