Smash Lab

2007 TV-PG 1 season

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Smash Lab

2007 TV-PG 1 season
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Pushing inventions well past standard usage through trial, error and explosions, this Discovery Channel reality series shadows a group of off-the-wall engineers who get paid to test the limits of everyday technology.
  • SEASON  1:1

Summary of Season 1:1 (2007) - 3 discs

Follow maverick engineers as they take modern technology and try using it in new, exciting and explosive ways. After showing viewers how a specific technology works, the group takes that technology and stretches it as far as it can go. In the first season of this reality series, the engineers experiment with truck bed liner paint, advanced carbon fibers for use in reinforcement projects, air bags for trains and fluidized sand to stop thieves.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-PG - This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
age 10+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 10+
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age 10+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this interesting series -- which focuses on reworking existing technology in order to provide better products intended to protect people -- tests new inventions in large-scale simulations that usually require crashing and blowing up cars or other vehicles in a protected environment. The experiments sometimes fail, but the failures are looked at as stepping stones in the overall design and engineering process. The show will most likely appeal to older tweens and teens who are either a) interested in science or b) like to watch things get smashed up in a big way. Kids (especially teens of driving age) may need to be reminded not to engage in such activities themselves.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


Close up images and replays of cars crashing into barriers at top speed, explosions, and other large-scale events. These moments aren't gratuitous, but are part of the show's scientific experiments.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

The series demonstrates how existing technology can be reinvented to create new innovations designed to make people's lives safer. The team is Caucasian; Deanne is the only female.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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