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Dangerous Encounters

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Mediocre nature series is too violent for kids.

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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Giving animals a bad name

Typical overreaction to 'dangerous' animals. Doesn't teach kids empathy or kindness, teaches fear.

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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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