Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum

TV review by Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Engaging adventures through history could be more factual.

Parents say

age 4+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 4+

Based on 18 reviews

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age 5+

Historically Inaccurate

Just more white washed historical lies. Not even the characters that are supposed to be poc are poc voice actors. Leaves out racism and sexism in the backgrounds of the so called historical "heros". Had to explain to my nephew that they put out George Washington as a great leader and hero when hes not a very good guy. He was a slave owner and assaulted black women. Thats just an example. They praise other racists and calls them heros.
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age 4+

Uses history to inspire relevant action

Granted, our family likes history and loves most PBS Kids and the Brad Meltzer books. Was pleasantly surprised by how they adapted the book concept to a show, as well as creating a show that introduces kids to history. As someone who works in history and education, the show does a good job picking a diverse (discipline, chronology, race, gender) range of historical figures for the main characters to "visit." It also does a good job to avoid reinforcing gender or racial stereotypes, though it doesn't get into too much of the nuances of some of the historical figures or the messy/complicated parts of history (the books do a much better job with this), but it's enough to introduce a variety of people that make my kids curious to want to know more. Like Daniel Tiger, each segment has a simple motto that we've used with our kids when it comes up in conversation or just life -- from "taking it one step at a time," or even "everyone should get a chance to vote." Sure the main characters are a little flat and format is a bit repetitive, but not really more so than Daniel Tiger or other programs for younger kids/early elementary. I didn't find the kids whiny (they're not Caillou), but rather found their emotions and frustrations similar to what my 4 and 6 year old experience when they face a challenge. Parents might get a little bored watching multiple episodes in a row, but I also found myself wanting to learn more about some of the historical individuals that they featured.
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