A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Family love and unity is central to this show; we see children being loved and cared for.
Positive Role Models
Each week the show focuses on a different family; viewers may appreciate some more than others but all are deeply concerned with the health of their families.
Violence & Scariness
Very graphic scenes of childbirth: footage of women screaming, moaning, and begging for help is played up with scary music and aired repeatedly as the show's narrator reminds us what's at stake.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Moms are shown naked with legs widely spread or up in the air; private parts are blurred.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Sex, Romance & Nudity in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Some bleeped cursing: "I don't give a f--k about the mosquitoes."
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Language in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Born in the Wild is a reality show about home births that take place in remote natural locations. Watching the families prepare for the birth and talk about the impending labor is educational, interesting, and fine for younger viewers. The birth scenes themselves, however, are potentially traumatizing to viewers both young and old. Laboring mothers are shown naked (private parts are blurred), shrieking and moaning with what looks like unendurable pain. Footage in which women scream or beg for help is played repeatedly as scary music plays and the narrator amps up the tension: "She's two hours from help and something is very wrong." Meanwhile, family members pace worriedly, cry, and break down under stress. There's some bleeped cursing too, but the show's focus on danger, fear, pain, and potential harm could be extraordinarily upsetting for some viewers.
Is It Any Good?
Reality programming about unusual births is a TV staple: See I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant and 16 and Pregnant. And, as with those shows, Born in the Wild is both sensational and scary, asking for viewers both to judge its subjects and revel in their ultimate "punishment" for making a choice outside the bounds of societal acceptance -- a birth that is painful and scary or, at least, one that's made to appear as painful and scary as possible to the viewer. If the laboring mom screams or begs for help, Born in the Wild replays it before and after at least a couple of commercials, with ominous chords in the background and a serious-voiced narrator who reminds us over and over what a risk the family is taking.
Surely the families featured don't appreciate the way they're depicted, with special attention paid to the more outrageous, polarizing aspects of their lifestyles and choices. Even those who champion hospital births may find themselves relating to the women on-screen, who are made to look both foolish and foolhardy for their birth plans. Young children should be kept as far as possible from this show, lest they be terrified of the idea of birth for good.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.