Animal Exploration with Jarod Miller

 
Fun show will get kids curious about critters.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Miller introduces viewers to a variety of animals and discusses their unique traits, natural environments, and lifestyles. Respect for the animals and their instinctive behavior is central to the discussions.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

Miller and guest experts occasionally talk about being injured by animals, but they always remind viewers that the aggression is instinctive behavior.

Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's nothing to worry about in this fun, fast-paced educational series about animals, insects, reptiles, and other fascinating creatures. Host Jarod Miller handles all of the animals with great care and respect as he identifies their unique traits and abilities and discusses their natural environments. Just remind kids that Miller is a pro and that it's never a good idea for them to approach and/or handle unfamiliar animals without supervision.

What's the story?

In ANIMAL EXPLORATION WITH JAROD MILLER, zoologist Jarod Miller goes face-to-face with critters both great and small to find out what makes each one special. He travels around the world to meet the animals, chat with other experts, and share his discoveries about creatures' special traits and lifestyle with his audience. Through his hands-on experience, viewers will gain new respect for the diversity of the animal world and learn about how humans affect its continued prosperity.

Is it any good?

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Animal Exploration is steeped in kid-friendly educational material. Miller and the other experts often exchange interesting facts -- some of which are also displayed in pop-ups on the screen -- that are sure to stick with kids long after they turn off the TV. Each episode also has a central theme that groups critters of all shapes and sizes by some shared trait ("Camo, Ammo, and Other Amazing Skills," for example). Viewers will be surprised to find similarities among seemingly unrelated creatures like insects and large mammals, and they'll start looking at the animals they see in a different way because of it. (Who knew that a butterfly's speed could give a cheetah a run for its money?)

This fun series also works well for kids thanks to its fast pace and Miller's obvious excitement over the animals he meets; his giddy enthusiasm will encourage kids' own interest in the subject matter. Miller also isn't afraid to connect with his young audience via a bit of silliness; in one segment, for instance, he hung from a branch next to a two-toed sloth to see how long he could last in the animal's lifelong position.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the animals featured on the show. Which ones did you most like learning about? What did you learn about how they live, eat, and interact with others in their species? What special qualities do they have? Why is it important to learn about the world's diversity? What does it mean for a species to be "endangered"? How do humans affect animals' lifestyles?

TV details

Cast:Jarod Miller
Networks:qubo, Syndicated
Genre:Educational
Topics:Science and nature, Wild animals
TV rating:TV-G

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  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 11 years old June 26, 2012
age 6+
 

JACK HANNA WITH A QUBO TOUCH

This show is good. OK GETTING TO THE POINT QUBO PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE GOD IM BEGGING YOU PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DONT CANCEL SITTING DUCKS OH PLEASE PLEASE. WELL WELL WELL QUBO, YOU DIDN'T BRING BACK SITTING DUCKS OR SPLICED AT DECENT TIMES. I'M GOING TO HUNT YOU LIKE A DOG UNTILL YOU BRING THEM BACK, AND WHILE YOU'RE AT IT WHY DON'T YOU PUT THE MUPPET SHOW ON QUBO (JUSST A SUGGESTION) I'LL TRY TO USE COMMON SENSE AND I DON'T WANT TO HAVE A FIGHT.
What other families should know
Educational value
Too much violence
Adult Written byjenn1010 March 13, 2011
age 17+
 

Misuse of the LORD's name

Unfortunately, within the first few episodes I heard Oh My G*d twice, once from a guest and once from Jarod. We stopped watching after that.
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Too much swearing

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