A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series celebrates the interconnectedness of the human race, drawing surprising links between the participants and their families’ ties to important times throughout history. Each family story ties into some aspect of world or American history, so the show puts a human face on the triumphs and tragedies that make up modern-day history lessons.
Positive Role Models
In some cases, unexpected discoveries change how the stars view their ancestors and themselves, and all are touched by a new sense of respect for the role their distant family members played in their lives today.
Violence & Scariness
No active violence, but many of the stories touch on violence as it relates to particular times in history, including the Holocaust, American slavery, and the Salem witch trials. In these cases, stories, pictures, and drawings give viewers a sense of how violent acts like hangings and beatings were executed.
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No cursing, but multiple uses of “Oh my God” as exclamations in each episode.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this fascinating series celebrates family ties, the indominatable human spirit, and the inherent similarities within the human race. In other words, it's a great choice for families of tweens and teens and might just inspire you and yours to embark on your own genealogical journey into your family's past. The show's content is mostly worry-free for all ages, but younger kids lack the historical foundation to understand discussions about troubled periods like the Holocaust and slavery. If they take an interest, though, the series is an excellent starting ground for exploration of topics like history, sociology, and religion.
Is It Any Good?
These fascinating stories take the stars -- and viewers -- on an emotional journey through momentous times in history, putting a very human face on the ambiguous players in events like the Civil War, the Holocaust, and slavery. At the same time, the emergence of the stars' unlikely ties to important historical times inspire the concept of a deep interconnectedness within human race. After watching the show, viewers may be drawn to learn more about their own family's heritage, which makes for an excellent project the entire family can share.
If a flaw is to be found, it would be in the show's oversimplification of the sleuthing process itself. The celebrities have the benefit of working with some of the industry's best experts, who (despite what it appears) have had time to unearth documents and other evidence before they even meet with the stars. While it's true that the Internet has opened access to historical documents to regular people like never before, average citizens will find it takes quite a bit longer than it appears on the show.
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