A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this series is filmed in an emergency veterinary clinic and shows both wild and domesticated animals suffering from a range of injuries and illnesses. Blood is common, and some animals are in obvious pain, so young and very sensitive viewers may be upset by the emotional content. Death is mentioned in the context of patients' chances of survival, and occasionally an animal does die. If your kids tune in, be prepared to answer lots of questions about medical terms like "anesthesia" as well as to help explain the doctors' actions.
What's the story?
On any given day, the staff at the Pet Emergency Treatment center in Anchorage, Alaska, treats a variety of traumas and illnesses in their diverse veterinary patients. Whether it's pulling porcupine quills from the face of a family pet or delicately removing a dart from a drowsy wild bear, these doctors and technicians have to be prepared for anything to walk (or fly) through their doors. And when they're not on the clock, the doctors and technicians lead action-packed lives of their own, with cameras there to capture the highlights.
Is it any good?
CLINICALLY WILD ALASKA is a fine choice for those who can handle the emotions surrounding the stories, but for younger kids and sensitive viewers, some of the content may be a little too disturbing. Animals are shown in obvious physical distress from life-threatening trauma and illness, and doctors openly discuss the patients' chances of dying. Kids may also be confused by what they see when the staff administers first aid and intravenous medication and performs surgery, so be prepared to answer questions about what's going on.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the series' purpose. Are shows like this one meant to educate, entertain, or both? What, if anything, did you learn by watching? How would you define the show's target audience? Which viewers do you think would be most interested in the subject matter?
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