Fierce Queens

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Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Insightful nature docuseries spotlights female perspective.

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Educational Value

Viewers learn how females in different animal species adapt, hunt, learn to survive. The show's shtick is an interesting and unique one, focusing strictly on the female experience with its challenges and advantages as they relate to the different species featured.

Positive Messages

Encourages respect for diversity of wildlife and amazing adaptations of different species amid threats of ecology, weather, predators. Host attempts to relate themes of the animals' experiences -- e.g., maturing into adulthood, personal ambition, the urge to procreate -- to those of women, emphasizing messages about potential and female empowerment. But the harsh realities of life in the wild are on full display. Things like survival of the fittest, preying on younger and weaker animals, and abandonment of young cubs for a new male suitor may be distressing for some viewers.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Host Reese Witherspoon is an advocate of women's rights and is clearly passionate about the wonders and preservation of nature and life in the wild. 

Violence & Scariness

Numerous scenes showing tense struggles between predators and prey. Cheetahs stalk and chase impalas, and final takedown is shown in full. Another scene shows a cheetah bring a young impala to her cubs for them to practice hunting. Ants kill and dismember a rival queen. 

Sexy Stuff

Nothing is shown, but subject matter includes references to fertility, sperm, mating practices, and procreation in general.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fierce Queens is a nature docuseries that focuses on the perspective of female members of different species. The show does not minimize the harsh realities of life in the wild, and viewers witness tense moments between predators and their prey that end in killing and dismembering the weaker animal. Other scenarios are less violent but still may confuse young kids with truths that seem cruel, like when a mother cheetah abandons her cubs. Expect some references to mating and the circumstances involved (evidence of fertility, sperm, and procreation). With its gender-specific focus on warriors of the animal world, there are also themes of female empowerment in the stories. 

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What's the story?

FIERCE QUEENS is a wildlife series hosted by Reese Witherspoon that highlights the unique perspective of female members of various species. From powerful cheetahs to tiny honey ants, the stars of these stories are the females who adapt, hunt, and fight for survival amid the constant threats of predators and other dangers.

Is it any good?

It's a somewhat unusual premise for a nature series to focus solely on one gender, but looking at these animals through a specific lens keeps the short episodes from feeling too rushed. The tales they tell are fascinating, and with the show's remarkable video footage, viewers get a surprisingly thorough look at the experiences of these powerful and accomplished females.

Fierce Queens loses its footing in the somewhat odd attempts to draw comparisons between the animals' realities and those of the human female condition. Despite Witherspoon's enthusiastic narration, it's difficult to follow the similarities between 18-month-old cheetahs learning to hunt and girls facing the uncertainties of their teen years, for instance. However, because the host restates the messages of female empowerment so emphatically, those takeaways won't go unnoticed.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why wildlife series are so popular. Do you enjoy them? What are some of your favorites? How does learning about animals affect how you see the world around you?

  • Is Fierce Queens' focus on females intriguing to you? Do these fierce females challenge stereotypes about the gender divisions in different species? Can any of the messages be related to the human experience?

  • What character strengths like teamwork do you see at play in these stories? Does this series make you concerned for the environment and its inhabitants? What can you do to make a positive difference? 

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