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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series exposes viewers to the world’s cultural diversity and increases geographical awareness. Viewers learn about the political system and economies of the countries Zimmern visists.
Positive Role Models
Zimmern is always respectful of local customs and eager to experience them for himself.
Violence & Scariness
Animals are frequently killed, maimed, and left bleeding during religious ceremonies. Locals demonstrate for Zimmern how they hunt and prepare a variety of game.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual references, often in the form of slang terms like "schtupped."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Zimmern sometimes samples local alcoholic drinks. In at least one segment, he smokes cigars as he learns about their importance to Cuban customs and the economy.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this series -- in which host Andrew Zimmern partakes in unusual (by American standards) dietary choices like jungle rats and raw pig brains-- isn't for the faint of heart ... or stomach. It's a little more intense than Zimmern's previous series, Bizarre Foods, as Zimmern also joins in on some traditional rituals that involve killing or injuring animals and, in at least one case, using their blood as a cleansing agent on his body. Young kids will have trouble grasping the cultural meaning of what they see, but for tweens and teens, this intriguing series is an eye-opening introduction to the world's cultural diversity.
Is It Any Good?
If you've ever seen Zimmern's first series, Bizarre Foods, you know that he's an inquisitive traveler who relishes unpalatable delicacies as much as average tourists yearn for breathtaking views. Bizarre World gives Zimmern the chance to take that same insatiable appetite for the unusual to every aspect of a culture, and viewers are consequently treated to fascinating insights into local religious rituals, song, and dance -- in addition to the ingestion of the occasional jungle rat, that is.
What gives the series credibility beyond that of a shock-seeking reality show is Zimmern's unquestionable respect for every aspect of the cultures he visits. It's obvious that he does his homework, and he puts every action into context as it relates to his hosts' religious beliefs, lifestyle, or tribal traditions. Sure, most of it will still seem strange to Americans, but for those who can keep an open mind, there's a world of knowledge to be gleaned. Just be sure to save this one for tweens and teens, since sensitive younger kids may be upset by scenes of animals being killed or eaten.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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