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Consumer 101

TVG • Lifestyle & Culture • TV Series • 2018

Host Jack Rico explores the science used to test every kind of product -- from the obscure to the fascinating to the everyday -- as well as more effic...more

Host Jack Rico explores the science used to test every kind of product -- from the obscure to the fascinating to the everyday -- as well as more effic...more

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1 season available (26 episodes)

1 season available

(26 episodes)

Season2
Episode 1

Sweet Ride

Jack Rico discovers how online ads are aimed at consumers and shares simple steps to avoid being targeted; Consumer Reports experts test a tire's slip and grip on wet pavement; Jack uncovers hidden breakfast sugar.
Episode 2

Smart Summer

Jack Rico learns what data smart speakers are collecting and how to protect his privacy while using them; a Consumer Reports expert shares how to keep summer cookouts safe by keeping the grill clean; how to pack a carry-on suitcase like a pro.
Episode 3

Out of the Box

Jack Rico learns easy steps to help minimize pesky robocalls; a Consumer Reports expert shares a deep dive into the world of online mattress shopping; how to keep kitchen appliances in tip-top shape.
Episode 4

American Suds Warrior

A Consumer Reports expert shares how to protect online accounts by using a password manager; Jack Rico faces off against two teens to see who can get their dirty car the cleanest in five minutes; secrets behind making a healthy, delicious smoothie.
Episode 5

Permission to Scoot

Jack Rico climbs aboard the newest advancement in micro-mobility: shared-ride scooters; Consumer Reports experts share how to protect digital privacy by taking control of smartphone permissions; modern car safety features at the Auto Test Center.
Episode 6

Sound Check

Jack Rico discovers Consumer Reports tire testing taking place in an unexpected location; how to choose headphones; how to get the most out of vacuums.
Episode 7

Lawn and Order

When a neighbor is spotted with a suspiciously lush lawn, Jack Rico uncovers dozens of tips on how to get the most out of his own yard; two teens drive with a top instructor at the Consumer Reports Auto Test Center; how to keep Wi-Fi routers secure.
Episode 8

Information Superhighway

Jack Rico learns how to make the ride easier for both him and his car on a long road trip; how to remove nasty allergens from one's home; a Consumer Reports expert shares how mesh networks can help when one Wi-Fi router doesn't cover an entire house.
Episode 9

Digital Traps

Jack Rico plays the game "That Sounds Shady" to guess which scenarios sound like online privacy traps; the Consumer Reports Auto Test Center dives into drivetrains to learn what's powering car wheels; and smooth sounds in the speaker-testing lab.
Episode 10

Super Charged

Jack Rico gets a blast from the past and a peek at the future of electric vehicles at the Consumer Reports Auto Test Center; how to be a Super Snacker in the kitchen; how snowblowers are tested year-round and how to pick the right one.
Episode 11

How to Protect Deer and Passwords

Jack Rico learns a few lessons about how to avoid a deer strike while driving; plus, how a password manager keeps passwords private; packing a carry-on like a pro; five things to definitely recycle.
Episode 12

Under Pressure

Jack Rico learns how smoke detectors are tested and how to use a fire extinguisher; plus how to cook a delicious meal using only countertop appliances and learning how to drive like a pro with a top car tester at the Auto Test Center.
Episode 13

Take Care

Consumer 101 shares a behind-the-scenes look at a story meeting as producers pitch their best ideas for learning how to safeguard digital privacy; an expert shares kitchen safety tips; how to steer clear of hydroplaning when driving in the rain.
Episode 14

Tires, Ticks, and Tips

Jack Rico gets tips on how to get the most out of his own yard; a Consumer Reports tire test in an unexpected location; how to protect digital privacy by taking control of smartphone permissions; and how to keep ticks out of the yard.
Episode 15

Precious Cargo

Jack Rico shares how car seats are tested for safety and learns how to install a car seat; while on vacation at a lake house, Jack discovers the benefits of a DIY home security system; Jack enters a game show and races to become healthier in a snap.
Episode 16

If Cars Could Talk

Jack Rico ventures out into the real world with a Consumer Reports expert to find out how they test cars, and what he hears is a bit of surprise; Tidy Bree helps people keep their spaces clutter-free, but can she help Jack clean up his online life?
Episode 17

Tow Away

Host Jack Rico learns about towing boats, trailers and more as he prepares for a day on the water; teenager Olivia helps Jack test drive strollers; a Consumer Reports expert teaches how to choose the right mattress to help get a good night's sleep.
Episode 18

WiFi, Art Thou Safe?

Are public WiFi networks safe? A Consumer Reports expert shares tips with Jack Rico on staying safe while using public WiFi; how roofing materials are tested and how to keep a roof in pristine condition; keeping a house powered up during a blackout.
Episode 19

Robot Invasion

A Consumer Reports expert teaches Jack Rico how to buy a used car, but the dealer has Jack doing double takes; Jack tracks a runaway robot to the robot vacuum lab; Jack learns his food prep technique needs some coaching when he makes a game-day meal.
Episode 20

Electric Past Is Present

Producers pitch ideas for how to safeguard digital privacy in a behind-the-scenes look at a show story meeting; Jack Rico gets a blast from the past and a peek at the future of electric vehicles; how to get rid of nasty allergens in the home.
Episode 21

Zero MPH Car Test

Jack Rico discovers how to find the right car without driving it off the lot; Jack learns hiking tips, including how to protect from mosquitos, when to use sunscreen and how to take better pictures outside; plus, the pros and cons of smart doorbells.
Episode 22

Follow the Beat

Experts share tips for thoroughly cleaning the inside of a car; Jack Rico visits the Consumer Reports air conditioner lab to learn how they test ACs; a high school marching band provides a look at what happens to sound in a room with no echo.
Episode 23

Canceling Noise and the Secrets of Safe Riding

Jack Rico discovers the ins and outs of safely sharing the road for cars and bikes; Consumer Reports experts test the latest noise-cancelling headphone technology in a room with no echo; plus, how to protect against a burst pipe in the home.
Episode 24

Hot Car Stories -- True or False

Host Jack Rico puts hot car stories to the test with a Consumer Reports expert and learns the dangers of leaving children and pets unattended in the back seat; the importance of pots and pans in making a great meal; preparing ACs for summer heat.
Episode 25

Talking to the Future

Host Jack Rico learns about the future of car technology, where cars can talk not only to each other, but to the city's infrastructure as well; a lawn mowing expert shares lessons in yard maintenance; helpful tips for buying a smart TV.
Episode 26

Conquering the Used Car Purchase

Host Jack Rico plays "That Sounds Shady" to guess which scenarios sound like online privacy traps; then he learns how to buy a used car from a Consumer Reports expert; plus, a runaway robot brings Jack to the robot vacuum lab.

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