A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Cherry-picked factual information is shared about each topic (sea life, water, horses, space, chocolate, etc.). Darker realities are omitted, such as the impact of climate change on coral reefs and the exploitation of modern workers in the chocolate factory episode.
We live in a remarkable, interesting, and beautiful world. There are so many stories worth sharing -- we just need to be curious and look for them. Calm exists everywhere, and there are ways to access it when we need it.
Positive Role Models
This series features a woman glassblower, indigenous chocolate producers, and an Inuit family. Showcasing those who are often overlooked subtly communicates the survival and success of people who have faced oppression. The narrators are of diverse ethnic backgrounds.
Products & Purchases
This series is an extension of -- and arguably a commercial for -- the Calm app, which charges a monthly subscription fee (after a free trial period).
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A World of Calm is the visual complement to the popular meditation app, Calm. The eye-popping visuals include sweeping drone-shot footage of rain forests, flower covered hills, and turquoise seas surrounding foliage-covered islands, as well as slowed-down sequences of human activities like glassblowing, woodworking, and chocolate making. Slow, soothing narration by well-known celebrities like Keanu Reeves, Nicole Kidman, Lucy Liu, and Mahershala Ali adds star power to the relaxing effect. The episodes may look educational, but they are only slightly informative, and they exclude anything that might be upsetting or negative. Education isn't the point here thoug. Rather, the series communicates that serenity can be found almost anywhere in our varied and beautiful world. A World of Calm has some diversity, featuring, among others, a woman glassblower, an Inuit family, and indigenous chocolate producers. This family-friendly series is a solid choice for winding down.
Is It Any Good?
This collection is an extension of the Calm app (and arguably an advertisement for it), but it's also unique in the streaming landscape as televised anti-anxiety medicine for a stressed-out world. A World of Calm will wrap viewers up in a safe, cozy -- albeit temporary -- audio-visual blanket, but that's about it. While it features gorgeous filming of the natural world and its inhabitants, animals and people are sometimes ascribed feelings and thoughts they probably didn't have, and celebrity narrators share only the barest minimum of facts, so go in knowing you're not watching this to learn.
The show's stranger choices can be easily forgiven, as it entices viewers to chilll out to the ethereal filming, soothing soundtrack, hypnotic narration, and avoidance of anything negative. It's a safe pick for all ages, though kids used to the excitement and tension of typical nature documentaries may find it a bit slow-moving at first, until the mesmerizing magic of the show kicks in. Is this award-winning television? Nah. Is it worth watching? Absolutely.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.