A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It offers simplified lessons around science and biology, as viewers learn the different ways animals learn, grow, and survive as they get older. Kids can also learn about different habitats.
Exploring, learning lessons, and reaching key developmental milestones are all a part of an animal's journey from birth to adulthood (just like humans).
Positive Role Models
The siblings sound sweet and speak politely to each other. Emma is young and sometimes gets a little impatient, but Tim helps her through it. They're both curious and observant.
Violence & Scariness
Occasional references to eating other animals, but there’s nothing scary, bloody, or violent here.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
This show captures animals from their birth and beyond.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that If I Were An Animal is a family-friendly reality series featuring animals growing into adulthood. There are some references to eating other animals, but the overall series is more focused on how different species -- from gorillas and cheetahs to hamsters and dogs -- explore and develop. It's a solid viewing choice for young animal lovers, and can help kids gain an understanding of some science and biology basics. It might be a bit too slow for very young children.
Is It Any Good?
This gentle series is a great opportunity for viewers of all ages to watch different animals grow into adulthood in their natural habitats. As the animals develop and interact with others, If I Were An Animal uses the kids' voiceover to give each animal a name, and to explain what is happening to them in very simple terms. It's not fast-paced or action-packed, but the colorful, live-action footage, coupled with the innocent banter of the siblings, makes it appealing. No doubt that young animal lovers will appreciate the chance to watch and learn more about their favorite species.
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