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Down to Earth with Zac Efron

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Celeb's eco-travels more entertaining than informative.

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age 6+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 9+

Curious, Respectful Hosts Show Better Ways to Live on Earth

My 10 year-old granddaughter and I absolutely love this show. In it the two hosts travel to places to show positive ways of interacting with the earth and others. I realize the show has been knocked for being superficial or making statements that are unsupported by science and that may be valid. But what we see are two people who are curious, respectful of other cultures and who show some better ways of living on this planet. The cinematography is gorgeous, highlighting unusual places that we are unlikely to ever visit (especially in season 2’s Australian episodes). It even gets silly sometimes but it is engaging for kids and offers many opportunities for extended conversations. To me that places it far above most of what is offered to kids and their adults.
age 2+

lol why you even putting this at 11+??? age 2 and up, and i would put it lower if infants had long term memory.


Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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This interesting but somewhat superficial travel documentary tries to make a connection between wellness, climate change, and using the resources we have around us to live better lives. New initiatives, as well as ongoing global projects designed to lessen human impact on the environment, are highlighted. It also reveals some of the smaller, more environmentally friendly efforts individuals are making to improve the lives of the people in their communities. Throughout it all, the hosts ask lighthearted questions and briefly comment on what they've seen, tasted, and experienced.

The message in Down to Earth with Zac Efron about the importance of finding ways to improve our well-being by living sustainably and protecting our natural resources is a positive one. But the discussions lack depth, and Darin Olien frequently uses the opportunity to share non-science-based advice and promote his book and wellness services. The obvious promotion of specific businesses in each location is also hard to ignore. As a result, it's not the most informative of series, but Down to Earth with Zac Efron is entertaining enough to watch.

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