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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Scientific concepts like geology and plate tectonics are explained and illustrated for viewers, who learn how some of the earth's most impressive natural wonders were formed and continue to change.
Violence & Scariness
Computer-generated images depict large-scale disasters like volcanoes and tsunamis burying towns and cities. There's some discussion of the dangers that scientists and the show's guest sportsman face in their studies. (In one scene, for instance, a man walks along the ridge of an active volcano while the narrator reminds viewers that one false step could send him plummeting through the newly formed rock into hot lava.)
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this fascinating documentary series examines the geological creation of some of the world's unique features, including the Alaskan glaciers, the sprawling Sahara, and the volcanic Hawaiian islands. Scientists explain the subjects' origins and try to predict what the future holds for these natural wonders (using stunningly realistic computer-generated images to illustrate their ideas). This educational series is perfect for families with grade-schoolers who've started to study related topics, but it may bore younger kids, for whom such scientific concepts are still out of reach.
Is It Any Good?
Fearless Planet offers families a dramatic visual tour of some of the world's most impressive wonders, but it's the series' educational quality that really stands out. With flawless CGI effects and layperson-friendly narration, the show makes scientific concepts like plate tectonics, biology, and even geology intriguing and enjoyable. This series is a great find for families with grade-schoolers and tweens; their own burgeoning science knowledge will give them the background they need to understand the basic concepts.
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