By Will Wade,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Stunning undersea footage trumps a few storytelling flaws.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Viewers will learn plenty of fascinating facts about the world's seas and oceans and the wide variety of creatures that inhabit them.
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some discussion of marine mating habits.
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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).
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One of the best ocean shows.
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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?
- Premiere date: January 27, 2002
- Cast: David Attenborough
- Network: Planet Green
- Genre: Educational
- Topics: Ocean Creatures, Science and Nature, Wild Animals
- TV rating: TV-G
- Last updated: January 3, 2023
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