A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show offers an up-close look at a variety of predatory animals. Researchers use ingenuity to devise ways of safely studying the creatures at close range.
Violence & Scariness
Predators kill, dismember, and eat their prey. Actors re-create animal attacks while survivors recount their harrowing tales. A segment about crocodiles showed a man testing the power of a protective suit by allowing himself to be hit by baseball bats and a truck.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this nature series definitely isn't for little kids, who will likely be frightened by the many scenes of dangerous animals like wolves, sharks, and crocodiles killing and devouring their prey. The narrator's panting breaths and hushed comments in the field ("I'm so scared," "This is just horrifying," etc.) -- while seemingly exaggerated for the sake of drama -- may also scare young viewers. Parents who tune in with older kids may want to remind them about the dangers of approaching any unfamiliar animals.
Is It Any Good?
Though Dangerous Encounters delivers plenty of close-ups of amazing animals in their natural elements, it's sometimes hampered by unnecessary build-up to the main event. To plan for his crocodile encounter, for example, Barr stakes out and studies grizzly bears, wraps himself in a wire cage next to a deer carcass to draw a pack of wolves, and jumps in the rodeo ring with an angry bull -- all in the name of research for creating the croc suit.
The series also suffers from Barr's tendency to be overly dramatic -- he seems to revel in reminding viewers that he's putting his life on the line for the sake of the show with hushed comments like, "I'm scared, but I've got to try" and "This is just horrifying." But the biggest issue, at least as far as kids are concerned, is the sometimes-disturbing scenes of animals killing and eating their prey. So pass on this one for little kids, and if you watch with tweens, try to be on hand so you can answer their questions about what they see.
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