A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Earth at Night in Color, like most nature shows, is about gaining a greater understanding of nature. Here we learn about how creatures survive and adapt to dangerous environments and adverse situations.
Positive Role Models
Watching animals work through injuries and survive dangerous situations can be inspiring. Earth at Night in Color also sometimes features stories on preserving nature, such as on an episode about a volunteer group rescuing birds that have flown into tall Chicago towers.
Violence & Scariness
The series features many examples of predators catching prey.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Earth at Night in Color gives some attention to animal mating rituals.
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Products & Purchases
The technology used to capture the nocturnal footage is discussed.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Earth at Night in Color is a nature documentary series that focuses on nocturnal animals across the globe. The show uses new technology that allows the crew to film animals under the moon and stars with the same amount of visibility they can capture during the day. Each episode takes place within a different region, from the Brazilian jungle to European forests to urban areas within the United States. A variety of animals are featured, including bears, birds, and several big cats, and the show observes how they survive, hunt, and mate.
Is It Any Good?
A fight between a crocodile and a jaguar should be a marquee event, but it's blocked by water and plant life so that only a vague outline of the tussle can be made out. That's the type of visibility issue that comes up a lot in Earth at Night in Color. The series does all the major things expected from a nature show, but the series is sloppy when it comes to the details. The new filming techniques that can observe wild animals at night are exciting, but they're not yet to the point where all of the action can be seen clearly. The most exciting parts are often obscured, either by the night vision or because the cameramen couldn't get close enough to the action.
Tom Hiddleston sounds like he's doing an impression of someone narrating a nature show, and too much airtime goes to talking about the technology they're using and how it's never been implemented before. As a rule, if Earth at Night in Color were truly as awe-inspiring as the producers make it sound, they wouldn't have to spend so much time bragging about it.
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