The carbon-14 method was developed by the American physicist Willard F. It has proved to be a versatile technique of dating fossils and archaeological specimens from 500 to 50,000 years old.
The method is widely used by Pleistocene geologists, anthropologists, archaeologists, and investigators in related fields.
Madelyn (Marcie Barkin) is a rebellious spitfire who refuses to adapt to the public's view of middle aged women whereas Amelia (Amanda Serra) is a carefree and somewhat oblivious optimist who seems to just go with the flow.
From first glance, one would get the impression that Carbon Dating is a show sharing traits to a family sitcom or talk show but the two leads reflect on their 'fantasies' so often it would be safe to call Carbon Dating a sketch comedy or satire in a fashion similar to Family Guy or Mad TV.
It is the chemistry between the two leading ladies that makes Carbon Dating a success and the two actresses play off one another remarkably well.
Throughout the nine episodes, Madelyn and Amelia discuss very common issues from fashion to hair color to women's health and for the most part it never comes off as preachy.
Just when the show starts to feel like a lecture, Carbon Dating loosens the reigns with a witty one liner or quirky facial expression and assures a state of comfort for its viewer.
The amount of carbon-14 in the air has stayed the same for thousands of years.
There is a small amount of radioactive carbon-14 in all living organisms because it enters the food chain.