Finding Bigfoot

Common Sense Media says

Hard-to-believe and slightly spooky Sasquatch docuseries.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series asserts that Big Foots are not legendary creatures, but real beings. 

Positive role models

The eccentric team is convinced of the existence of Big Foots, and they believe that they have evidence to confirm this. Indigenous groups whose cultures embrace these creatures’ existence discuss the importance of respecting this species.

Violence

Witnesses describe Big Foots as being scary looking and potentially dangerous due to their size. Reconstructed images of the creature are often loud and frightening.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Occasional curses are “bleeped."

Consumerism

Apple computers are visible, but car logos are blurred.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

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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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Cast:James Fay, Matt Moneymaker, Ranae Holland
Network:Animal Planet
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Parent Written byShugocharafan88 January 7, 2013
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18
QUALITY
 

LOLWUT?

YES I AM ENCERIO!
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Teen, 13 years old Written byHeq073198 January 19, 2012
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8
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I DO THINK THERE'S A SQUATCH IN THESE WOODS.....

I watch this because it's just so funny!!!!! If anyone ask why you haven't found any bodies, they say that bigfoots BURY THEIR DEAD. I'm sorry, but when I heard that couldn't control myself, and I was rolling on the floor laughing. Oh, and power lines. "There are power lines here. Squatches follow power lines." That's my favorite!!! Every time they claim to hear a noise that THE AUDIENCE CAN'T HEAR they never get footage of anything, they just say "Yup, that's a squatch" and go home. And EVERY video they see they say, "Yup, that's a squatch." I don't believe, I just watch for comedic value, when it's supposed to be completely serious. While I don't think bigfoot is real, I do believe in the chupacabra. But that's a whole different topic.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Kid, 12 years old November 21, 2014
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6
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Bigfoot show for bigger kids

This is a reality tv show about 4 BFRO (bigfoot field researchers organization) investigators who are trying to prove that bigfoots are real. This show can get a little spooky. On several episodes the team go out on night investigations, where they sometimes hear howls, roars & yells. Also, witnesses describe seeing bigfoots running across the road or looking in their windows. Occasional cursing is "bleeped". Besides the scariness, this is a very interesting show. But be careful, little kids might be scared. And don't let little kids watch it right before bedtime.

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