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David Attenborough's Light on Earth

By Martin Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Doc highlights creatures that glow; has predator violence.

TV Max Educational 2016
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This is the rare doc that narrows its focus to animals that are almost as exciting as lions or wolves, but don't get nearly as much shine. Many nature documentaries appear to have a broad scope but merely reintroduce the same animals over and over again (looking at you, flamingos). In David Attenborough's Light on Earth, the host's reliably affable presence provides a fun, accessible intro to new species and technologies, but the real stars are the glowing creatures that produce spellbinding colors. Tied together with a new understanding of how bioluminesce is created and how its used, Light on Earth is nothing short of illuminating.

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