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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Visually stunning docu about struggling animal families.

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This beautiful and fascinating docuseries offers intimate looks at how five different species of animals struggle to survive in their natural habitats. From following the Kenyan Marsh Lion pride as it tries to survive after being abandoned by the adult males, to capturing the political and powerful fights for leadership among the males in chimpanzee social groups, it reveals how different groups of animals preserve their "dynasties" in the wild. It also shows how the natural elements, and the destruction of natural habitats, impact these processes.

The visually stunning footage, combined with well-constructed storylines, creates experiences viewers can easily be drawn into. However, the show's conservationist messages, despite being more subtle than those featured in the Planet Earth: Blue Planet series, are still clear. Dynasties is both family-friendly and entertaining, but still serves as an important reminder: It is the responsibility of human beings to protect every living thing on Earth.

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