Animal Nation with Anthony Anderson

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Upbeat animal series combines video clips, talk-show style.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Everyone’s an animal lover; all respect and care about them. 

Violence

Folks shown being chased by animals, falling off horses, etc., but no injuries. Supervised demonstrations with dangerous animals; protective gear used.  

Sex

Occasional strong innuendo; some will go over kids’ heads.

Language

Bleeped curses; one episode contains cursing in Spanish.

Consumerism

Wildlife preserves, safaris, and other animal-oriented locales featured. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some drinking (wine). 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Animal Nation with Anthony Anderson is a series that features video clip packages, late night talk show-styled interviews with animal-loving celebrities, and experts who bring in special or unique animals.  It'll appeal to animal lovers of all ages, but does have some bleeped cursing and occasional innuendo. At least one episode features wine drinking. Home videos show folks being humorously chased or attacked by animals, falling off horses, and other pratfalls, but no one gets hurt. Animal trivia and species information are also shared throughout each episode.

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What's the story?

ANIMAL NATION WITH ANTHONY ANDERSON is an animal-themed series that combines the fun of home videos with the humor of a talk show. Anthony Anderson hosts the show, which features video clip packages, late night talk show-styled interviews with animal-loving celebrities, and experts who bring in special or unique animals. Helping him out is his sassy sidekick Tina the Brain Coral (voiced by Tiffany Haddish), and his field correspondent Alonzo Bodden. 

Is it any good?

This entertaining series offers lots of lighthearted moments centering around endless species of animals. Anthony Anderson successfully uses his comedic style to get some laughs. Also adding to the fun are guests like George Lopez, Cheryl Hines, and Jerry O’Connell, many of who bring their own special pets to the set. 

There are some informative moments, especially when experts bring animals on the set. But the show feels uneven at times because it mixes lots of kid-friendly moments with adult-oriented (albeit bleeped) language and humor. Nonetheless, Animal Nation is committed to celebrating the wonder of animals, and how interesting and fun they can be. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their favorite animals. Did you see your favorite animal on Animal Nation with Anthony Anderson? Do you have pets, like dogs, cats, or birds? Do you have pets that are less common? What makes them special to your family? 

  • There are lots of animal species featured on Animal Nation. Do you have a favorite one? Did you learn anything new about them by watching the show? 

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