A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Provides a lot of examples of how science, curiosity, and dedication can lead to exciting discoveries.
Positive Role Models
Features scientists and guests from across the globe and from a wide variety of backgrounds.
Violence & Scariness
Violence is limited to animals attacking other animals, and the show explains the relationships between predators and prey. Sometimes here "animals" means alien creatures, so watching one alien attack another can be disturbing.
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Mild profanity is sometimes used: "bastard," "damn," etc.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Alien Worlds is a nature show that imagines what life is like on other planets and compares it to life on Earth. The show uses science to speculate how alien creatures might evolve and thrive within the environments on other planets. Then, it uses real life examples to illustrate scientific principles exhibited by these alien creatures. So the learning goes both ways: Alien Worlds uses what we know about life on other planets to illuminate unique examples of life on earth, from exotic animal species to untraveled places like underground caves or caverns deep under water.
Is It Any Good?
Alien Worlds' animated portrayal of alien life is fun on its own, but the show craftily uses its creations as a way to learn about life here on Earth. It starts with facts about these distant planets, illustrates how nature might exist there, and then doubles back to show how looking closely at things on this planet can help understand even the farthest reaches of the galaxy. Guests on Alien Worlds go paragliding, explore underground caves, and hang out with birds and bugs, and all of these things help illuminate principles of science and nature. Though the aliens are the main attraction, by the end of each episode, viewers should have a better understanding of nature in general, wherever it happens to exist.
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