A Perfect Planet

TV review by
Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Another Attenborough epic on Earth's majesty and fragility.

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Positive Messages

A Perfect Planet focuses on Earth's "unique balance of natural forces," looking at how monumental forces of nature, such as volcanoes, oceans, and weather systems, actually work together to create an ideal planet for its inhabitants. 

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Wild animals from across the continents and oceans are seen thriving in and adapting to dangerous environments.

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A Perfect Planet features predators and prey in the wild, some of which can be shocking. For example, wildebeest calves are witnessed being born and learning to walk, then attacked by hyenas and cheetahs. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that A Perfect Planet is a nature documentary series about the vast systems that keep the Earth in balance, like oceans, volcanoes, and the weather, as well as one that threatens to disrupt that balance: humans. Sir David Attenborough narrates each episode and explores how the extreme environments have shaped our everyday lives before zooming in to see how wild animals adapt and thrive in these environments. The series features some scenes in nature that might be hard to watch for sensitive viewers, including young animals being born, struggling to find food, and being attacked by predators.

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What's the story?

Presented by David Attenborough, A PERFECT PLANET looks at the unique balance of natural forces that shape life on Earth. Each episode is centered around one of these monumental forces -- volcanoes, the sun, oceans, and weather. The series reveals how wildlife survives and reproduces in remote and treacherous environments, and how all of these forces of nature ultimately work together to create the only planet that is known to be inhabited by living creatures. Finally, the series looks at the youngest of these monumental forces -- humans -- and investigates the impact our species is having on the planet.

Is it any good?

Flamingos are one of nature documentaries' greatest hits. They show up a lot. But to see flamingos nesting on a bed of molten lava, as they do in A Perfect Planet, is truly awe-inspiring, no matter how many nature shows have featured flamingos before. A Perfect Planet is able to unveil such stunning new glimpses into nature thanks to a strong, unique point of view. The series goes to great lengths to explore treacherous environments and reveal how they contribute to the delicate environmental balance that makes Earth inhabitable. And not surprisingly, the whole thing drives to an episode about how humans are in danger of disrupting that natural balance, making it feel less like a simple documentary series and more like a gorgeous, thrilling call to action.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about nature. How does A Perfect Planet show the earth's "unique balance of natural forces"? How do volcanoes, the sun, oceans, and the weather each help create and nurture life on Earth?

  • What are some of the ways that animals have adapted to the dangerous aspects of nature, like extreme heat or cold? How do animals survive and reproduce in these remote environments?

  • Why does the last episode of A Perfect Planet focus on humans? How is this episode different from the others? What story does A Perfect Planet aim to tell overall?

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For kids who love nature documentaries

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