Deadly Nightmares of Nature

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Fun animal docuseries uses education to replace fear.

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Educational Value

It educates viewers about the physical makeup and natural habits of animals of various species around the world. 

Positive Messages

Animals do what they do to survive in the wild, and not to scare humans. It's important to understand them and not be afraid of them for irrational reasons. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Naomi Wilkinson works with experts and doesn't put herself in harm's way. 

Violence & Scariness

Some general conversations about potential injuries that animals can cause to humans, and only a few scenes of animals hunting other animals (no blood or injuries are shown).

Sexy Stuff

Occasional discussions about having babies, but no real specific mating habits discussed. 


Occasionally logos for gear are partially visible,  but not in an obvious way. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Deadly Nightmares of Nature (known as Naomi's Nightmares of Nature outside of the United States) is a youth-oriented docuseries about animals and natural habitats that people are often afraid of. Despite the title, most of the show is dedicated to teaching more about animals and their natural behaviors in order to make them less frightening. But there are a few wild hunting scenes (although the blood and the kills aren't shown), as well as discussions of dangers animals may pose to humans, but kids old enough to understand the explanations should be able to handle it. 

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Teen, 16 years old Written byaisforawesomeof... December 25, 2018

Fun if not terrifying!

I'm from the UK where this show originated from (it's called Naomi's Nightmares of Nature over there) and I love it, it's one of my favourit... Continue reading

What's the story?

DEADLY NIGHTMARES OF NATURE (aka Naomi's Nightmares of Nature) is a reality series that examines some of nature's scary, and potentially dangerous, phenomena. Actress Naomi Wilkinson travels the world to meet with scientists, naturalists, and other experts to learn more about animals that often inspire fear in people, as well as species that many assume to be harmless. She also hikes rough terrains and swims through potentially dangerous waters to learn more about their habitats. Throughout it all, her production crew sends her on mini-challenges so that she can confront some of her fears. 

Is it any good?

This fun and informative British series offers viewers of all ages a chance to learn more about different species of animals and their habitats from around the world. But despite the series' title, most of what's offered here is designed to eliminate the "nightmarish" qualities assigned to animals like wolves, snakes, and sharks, as well as to specific locations, by explaining the reasons for the way they look and the way they behave. It also highlights species that seem completely harmless but that pose a dangerous threat to animals and humans alike. 

A few scenes feature predatory hunts, and some discussions of the injuries that animals can cause. But the series is more committed to educating folks about the natural world in a way that is nonthreatening. Meanwhile, Wilkinson's energetic style and willingness to admit when she's afraid make it an engaging viewing experience for children. From Yellowstone National Park in the United States to the jungles of the Asian island of Borneo, Deadly Nightmares of Nature allows viewers to experience what nature has to offer one geographic location at a time. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about different animal species or natural settings that seem scary. Is there a specific animal that frightens you? Why? 

  • How does Deadly Nightmares of Nature attempt to make people less afraid of dangerous animals? Does being less afraid of them mean you should interact with them?  

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