Blue Planet TV Poster Image

Blue Planet



Stunning undersea footage trumps a few storytelling flaws.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Viewers will learn plenty of fascinating facts about the world's seas and oceans and the wide variety of creatures that inhabit them.

Positive messages

The narrator makes a powerful case for preserving the oceans.

Positive role models

Naturalists and marine biologists play an important role in understanding the mysteries of the deep.

Violence & scariness

Some scenes of ocean predators in action.

Sexy stuff

Some discussion of marine mating habits.

Not applicable
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this stunningly beautiful documentary series about the oceans features plenty of footage of marine creatures in action, hunting, eating, mating, and just playing. Kids will likely be entranced by this engrossing educational series, and there’s no reason for parents to be wary as long as their kids have a good grasp of animal behavior and won't be upset by scenes of predators in action (both the hunting and mating sequences are straightforward and honest but not sensationalized).

What's the story?

More than 70 percent of the Earth's surface is covered by water, but as narrator David Attenborough explains in BLUE PLANET, the seas remain largely a mystery. This beautiful documentary series tries to answer some of those mysteries, using amazing footage of marine creatures in the wild, from the largest whales to tiny krill. It also examines humans' impact on the oceans and shows how the changing climate is also changing the undersea ecosystem.

Is it any good?


This series (which originally aired in the United States in 2002) is truly beautiful to watch. The producers, and especially the camera operators, have managed to capture incredible footage of the oceans’ inhabitants in their element.

But the series sometimes seems to lack a unifying thread other than the seas. Each episode consists of several different segments that aren't always connected. A segment about the physics of waves can lead info footage of sea turtles crawling across a beach to lay their eggs. Both are interesting, but there’s little connection.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about climate change and the sea. How have humans altered the planet, especially the oceans? How does that impact marine life? Do you think ecology and conservation have become more common themes in TV shows in recent years?

  • How do you think the filmmakers managed to capture all this underwater footage? Do you think that sounds like a fun job? Does watching this show make you want to learn more about the oceans? How could you turn an interest in the seas into a career?

TV details

Cast:David Attenborough
Network:Planet Green
Topics:Ocean creatures, Science and nature, Wild animals
TV rating:TV-G
Available on:DVD

This review of Blue Planet was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • 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.

Find out more

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Parent of a 4 year old Written byFumblingAngel January 27, 2013

Great for Older Little Kids!

My almost 5 year old LOVES this show. He is in love with all animals & he adores this, plus he loves to learn about different types of underwater creatures & this show is great for that. There are some alarming scenes with creatures being attacked, but it is not gory & represented in the circle of life theme.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Kid, 10 years old December 8, 2011


It's a great series, stunning footage and very educational. However, it is reasonably violent. I'd recommend it for 5 and up, but I don't think the young 'un's could enjoy it.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Parent of a 8 and 9 year old Written byqtnn January 15, 2010

like "Planet Earth" underwater edition, but we enjoyed this more

Beautifully shot, fascinating, goes deeper than any other movie/series on this subject. Some of the footage is first-time-ever, like the 1 night a year that corals send out spores. Our favorite episodes are Tidal Seas and Coral Seas. Some very young may be bothered by fish hunting/eating each other, but older kids should learn that's part of life.
What other families should know
Educational value


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Family Media Agreement