A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Encourages viewers to be proactive and more environmentally responsible.
Violence & Scariness
Dire predictions about the future of the environment may be scary to younger viewers. Brief footage of floods and other natural disasters.
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Some fairly lighthearted cursing, like "bulls--t," "badass," "hell," and "screw."
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Products & Purchases
Tie-in with Lexus hybrid cars. Some brands are visible in the background -- such as Coors Light, Honda, Firestone, and 7-11.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this documentary series takes a strong environmentalist stance. It's so persuasive, in fact, that it may result in tweens and teens encouraging parents to ditch their SUVs or buy hemp clothing. Interviews with experts and entrepreneurs sometimes contain lighthearted expletives. Each episode features a "Lexus hybrid living tip," and several other brand names appear on screen, usually in the background.
Is It Any Good?
The exhortations to get involved in evironmental activism that accompany the individual profiles (along with expert commentary) are optimistic, inspiring, and often funny. Commentators are attractive, well-spoken, and witty -- which, along with the show's jump-cut editing and hip, uplifting music -- creates a program that's attractive to younger viewers without feeling overly pedantic.
But Big Ideas for a Small Planet clearly has a message, and those looking for absolute objectivity won't find it here. And some lighthearted cursing and product tie-ins make it a show that parents might want to watch with their kids -- or at least check in about.
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