A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this series proports to confirm the existence of Big Foots. It contains re-creations of creature sightings and witness accounts that may be scary for young kids. Occasional strong language is “bleeped," and Apple computers are visible.
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What's the story?
FINDING BIGFOOT is a reality series that follows the members of the Big Foot Research Organization team as they search for and document the existence of various types of the Sasquatch species. Headed up by veteran researcher Matt Moneymaker, the group travels to places where sightings have been reported. Moneymaker, along with field biologist Ranae Holland, expert field caller James “Bobo” Fay, and evidence analyst Cliff Barackman, meet with witnesses and analyze things like oddly damaged bird feeders, handprints, and other indicators of its existence. They then search the areas in which these creatures are thought to inhabit. Throughout their investigations, the team offers detailed explanations about their research techniques and technology. In between scenes, questions about the species are posed to the audience, and answered later in the episode.
Is it any good?
Unlike other series about Big Foots and other legendary creatures, Finding Bigfoot goes beyond speculating about their existence to discussing the existence of the large hairy creatures as if it is scientific fact. While the team admits that much of the physical evidence they collect is circumstantial, they consistently declare that what they are finding is credible, and therefore regularly confirm their existence.
Dramatic images and recreations of Big Foot sightings are plenty here, but none of them seem to offer anything substantive. Meanwhile, the team’s constant explanations for everything they see, hear, and do, make them seem like they are trying too hard to be convincing. Those who believe in the existence of Sasquatches will find the series informative, but non-believers will find it hard to take what is being presented here seriously.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about legendary creatures. Do you believe in things like Big Foots, fairies, and the Loch Ness Monster? If not, where do you think these legends come from?
Do you think this reality program is designed to be educational? Or is it really intended to be just for entertainment?
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