TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
Dynasties TV Poster Image
Visually stunning docu about struggling animal families.

Parents say

No reviews yetAdd your rating

Kids say

No reviews yetAdd your rating

Did this review miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies. Want to help us help them? Suggest a diversity update

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

Teaches lessons about different animals and their survival habits. 

Positive Messages

Underscores the beauty of nature, the importance of protecting it. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

David Attenborough is a naturalist who is committed to highlighting beauty of nature and importance of protecting it. 

Violence & Scariness

Animals fight, hunt, kill for survival, are shown being bitten, killed, eaten. 

Sexy Stuff

Mating rituals are discussed in a scientific context. 


Range Rover jeeps are visible. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dynasties is a nature documentary series that focuses on how specific species struggle to keep their animal communities alive among a range of challenges. It's beautiful and educational, but sensitive viewers may be upset by some of the moments showing animals hunting, fighting, and dying. Mating rituals are also discussed, but in a scientific context.  

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

What's the story?

DYNASTIES is a BBC five-part series that focuses on five different species of endangered animals. Narrated by naturalist Sir David Attenborough, it follows chimpanzees in Senegal, lions in Kenya, painted wolves in Zimbabwe, Emperor penguins in Antarctica, and tigers in India, and reveals how they're fighting for survival against the elements, natural rivals, and lack of space due to the expansion of the modern world. 

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about nature shows and documentaries. What messages do they send? What are the different ways these messages are communicated to viewers?

  • What does Dynasties teach us about the way animals protect themselves and their families and social groups? Were you surprised by any of the behaviors they exhibited?

  • How do documentarians manage to get close-up footage of animals without interacting with them? How do they create stories based on the footage they collect over the years? 

TV details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love nature

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

Streaming options powered by JustWatch

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality.

Learn how we rate