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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Educational opportunities abound. Lots of great facts about nature and the Earth, plus the series demonstrates how scientists use cutting-edge technology to study the planet and predict its future. Environmental messages.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that while the content of this stunning docuseries -- which illustrates Earth's diversity and geological history -- is wholly appropriate for family viewing, it may not really engage younger kids who can't comprehend topics like climate change, plate tectonics, and evolution. They may enjoy the HD footage of oceans, volcanoes, and more; just don't expect them to pay attention for the whole thing. But if you have tweens and teens, this impressive glimpse at the planet's past, present, and future is likely to inspire discussions about global warming, conservation, and the scientific process of studying history.
Is It Any Good?
This impressive docuseries gives inquiring families plenty of reasons to tune in. From crisp, high-definition satellite images to incredible aerial photography, the show's visual journey across the planet juxtaposes one amazing sight after another as it exposes viewers to some of the world's most awesome places. Computer graphics, time-lapse sequences, and satellite imagery combine to illustrate the host's words -- showing, for example, how the flow of glaciers over the planet changes continents' topography.
That said, while the images are stunning for all ages, the series' scientific/educational content is likely too advanced for kids who don't have at least an elementary understanding of concepts like plate tectonics, climate change, and evolution. But for tweens and up, Earth: The Biography expertly combines education and entertainment and will certainly change how viewers see the world around them. It's also a great springboard into family discussions about modern-day issues like global warming and conservation.
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