A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show promotes the idea that a little imagination -- combined with some zoology and real creatures -- goes a long way toward understanding how legends can be created.
Positive Role Models
The team's open-minded researchers are able to think beyond limits to imagine what might be.
Violence & Scariness
Some monsters are seen attacking their prey in CGI simulations. Though it’s obviously not real, some of the images are pretty intimidating and can get somewhat gory.
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A few words need to be bleeped. Otherwise, mostly along the lines of “scary as hell.”
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality series examines the origins of some of the most fearsome creatures of legend, from the Wildman to the Kraken. Though some of the CGI simulations can get pretty intense (and even a bit gory) and there's some bleeped language, overall it's age-appropriate for older tweens who don't spook easily. Kids might even learn some basic zoology as the show's team of researchers tries to determine how real creatures might have spawned the legends.
Is It Any Good?
Beast Legends is an entertaining blend of science and fantasy. By grounding their research in history, zoology, and natural science, the team provides a very believable launching pad for the evolution of a legend. Not only does it make their own fictional CGI creation seem possible, it also shines a light on the ancient cultures that spawned the original myths.
Older tweens will enjoy watching this show (really, who wouldn't like seeing some very smart people trying to design the best monster they can?), and they'll also pick up some interesting lessons in sociology, anthropology, anatomy, physics and art.
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