Blue Planet

TV review by
Will Wade, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Stunning undersea footage trumps a few storytelling flaws.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

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 & Representations

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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMoby Is Awesome March 2, 2021

One of the best ocean shows.

I think this show is tied for first of best ocean shows. It's tied with Jonathan Bird's Blue World. I really enjoy the music that's in here. Ther... Continue reading
Adult Written byraymondjj November 9, 2018

Blue Planet For All Families

Enjoy this BBC series because of it's down to earth approach to environmental issues . The series provides families with a fun and creative way to lea... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old September 18, 2013

Great show

I love this show it's so cool I love the deep sea episode the angler fish are so cool what was that thing with the yellow eyes on that episode I don't... Continue reading
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 t... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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

Our editors recommend

For kids who love nature

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