A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
There's a lot of educational material in this show, which often includes strong messages of conservation and respect for the environment.
Violence & Scariness
Depending on the subject matter, photographs and re-enactments can be gruesome. One episode included scenes of snakes constricting and killing prey and swallowing animals and parts of humans. Dead animals are used in experiments and dissected.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this fascinating documentary series offers insight on a wide variety of subjects, from the evolution of helicopters and the intricacies of gang life to the life of Jesus and Indian residents' efforts to battle elephants wreaking havoc on their villages. The show's detailed scientific and historical focus is unlikely to grab little kids' attention, and parents will likely want to keep young viewers away anyway due to the strong violence (both real and re-enacted) that accompanies some topics. For example, one episode included multiple scenes of snakes biting or constricting humans and swallowing prey (in two instances, human prey), and photos showed animals dissected, dismembered, and bloody. That said, families of older tweens and teens will learn a lot from this well-researched series.
Is It Any Good?
While a multitude of educational opportunities can be found in Explorer, parents might want to scan the listings for upcoming episode topics before deciding whether their kids are up for it. Sometimes-graphic images are the main concern here (the snake episode got a bit bloody, for example), but the show's ever-changing subject matter makes it difficult to predict when anything iffy will show up. Kids (and parents) who do tune in will find themselves amazed at what they learn.
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